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"World Wide Recorder Concert"
South Park episode
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The children practicing for the concert.
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 17
Written by Trey Parker
Directed by Eric Stough
Production no. 317
Original airdate January 12, 2000
Season 3 episodes
South Park season 3
April 7, 1999 – January 12, 2000
  1. Rainforest Schmainforest
  2. Spontaneous Combustion
  3. The Succubus
  4. Tweek vs. Craig
  5. Jackovasaurus
  6. Sexual Harassment Panda
  7. Cat Orgy
  8. Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub
  9. Jewbilee
  10. Chinpokomon
  11. Starvin' Marvin in Space
  12. Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery
  13. Hooked on Monkey Fonics
  14. The Red Badge of Gayness
  15. Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics
  16. Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus
  17. World Wide Recorder Concert

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List of South Park episodes

"World Wide Recorder Concert" (also referred to as "The Brown Noise"[1]) is episode 48 of the Comedy Central series South Park. It was originally broadcast on January 12, 2000.


Plot synopsis

Four million children, including those from Mr. Garrison's class, are scheduled to play "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at the televised Worldwide Recorder Concert in Oklahoma City led by Yoko Ono and Kenny G, but a flood caused the concert to be relocated in Little Rock, Mr. Garrison's hometown. This causes him considerable anxiety (as he confesses to Mr. Mackey) for he had "sexual molestation issues" with his father in the past.

In Arkansas, the boys encounter a hostile group of kids from New York, also there for the concert, who call them "queefs". At first, the boys do not understand what queef means; assuming the New York kids had made the word up, the boys try to get back at them by making up their own word: mung, which as it turns out, is a real word meaning "the stuff that comes out when you push down on a pregnant woman's belly." Even the other South Park kids know this word, leading to the four being jeered by both the New Yorkers and their own classmates. The boys want to find a way to get back at them, and when Cartman succeeds in his efforts to discover the legendary "brown noise", a sound made with the recorder that causes the listener to lose control of their bowels and "crap their pants"; the boys plan to trick the New York kids into playing it. However, by accident, the altered sheet music for the concert is discovered by the organizer of the concert and is photocopied and redistributed to everyone.

Meanwhile, Mr. Garrison has confronted his father about the issues of sexual molestation, however, the issue was not that his dad had molested him, but rather that he felt neglected because his father had not touched him. When Mr. Mackey finds out about this, he fears Mr. Garrison Jr. is so distraught about the issue that he could actually die if Mr. Garrison Sr. doesn't molest him. Afterwards, Mr. Garrison is assaulted in the middle of the night by a mysterious stranger, and he sets off for the concert happy to have sorted things out with his father. After he leaves, Kenny G exits a closet and refuses $100 from Mr. Garrison Sr.

In the middle of the concert, the boys discover that everyone is playing the altered sheet music containing the brown note and race to stop the concert. Alas, they are too late and the note is played, and with the power of four million recorders behind it, everyone in the world ends up defecating in their pants, whether or not they're watching the broadcast. Some, i.e. Kenny, crap themselves to death. The New York kids are very impressed by this and take back the negative things directed at them. Mr. Mackey ends up telling the boys what a queef is, describing it as "a vaginal expulsion of gas, mmkay." Mr. Garrison is passionately kissed by Kenny G before leaving and thanks him, noting that he kisses just like his father. The boys leave and drive off into the stars.

Cultural References

When Kyle tells Cartman that there is no brown noise, he replies "That's nice. When I find it, I'll just make you crap yourselves till' you look like Karen Carpenter!" Karen was known for having Anorexia Nervosa and abusing laxatives during the late 70s and early 80s.

On the school bus in the end, Mr Garrison quotes Peter Pan, saying "second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning."

Episode Ratings

United Kingdom Rating

This was the first episode of South Park to be rated 18 in the UK when originally aired (in 2000). This was because of the subplot involving Mr. Garrison where he wants his father to molest him. It remained the only until South Park season 7 was rated 18, however a censored version of season 7 was released with a 15 certificate.


  1. ^ "The South Park Studios Episode Guide".   South Park Studios. Accessed November 20, 2008
Preceded by
Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus
South Park episodes Followed by
Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000

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