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Karaoke? Okay!

December 2, 2011
by thenestinggame

So, here’s the thing. I may be a fan of the karaoke. Yes, it’s true. See, one time in college I took the stage (indoor/outdoor carpeted step) at a bar called Yosemite Sam’s during a sorority formal week and sang “I Can’t Fight this Feeling” with my date. And what started out as friendship has grown strongererererer, and I rarely say no a sticky binder labeled “alphabetized by artist.” (Far superior to the equally sticky “alphabetized by song” binder.)

The best karaoke setup I have ever encountered is pictured above. A U-shaped bar with a TV above it. You buy a drink, you get a song. No stage—they just pass the mic to you at the bar where you sing along with your new best friends. This little slice of heaven can be found on Avenue A and 5th Street in NYC. It’s called Sing Sing and it truly is a prison because once you get there YOU WILL NEVER LEAVE.

Then there’s the private room. Equally time sucking. Just more expensive. Dressing like Angela Chase and her do-gooder friend is not required, but does make it more fun.

Then there’s the ULTIMATE private karaoke room—our friend Julian’s house. Our group of friends gets together every year and there is no shame in singing at least one night of the weekend away. The advantage to personal karaoke is that you can try songs you would not risk performing in front of real people (“Sultans of Swing”) and if it’s really lame (“You Make Loving Fun”), you can just skip to the next song.

But are you ready for true karaoke dorkdom?

It’s possible that may be a list of every karaoke song I’ve ever sung. It’s also possible I stopped updating that list in 2008. And that? Is a travesty.

But aren’t the magnets cute? They’re from the Etsy shop, elloh, which I always think is “hello” backwards.

It’s not.

All this to say, I’m going to go see my fellow karaoke agent Beth (author of the painfully hilarious blog Neurotic City) this weekend for some birthday fun. Now the question is, what should I sing?

Have a great weekend, folks.

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  1. December 2, 2011 9:24 am

    One quibble … ‘Big Me’ is by the Foo Fighters! (Goo Goo Dolls did ‘Big Machine’). Either way, interesting choice.

    I am guessing that we’ll each get 1-2 songs at best (SOB!) tonight at Alice’s, maybe a couple more tomorrow. So we will have to choose wisely (no ‘Gold Dust Woman.’) What is with the failed Fleetwood Mac songs (‘Go Your Own Way’ notwithstanding…)?

    I had a list somewhere too. Of course, including things from JPK’s house and the 2006 river house would be next-to impossible. I also am not entirely positive whether I actually sang ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’ last Sunday night or if that was a dream. It’s a little hazy.

    See you soon, friend!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 2, 2011 9:44 am

      Not sure how I confused the Foo and the Goo. Thanks for the correction! And reading the entire list.

      Have no clue what I’m in the mood for tonight. Will have to let the Stevie Nicks spirits guide me…away from Fleetwood Mac.

      • December 2, 2011 11:01 am

        Also? I should never ever ever ever ever ever wear red lipstick. Wet N’ Wild or otherwise.

  2. Taylor permalink
    December 2, 2011 9:33 am

    You should have included the framed napkin that hangs in our kitchen that commemorates a dominate karaoke night at said prison. Redonk!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 2, 2011 9:49 am

      Shoulda woulda coulda.

      • December 2, 2011 11:02 am

        That is one of my favorite pieces of artwork in your house!

  3. Natalie Bailey permalink
    December 2, 2011 9:48 am

    Love your “Origins of Karaoke” bit – oh, Yosemite Sam’s! Which year was this? Hilarious and I love your uber-nerdy list. Fantastic.

  4. Elaine Smart permalink
    December 2, 2011 11:05 pm

    What a fun post!
    You and Beth have a fabulous karaoke birthday week-end!

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