Yes, I think a cappella boys are ridiculously hot. I mean, I married one for gosh sakes!
The obsession goes back to high school (see… told you we were an odd bunch), and one of the highlights each year was a visit by an all-male a cappella college choir on their Holiday and Spring west coast “tours.” They came from a spattering of the Ivy league schools (and co-ed choirs from Stanford), and our school was a notoriously wonderful venue for anyone who wanted to find a reason to visit the Monterey Peninsula.
You see, our school didn’t have a “brother” boarding school, as it had gone co-ed back in the ‘80s. So any boys that walked on our campus were not just anomalies, but were instantly the cutest and hottest boys ever. It was simply declared a holiday anytime the “Marginot line” on our campus separating “boys can be here” from “boys can’t be here” was broken by a gaggle of men. So that meant that these little a cappella choirs got a lot of attention from us… just think of Elvis, the Beatles, NKOTB and lots of school uniforms.
Everyone would buy their CD after the performances. Some girls would even go so far as to contact them to buy their annual t-shirt or try and reach the members by email (and these is the early Internet days). I remember when one of my friends went to Princeton and told me that she was sad to learn that the choir boys weren’t as cute as she remembered… and we laughed at what we must have built their image up to! As a day student, I wasn’t as warped into the system as the boarders, but I still adored the music. I definitely bought the CDs and loved listening to them… and in college, I started buying the BOCA CDs annually and burning tons of CDs with downloaded a cappella MP3s.
And when I see/hear great male a cappella groups now… I still swoon. Like Tuesday’s episode of GLEE with the Beelzebubs…
p.s. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to their version Semi-Charmed life in college!
Obviously Mr. M didn’t lose any points by admitting he was in a high school a cappella group (more like a barbershop quartet, but still!)… and now that one his fellow members/classmates is a part of Straight No Chaser, my mind runs wild with the how much I would have geeked out on him if I went to his high school!
Anyone else out their a closet a cappella geek? Or maybe you just want to give a shout out to your respective college group???