Back around the turn of the century, when I was going wild with Napster like everybody else, I downloaded a few tunes from collegiate a cappella groups.
Collegiate a cappella... what an odd little subculture that is. Groups with goofy names like the MIT Logarhythms, Brandeis VoiceMale and the University of Michigan Compulsive Lyres.
What tickled me was, some of these groups would do contemporary R&B songs like “No Diggity” or Prince hits like “When Doves Cry,” in that corny group-harmony style. (Actually, I kinda dug “Thieves in the Temple” by the UNC Loreleis. It’s not quite so corny when girls do it.)
For some reason, Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” has become a collegiate a cappella standard, as illustrated by the clips I’ve pulled up on my Video Bar.