Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The K-Tizzle Sizzle - So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star


"All I want for Christmas is you, baby"...


So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star
by Katie Langley


Karaoke – you either love it or hate it. I fall into the ‘love’ camp, along with the rest of the It’s My Kind of Scene crew. Unlike them, however, my voice can only be described as terrible. It’s a voice that really should be confined to the shower or privacy of my car. It’s a voice that only a mother could love, and even then, I’m sure she hates it. In saying this, though, I do like to think that’s part of the charm of karaoke. No one wants to do it with a bunch of people worthy of Australian Idol, right? That’s what I like to keep telling myself.


It might have been because of whiskey rather than love, but my sister found herself belting out a few tunes at rock karaoke over the long weekend. Belting might be a slight exaggeration, however, given that she found herself on stage doing Johnny Diesel’s rendition of ‘Right On the Tip of My Tongue’ and could only recall the chorus – “right on the tip of my tongue”.  That’s the thing with karaoke, you need to be drunk enough to get yourself up there, but not so drunk you can’t read the words.


What do you sing at karaoke? I certainly have a few go-to numbers which may or may not surprise those of you who know me.


Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’




This is a crowd pleaser, no matter the time of year. It’s best received towards the end of the evening when the group is sufficiently liquored and prepared to re-enact the scene from Love, Actually. It has not failed me, thus far.


Sir Mix-a-Lot – ‘Baby Got Back’




This is the song that comes with dancing. Or at the very least a lot of booty shaking. I'm always surprised at how breathless I feel at the end of this one. Although then I remember I'm not actually a rap superstar.


Blind Melon - 'No Rain'




This is the song I desperately want to do, but can never find it on the song list. People would dig it, right? Either that or end up huddled together, sobbing.


Hole – ‘Celebrity Skin’




I always fancied myself as a bit of a rock chick, and my voice is about as good as ole Courtney, so it’s perfect for me really! Now if only I could solve the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Ole Court seems to have resolved the Malaysia Airlines MH370 issue.


Slipknot – ‘Spit It Out’




The element of surprise is important at karaoke. Inevitably there’s a point in the evening when people have reverted to those pub-worthy, sing-a-long, crooners. That’s when I like to introduce this bad boy. People hate it, which makes it all the more appealing to me.


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