What Songs will Make My Karaoke DJ Hate Me?
The last two minutes of Journey's "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" are a series of "nah-nah's." Am I expected to sing those, or can I ad-lib from my personal Steve Perry fanfic collection?
--There's a Story in My Voice
As much as I'd love to hear some of this fanfic, your audience might not be as enthusiastic. On the other hand, some song outros can go on forever, making you feel like a ninny or Bryan Adams. You can pre-empt this nightmare by telling your DJ to fade out the song after two rounds of redundancy. You also might boldly step off the stage with a wireless mic and encourage audience members to help you out on those repetitious lyrics. You're not cool enough to sing your own words, though. Trust me on that.
What's the one song that makes you cringe when people request to sing it? If you say "Baby Got Back," I may have to cut you.
--L.A. Face, Oakland Booty
I fear anonymous readers, so I won't name "Baby Got Back." But I'll definitely think it. I do, however, have a long list of songs that assault my ears when people try to karaoke them. Here's a sample: "Don't Stop Believin'," "Rolling in the Deep," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Love Shack," "Simple Man," "The Greatest Love of All" and anything from stage musicals or Disney. Save that crap for your commute. Seriously, no one wants to hear stuff from Wicked in a bar.
Now please don't cut me.
As a Friday-night karaoke host at a South County bar, Allison Babka receives her share of drunken song dedications, occasionally makes people cry and even has been glorified by a singing psychic. She's considering adding "Call Me Maybe" to her personal karaoke repertoire, and she hates herself for it. Bug her with karaoke nonsense on Twitter at @ambabka, and use #rftkaraoke.