Whatup, daylight savings? We’ve cruised past the two-month mark for Spring Fling, and the internetz (okay, fine, the ACBz) are abuzz with speculation: Who’s playing? Who isn’t playing? Who should be playing? And who in their right mind would call Big Boi “the other guy in Outkast”??
SO GET PUMPED FOR OFWGK—
Kidding. Stay patient: this isn’t an announcement post—we’ll have the lineup for you when everything’s confirmed soon after break—but it is a bit of Fling history to tide you over. In the ’90s, Social Committee talks were way more last minute (check out the date on that headline), but not quite so secret. (Of course, there was no ACB to leak the info.) In 1996, committee chair Tony Bleach ’96 spoke to the Argus and let campus know what was up: precisely, ’90s indie hip hop, at the peak of its game.
A number of popular hip-hop and rap bands, including The Fugees and The Roots, have been targeted by the social committee to play for this May’s Spring Fling, according to committee chair Tony Bleach ’96. [ . . .] The rap band, Goodie Mob, has been mentioned as a possible third band. Bleach said the fourth band would be “something along the lines of a WESU band… probably a band few people would have heard of.”
Has anything changed? Just replace “WESU” with “Eclectic” in popular campus discourse. Popular indie hip hop (not an oxymoron) still dominates the headliner landscape, and few are complaining. Of the three acts named above, at least two have influenced recent Fling considerations: The Roots are as desired as ever fifteen years later (price got in the way this time), and Goodie Mob hails from the same Dungeon Family crew as Outkast’s Big Boi. Still, the best part of this article, if not the revelation that P-Funk played Spring Fling ’94 [clever PCU reference goes here], has got to be this:
In an interesting twist, however, Bleach said he believes The Fugees would play for “100 or 150 dollars and a lot of alcohol.”
Say wha? Does that offer still stand?
For more on 1990s Spring Fling history, here’s the 1995 lineup announcement—confirmed. As if it isn’t cool enough to have De La Soul leading the bill, I’m more taken by this insane factoid in the annals of Spring Fling history:
Repeated for emphasis:
Sun fucking Ra once played Spring Fling. The Sun Ra Arkestra played Spring Fling. Sun Ra had already died. Whoops.
If you’re an alum, go ahead and comment. I’d really like to know how “Space is the Place” went down on Foss. Or just throw down some favorite Spring Fling memories in general. I’d love to hear them.
Here are some recent (and mostly fantastic) lineups:
- 2010: Big Boi, Dirty Projectors, Black Lips, Linus
- 2009: Santigold, Clipse, King Khan and the Shrines [these acts were booked to play; the show was canceled immediately following the shooting of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10]
- 2008: GZA, The Hold Steady, The Cool Kids
- 2007: TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Project Pat
- 2006: Talib Kweli, Andrew W.K., Red Wire Black Wire
- 2005: Cee-Lo, Deerhoof, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, MGMT
- 2004: Ghostface Killah, Soulive, ESG, Monsters of Rock