Tonight, the ridiculously prolific Korby Sears—Seattle School, Iron Composer, a Stranger Genius Award, the Strikethrough series at the Rendezvous, the 20/20 Awards (which correct the Academy Awards in hindsight), etc., etc.—hosts the first-ever night of Frances Farmer Organ Karaoke.
What is Frances Farmer Organ Karaoke? It's a little hard to say. What we do know:
1. Sears got an old organ and installed it in Vermillion, a pleasant little concrete cave/art gallery on Capitol Hill.
2. He threw together a song list with all the boring tunes "lobotomized" out: "no boring ballads, no turgid threnodies." He's also added weird text bits you can cover—Alec Baldwin's voice-mail freakout, the intro to George W. Bush's "mission accomplished" speech on that aircraft carrier, etc. Recently added songs:
THE MUPPET SHOW — TV Theme
COLONEL BOGEY MARCH — whistled theme from Bridge Over River Kwai (1957)
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN — Sex Pistols
GIRLS AND BOYS — Blur
FRANK OZ ANGRY VOICE-MAIL MESSAGE TO ANDY SPLETZER
RED DWARF — TV Theme
O CANADA — Englais and Francais
THE DREIDEL SONG — English or Yiddish
HAVA NAGLIA — Hebrew only
See a .pdf of the full list here.
3. There will be a microphone and a megaphone and Sears wants you to use them. For example: "For Nirvana’s IN BLOOM, perform the verses into the megaphone, the choruses into the microphone. For the verses, point the megaphone to the back of the room and away from the audience, Miles Davis-style."
4. Frances Farmer Organ Karaoke will happen every
First Thursday other Wednesday from 8 pm to 11 pm.
5. There will be booze.
The rest is up to you.