So, you know how sometimes you're scouring through the sea of crap that is the internet, only to stumble upon some strange, new world you never knew existed? Well, friends, I had such an experience a few days ago.
It started like any other venture onto YouTube. I was looking for Kelly Clarkson clips.
Done laughing? Oh, you're not.
Now?... OK. Seriously. I've come to embrace my guiltiest of pleasures (though Nelly Furtado may soon dethrone Kelly). But I digress.
Somehow I came across this clip of UCLA's the Scattertones:
I was sort of in shock. I guess I knew that a cappella groups still existed, but covering Kelly Clarkson? And incorporating beat boxing? When did that start? I quickly learned that this was just the tip of the iceberg. The Scattertones
have covered everyone from The Backstreet Boys to The Boss to...wait for it...Radiohead.
But the Scattertones aren't the only ones out there. They've got a rival in the Carleton Singing Knights. They've got indie rock covered, from The Postal Service to Daft Punk to...wait for it...Sufjan Stevens.
There's oh so much more a cappella out there. But the real question is this: Why have I been spending so much of my personal time watching it?
Then I remembered where my love for a cappella came from.....