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KaraokeJournal: just start talking at the sound of the tone [Nov. 27th, 2007|07:00 am]
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A few weeks ago, I noticed a curious listing in Chopsticks' book: something called "Oh Superman," credited to Lynn Anderson. Now, a quick Google of that title and performer together yielded nothing but... karaoke, specifically a karaoke disc that's otherwise all early-'80s new wave. "Man," I thought, "if this is the misidentified track I think it is, it would be the very most ill-suited-to-karaoke song of all time, beating out even Fatboy Slim's 'Praise You.' Which means I have to do it... but at the beginning of the night, when there's nobody in the room."

And sure enough:

Having bummed everyone in the building out for 8 1/2 minutes, I tried to acquit myself but continued to sing badly all night: Death Cab for Cutie's "Soul Meets Body," Frida's "I Know There's Something Going On," and finally "Mr. Roboto."

The yacht-rock dude with the excellent voice turned up again (with a bunch of his friends) and did "Candle in the WInd" etc. Indigo came by and sang "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"; Kimmie did "I Don't Know How to Love Him." A good night, despite my contributions.

[User Picture]From: phthoggos
2007-11-27 05:54 pm (UTC)
That's amazing. But come on, robot bachelorette parties need karaoke too.

...Besides the obvious, I was also reminded of this tune.
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[User Picture]From: phthoggos
2007-11-27 05:56 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: haleluwah
2007-11-27 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, that one is very very bad. Oh Laurie Anderson. Almost as bad as "Fascination Street", which I somehow always think sounds like a good idea until halfway through the 3 minute instrumental INTRO.
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2007-11-28 06:32 am (UTC)
Hey...karaoke the weekend of the 7th?

Are you doing Santa on Saturday? Maybe Friday?
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[User Picture]From: signifier
2007-11-28 07:03 am (UTC)
Don't know if I'm doing Santa (maybe for a little while), but any time is karaoke time. Except that Friday night, when I'm going to see Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2007-11-28 05:24 pm (UTC)

I'm listening to that cd this very moment!

Are there any tickets available???
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2007-11-28 05:31 pm (UTC)


Never mind. It is hopeless. There are people on craigslist offering to bake pies for tickets.
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[User Picture]From: lx
2007-11-28 09:51 am (UTC)


The first Laurie Anderson song I ever heard.

They're American Planes.
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