The Art of the Karaoke.

8 Feb

C O L A. Cola.

Short Version: Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way‘ has been banned from the Karaoke-obsessed Phillipines, where at least 6 people were murdered after singing the song. As an interesting side-note, many Karaoke bars employ gay men to diffuse the hostility between groups of straight men competing for the affection of the local women.

I love Karaoke. It is unique among all hobbies and pursuits in that a perfection of the craft is unacceptable.  The ideal position is just below great, where entertainment value is placed higher than any level of technical accomplishment. This is why I’ve never understood the comparisons between American Idol and Karaoke- Idol and its ilk invariably select singers of some technical skill but very little creativity, religious affiliation notwithstanding.  One of the best Karaoke efforts I’ve ever seen was from a man known only as Monkey who wore a Zorro mask and screamed Metallica in a piercing falsetto. Another was a tubby english packer who downed a jug single-handed and proceeded to destroy ‘Everybody Hurts’, to the delight of dozens of screaming women. The idea that Karaoke isn’t fun because people can’t sing totally misses the point, it’s like saying everyone who paints with oils is wasting their time for not replicating Matisse.

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One Response to “The Art of the Karaoke.”

  1. Richard February 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    It’s not really like saying that, though, is it. It’s more like saying that finger painting is bad because invariably people just draw enormous cocks with their own faeces.

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