Stanford Fleet Street Singers

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The Stanford Fleet Street Singers
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The Stanford Fleet Street Singers at Stanford's Main Quad, wearing their characteristic tuxedos.
Background information
Also known asFleet Street
OriginStanford, California, United States
Genres
Years active1981–present
Websitewww.fleetstreet.com

The Stanford Fleet Street Singers ("Fleet Street") is a comedy a cappella group from Stanford University. The group is known for their original songs, sketch comedy, and uniform of black vests and red bow ties.[1][2] Fleet Street has released 13 full-length albums and has received several national awards.[3]

The group typically comprises 12 to 16 members, selected by audition.

History[edit]

Fleet Street was founded in 1981 when students Timothy Biglow, Kyle Kashima, and Chris Tucci were turned down after auditioning for the Stanford Mendicants, Stanford's only a cappella group at the time. The fledgling group drew inspiration from the Stanford Band and Big Game "Gaieties": existing Stanford University groups known for their irreverence and musical originality.[1][additional citation(s) needed]

The group's early repertoire included barbershop arrangements of Stanford standards, such as "Hail, Stanford, Hail!", "Come Join the Band", "The Dirty Golden Bear".[1][4] They often subverted these songs for humorous effect: in 1987, they reinterpreted the university's century-old alma mater "Hail, Stanford, Hail!" as a rap.[1][5] By the 1990s, their annual spring show filled Stanford's 1700-seat Memorial Auditorium.[6]

Since then, Fleet Street has expanded their musical repertoire; they are now best known for their original and often humorous songs. In performances, they have also incorporated skits, videos, computer-animated films, and elaborate sets.[7][8][9]

The name "Fleet Street" is a reference to the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, itself a nod to the group's musical roots in barbershop music.[1][4]

The Stanford Fleet Street Singers in performance, 2019. On stage against a blue background, in their tuxedo uniforms.
The Stanford Fleet Street Singers in performance, 2019.

Notable performances[edit]

Fleet Street performed the Stanford Hymn at the university's commencement ceremonies in Stanford Stadium in both 1990 and 1991. Each time, at the graduating seniors' chants of "Rap! Rap! Rap!", Fleet Street also performed their 1987 rap version of the hymn.[10][11][12]

In 1991, Fleet Street took part in Stanford's National Centennial Celebration, singing the university's fight songs for alumni in cities around the United States.[1]

In 1996, World Champion figure skater Rudy Galindo skated to Fleet Street's recording of "Ave Maria" for the World Figure Skating Championships.[13] In the spring of that year, Fleet Street won Best Overall Group Performance on the West Coast in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.[14] This saw the group invited to perform at the championship finals at David Geffen Hall (named Avery Fisher Hall at the time) in New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.[15][16]

Fleet Street appeared on national radio for the first time in 1999, when their parody song "Web Surfin'" appeared in The Dr. Demento Radio Show's "Funny Five" list (best known for popularizing Weird Al Yankovic).[17] As of 2019, Fleet Street has been featured on the radio show 13 times.[18]

In 2004, Fleet Street released their eponymous album Fleet Street, the first collegiate a cappella album ever to be composed entirely of original songs.[19]

In 2010, Fleet Street participated in the second round of America's Got Talent in New York City.[7]

In 2018, Fleet Street performed two times on National Public Radio.[20][21]

Discography[edit]

As of 2019, Fleet Street has recorded 13 studio albums:

  • Songs of the Stanford Red (1984)[22]
  • Full Moon at the Quad (1988)[23]
  • curious... (1990)[24]
  • 50-Minute Fun Break (1992)[25]
  • What You Want (1994)[26]
  • Greatest Hits & Skits: Volumes 1 and 2 (1996)[27]
  • All The Rage (1998)[28]
  • Stanford: Up Toward Mountains Higher (1999)[29]
  • Fearless (2001)[30]
  • Fleet Street (2004)[31]
  • Through The Roof (2010)
  • Cold Fury (2017)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Citation
1993[a] Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best Male Collegiate Album 50-Minute Fun Break (1992) Won [32][3]
Best Male Collegiate Song "You Always Hurt the One You Love" Won
Best Original Collegiate Song "Prayer to the God of Partial Credit" Won
Best Collegiate Cover Design 50-Minute Fun Break (1992) Won
Best Mixing and Engineering 50-Minute Fun Break (1992) Won
1995 Male Collegiate Best Album What You Want (1994) Won [33][3]
Male Collegiate Best Song "Ave Maria" Won
Male Collegiate Best Arrangement "What's Opera, Doc?" Runner Up
Best Male Collegiate Soloist Kevin Bleyer for "Black Coffee" Won
1996[a] International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella West Region Semifinal: Best Group Stanford Fleet Street Singers Won [14]
West Region Semifinal: Best Arrangement Greg Chun for "Duran Duran Medley" Won
1999 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best Male Collegiate Album All The Rage (1998) Nominated [34]
Best Male Collegiate Song "Real Genius"[b] Nominated
Best Male Collegiate Arrangement John Niekrasz Won [35]
2002 Best Male Collegiate Arrangement John Niekrasz for "Strange Meadow Lark" on Fearless (2001) Nominated [36]
2004 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella West Region Quarterfinal: Outstanding Choreography Stanford Fleet Street Singers Won [37]
West Region Quarterfinal: Outstanding Soloist Ben Rosebrough for "Renegade" Won
2005 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best Humor Song (Professional) "Teen Angst" on Fleet Street (2004)[b] Nominated [38]
2011 Best Humor Song "Greatest Hits of the 1600s" on Through The Roof (2011)[b] Runner Up [39]
  1. ^ a b Prior to 1992, there were no awards organizations related to a cappella. The Contemporary A Cappella Society announced Recording Awards for the first time in 1992. The ICCAs judged live a cappella performance competitions for the first time in 1996.
  2. ^ a b c Original songs.
The Stanford Fleet Street Singers during the 2008-09 year.

Notable alumni[edit]

In 2000, Fleet Street alumni were among the founding members of The Richter Scales, an a cappella group from San Francisco, CA that was active from 2000-2014.[57][58] In 2008, Fleet Street alumnus Matt Hempey led that group to win the Webby Award for Best Viral Video with their a cappella parody, "Here Comes Another Bubble."[59][60]

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