Posted January 20, 1999 at 1:51 am 2 Comments

When I was home for winter break, Paulajean bought this music trivia game called SongBurst at a garage sale for 50 cents. It consisted of a series of cards printed with song excerpts. One player would read a song fragment from a card, and the other players would attempt to fill in the missing lyrics. A round of the game would typically proceed as follows:

Paula (reading from card):
I’m a walkin’ in the rain,
Tears are fallin’ and I feel a pain,
A wishin’ you were were here by me…

I love you, can’t you see?

We would sip some fine Chablis?

I wanna fuck you silly?

Nope, here it says “to end this misery.” You were kind of close though.

You see, the problem with SongBurst was that all of the songs were pop tunes from the 1950s, so none of us knew any of the words. We could try to guess, but it became frustrating after awhile.

Alanna (reading from card):
And then he swung from the tree and he sat on the ground,
He started to rock, really rockin’ around,
It was a crazy ditty with a swingin’ tune…

I think it was in May, or maybe in June?

Then he started dancing like a drunken baboon?

I wanna fuck you stupid?

Um, nope. Apparently the answer is “Sing a boop boop aboopa lopa lum bam boom.”

“A boop boop aboopa lopa lum bam boom”? How the fuck were we supposed to know that?

SongBurst wasn’t a bad idea; it just needed to be updated for our generation. After all, we’re a lot more familiar with “Gimme Dat Nut” by Eazy E than with “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley. Just for fun, I’ve created a little sample of a modernized SongBurst game that you can try.

Type in the next word to each of these songs. Click “Submit” to check your answers.

  • Can I get a
  • [ How ya livin’ Biggie Smalls? ] In mansion and Benz’s,
    Givin’ ends to my friends and it feels stupendous;
    Tremendous cream,
  • Dog, I knew they were scareless,
    ‘Cause my brother Snoop told us,
  • I’m not a player I just
  • Fully equipped, you know we come wit’ all the supplies,
    Got a big gun, and I’m a show you the size.
  • I guess my middle name must be
  • So DJ make it last,
    Let me work this big old ass right now,
    I wanna


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  1. Just to let you know . . . there is a 70’s & 80’s edition which may still not help you much, but I love it. Being a child of the 80’s, I can play this game and still get a lot of the 70’s songs.

    Comment by Ben — March 25, 2007 #

  2. I am seeking the directions to that exact game. i have complete apparently unused set and i am in the generation that will enjoy this version. would love to have a copy of the directions. Can you scan and send me a copy of the directions? Sure would be a nice treat. hat eot have to make them up. Peg

    Comment by Peg — February 26, 2010 #

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