Few people have a stronger aversion to karaoke than I do. Sorry to be a spoilsport, but 98.7 percent of the folks who participate in karaoke have awful-to-mediocre voices and the musical taste to match. Life’s too short to submit to yet another “it’s so bad it’s good” rendition of Billy Joel’s “Big Shot” by Jake in accounting—way too short.
I don’t do karaoke because I know my voice is largely ill-suited for the task—and I don’t want to impose shittiness on others that I myself don’t want to endure. Plus, it’s doubtful most karaoke joints would accommodate the odd song I actually could pull off (Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra’s “Some Velvet Morning” (Lee's verses), the Godz’ “Womban,” Throbbing Gristle’s “Discipline”).
But maybe I’m out of the loop and perhaps the metro Seattle area actually has karaoke spots whose books burst with strange music. If so, please enlighten us. Whatever the case, I am curious to know what the weirdest song you karaoke lovers have done in public. Please tell me you belted out a killer version of PiL’s “Religion” in Bothell. Or something like that.