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Drink-A-Palooza: The Ultimate Drinking Party Game: Interview with Creator, David Wagner

If you love playing drinking party games with your friends, you’re in for a treat with Drink-A-Palooza. Developed by David Wagner back in 2001, this game took 10 years (!) and a lot of patience to get off the ground.

Unlike regular drinks games, Drink-A-Palooza combines a board game, team competition and drinking party games into one monster of an experience, that’s perfect for all parties – from house parties, to 21st’s, to bachelor/ette fun.

Joining us today is David Wagner, who’ll be sharing his story of how his game came to be, what it’s about and where next.

Thanks David for joining us. So tell us a bit about Drink-a-Palooza. Where did you get the idea for this game?

Drink-A-Palooza was born in our family’s basement when a brother of mine came home one night and said he had a blast playing a drinking game that one of his friends made up using a super soaker filled with alcohol.

When I heard him say that, my response was “I can make a drinking game!" and next thing I knew, I had grabbed the lid to a cardboard box and started drawing out what would become the Drink-A-Palooza drinking board game.

Since I had recently graduated college, I was well versed in all of the drinking games such as Beirut (beer pong with paddles), Asshole and Kings Cup. I started combining all of the popular drinking games into one monopoly styled board game.

The game was originally called “The College Experience" since I was using everything I had learned in college to design and market the game. It wasn’t until 2010 when the game took final shape and launched into main stream and the name “Drink-A-Palooza" was decided on.

Your game incorporates quite a few drinking games, like Flip Cup, Quarters and Beer Pong. How did you go about choosing these games specifically?

The specific games were chosen after 10+ renditions of the game and a great deal of test marketing. Back when the original game was made, some of the current games found in Drink-A-Palooza had not been developed or were at least not commonly played.

The first rendition was made with other games such as “Mexican" which was eventually changed to “B.S. Bluff" for political reasons and had numbers all over the board. When you would land on these numbers, and if your dice roll was higher, you would pass out sips.

Looking back, it had many of the basics you see in Drink-A-Palooza today but the game play was very different.

Can you tell us how you play it? It involves a board game and there’s a competition aspect, right? What are the rules and how do you win?

The game is best played with 3 or more people. You roll the dice to move spaces and as you make your way around the board, you will either be playing a group game such as High/Low, Kings Cup, Waterfall OR you will be playing a one-on-one competition to win mini bottles.

The point of the game is to fill up your empty 6-pack holder game piece with mini bottles that you win through 3 competitions.

The bottle challenges are Beer Pong, Quarters and Flip Cup. When you land on one of these spots, you spin the bottle located in the middle of the game. Whomever the bottle is pointing to will be the person you play or challenge. In Quarters and Beer Pong, the first person to make the ping pong ball or quarter into the middle “Drink Cup" wins the bottle.

As punishment (depending on how you look at it) the loser must drink the center Drink Cup. When playing Flip Cup challenge, whomever is the first to flip the cup over wins the mini bottle. All the other games found on the board are played with the entire group.

Drink-A-Palooza was designed to keep everyone involved and with all the variety required to have a good time. Let’s face it, a game that combines all of the best drinking games into one will keep the party going. There isn’t any waiting around to be part of the fun like games such as beer pong.

Plus you don’t need a Beer Pong table to play, it fits on anyone’s kitchen table and you can have up to 12 people playing.

How many people maximum need to be playing this game, for it to work?

The game was designed to be scalable depending on how many people are playing. The minimum is 2 players but it is recommended to play with 3 or more.

One of the best elements of the game is when you have more than 6 people playing, you can team up and partner with someone else. When you partner with someone, you share the 6-pack holder game piece AND you get to share drinking responsibility.

You also trade off turns when playing Quarters and Beer pong competitions BUT you add an additional Flip Cup when playing Flip Cup for a mini bottle. This adds the relay race aspect of Flip Cup and intensifies the competition.

What kind of age range you looking at?

Drink-A-Palooza is not intended for alcohol but we know most people will be playing the game and using beer as their beverage of choice. I have seen plenty of games with a mix of people, some were drinking beer, others water and soda was used also.

The age demographic for the game depends on the customer. I have seen the game played with people aged all the way up to their mid-fifties.

What kind of playing area do you need? Do you need a lot of space to play?

