Andrew Magrath (biggrumpy) wrote,
Andrew Magrath

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“The Warrant” “The Cheese” “The Crook!”

Well, the word on the street is “Rockin’” I just got back from the Rockapella show, and it was AWSOME. Rockapella owns. There have been some changes since the Carmen San Diego days. First off, there is only one or two of the original members, but don’t think they stopped rockin’, because they didn’t! Plus they now have a drummer! But, he uses his mouth. It sounds lame, but that guy OWNED. He was awesome. The main guy called him the “ドラマ 口 (do-ra-ma guchi (drummer mouth))” He sounded just like a drum set. He could do cymbals, bass, snare, you name it. Rockapella was soooooo good. I am so pumped still. Let me do this by the numbers.
1) The place they played, The Blue Note, was really swank. It had an eating area and an upper area. It was just a really nice club to sit and listen to music. We sat in the cheaper seats, but where still only maybe 20-30 feet from the stage.
2) The opening act was a Japanese acapella group. They did a really nice “In the Mood” a song in Spanish and a song in Japanese. Then it was time to Rock-apella!
3) Rockapella hit the stage and I was instantly excited. After the first song the main singer spoke quite a bit of Japanese. Throughout the show he showed a high fluency in Japanese (more than me). Dan and I are pretty sure he hadn’t just memorized a few can phrases, he actually understood parts of the language. He made some mistakes, and my pronunciation is superior to his, but he obviously had a handle on the grammar and had a good vocabulary. He knew more than your basic “Thank you,” “ready to rock?,” etc. He was really sociable with the crowed and had them laughing and clapping and rocking.
4) While singing a few members would go out into the crowd and swoon the girls and shake hands. It was funny because, in typical Japanese fashion, one person would very tentatively put out their hand to get a high five. But once that one brave soul got his high five, hands were flying out everywhere! At one point they got a woman named Emi on the stage. They sang her love songs, and had various competitions during the songs. One member would sing, and another would sing higher, and a third would sing even higher. They would pose for her, pull her by the hand, and call each other “馬鹿 (“baka” meaning “idiot” (in Osaka and not considered a rude word) and “ass” (in Tokyo and is considered a mildly rude word – as a linguistic aside “aho” has a reversed role in the two cities). It was hilarious. The woman was a great sport, and the audience ate it up.
5) Then the BEST thing happened of all. At the very end the main guy said, “Well I guess there is just one thing left to do.” Then he pointed at the audience. For a second I sat stunned. Then I said “Do it Rockapella?” The audience was pretty quite, so he explained (in Japanese) what you needed to do. The next time Dan and I DID NOT miss our chance. They pointed and we yelled as loud as we could “DO IT ROCKAPELLA!” The main singer said, “Wow, genki (energetic, excited)!” Dan and I were so busy basking in our awsomeness we missed him pointing to the crowd again and thus missed our spot. He looked our way and said, “Doko desu ka.(where [where you]?)” We shrugged, and he did it again. This time we tore it up with a huge “DO IT ROCKAPELLA!!” leading to…

“Well she sneaks around the world from Kiev to Carolina,
She's a sticky-fingered filcher from Berlin down to Belize,
She'll take you for a ride on a slow boat to China,
Tell me where in the world is Carmen San Diego?

Steal their Seoul in South Korea, make Antarctica cry Uncle,
From the Red Sea to Greenland they'll be singing the blues,
Well they never Arkansas her steal the Mekong from the jungle,
Tell me where in the world is Carmen San Diego?

She go from Nashville to Norway, Bonaire to Zimbabwe,
Chicago to Czechoslovakia and back!

Well she'll ransack Pakistan and run a scam in Scandinavia,
Then she'll stick 'em up Down Under and go pick-pocket Perth,
She put the Miss in misdemeanor when she stole the beans from Lima,
Tell me where in the world is Carmen San Diego?
Oh tell me where in the world is... Oh tell me where can she be?

Ooh, Botswana to Thailand, Milan via Amsterdam,
Mali to Bali, Ohio, Oahu...!

Well she glides around the globe and she'll flimflam every nation,
She's a double-dealing diva with a taste for thievery,
Her itinerary's loaded up with moving violations,
Tell me where in the world is Carmen San Diego?
Tell me where in the world is Carmen San Diego?
Tell me where in the world is Carmen San Diego?
Tell me where in the world is Carmen San Diego?
Tell me where in the world is, where can she be?
Tell me where in the world is Carmen San Diego?

Rockapella Live was great. I grabbed their CD “Rockapella: Live in Japan” super fast! I had so much fun. It was well worth it. It was surreal, and surreally fun.

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