The Goat Posse effort in 2011 was one of quality over quantity which is not to make excuses, but we took what we could get. Frankly, the Challenge Line was dying on the vine, but that opened up long stretches of time to work on original productions.
The Intro took a toll early on due to a last minute course correction (see Intro description for more detail). But the Posse soon found its hooves with a creative re-imagining of Lonely Island’s “I Just Had Sex”. An all-night effort ensued to produce “I Just Had Corn” with contributions by both Posse members and nearby talent including Aaron, who would be named the “Rhyminister” in 2012 in-part for his efforts on the track.
Probationary members Drrrty A, Rhyminister, and Mistress Carly would contribute greatly to many of the productions, serving not only as talent but as producers.
- INTRO: Superheroes of Trivia
2011 became a new-era of collaboration with regard to the production of the hallowed ‘Trivia Intro’.
After 2010’s production was finished just 30 minutes before airtime, the Posse vowed never to come so close to the deadline for airtime again. As Murphy’s Law would have it, this open declaration would only seal their fate. Just days before Coco‘s early departure for St. Cloud, Captain F. phoned him with grave concerns: the intro was not shaping up to be the epic production it always had been and should be. Something drastic had to be done.
With just days remaining, they started from square one: clip compilation. The biggest component of each year’s ‘Intro’ is a collection of relative pop culture audio clips that help the Posse tell a story. The collection to this point was greatly lacking, and needed a ‘Super’ shot in the arm! Super Goat Posse, assemble!
The Posse, particularly Mr. Choo Choo, and a few KVSC volunteers (most notably, KVSC’s Asst. Production Director, Nick), swooped in and assembled a collection of new clips. The final product has over 100 clips, over 80% of which were collected in the last week of production! The final product, which includes the first ever segment produced by a female (‘SexyTime’ segment by KV’s Production Director, who would later become Posse member Drrrty A), is fully deserving of the title ‘Trivia Intro’, but could never have happened without the help of our team of ‘Superfriends’!
- INTRO: Superheroes of Trivia (Aircheck version)
Hear the intro as it aired on KVSC. Relive the excitement as though it was happening all over again!
- YIR: Superheroes of Trivia’s 50 Hour Caped Crusade
When so many people get together in one place for a “shared moment” it’s important to have a record of that experience so that nostalgia can be easily accessed. Like Danny and Sandy at the fair the Goat Posse hands out an audio trivia yearbook every year. To hear your copy, just click “play”.
- 2011 Awards Ceremony – Goat Posse Awards
Trivia has an awards ceremony, yet within this event the Posse loves themselves so much they must bestow their own awards on trivia players and volunteers alike. Listen further if you want to know who/what got us all warm under the wool.
- 2011 Awards Ceremony – Full Version
The Trivia Awards ceremony is a time for all the players and volunteers to gather both physically and virtually and reflect on why vacation, time, and sanity was sacrificed for 50 hours. One reporter characterized the ceremony as “Trivia’s Mardi Gras” for the rollicking nature of the event complete with costumes, flying fruit, occasional marriage proposals, a yearly strip-tease, many thank yous, boos for teams within driving distance that don’t attend, and of course, the reading of the scores!
- Challenge: Capes to The Awards Ceremony
A theme-inspired challenge to support the Mardi Gras nature of the awards ceremony.
- Challenge: The Cost of Little People
How much does it really cost to rent a “little person”? I am not sure clarity was reached during this call.
- Challenge: State Your Team Motto – Neo-Maxi Zooomdweebies
The “Neo-Maxi Zoomdweebies” can be consistently relied upon to offer of well-reasoned and traditional challenges. Their challenge for teams to call in with a superhero name and motto spurred a few responses.
- Challenge: State Your Team Motto – Defenders of Colors
It started with a great superhero name “The Defender of Colors” but then devolved into a discussion about Mr. Winkle.
- Challenge: State Your Team Motto – Marky Mark
We didn’t know the Funky Bunch needed protection, save for the latex kind.
- Challenge: No Internet Mardi Gras Style
Ever since GDI became GDI-L (for library) and tried to play trivia relying just on pulp-based sources for answers, teams have called-in to challenge other teams to unplug the internet while playing. This call has a novel approach that rises above this normally lame and tired challenge.
- Challenge: Prom Mom
Following in the footsteps of Jism Mom, another mom who plays trivia uses the airwaves to impose her will. We wondered if the young man she was talking about would ever find the courage to take his balls out of his purse.