The game was designed to fit in anyone’s living room, kitchen or even dorm rooms. Knowing that Beer Pong and Flip Cup usually require an extended table that is more than 8 feet long, Drink-A-Palooza was made to fit on any table and allows plenty of people to circle around the game board.

The game only requires as much room as the amount of people playing. You do need some space to pitch the beer pong balls into the center Drink Cup but the distance is decided by the players and their skill level to make the shot.

What kind of parties would your game suit?

We have a long list of parties that suit the game. Below is a list of places, events and times the game is played or gifted to someone:

  • College Parties and back to college gift ideas
  • Fraternity Parties
  • Spring Break Parties
  • Saint Patrick’s Day Party
  • New Year’s Eve Parties
  • 21st Birthday Parties
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
  • Summer Vacation
  • Pregame parties
  • Party Buses
  • Fourth of July
  • Mardi Gras Parties
  • House Parties
  • Game Nights
  • Gadget Gifts for him

How’s the game been doing for you so far? Do you have more ideas up your sleeve?

So far, the game is going great. It is currently sold in every mall in the US and Canada at Spencer Gifts. We attend all of the beer festivals and events all throughout Southern California and have a great following.

We often have repeat customers who absolutely love the game and tell us about the good times they’ve had with all their friends when playing.

The Drink-A-Palooza brand will be expanding into a couple other avenues and you should see some new products coming out this year.

Lastly, David, how do you like to chill out, when you’re not designing such stunning games?

Luckily. I live in Pacific Beach in San Diego and it offers up a lot of variety. There are so many options from bar hopping to surfing to laying out at the beach that there is always something fun to do. It is a truly unique place and a perfect home to the Drink-A-Palooza drinking game.

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15 Good Bachelor Party Ideas

Finding good bachelor party ideas can be tricky to find, especially with the costs involved.

Not only do you need to give the groom the best send off he deserves – there’ll be other additional costs, like accommodation, drinking, food, activities.

But this doesn’t have to be the case.

Below you’ll find a list of good bachelor party ideas that will keep everyone happy. Your wallet will also be grateful.

The bride-to-be will also be happy, as none of these ideas include strippers.

Key tips to consider when planning your bachelor party ideas

Who can organize a bachelor party, and who can attend?

Technically, planning rests on the shoulders of the best man. Otherwise, the groom’s brother or another good friend are backup options.

Who can attend depends on the groom.

This might include all the guys in the wedding party, or just male close friends and family – or just his friends.

Unless the groom has a best girl mate (that’s not his bride-to-be), stick to men.

When to throw your bachelor party

Preferably one to two weeks before the wedding.

That way, the party becomes separate and standalone; a special event just for the lads.

You’ll be saving the groom from any embarrassment he might face at the wedding if the party was the night before, e.g. turning up hung over, or with bruises from a more active party (like paintballing).

You also give guests the chance to schedule any time off they need to attend.

How long should these bachelor party ideas last

Yeah, okay, I say “weekend”, but length is up to you. You might opt for one night, a whole weekend, two to three days.

Two factors can help you decide:

  • How much available time off your groom’s friends have scheduled.
  • Ideally, you want everyone to attend the whole party, not have to leave partway through because of other commitments.
  • Budget. If you’re hiring accommodation or needing to travel someplace, the longer you’re away, the more costly it may be.
How to budget the costs

Easy.

Once the accommodation and activities have been finalized, split the costs equally between everyone going, except for the groom.

The groom goes free.

Absolutely important organizing tip

Apart from having a say on who can come, keep the groom’s involvement in your plans to a bare minimum. He’ll be involved with the wedding; the party’s meant to be a fun break.

Your list of good bachelor party ideas

1. Go camping out of town with the lads. This idea can include beers and skinny dipping under the stars.

  • Consider renting a boat and camping out on a deserted island.
  • Make sure you have enough beer and food for the night(s) as well as a stove.

2. Take a road trip (or fly) to somewhere quirky or even downright crass – for example, Disneyland, a haunted house tour. Time your party with a major music festival, like Glastonbury.

3. Go white water rafting. Find out which rafting organizations specialize in pre-planned guided trips. Make sure everyone in your group can swim.

