So I was reading the Top 100 April Fool’s Pranks (see “humour” entry below) and saw this one:
#98: Soy Bomb Lands Record Contract
Viewers of the February 1998 broadcast of the Grammys were surprised when a semi-naked man with the word ‘Soy Bomb’ scrawled on his chest danced out onto the stage during Bob Dylan’s solo performance. The man (who was definitely not supposed to be there) was quickly escorted away by security guards. But a few months later, on April 1, Rhino Records proudly announced that it had signed Soy Bomb (as he was now known) to a two-year, six-album recording contract. Soy Bomb’s first album would include covers of popular classics such as ‘Dancing Machine’ and ‘You Dropped a Bomb on Me.’ A spokesman for Rhino Records commented that they had been moved to offer Soy Bomb a contract because the experience of watching him dance had been for them “kind of like when you eat too many Whoppers and you feel a little nauseous, but you’re so happy you ate them.”
I realised I still remember when WGRD 97.9 (for those of you in the southwest corner of Michigan) interviewed the Soy Bomb guy, probably about a week after the original incident (at the Grammys, which really did happen). I remember listening to the interview at the end of Rick Beckett, Darla Jay, and Scott Winters’ morning show in the parking lot of KAMSC after getting over there early one morning when Rick, Darla, and Scott were wrapping up the show, and I remember the Soy Bomb guy mentioning something about “Bird bird bird, the bird is the word.” He was really fuckin weird, and the bird clip from that interview was in the ad for the morning show for the next month. Hysterical. And damn, that was five years ago. Jesus, I feel old.
Side note: Rick Beckett left WGRD last summer, Scott followed soon after, and Darla had already left sometime around the time I entered college. I still think those three were about the best morning show anyone in SW Michigan had from middle school to when Darla left, and they were far better than anything I’ve heard since that time. But now Rick and Scott are back, according to the Grand Rapids Press. Glad to have those guys back on the air. They’re great.
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