Those with good memories may recall that – perhaps inevitably for a man of such low taste – karaoke is one of the great joys of my life.
During the grim months of the lockdown, I cannot tell you how often I wished I could be in a dark room, with mates, emoting tunelessly over songs that had done nothing at all to provoke such indignities being visited upon them. Indeed, there were times when I seriously wondered whether the virus might have put an end to such pleasures entirely.
Happily, most of the capital’s major karaoke venues appear to have weathered the pandemic intact, as does the collective will of friends to continue our assault on dignity, restraint and tune. We’ve been back on the horse (so to speak) a couple of times post-vaccination; it’s been a lot like riding a bike – wobbly, uncertain and with bodies frequently thrown from the handlebars. Forgive me, I may have lost the run of that simile.
The important point is this: next Friday we will be venturing back out for another evening of full-throated karaoke magic. As ever, the goal is to avoid pallidly making our way through the familiar material, and instead to cast our net wide and experiment with new songs to the greatest extent possible. Crashing and burning is all but guaranteed, but therein lies the risk/reward dynamic, and indeed the pleasure.
I already have in mind a few tunes that I intend to throw into the mix, to see how they fare (see list in comments), but given the collective musical expertise of the blog I thought I would throw this open to the masses and see what, if anything, comes back.
So – I say unto you this: if there is a song you’ve always thought would make great karaoke but have never had the heart to perform yourself, I hereby offer to outsource that experience and enable you to enjoy performance by proxy. If anyone posts below a good karaoke suggestion that we’ve not yet had a go at, I will essay it next Friday and duly report back on how the experience pans out.
The venue’s song list can be found here, in case it’s helpful.
Genre, gender and shame not an issue. All decades on the menu. Requests for silence will, unfortunately, be met only with sustained gunfire.
If further incentive is required, just remember this: any time I’m off doing karaoke, I cannot be posting on here. Over to you, Afterword…