4. Go paintballing. Unleash all wedding stress with this idea. Without the groom knowing, play so that his team wins.

  • If your overall group lacks the numbers for two teams, play as one, with other paintballers as “your enemy".

5. Go all out with a massive activity blowout. Think “last chance super-memorable opportunity".

  • AKA skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping.
  • Camp out in a canyon. Go caving or rock climbing.
  • The cost may be high, but the memories will be worth the price.

6. Take in a local or national game – for example, a soccer or rugby match, a martial arts tournament, baseball, basketball. Sometimes, all you need is cheap tickets, good beer and cheering to make for a cool night.

7. Transform your backyard into the ultimate man-party.

  • Create an outdoor cinema, by hanging up an old sheet and hiring a movie projector.
  • Hire a rock band. Create a BBQ, with waiting staff.
  • Add a fancy dress theme “everyone come as the ultimate man".

8. Is your groom a secret nerd? Then create a nerd party especially for him.

That might include a movie marathon of superhero movies, going to an arcade for a round of games. Ask everyone to dress in comic character outfits.

9. Add speed to your party, by going go kart racing. Or watch the races (cars, horses or speedboats).

10. Create a casino night at home or do the rounds of the casinos in town. Set a cash limit for how much guests can spend.

Hire a limo to shuttle people around. Include an expensive dinner and a top-notch bar/club. You’re creating luxury stag weekend ideas here.

11. Why not rent out a house for the weekend, and then fill it with your groom’s favorite activities? This can be anything –

  • From gaming stations, to creating a mini home theater, to an obstacle course outside.
  • Depending on where the house is, you can also go on walks (to the beach, to the woods, or into the nearest town).

12. For the more serene of grooms, consider more relaxing stag weekend ideas. Book at a massage at a day spa. Attend a yoga class. This might weird out some of your guests, but it will be fun anyways.

13. Upgrade the limo from Idea No. 10, to a chauffeur-driven 4×4. Adding physical activities to this party, e.g. obstacle course, dirt biking, horse riding.

14. Throw your party at a comedy club, also inviting your groom to take the mic. Or coincide your party with a music gig – whether it’s music your groom likes or not (e.g. attending a Justin Bieber concert).

15. Enjoy any combination of the above, but with everyone dressed in drag in order to attend. Rent a house to serve as the base for your outfits/make up. Hire in a make-up artist and an outfit helper.

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13 More Good Party Games that Are Silly

Finding good party games for any occasion is always hard.

Making sure your games appeal to your party people, are easy to play, accessible, don’t exclude anyone, aren’t too competitive – can often spoil the fun. There’s just too much to think about, and saps all the love with it.

But that’s why you need to play silly games. Because unlike regular games, their intent is all about mayhem. Silly games cut across all age groups, ability, the works.

These 13 silly games were submitted by Partycurrent readers (I’ve credited folks who included their names; thanks to everyone who contributed).

You can find 11 more silly games on page 1.

More Good Party Games that Are Silly: page 1 > 2

Honey, I Love You!

In a group of people, one person goes around trying to make people smile.

The trying-to-make-people-smile person goes up to another player and asks, “Honey I Love You, Can You Give Me A Smile?”.

The person whom is question is being asked too has to reply back saying, ” Honey I Love But I cant Give You a smile” without smiling. If they smile then they have to be the one asking the question.

Egg Wibble Wobble

by Sophia Deel (VA)

You have a big spoon with a hard boiled egg on it. Then you mount a horse and at a quick pace you try to keep the egg on your spoon. The first two eggs to fall are out. Then you get a smaller spoon and pick up the trot. And then the next two eggs will fall. If you still have people, go to the smallest spoon and pick up the canter.

The last egg to fall wins the Egg Wibble Wobble!

  • For those who might not have a horse – you can also play this by using rollerskates or by riding a bike
  • You can also play this just by walking. Simply create a small obstacle course they must walk down. Include small humps to make it difficult
  • Or you could blindfold the players and have them walk down a short path.
How Small Can You Write Your Name

By Lucy (New York, US)

Love quiet but good party games? Try this one. You need a pen and paper. Each person has a go at writing their name – or a sentence – as small as they can.

In the first round, whoever does the smallest, everyone tries to write even smaller than that in the second round. But they must make sure that what they write everyone else can read.

