I wish they would take any songs that are the least bit slow and depressing and remove them from the karaoke library. Every time I'm out having a blast and some douche starts singing some wistful country ballad or especially 'Everybody Hurts' by REM, I want to down my pint and hurl the glass at them.
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Unless in a total state of altered conciousness, any song. I really don't get it at all. I don't mind listening to bad and/or inspired singers having fun but do it wothout the backing track. That said, I don't want to rain on anyone's parade. Knock youself out. I guess I am just a bitter old curmudgeon.
Originally posted by DrDirtUnless in a total state of altered conciousness, any song. I really don't get it at all. I don't mind listening to bad and/or inspired singers having fun but do it wothout the backing track. That said, I don't want to rain on anyone's parade. Knock youself out. I guess I am just a bitter old curmudgeon.
Dr. Dirt - I am with you. I don't get the allure of singing in front of strangers when 99% of the time, the singers are awful. Now I am sure there are places that cater to people who can sing, but I have not been there. It has always been 9 out of 10 people butchering some song all the while THINKING they can sing, and one person coming on who can KIND OF sing, but because everyone else is so bad, they sound so much better than they actually are.
But hey, to each his/her own. If it makes them happy to sing, go for it. I can always leave.
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I like the originals well enough. I just can't stand the girls that do these songs. They think they have the right voice but they really really don't.
I'll add any other joke song. There should be a rule on joke songs....you know like "I'm To Sexy" or "Mambo #5". The rule should be one verse and chorus then off the stage with you. The joke is only mildly funny (if at all, depends on the circumstance). By the middle of the song nobody wants you up there anymore. Time to go bye bye.
I'd suggest no joke songs at all. However sometimes it's fun to make the uptight member of your group get up there and do it. Still the same rule...one verse one chorus then off the stage.
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Oh, boy, as a regular Karaoke-goer and talented performer, the stories I could tell you...!
I don't know all the names, but...
She never cried when Old Yeller died She wasn't washed in the blood of the Lamb She never stood up for the Star-Spangled Banner And she wasn't a John Wayne fan...
"The Big One", Confederate Railroad
That's when Daddy cut the big one At the Hornlake, Mississippi, Missionary Baptist Chuuuuurch!
"Tie Me Kangaraoo Down"
Tie me kangaroo down sport, tie my kangaroo down Tie me kangaroo down sport, tie my kangaroo down
I pretty much gave you a brief synopsis of one guy's entire repertoire, I'm sure I could think of other examples but if my brain's got them blacked out I don't want to question that.
Others, from other people:
I put your picture away Sat down and cried today I just wanted to [something something] Come back home!
And any of the generic country songs that anyone feels the need to perform every single freakin' week.
A woman at my bar sings "Fever" every week and I love it, and I'll never get tired of hearing Bobby T do "Let's Stay Together" or Richard doing "Rebel Yell", for example. So it's a matter of both repetition and song selection with me. If the song's great, truly great, and done by a good performer I'll never get tired of it.
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Originally posted by KevintripodAnd I can't stand when people show up and sing the same song every week. You would think they would get the hint when they see everyone groan and roll their eyes when they come up to the microphone.
I agree. I don't frequent places with karaoke anymore, but in my younger days we would go to a bar where the same guy would sing Jon Bon Jovi's "Blaze of Glory" every weekend. If I wanted to hear that song every weekend, I'd listen to Bon Jovi perform it on my I-Pod.
Of course, there were always different goofballs singing "Baby Got Back" each weekend, too, but I thought those were rather funny, especially because they had video of scantily clad bimbos shaking their rumps in the background. Just found that funny.
Total Eclipse Of The Heart is my least favorite by far. It was sung one to two times per night when I used to frequent a bar in Ottawa, and it was ALWAYS sung by the drama queens who really pour out their soul and make me want to jab a fork in my eye.
But yes, slow depressing songs of the whole are always a quick way to see the bar empty to the porch for a smoke break. I don't smoke - but I'm always happy to join them!
I'm not a big fan of karaoke, as people either sing good songs poorly or bad song poorly. Sort of a lose-lose....
The few times I've gone, however, the most annoying people are the people who have some amount of singing talent, and, instead of hamming it up, pretend like this American Idol and end every song with some Christina Aguilera "Wooo-oooo-ohhh-oooo-oh-oo-oh-oooooo" impersonation.
I will say this about karaoke - whether you are listening or singing, alcohol is a necessity.
On a cruise a few months ago I saw a young guy, maybe late teens, who kept coming up to sing. He was awful. By the last time he came up he apologized to the crowd saying "I like to sing, I'm sorry." He then proceeded to sing "Welcome to the Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance. I can honestly say it felt like about 496 hours long of sheer sonic torture.
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