Not that many people understand a cappella groups. They think being in a group is exactly what it’s like in Pitch Perfect. It’s not — it’s better than that.
Another thing people don’t understand about a cappella groups is why they feel the need to play into the phenomenon by way of overly expressive faces and hand gestures, and of course, punny names. After spending almost four years in a group, my explanation for all of these things is as simple as: It’s just really fun.
For the record, not all a cappella groups are affiliated with a college, and some are even made up of middle aged adults who just really love to sing. For the purposes of this article, we looked at the names of college-affiliated groups. You’d be surprised at how witty some of the names are. You’d also be surprised at the amount of sexual names (or maybe that’s to be expected).
Straight No Chaser, Atlantic Records
This is the only Weeknd cover you need to hear.
Compulsive Lyres, University of Michigan
Alright, you crazy kids.
Pitch Slapped, Berklee College of Music
Fermata Thin Air, Nazareth College
Who came up with this one? I need to know.
Aural Fixation, Boston University
Ransom Notes, University of Chicago
Shouts out to whoever filmed this one.
Chord on Blues, University of Pennsylvania
Sexy Pitches, Alfred University
Conn-Men, University of Connecticut
The only kind of man you want to be conned by.
Shirley Tempos, Brandeis University
Get it, ladies.
Noteworthy, Brigham Young University
Professionally filmed? You know this group got some $$$.
ChaiNamics, University of Delaware
’Cause they’re Jewish, ya know.
Sedoctaves, University of Florida
Interchorus, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
With a name like that, how could you not cover Usher?
Treble Threat, University of San Diego
Unaccompanied Minors, University of Waterloo
Logarhythms, Massachusetts Institute of Technology