“What is Nirvana?” That’s a loaded question, but in this instance, it’s a correct response to a Dave Grohl related Jeopardy! question. That’s right, Grohl’s Foo Fighters have achieved Jeopardy! status, and the erudite game show just dedicated an entire category to the band.
“The band’s debut album was written entirely by Dave Grohl, primarily known until then for work with this band” was the “answer” to the Nirvana question. One of the contestants nailed that one, but they did pretty miserably after that. Aside from a question about the name “Foo Fighters” coming from “these mysterious objects known to pester pilots” (UFOs), they failed to get any correct. And let’s be honest, you don’t have to know anything about the band to get that second question.
The contestants didn’t even chime in for the final three spots, which included questions about “My Hero,” Sonic Highways, and the last song ever performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman” (What is “Everlong?”). Alex Trebek was left hanging, over and over again.
The best video that exists right now, courtesy of Pitchfork, is from an apparently ardent Jeopardy! fan who filmed the segment on her home television and then uploaded it to Youtube. It’s not ideal, but at least you’ll get occasional narration and some of her own guesses—though she was completely silent during the Foo Fighters category. Coincidentally, one of the other categories was “Learn to Fly,” which is the lead track from the Foo’s 2000 album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose.
The Foo Fighters section begins around 5:20 mark. Take a watch and let us know if you would have done better!
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