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Mob Madness, 1996 - Howard Tayler
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Mob Madness, 1996
I ran sound for a comedy troupe called "The Garrens" back in the mid-90's, and one of their largest performances was to be held at a Brigham Young University freshman orientation event. There were about 2,000 kids (even then they looked like kids to me) in attendance.

There was a dance before the show, and the huge floor area was packed. The DJ's stage was in the middle of it all, and I was up there with him setting up the gear for The Garrens while he dropped jams, or mixes, or beats, or whatever you kids call that stuff. The heads and shoulders of 2,000 freshmen were a tumultous, rhythmic sea that came up to my knees.

Then the DJ dropped in "Macarena," and there was order in the chaos. Like iron filings in Hell's own magnetic field, 2,000 freshmen aligned themselves and oscillated in unison.

It was amazing, and just a little frightening. This was the sort of power supervillians crave, and it was being used as a party game.
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goodluckfox From: goodluckfox Date: October 15th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I absolutely *loved* the bit with the installer drones. Will Ennesby be keeping four or five of them as a back up singer/dancers?

That is, assuming they're not all destroyed in The Doom(tm) that is sure to follow. :)
gurgi From: gurgi Date: October 15th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Not everything ends in doom...


Yeah, I don't believe I said that either...
seawasp From: seawasp Date: October 15th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
What could possibly go wrong?
ladyfox7oaks From: ladyfox7oaks Date: October 15th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
OH, you WOULD have to use one of the Greater Summoning Trigger phrases... DIDN'T YOU!?!?
wulfbyu From: wulfbyu Date: October 15th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I personally was quite happy to see a reference back to Ennesby's origins as a holographic boy band. Sometimes it's easy to see his depth, logic, and intelligence and forget where he came from. Remembering it made me giggle a bit today. :-D

Also, I had no idea you ran sound for The Garrens. I was introduced to them in their twilight season but thoroughly enjoyed them through that season.

I DO remember the unholy power that the Macarena once held, however... *shudders*
From: metaweta Date: January 6th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)

That was YOU!

There was an improv comedy bit I was at, and someone started swinging something around and quoting Star Wars. Then you made the speaker squelch for sound effects! You got a standing ovation for that.
balorn From: balorn Date: October 15th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I've seen similar effects recently at anime conventions when someone plays "Caramelldansen", though admittedly they rarely all line up unless they see a video camera. Here are several examples.
From: petronivs Date: October 15th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
It's sometimes amazing what people will do when they see a video camera.
seawasp From: seawasp Date: October 15th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
At (I think) Katsucon 2, during the dance, Rob Lantz put on "X", from the X:1999 trailer (great trailer, great music, movie sucked), and the entire ROOM was screaming "X!" and making the X symbol with their arms for the whole thing, while dancing. This included me, and I normally don't dance.
becky_black From: becky_black Date: October 15th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw an episode of some TV show - can't recall which one - where the villain used the whole "call and response" thing, getting the crowd to repeat back to the singer on stage, for evil purposes, summoning demons or soemthing I think. Neat!

Crowds are weird things.
harper_knight From: harper_knight Date: October 15th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
One of the best, and excellently spine-tingling examples of this I know of is the version of Master of Puppets on the Symphony & Metallica album. A stadium full of people yelling "Master! Master!" at James Hetfield.. it's an excellent version of a good song.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: October 15th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
ladyfox7oaks From: ladyfox7oaks Date: October 15th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
My brain wants to say they did something similar in "Hocus Pocus", that movie with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as witches?
klingonguy From: klingonguy Date: October 15th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
The horror! The horror!
dragons_wine From: dragons_wine Date: October 24th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
This was the sort of power supervillians crave, and it was being used as a party game. -Best line ever!
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