Tuesday, July 15, 2008

No matter how hard you try, you can't make me sing...

Okay, so I have a multi-day work event coming up later this week and the rumor is, we have to do karaoke one of the evenings. And, unfortunately, this will not be a situation where we can slip unnoticed into the bathroom (or under the table) when it comes time to volunteer. I'm hearing they will actually be calling each of us up to the front to perform.
Eeek!
Here's the deal: I don't mind hitting up the occasional karaoke bar with a group of buddies, an outing that typically follows the consumption of a few cocktails. I actually once brought down the house with a rockin' version of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin" - performed, of course, before Jessica Simpson butchered the song with a lame, soul-sucking cover version that somehow still managed to get play on major radio stations...moving on. HOWEVER, I do mind climbing up on a stage and belting out a tune - stone-cold sober - in front of a large group of managers and work colleagues.
So what should I perform - if I'm forced to perform - that's work-appropriate and will entertain people of varying ages and musical interests?
According to this Entertainment Weekly list, songs like Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel are consistent karaoke crowd pleasers while Don McLean's sprawling "American Pie" and anything from the "Grease" soundtrack are sure to irritate your audience. However, I don't agree with all of the list's choices. After all, they did give a thumbs-up to a Backstreet Boys song. A boy band?? For serious?
Anyhoos, I'm considering the forever-awesome "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes or maybe some Tom Petty, Black Crowes, Jefferson Airplane or Sublime. Let me reiterate that these would only be sung under extreme duress, as in I'd be dragged up to the stage, kicking and screaming.
Couple random karaoke tidbits for you, courtesy of Wikipedia.
* Finland holds the record for the largest number of people singing karaoke at one time, with 80,000 people singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" on May 26, 2006 in Helsinki.
* China holds the record - achieved back on Jan. 1 of this year - for the longest non-stop rally of karaoke; a whopping 214 hours, 20 minutes, and eight seconds.

Also, since I know y'all are jonesing for some recipes, I'm including a few smoothie ideas here to keep you cool on these hot days.

Berry Smoothie

Mango Yogurt Smoothie

Peach Melba Smoothie

So, gang, any other karaoke song ideas? Any blog entry or recipe tips?

Either way, if I do wind up on stage, I figure I can't possibly be as bad as this group. Talk about making ears bleed. Yowza.

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