Bad Taste '97
David Tarin--The Tech
The Chorallaries finish their annual Bad Taste concert on Friday night in 10-250 with a rendition of "The Engineer's Drinking Song."
Friday, February 21, 1997By Kimberly Knowles
This year's Bad Taste concert drew an average crowd; concertgoers lined up from 10-250 to the middle of Building 5. The "tailgate party" in the hall this year featured only three laptop computers (two Powerbooks and one PC running Windows 95), with a few notable highlights: one imaginative group put duct tape circles on the floor and proceeded to play Twister, and members of the Lecture Series Committee refreshment committee breezed by to sell ice cream to the crowd. In spite of the long line, people who arrived at 11:59 p.m. could still get into the concert, and no one was turned away.
Once inside the packed lecture hall, paper airplanes, balloons, and rolls of toilet paper filled the air, together with chants of "Bad Taste! More Filling!" Indeed, the crowd seemed unusually vocal throughout the evening, reaching new heights of heckling, even for Bad Taste.
The concert began with a series of sketches, the first of which was a disclaimer which listed all of the groups of people which might be offended by the show and which named the Student Information Processing Board at least six times. Next came "Family Feud," which featured an inbred, incestuous West Virginian family and a Greek organization called Eta Sigma Kappa. Following the game show was the first statement of the theme: RD4, which came in the form of a special news broadcast announcing that aliens were coming to take over MIT. Finally, after a short skit establishing the scene at the "Activities Halfway," the Chorallaries performed the first song of the night, as someone from the crowd announced, "They sing, too." The song was a parody of Oasis' "Wonderwall" called "Wonder Bra," and the soloist was a male dressed in drag and posing as a member of the Society of Women Engineers.
After short stints poking fun at the Origami Club, the Juggling Club, and the Muses, the Chorallaries focused on SIPB, proclaiming that SIPB members spend so much time looking at porno images from the Internet that they are "Stuck In the Middle With Goo."
Next was a guest group, the Brandeis Voicemale. They had an impressive set, quality-wise, but were rather poor in the Bad Taste theme. They sang a slightly off-color rendition of "Bright Sunshiny Day (I Can See Beerly Now)," and a skit based on songs from "Les Miserables." In addition to some garden-variety a cappella tunes, they rounded out their set with a witty skit depicting sexually graphic scenes from the new Star Wars trilogy that "didn't make it" to the final cut.
The Chorallaries picked up the concert, after a brief Star Wars skit featuring the "Wet Thigh Knights" with a nerdy song called "Gotta Get an A," a parody of Rusted Root's "Send Me On My Way." After another Star Wars skit, in which Luke and Princess "Lay 'er" meet and have sex (staged behind a blue sheet); they sing a parody of "Airplane" about having sex with a sibling. The Top 10 List followed, this year listing "nice, good taste things that make us happy," which included butterflies and raindrops on roses but finished with "Sex."
Soon after, during a skit in which Darth Vader appeared, the audience provided the soundtrack, singing in unison the entire Imperial March. The Amherst DQ was next, singing high quality music but failing to reach appropriate levels of bad taste, having only interjected phrases between original lines of songs.
The audience was treated to "101 Alternate Meanings for SIPB," a truly tasteless list, but at times rather repetitive and predictable. Interspersed with the last few RD4 news updates were some below-quality songs, as the Chorallaries seemed both weary and disorganized. The LSC movies featured a version of Phenomenon, in which a man sees a bright light and becomes a "chick magnet," because "Who wants to be smart?" Finally the concert ended with aliens, after having been found to be resistive to gonorrhea (the "virus upload"), are thwarted by Asian tourists taking pictures. As usual, the Chorallaries ended with "The Engineer's Drinking Song," but unlike previous years, they had no new verses.
This year's concert seemed to delight first-timers, but was disappointing in comparison to previous years. The musical quality was not up to par; the usually well-rehearsed Chorallaries were out of tune and seemed tired from the beginning. The logistical problems also seemed daunting to the usually fluid group. For many, it was the same bad taste, but to others, it left them somewhat unfulfilled.