- Challenge: Shotgun Pants and Knotty Beer
When callers contact the challenge line they think they have an idea that is bullet-proof. Often they fail to realized under the crucible of Posse scrutiny, that well conceived (or not), idea falls apart quickly.
- Challenge: Random and Various
Follow-up calls on two previous challenges including the whiny return of Prom Mom.
- Challenge: Sidekick
This call won best challenge of the year for many reasons. It was theme-related, involved social media, and was resolved democratically by all the trivia players, culminating in a sword-fight at the awards ceremony. You’ll have to listen to that to learn the results.
- GPO: I Just Had Corn!
The inertia for this spoof came during trivia which is the way the Posse prefers to work. In the beginning hours of the contest as the Posse was waiting for challenge line calls that would never come, Mr. Choo Choo rolled in the prod studio and pulled up Lonely Island’s “I Just Had Sex” on YouTube. After appreciating the video several times, Drrrty A suggested that we spoof this song and soon work began on what would become “I Just Had Corn”.
Dude and Captain F. sat down with the lyrics and began adapting them with maize-tinged adjectives. In the studio the rest of the Posse was gathering the music and auditioning MCs. Dude and The Rhyminister were selected for the rap parts with Phal singing the refrains.
All the individual parts were recorded in the prod studio and a first cut was assembled. The entire posse was underwhelmed, but at the same time news of the project spread throughout Trivia HQ. About this time the Hamsters had vacated the Multi-track studio for the night. This proved to be a boon for the Posse as this studio had just been upgraded with the latest technology which was truly needed to bring this project home.
Jim Gray invited the Posse to the Multi-track and all parts were re-recorded using techniques that actual bands use when making a single. (imagine that!) Phal’s voice, after singing his part repeatedly for over an hour, was having trouble hitting some pitch levels, which partially explains the “off the rails” ending. Another challenge came during post-production as no one in the building had ever applied auto-tune processing to a production.
The effort continued through the night until approximately 6 a.m. when all assembled had other actual trivia duties to attend to. Hours later after sleep had been acquired, Jim “Spector” Gray smoothed out all the edges and it was ready for its world debut during the Posse’s trivia on-air shift Saturday night.
- GPO: I Just Had Corn! – Re-Mastered
The marathon that is Trivia sometimes leaves volunteers too tired to improve on projects started and completed during trivia. For “I Just Had Corn”, Jim “Spector” Gray earned his name by re-mastering the track to smooth out even more edges, including a proper application of auto-tune that had Phal sounding just a stones-throw from Akon himself.
- GPO: Larry King Game
“The Larry King Game” was not our idea; Kevin Pollack likes to play it with his TV show guests. We thought it would make a great call-in activity for the challenge line. Despite cutting a sweet promo, no one called. So after a few hours it was game over.
- GPO: Top 10 Useless Superhero Powers
There are plenty of stories about superheroes, and how they use their powers to save the worlds. We happened to find those heroes that didn’t quite make it out of the academy.
- Safe Harbor! Second Half Intro
Digital Dave and Princess Yum-Yum, with the help of Jim Gray produced an intro in 2010 to be used to introduce Safe Harbor! a Trivia-only music show on Trivia Sunday from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. It was funny and predictable in the beginning and then went totally sideways, leaving your jaw agape while reaching to play it over and then a fifth time. For 2011, Dave and Yum Yum created an intro for the second half of the show. Like the first intro, this one makes you shift uncomfortably in your seat until you are confronted with a double-take inducing ending that leaves you asking, “What just happened?”
- Digital Latency
Digital Dave tries to explain to young impressionable radio neophytes the wonders of digital audio production. We are unsure his students share his exuberance.
- Touch My Junk
Please listen to this message from Coco, who literally feels that people are not as close to one another as they should be. To foster a closer connection amongst each other Coco is willing to sacrifice his own personal space.
- “Superheros of Trivia” Push Trilogy
Although not produced or conceived by the Goat Posse, Coco and Phal did lend their voice talents to Drrrty A (who was not YET a posse member) and Nick of the KVSC production department for this three-part epic!
- Goat Posse Trivia Push
Conceived and produced by Mr. Choo Choo, this was our first foray into pre-promotion, as we reminded folks that we are the Goat Posse and we’ll be here for Trivia, once again!