Whoever does it best in this round is the winner!

  • This is a good game, especially if your family name is not an English-sounding one or if it has lots of letters.
  • You can also make this game harder, by asking people to use different types of pens. For example, like a marker pen round, a fountain pen round. Or different thickness of pencils.
Musical Chairs

by Kaylen (Mooresville, Indiana, USA)

Make sure you have enough chairs for everyone but one person. When the music player stops the music, everyone has to rush and sit on a chair. Whoever doesn’t get to a chair quick enough is out because all the chairs are filled up (1 person per chair).

Now take away one chair and start the music again. When there is only 1 chair left, whoever sits in that chair first when the DJ stops the music wins.

High Heels Race

By Sarah (New York, US)

Break up the group into 2 people per team Make sure everyone is either wearing socks or is bare foot. Every team gets one pair of high heels.

The person on the left wears one of the heels on their left foot, and the person on the right wears the right heel. Have each pair link arms and race to the finish! You can ask all of the teams to go against each other or have them go by pairs. A judge has the say of who wins in each race. Winners get a special prize!

  • To stir things up, make the game harder by asking male players to race in the heels. That’ll be worth it, just for the sight of men trying to squeeze their feet into women’s shoes!
Pin the Kiss on Your Favorite Actor

By Ryan M (New York, US)

Looking for saucy but good party games? Pin the Kiss… has it all.

This is great at parties where you’re drunk or have lots of horny guys. Hang a poster up of your favorite hot actor/actress (mine’s Halle Berry). Hang it up high enough that people have to stand on their toes to reach the actor’s lips.

First player is blindfolded, also give them a coat of lipstick on their lips. Spin them 3 times on the spot, then put them in front of the poster. They’ve got to now kiss the actor’s lips.

When done, write their name under their kiss. Closest kiss wins.

Spin the Bottle Dodge or Dare

by Racheal Omotayo (Crayford, Kent, UK)

We spin the bottle and there are a certain amount of dodge and dare cards. You spin the bottle and if you get chosen then you pick a dare card; if you do not want to to do the dare then you pick a dodge card.

Once you pick a dodge card you may not go back to the dare card. If you really do not want to do the dodge or the dare, then you can forfeit – but then you will not be able to participate in the game.

The winner is the person with the most dare points. You get these dare points by completing dares – but you lose points by picking dodges.

Wipe Out Challenge

by Tina (Australia)

This good party game’s best if you have either a lot of water balloons, water guns and hoses!

What you must do is set up outside a lot of obstacles on the track where you are playing e.g. Trampoline, scooters, hula hoops and balls, or even some times you might want to use your pool!

You normally have two people going at once and you can time each one or there will be a winner of each round and then there is the finals!

This game is always better with a lot of room to play outside.

Post It Note Challenge

Everyone splits into teams of 3 (it works best this way but you can choose to have as many as you like in a team).

Each team must choose one person to have the post-it notes stuck on them (give each team a pad of notes. You can buy them in them in the pound store).

On go, the people who don’t have post-it notes stuck on them must frantically try to stick as many post-it’s on the chosen team mate as possible.

The first team to stick all the post-it notes on their player wins.

Alternatively you can have a time limit to make the game quicker. Hope you enjoy playing this!

Stomp the Balloon

by Darron (Rugby, Warwickshire, UK)

If you have a large room, make sure to have more players, otherwise 5 players in each team is okay. Boys versus Girls is a good way to play.

You’ll need a ball of wool and a few balloons already blown up. Tie a string of wool around each balloon, with one end tied round the ankle of the player. On GO, everyone tries to stomp their opponents’ balloon, to make them burst once.

  • If you tie your right ankle, try not to use your right foot, you’ll probably burst your own balloon. Happy stomping!
Poison Frog

by Courtney (California)

Players sit in a circle with eyes closed. One person (not playing game) chooses 1 Frog and 1 detective. No one should know the Frog except the frog himself. Everyone should know the detective.

Then players open their eyes and look around the circle. The detective stands in the middle of the circle trying to figure out who the frog is. The frog “kills” victims by sticking his/her tongue out quickly or winking at any person (besides the detective).

