Fleet Foxes Are An Answer On Jeopardy!
This generation, as in anyone who was born post-1988, probably doesn’t fiend over watching new episodes of “Jeopardy!” Once in a great while, it will step into the spotlight because there is a contestant who has won an obscene amount of times in a row, but generally, it’s a show that is watched by those older generations.
Well, believe it or not, the show might finally be stepping up its game to attract a fresh crowd (or it might just be a fluke). It sounds trivial (pun intended), but Seattle folk-rock band Fleet Foxes were an answer to one of the “Jeopardy!” questions last night.
The question was phrased in the following manner: “Seattle-based Folk-rockin’ Dudes: _____ Foxes”. Hilarious, right? I, personally, never thought I’d see the day that a music question would show up on the show that didn’t involve a band that has sold less than 15 million records.
It brings up an interesting question in the context of the great culture. Is “Jeopardy!” doing its homework to see what kinds of questions will appeal to a new, younger crowd in order to keep the show viable, or is music that is deemed “below the radar” because it’s on a smaller record label actually making a break for the mainstream? Or both? We are living in a time when Bon Iver was asked to play the Grammys (but that may stem from the fact that Justin Vernon collaborated on two Kanye West tracks). First if all, that is one of the easiest questions I’ve ever seen on the show simply because it has one blank and gives you the city and genre of the band. I certainly don’t have the answer to the questions I’ve posed, but kudos to “Jeopardy!” for at least attempting to flip the script.