Hello, everyone! Today, I have a real challenge for you today! But it is a challenge with humor 😀
Jimmy Kimmel, a TV host in the United States, sends a woman to a well-known music festival in California, called Coachella. Because music fans like to say they know new bands before other people, the host interviews music fans about fake bands, to see if the fans will pretend that they know them.
The speakers use common teenage/young adult ways of speaking, including using the words just, like, and you know very often. Like is often a “filler word,” with no real meaning. The overuse of these words are bad speaking habits, so I encourage ESL learners to avoid these habits as much as possible. However, it is important to be able to understand people when they speak this way. There are also two times when curse/swear words are covered on the audio track.
There may be some new vocabulary, so, as usual, I have included a list before the video. Try watching the video and answering the questions without reading the script first, and then listen again while reading if needed. You may need to listen to this video a couple times to be able to collect your answers to all of the questions.
- to wrap up = to finish, to end
- up-and-coming = new, emerging, becoming more popular
- to conduct [an experiment] = to do an experiment, to try something
- venue = the place where an event happens, takes place
- to make up = to create
- obscure = not well-known : not known to most people
- to play “live” = to play or give a concert in person
- a highlight = something (such as an event or a detail) that is very interesting, exciting, or important : the best part of something
- polka = a lively dance and type of music for couples that is popular with older generations in the Midwest United States
- innovative = has new ideas, creative
- straight out of [somewhere] = to come from a specific place
- to give off = to emit, to let out, to send
- Who created the fake band names?
- What are the names of the fake bands? [Hint: there are seven and one is listed in the following questions.]
- How does the host describe “Shorty Jizzle and the Plumbercracks?”
- Does anyone admit, or say, that they have not heard of the band?
- What does the host say Coachella means in an American Indian language?
One more thing, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival wrapped up yesterday. It’s a huge concert. It goes over two weekends. It’s out in the middle of the California desert. More than sixty bands played at Coachella this year. Some of them big bands, some of them not-so-big, some up-and-coming bands. Music fans in general love knowing about bands that no one else has ever heard of. So, we decided to conduct an experiment. We sent a camera crew to Coachella and we asked people walking into the venue what they thought of a bunch of bands whose names we made up. Okay, these bands are so obscure that they do not exist. Except for one name you will hear here, we made all of them up, but that didn’t stop people from saying they knew them in tonight’s special Coachella edition of Lie Witness News.
- Host: One of my favorite bands this year is “Dr. Schlomo and the GI Clinic.”
- Girl 1: Yeah.
- Host: Yeah. They’re amazing.
- Girl 1: Yeah, They’re always amazing.
- Host: He’s really good on the flexic.
- Girl 2: Yeah, I’m really excited to see them live. I think that’s going to one of the bands that’s gonna be really great live.
- Girl 1: Me too, it’s going to be a highlight.
- Host: Did you see them when they played at Lollapalooza?
- Girl 1: No.
- Girl 2: No, I didn’t.
- Host: Aren’t you so mad?
- Girl 1: I know, I’m so mad.
- Host: Have you heard of “Shorty Jizzle and the Plumbercracks?”
- Guy: Yep.
- Host: What do you like about them? Like, how raw they are?
- Guy: Yeah, they’re, I mean, they’re really unique, for sure.
- Host: They feel a little bit like a combination between, like, Bob Dylan and, like, a polka band.
- Guy: Yeah, um.
- Host: Are you guys as excited as I am about “The Obesity Epidemic?”
- I just like their whole style. Like their whole genre, just great. They’re kind of, like, they’re like, very innovative and they’re new.
- Host: They’re some smaller bands that are playing. “Two Door Cinema Club.” They’re good.
- Guy: Yeah, I’m looking forward to them.
- Host: Do you like their album DJ Cornmeal?
- Guy: Yeah, actually, I, um, had a radio show on a community radio show up in Canada and I used to spin them all the time.
- Host: Oh, wow, sounds like a great show.
- Host: One of my favorite bands this year is called “Get the Fuck Out of My Pool.”
- Girl: Yeah, actually, that, I’ve heard from my friends, I don’t know any of their music, but I’ve heard from all of my friends that it’s not something to miss. So I’m not gonna miss it.
- Host: One of my favorite things today, straight out of Williamsburg, the “Chelsea Clintons.”
- Girl: Oh, yeah, I have heard of them actually. No, yeah, I don’t know if I’m gonna see them or not. But I do know of their music.
- Host: What did you hear about them?
- Girl: Its, they’re just fun.
- Host: What’s fun about the “Chelsea Clintons?”
- Girl: I think they just give off good energy. Like, you know, and you can just tell that they’re doing it from a good place. And it’s, like, you can just feel energy, I feel. And there’s, like, very few acts that, like, give you that feeling.
- Host: Did you know that Coachella is actually the American Indian word for dumb white guy?
- Guy: Really?
- Girl 1: It’s Fucking Coachella Twenty-Thirteen! Woo!
- Girl 2: We love Coachella.
- Host: Are you guys excited for “Regis and the Philbin?”
- Girl 2: Very excited!
- Who created the fake band names? The Jimmy Kimmel show made up/created all of the fake band names, except for one.
- What are the names of the fake bands? Dr. Schlomo and the GI Clinic, Shorty Jizzle and the Plumbercracks, Obesity Epidemic, Two Door Cinema Club, Get the Fuck Out of My Pool, the Chelsea Clintons, and Regis and the Philbin.
- How does the host describe “Shorty Jizzle and the Plumbercracks?” She describes them as a combination between Bob Dylan and a polka band. That would be a strange combination!
- Does anyone admit, or say, that they have not heard of the band? No, all the people pretended to have some knowledge of the bands.
- What does the host say Coachella means in an American Indian language? Dumb white guy.
Do you ever feel pressure to say that you know a band or singer that people are talking about? Do you think you would have said that you didn’t know the bands?