I went to a CMJ event with @zigahzagah and Lauren last night… Cold War Kids played and it was magical (once they figured out the sound issues created by the shitty equipment they were forced to use).
After all the bands/DJs were done, they brought in The Rebel Underground Bingo Club. There wasn’t really anything rebellious about it, other than the fact that we were drinking. The hosts were this British guy and his posse of “sexy” announcers… Granted, the girls were pretty, but they were so hilariously trying to Playboy it up. Also, it was a little… cultish? They kept saying they were going to change our lives. I don’t feel any different.
Here’s basically what happened when the numbers were called:
"Sexy" Announcer (in a trying-too-hard-to-be-sexy voice): "I like to do it on the floor. It’s number sixty-four!”
British dude (shouting): “SIXTY-FOUR! SIX AND FOUR! THIS IS SO LIFE-CHANGING!”
[“Sexy” Announcer begins to writhe around on the British dude]
It’s a good thing the event had an open bar. Otherwise, I think everyone would have left. Maybe it’s better when they do it at their own venue? I don’t know, it was just kind of awkward.
Of course the British dude thought this was life-changing… he had scantily clad women dancing all over him! The rest of us were just trying to balance our drinks with our tickets & wishing they could figure out a way to project the numbers on the screen instead of “WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE. THIS IS REBEL UNDERGROUND BINGO.”
Anyway, @newyorkcityspeed, if you still want to go when you get back to NY, I suggest going on a night when it’s offered for free at some event or trying to get discounted tickets somehow.