OH RIGHT! Introducing The Worst A Cappella Group In The Ivy League

We’d like to send out our congratulations to Penn’s Chord on Blues, who — by a tally of 461 to 133 — were voted the Worst A Cappella Group in the Ivy League over the weekend, defeating the combined strengths of Cornell’s Absolute A Cappella and Dartmouth’s Cords. We love you guys and hope you continue to get worse, so that this world might once and for all eliminate a cappella in toto. Thanks for playing! Prize is in the mail… -ish.

And let’s kick up the robot band one last time with the winning video:

 

UPDATE: What is this!? They’ve finally taken the video DOWN? Well, until our brutal response to that comes, enjoy some other shitty videos they made after the jump.

Here are part one and part two of the video that opened their spring show. I didn’t watch these, so let us know what you think.

Also, Jim Newell actually wrote this post, but his login wasn’t working. And by his login wasn’t working, he means he made a dumbshit mistake, kind of like when he didn’t save the Chords’ video in spite of every other editor telling him to do just that several times. Fortunately Jim Newell is a contributing editor and only writes when certain planets align, so you won’t have to deal with his incompetence often. –Jim

22 Responses to “OH RIGHT! Introducing The Worst A Cappella Group In The Ivy League”

  1. penn'10 Says:

    broken link

  2. penn'10 Says:

    broken link

  3. sasha Says:

    Did you guys SERIOUSLY not download a backup? You do know how many free programs exist to let you to that, right? OK.

  4. sasha Says:

    Did you guys SERIOUSLY not download a backup? You do know how many free programs exist to let you to that, right? OK.

  5. welcome Says:

    as the guy who posted the oregeon trail links to the original cord on blues post, you’re welcome, ivygate.

    but seriously guys, things are getting a little shoddy around here. first you don’t back up that genius performance after you were repeatedly warned to by commenters on this very blog, and now all you give us is 20 minutes of the most painful, oregon trail related footage in existence.

    i don’t know. i mean i’m sure you have day jobs like chris and nick but a little more attention paid to making quality posts would really help.

  6. welcome Says:

    as the guy who posted the oregeon trail links to the original cord on blues post, you’re welcome, ivygate.

    but seriously guys, things are getting a little shoddy around here. first you don’t back up that genius performance after you were repeatedly warned to by commenters on this very blog, and now all you give us is 20 minutes of the most painful, oregon trail related footage in existence.

    i don’t know. i mean i’m sure you have day jobs like chris and nick but a little more attention paid to making quality posts would really help.

  7. A Former Chord Says:

    Chords has always been about setting standards and achieving goals, and it gives me great pleasure to see a day when Chords has not been plagued by mediocrity but today emerge victorious! It gives me such great joy to see Chords win this tournament. It truly was a group effort. That and the Chords Mix.
    On a another note, ninety-nine percent of collegiate a cappella takes itself far too seriously when it comes time for honest criticism. Speaking as the guy they let in because they made their decisions over one too many pitchers at the local pub, I think most people in these groups don’t take my approach: realize this is just a lot of fun and laugh at yourselves. But, honestly, would this thing have been even slightly, yet agonizingly, entertaining if we weren’t taking it so seriously? Looking back on this, I’ve gotten a good laugh out of everything.
    But I know a good amount of the other performers made fun of in this thing, particularly the individuals singled out in posts, took it very personally. We all do try hard to put on an entertaining show. The audience always has the right to decide what’s crap and what’s gold, so I take no personal offense to what you said about Chords. In fact, that video made us look really, really bad. But a lot of the other performers in this tournament are hurt by the comments here and on YouTube. To them, I want to say I’m really sorry you guys got dragged through this, and I know it’s tough right now. Don’t this keep you from singing if that’s fun for you.
    And if the rest of you don’t buy that, well at least when I graduated I took the official Chords video camera with me. Thank me later for destroying future videos.
    And thanks for giving me a few good laughs about this.

  8. A Former Chord Says:

    Chords has always been about setting standards and achieving goals, and it gives me great pleasure to see a day when Chords has not been plagued by mediocrity but today emerge victorious! It gives me such great joy to see Chords win this tournament. It truly was a group effort. That and the Chords Mix.
    On a another note, ninety-nine percent of collegiate a cappella takes itself far too seriously when it comes time for honest criticism. Speaking as the guy they let in because they made their decisions over one too many pitchers at the local pub, I think most people in these groups don’t take my approach: realize this is just a lot of fun and laugh at yourselves. But, honestly, would this thing have been even slightly, yet agonizingly, entertaining if we weren’t taking it so seriously? Looking back on this, I’ve gotten a good laugh out of everything.
    But I know a good amount of the other performers made fun of in this thing, particularly the individuals singled out in posts, took it very personally. We all do try hard to put on an entertaining show. The audience always has the right to decide what’s crap and what’s gold, so I take no personal offense to what you said about Chords. In fact, that video made us look really, really bad. But a lot of the other performers in this tournament are hurt by the comments here and on YouTube. To them, I want to say I’m really sorry you guys got dragged through this, and I know it’s tough right now. Don’t this keep you from singing if that’s fun for you.
    And if the rest of you don’t buy that, well at least when I graduated I took the official Chords video camera with me. Thank me later for destroying future videos.
    And thanks for giving me a few good laughs about this.

