Judge John Hodgman Episode 46: The Clap Trap

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Dueling banjos! Or at least, a banjo and bandleader. Greg and Eric bring a question of performance before the Judge. Eric is in favor of suggesting that the audience clap along to their music, to enhance the experience and the music itself. Greg claims it's uncool and uncalled for as an imposition to the listeners. Who is right, and who is wrong? Listen in and feel free to clap along!

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From Greg

"Here's a so-so video of The Capitalist Youth performing a song with clapping."

And the particular song that sparked this dispute.

From Eric

Eric cited several instances of this phenomenon of asking the audience to clap or sing along where he thought they worked well, one being Ben Folds' performances of "Army".