Also at Brandeis was a sketch comedy troupe called Boris' Kitchen. At one of their shows, a year or maybe two after the Justones graduated, they announced a halftime act: The Monotones. Four guys got up on stage and proceeded to perform very enthusiastic, fully choreographed versions of a capella standards YMCA and Blue Moon ... all in monotone! Complete with the rockstar moves and everything.
Over the next few years, the Monotones were a staple of big Boris' Kitchen shows, and a favorite of the audiences. And then they, too, graduated and were gone.
This past Sunday evening, at Kriss and Jon's wedding, the DJ put on "Ice Ice Baby", and a small host of former Boris' Kitchen members did Steve's buttdance, another Boris' Kitchen staple of that era - and led by Steve himself, buttdancing right up front. I instantly thought: "the perfect followup to this would be a Monotones performance!"
I mentioned that to Steve, and he laughed. But then I thought, waitaminnit, maybe all the Monotones are here! So I went to Jon, himself a Boris' Kitchen alum, and suggested it. He thought it highly unlikely that we could convince them to perform, but yes, indeed, all four Monotones were present. (For good measure, I also poked Erica and she tried her charms on some of them :)
When the DJ put YMCA on, the four of them were huddled in the back, talking to each other, but they did not spring forth and perform. I thought that was it, they'd considered it, but as Jon had said, they probably weren't going to do anything.
And then, several songs later, Jon called everyone to attention, and introduced... as soon as he said the word "quartet" I knew what was coming up and got a front row position. We got one song, Blue Moon, in wonderful monotone. The first, and perhaps the only, Monotones performance in this century.