The Dude made all these arrangements, and we had people from his work, people we know from other academic environments, and others, including BeckySharper and Pandagon’s Amanda Marcotte and her manpanion (the latter two did a seriously kick-ass rendition of the B-52s’ “Rock Lobster”).
The Dude is really good at karaoke–a strong voice, the ability to do some decent comedy impersonations (Neil Diamond, etc.), and nerve. My voice is…okay, but my singing experience is limited to huge ensembles singing requiem masses and chamber choirs doing lieder at state competitions. That is to say, I love singing, but not solo, and not rock, so I need a dose (or three) of liquid courage to get up and do my thang.
But when I do, I have a few favorites, including The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York.” In anticipation of our night out, the Dude and I started watching YouTube videos of things that might be good, and we realized that “a good song” does not necessarily equal a “good karaoke song. A lot of the best karaoke songs are actually pretty corny or otherwise not something I’d want to own, or play for my own pleasure on any regular basis.
So, today’s FFT is your chance to add to the “Greatest Karaoke Hits” list I’m compiling. Tell us your special numbers, the best performances you’ve given, or seen, or the Songs That Must Not Be Sung.