karaoke extravaganza

This year we celebrated my birthday at Max Karaoke in West Los Angeles. An elite group of crooners, who also happen to be some of my closest friends were in attendance. In order to protect the innocent, I've only posted the closing part of our version of Bohemian Rhapsody.

I think karaoke is a lot of fun... but like Halloween, I suppose its not for everyone. As I've discussed elsewhere, I think people who take themselves too seriously can't do karaoke, is that true? If you aren't able to laugh at yourself, are you able to do karaoke? Is your fear of what other people think of you, the same force that prevents people from dressing up for Halloween? I think the two are somewhat related.

Hits from the night include (but are not limited to)
Enjoy the Silence
La Isla Bonita
I Had the Time of My life
To be with you (2x)
Country Roads
Cracklin Rosie
Policy of Truth
Honest Mistake
Livin on a Prayer
Every Rose has it's Thorn,

I think I discovered my new... go to song. Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode. That song is fantastic, and it's in a perfect range for my voice. I used to rely on Never Gonna Give you Up by Rick Astley, but now I'm feelin' the Depeche Mode.

What are your "go to" karaoke songs?
What are karaoke-party buzzkill songs? Ashley maintains that any Bob Dylan song is an immediate mix tape buzzkill. I concur.

post script:
i started another blog.


Dawn D. Lion said...

I haven't done kareoke in so many years, I don't have any go to songs anymore. So Jason's sitting next to me at the table and I'm posting his:

Rebel Yell
Dancing with Myself.

Apparently a wannabe Idol.

aisy said...



such an easy song to sing. ha ha.

Sarah said...

I don't know why because it's not a great song, but I always find myself singing Wannabe by the Spice Girls with my girlfriends when we do karaoke.

Morgan Moore said...

We are SO Sad we missed this. We were at home crying in our nachos that we couldn't be there for your big night. There is always next year...

MF said...

I'll tell you an immediate buzz-kill karaoke song:
"Nights in White Satin" by the Moody Blues. One of our stellar lunch time "activities" was karaoke. It was going really well---Whitney Houston, Poison, Bell Biv DeVoe, Vanilla Ice.....then "Nights in White Satin." done.

Kate said...

I thought we all agreed to keep what happened at Max karaoke at Max Karaoke.

david said...

hey kate... i have a bunch of video footage of you and dan that is just dying to see the light of day - you sure you wanna keep that tone?

; )

the youngs said...

Dude...that gave me some serious nostalgia...I gotta get back to LA and Max Karaoke! David, please tell me that you did Rick Astley's super hit: Never Gonna Give You Up! I think I have a new go to complete with choreographed hand actions...Patty Smith's The Warrior!

the youngs said...

Oh, and as for a Buzzkill song: Madonna's This Used to Be Our Playground.