  9. http://dolphin.upenn.edu/~pack Says:

    @ Former Chord: Fahey, is that you?

    The irony is that I hear Chords used to be phenomenal pre-2000 or so. Purely hearsay at best, and, given these videos, highly dubious.

    So yeah, they kind of had this one coming.

  10. http://dolphin.upenn.edu/~pack/ack.html Says:

    @ Former Chord: Fahey, is that you?

    The irony is that I hear Chords used to be phenomenal pre-2000 or so. Purely hearsay at best, and, given these videos, highly dubious.

    So yeah, they kind of had this one coming.

  11. A Former Chord Says:

    Penn a cappella, like the popular frats, does seem to go in cycles. I know the groups (and frats) that were cool when I was a freshman aren’t necessarily the most popular ones now. I’ve heard Chords recordings from back in the day and I think they were good then. I just saw their fall show and it was a lot of fun and very entertaining. If no a cappella group outside of Masala is going to be the next international sensation, isn’t being entertaining by any means possible really the point of it all?

  12. A Former Chord Says:

    Penn a cappella, like the popular frats, does seem to go in cycles. I know the groups (and frats) that were cool when I was a freshman aren’t necessarily the most popular ones now. I’ve heard Chords recordings from back in the day and I think they were good then. I just saw their fall show and it was a lot of fun and very entertaining. If no a cappella group outside of Masala is going to be the next international sensation, isn’t being entertaining by any means possible really the point of it all?

  13. A cappella alum Says:

    The Chords recordings were good back in the day? Not according to the rest of the a cappella community: http://www.rarb.org/reviews/group-141.html

  14. A cappella alum Says:

    The Chords recordings were good back in the day? Not according to the rest of the a cappella community: http://www.rarb.org/reviews/group-141.html

  15. dick Says:

    ouch to the above link. but seriously, a cappella sucks. give me some post-psuedo-current-modern-gregorian ironic a cappella humor any day. at least these tools know it’s a goddamn joke:
    http://lamp.dailypennsylvanian.com/thespin/?p=745#more-745

  16. dick Says:

    ouch to the above link. but seriously, a cappella sucks. give me some post-psuedo-current-modern-gregorian ironic a cappella humor any day. at least these tools know it’s a goddamn joke:
    http://lamp.dailypennsylvanian.com/thespin/?p=745#more-745

  17. dick Says:

    Ouch to that link above. I’d like to add that chords have always been terrible. Oh, and that all a cappella groups suck. Pennchants, Quakernotes, Inspiration, Masala, and Off-the-beat since 1999 all give the ancient sport of song (at least Penn) a bad name. Let’s face it; a cappella in general just plain dip-dip-dum-ba-sucksssss. Give me some post-psuedo-current-modern-gregorian ironic a cappella humor any day. At least these semi-loveable tool-bags know it’s a goddamn joke:
    http://lamp.dailypennsylvanian.com/thespin/?p=745#more-74

  18. dick Says:

    Ouch to that link above. I’d like to add that chords have always been terrible. Oh, and that all a cappella groups suck. Pennchants, Quakernotes, Inspiration, Masala, and Off-the-beat since 1999 all give the ancient sport of song (at least Penn) a bad name. Let’s face it; a cappella in general just plain dip-dip-dum-ba-sucksssss. Give me some post-psuedo-current-modern-gregorian ironic a cappella humor any day. At least these semi-loveable tool-bags know it’s a goddamn joke:
    http://lamp.dailypennsylvanian.com/thespin/?p=745#more-74

  19. Another Chord Alum Says:

    I have in my posession a DVD of the entire Chord on Blues show from Spring, 2007. Yes…that is no fewer than ELEVEN songs of equal or better calibur than that which won us this prestigous award…I will sell to the highest bidder. Or if nobody bids, I’ll just settle with posting all of it on YouTube…

  20. Another Chord Alum Says:

    I have in my posession a DVD of the entire Chord on Blues show from Spring, 2007. Yes…that is no fewer than ELEVEN songs of equal or better calibur than that which won us this prestigous award…I will sell to the highest bidder. Or if nobody bids, I’ll just settle with posting all of it on YouTube…

  21. A Former Chord Says:

    Can I get it in Blu-Ray?

    And by back in the day, I mean way before those two albums. It was called Souled Out, back from 1998, I believe, and it was fun to listen to. Yes, the two more recent ones are terrible.

  22. A Former Chord Says:

    Can I get it in Blu-Ray?

    And by back in the day, I mean way before those two albums. It was called Souled Out, back from 1998, I believe, and it was fun to listen to. Yes, the two more recent ones are terrible.

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