  • When a victim is “killed” or “poisoned” they must fall backwards (out of the circle). They must only fall 5 seconds after the Frog has “killed or poisoned” them.
Dicey Choc

by Karen (South Africa)

Sit in a circle with a dice to pass around, and a huge slab of chocolate in the middle with a knife and fork and a pair of socks.

The first person to throw a 6 on the dice gets sit in the middle. They put the socks on their hands and eat the chocolate with a knife and fork until the next person throws a 6. The game continues until the chocolate is finished.

Potato Race

by Ryan M (New York, US)

This good party game’s for outdoors. People get into twos, then blindfold half of the pair. Scatter some potatoes on the ground and give the blindfold halves 3 minutes to grab as many as they can. Their partner has to shout out directions to them.

They’ve got to carry as many potatoes in their arms then drop them in a bucket before getting more!

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More Funny Party Games Your Party Can’t Afford to Miss Out On

Finding funny party games, that are also clean, silly and different to the usual games, can be a tricky thing to find.

Especially when you’re wanting to create a unique party experience with your friends. Something that’s memorable, that can also carry your party for you, when sometimes your other efforts (food, atmosphere) aren’t paying off.

But thanks to these 4 pages of funny party games, you won’t now be short of ideas. None of the games need any major props or equipment. You won’t need to spend any money setting them up. They’re best played with 4 or more players, although if your party is larger, you might need these party games for large groups as well.

Need to loosen up your party people first?

Check out the icebreakers – 6 mini activities for you to try – plus icebreakers for all groups (6-10 people tops).

Funny party games: click page 1 > 2 > 3 > 4

Ping Pong Blow

Break into two teams, positioned on opposite sides of a table. Everyone then kneels down with arms behind their backs.

The objective? To blow the ping pong ball off our opponents’ side. Hurrah!

Improvisation

Funny party games are the best when there’s a bit of acting involved, like this Improv game. The only props you’ll need are small ordinary household items. Put these in a bag so no one can see.

Everyone pairs up. The first pair is given an item – and two minutes to improvise as many uses as they can out of it. Each improvisation scores one point.

When time’s up, the next pair gets their items. The team with the most points wins. Need an example? Say I was given a coin –

  • I could pretend it was a steering wheel
  • Pretend I was eating from a tiny plate

Donuts and Toothpicks

Line everyone up, so they’re of equal height. Then hand your players a toothpick, which they’re to put in their mouth.

The first player now puts a small ring donuts on their toothpick and has to pass it onto their teammates – without making it fall.

  • Use sturdy toothpicks for this; and custard donuts for more mess.

Partners in Pen

Players work in pairs, sat back to back, one player drawing, the other instructing them what to draw.

Give the people instructing a bag filled with odd objects and start the clock.

  • The instructor now takes an object from the bag and describes it. They’re not allowed to name the object or what it’s used for
  • If the partner draws it correctly, they score a point
  • The pair to finish their bag first wins.

The Frozen Chocolate Race

Love party games that remind you of being a kid? Gotcha. This timeless will have you out of adulthood in no time.

To set things up, you’ll need these:

  • 2 dice and a shaker; a hat, scarf and pair of gloves; a knife, fork and plate; a chair and table; very large bar of chocolate

Freeze your chocolate overnight, then remove 2 hours before playing (keep it unwrapped). Set the table with the cutlery and plate, leaving the clothes on the chair.

Players take it in turns to throw a double. Whoever does takes their place at the chair, puts on the clothes and tries to each the chocolate with the knife and fork.

  • They keep going, until a new double is thrown. This new person takes over the hat, etc, as well as the chocolate eating.

Keep going, until the chocolate is gone.

Opposites

The aim of this funny party game’s for players to do the exact opposite of what you ask them to.

  • For example, if you say “walk", then they should stand still
  • Or, if you said “kick out with your left leg", they should kick out with their right.

Anyone doing exactly what you ask them (i.e. not the opposite action) is out of the game. Last player standing wins.

Bed Sheet Ping Pong

Split into even teams, with players holding a bed sheet at opposite ends. Place a ping pong ball in the middle, and move it about by raising or lowering the sheet.

  • The goal of the game? To get the ball to fall off the sheet on the side of your opponent.
Funny party games: click page 1 > 2 > 3 > 4

7 Party Entertainment Ideas: How to Pick Them the Quick and Easy Way

Are you stuck for party entertainment ideas?

