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Bad Taste and Perfect Pitch

MIT’s Chorallaries Take Third in Competition, Plan Upcoming ‘Bad Taste’ Concert

By Jacob Beniflah and Sonali Mukherjee

staff writers

A week before their highly anticipated Concert in Bad Taste, the MIT Chorallaries competed last Friday in the National Championship of Collegiate a capella competition at Smith College in Northampton, MA.

Egged on by a busload of fans the group put on a solid performance to take third place. The Chorallaries advanced to the semi-finals after destroying the competition on February 25 at Boston University.

Led by Bernard Levin ’99, the Chorallaries were the first of the competing groups to perform. They began with Moe’s “Rebubula” which featured a solo by Joe Cirello ’01, named best soloist at the quarter final competition at BU. After that they led straight into Paula Cole’s “I Am So Ordinary.” This song had a strong solo by Sheri Cheng G. The final song was “Excuse Me Mister” by No Doubt. Mira Wilczek ’03, the petite newbie, performed an amazing solo, wowing the crowd by unexpectedly singing loudly and powerfully while at the same time accurately mimicking Gwen Stefani’s voice.

While the group put in a solid performance, they were edged out by the Harvard Callbacks and Skidmore Accents. Harvard’s act featured amazing choreography in their rendition of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” The Callbacks advanced to finals April 30 in New York City.

While disappointed with the third place ranking, the Chorallaries will shift gears this week in preparation for Bad Taste.

The concert, beginning at 11:59 p.m., has been publicized around campus with various offbeat posters. With interesting comments such as “Shove it in your mouth or its gonna get cold” and “So here we’re talking about performance and forward thrust,” a quote taken from a Course 16 professor, the signs illustrate the theme of the concert: this is not your run of the mill a capella concert.

The uniqueness of this concert may be what drives its popularity which began in the 1980s. In recent years, students have been known to wait up to 12 hours in line to guarantee themselves a spot in room 10-250.

The one to two hour concert will feature a wide variety of parody songs that range from raunchy to cheesy. While this year’s material is top secret, in recent years the group sang such songs as “Necrophilia Down by the Graveyard” and “MIT is Easy When You Study Biology.” No group will be safe will be safe from the Chorallaries’ cutting parody.

In addition to the songs, the Chorallaries in past years have also performed several skits. Past skits include “God’s Experiences as a Student at MIT” and “Alien Invasion on Registration Day.” The famed Bad Taste t-shirts will also be on sale that night.