‘Jeopardy!’ flaunts its coolness with hip music clues


Host Alex Trebek (Ben Hider/Getty Images)

At face value, that may sound like an older parent slipping a pop culture reference into a conversation, bending over backwards to prove they “get it.” But the crack trivia writers at “Jeopardy!” — being crack trivia writers, after all — show they actually know their stuff.

Exhibit A:

Okay, the jam band Phish is fairly well known, as is their notoriously devout fanbase. They even reached the pop culture zenith -- along with late-night host Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert and Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia — by inspiring a flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (Phish Food).

But in this clip, uploaded to YouTube on Jan. 31, the show reaches back and breaks out Trey Anastasio’s legal name, Ernest Joseph Anastasio III. Sure, this little factoid can be procured with a few clicks on Wikipedia, but “Jeopardy!” could have just as easily gone to the papacy or the monarchy for famous names ending with the suffix III.

Exhibit B:


((Via Sub Pop’s Twitter))

Fleet Foxes’ brand of indie folk, with towering Beach Boys-like melodies, is adored by fans in the know and critics alike. But remember that “cool dad” example from before? Well, that’s kind of how this clue reads (even though it’s a perfectly apt description, really). It seems to be a bit of a name check, as in, “Hey, we heard about this cool band on NPR.” Until...

Exhibit C:


((Via Southern Record Distributor’s blog))
Brandon Weigel is an editor for Baltimore City Paper and an alumnus of The Washington Post's Going Out Guide.

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