Planning a party and needing inspiration?

Got something in mind… just can’t put your finger on it?

Before you start any kind of planning, make sure you have the following three points figured out:

1 The type of guests who have confirmed or who you plan to invite

2 The type of experience you’d like those people to have

3 What you can realistically afford cost-wise

Party entertainment ideas succeed with honesty

These three points are essential party-planning juice.

The first two help form the personality of your party.

Whereas using a budget keeps your party entertainment ideas realistic.

• It helps you be honest, i.e. can you afford to hire in entertainment?

• It reminds you to not pick your ideas because someone else’s party has had it (they might have a different budget to yours too)

• Which helps your party stay original to you

If your budget won’t stretch, you can always consider going low-cost. Low-cost doesn’t mean cheap or scrappy.

In fact, low-cost options often bring out more creative ideas. Handmade activities can also fun to consider.

Remember to keep your guests in mind

Don’t go expensive to make your party look good. If no one’s going to be interested, it’s a waste of money.

And your party will be memorable… just in the wrong way!

Here are 7 party entertainment ideas to get you unstuck:

Games, games, games

Whether fun or silly, party games are the heart of any party. They also stop it from going stale. As party entertainment ideas go, games are the least expensive.

  • Choose a mixture of solo and team ones – and keep them nearby during your party
  • For physical games, take into account guests who aren’t so mobile
  • Adjust to include them, but don’t force anyone to play
Teach something unusual

Use your party entertainment ideas as an opportunity to educate your guests.

We’re not talking heavy education here. No homework for anyone.

  • Why not try an activity like line dancing… or learning Tai Chi… or gonzo dinner making.
  • Or get everyone in a fun conversation starter game, to learn more about each other.

Most people won’t be expecting this kind of activity at a party. So if you go down this route, you’ll be keeping your party memorable in their minds, long after it’s over.

Mini talent show

This is where guests provide the entertaining.

Once you’ve got a confirmed list of guests, ask round for any willing entertainers.

If there’s some reluctance at first, throw in an incentive – like a bottle of wine – to entice people to take part. You may only need 3-5 people (depends on your party size).

Then create a performance program, that you’ll hand out as people arrive at your party. Talents could be anything – like:

  • Singing with a guitar
  • Double dutch skipping
  • Their own performance poetry
  • Teaching friends how to body pop
  • Telling a scary story
Group singalong

The perfect songs include well-known rock/pop songs, drinking songs, Christmas carols, campfire songs, chants.

A guitar or piano player isn’t always necessary – but they’ll help encourage people to sing. Even a harmonica will do!

If you’re choosing obscure songs, provide lyric sheets

You’ll never know when’s best to start a singalong, so just play it by ear. You may also want to take your singalong into the streets. This is indeed the most soulful of party entertainment ideas!

Scavenger hunts

Plan these a day or two before your party, including prizes.

If it’s an indoors hunt, be creative with which items to include.

An outdoors hunt won’t require too much planning, as it’ll rely on players’ imaginations. Make sure to set a distance limit though.

  • A successful hunt also needs: copies of the scavenger lists, pen, paper, stopwatch to time the game
  • Players will need a digital camera (let people know in advance to bring).
Trivia games

Adding a gameshow changes up the energy of your party. Quizzes can be played in pairs or small teams, with a ring-a-bell or buzzer aspect. Play for prizes.

Get dancing

A party without music is a party everyone leaves quickly from. Don’t be that party.

If you can afford it, hire a DJ. Make sure you brief them in the style of music you want for the night.

For a more personal touch, creating your own playlists can be more fun – for you – and more rewarding for your listeners/dancers. You can still have someone DJ for you, but this time to your own eccentric music taste.

  • The only downside to creating your own music is you’ll need to schedule time to do it
  • You also have to make sure you don’t get carried away when making them; choosing tracks can be an involving process

It’s important to create an interesting playlist, one that’s unpredictable. Not only will this keep guests dancing, you’ll want to intrigue them too.

So mix popular songs with obscure ones, musical scores, songs in different languages.

You know you’ve mixed a great setlist, when you’re asked “What’s this song? I’ve never heard anything like it" or “Where can I find that song?"

Make copies of your playlist for friends who ask for it.

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