Karaoke and guilty pleasures

I’m busy refereeing a paper today, so I don’t have time for a real post, but I’d like to thank all of you for your karaoke suggestions. I have to say, though, that as much as I like Night Moves, Bob Seeger is just a bridge too far for me. Ditto Bob Dylan, at least as far as karaoke goes. I’m also canning Sweet Caroline in favor of Brandi, possibly.

I thought of a few others that no one mentioned — Must’ve Got Lost, Celebration, and Do For Love.

Bear in mind that I live in Real America, so this isn’t like one of those places on U Street where Megan McArdle and Matt Yglesias do Arcade Fire duets — if it wasn’t in the top 40, it won’t be on the play list. Has there then been anything good in the top 40 the last 20 years? The only things I’m aware of are Macy Gray, Justin Timberlake, that one Strokes song, and maybe Sublime. I can’t do any of those very well (I may try Last Night or Senorita or What I Got sometime though) — is there anything else? I haven’t been keeping much track.

Since I’m rambling here, I thought I’d bring up related topic: guilty pleasure songs, because they often make good karaoke songs. What are your favorite guilty pleasure songs? They’ve got to be bad, no Walking On Sunshine or Prince or pre-Lion King Elton John. Mine are Hey Jealousy and It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over

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    Trainrunner says:

    I’ll start by pooping in the punchbowl: The idea of a “guilty pleasure” is absurd and kinda sad.

    Either you like something, or you don’t. If it’s a “guilty” pleasure, it just means you think you need to apologize for it, to let the tastemakers know that you really do like Mozart/Shakespeare/Whatever, but just for now you’re going to revel in something “low.”

    Pauline Kael is pretty good on this subject.

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    Mark B says:

    As long as you mentioned Elton, I’ll suggest ‘All the young girls love Alice’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0hI85SPkNA

    If you don’t want to go that obscure–Saturday Night’s All Right (for Fighting) is a good choice.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Anything by Air Supply.

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    kdaug says:

    Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy”, if you’ve got the timbre

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    Politically Lost says:

    Guilty pleasure: Brown eyed girl.

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    Yutsano says:

    I hate to say it but…John Mayer. Fortunately he’s pretty easy to sing range-wise. Whether you respect yourself in the morning is a different story.

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    gogol's wife says:

    Anything sung by Shirley Temple between 1934 and 1940.

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    WereBear says:

    My all time champ:

    MacArthur Park

    The more you emote, the better it is.

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    MikeJ says:

    The Letter by The Box Tops. 1) Catchy as hell 2) You can just growl the lyrics 3) It’s Alex 4) It’s only 1:57, so you’re done quick. Don’t make my mistake and do Sympathy for the Devil.

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    Barb (formerly Gex) says:

    While karaoke is not my thing, I hear that Neil Diamond is very popular in that format.

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    Doug Harlan J says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    On a related note, I am thinking of that Not In Love song by Air.

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    Mark B says:

    Oh, you said NO early EJ. My bad! Honestly I don’t see how you could go wrong with those two. Pbbbttt!!!

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    sublime33 says:

    Crazy Horses by the Osmonds
    Take a Chance on Me by ABBA

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    RSA says:

    Has there then been anything good in the top 40 the last 20 years?

    Good thing you asked about the past 20 and not 10 years, because otherwise I’d have nothing. Here are some popular songs from the ’90s that I liked (they may also count as guilty pleasures) and that I think would be okay for karaoke: REM, Losing My Religion; Counting Crows, Mr. Jones; Sheryl Crow, All I Wanna Do; and Hootie & the Blowfish, Only Wanna Be With You.

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    Doug Harlan J says:


    I forgot about Hootie! I could do that song, it’s awful, but I like it.

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    The Dangerman says:

    I’m thinking Rick Astley; the ultimate Rick Roll.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Doug Harlan J: Drawing a blank there.. made me think of I’m Not In Love by 10cc.

    And for some reason, that made me think of Michael Johnson. He might have something you can karaoke.. like Bluer Than Blue.

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    Wesindc says:

    Most anything by Katey Perry (or whatever the hell her name is). Something about her songs get stuck in my mind.

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    Doug Harlan J says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    I mean 10cc, I get mixed up because it was in Virgin Suicides.

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    fhtagn says:

    Given that I can’t sing worth a damn, any song is a guilty pleasure for me. I enjoy my singing immensely, but I recognize that the spousal unit, neighbors and passersby suffer greatly.

    Anyway, for guilty pleasures it’s hard to beat the Andrew Lloyd-Webber back catalog. Also, whistling the Imperial theme from Star Wars as I prepare to sally forth to the supermarket in my urban hell-hole.

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    Jake says:

    Last Caress by the Misfits is short and sweet.

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    Dulcie says:

    If you’re wanting to do current songs, there’s no better choice than a song either written or sung by Bruno Mars. Billionaire, The Lazy Song, The Fcku Song – they’re all made for karaoke. Plus they’re fun songs for the audience too

    Also, Maroon 5’s This Love is an excellent choice.

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    PeakVT says:

    I’m certainly not going to do karaoke to it (or any song, for that matter) but Hand in My Pocket popped in a shuffle last week, and I was digging it.

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    Did anyone mention Ride Captain Ride or Sweet City Woman? Fairly easy to sing, iirc, in that you don’t need much vocal range (okay, there’s that falsetto bit in SCW, but you can do that poorly and no one will care).

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    Doug Harlan J says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again):

    Ride Captain Ride is a good call.

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    WereBear says:

    Hot Rod Lincoln

    I just like to sing it.

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    fhtagn says:

    If it has to be a Top 40 song, sort of last 20 years ish,and a guilty pleasure, and kind of fun to yowl at the top of one’s lungs, I’ll nominate Alice Cooper’s Poison.

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    Doug Harlan J says:


    It doesn’t have to be last 20 years, I was just wondering if there any good candidates.

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    xjmueller says:

    Sorry – can’t help with the last 20, but Jackson Brown/Eagles could work for you – Take it Easy, Hotel California. They don’t take much range and are melodic. They were top 20 hits, once upon a time. Should I stay or should I go – Clash? None of them could sing worth a shit, but made it through that. Don’t know if they’re popular with karaoke, though. Y’know, for a guy with a song title for every post , you shouldn’t be struggling like this.

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    “Baby One More Time” in a growly bass.

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    Oh, man, the Jimmy Webb songbook is ripe for the picking. Galveston, Wichita Lineman, Up, Up and Away, Highwayman….

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    RedKitten says:

    My guilty pleasure to sing along to in the car? Anything by Chicago.

    If it’s Karaoke (and I’d have to be seriously drunk to get up in front of a crowd and sing), I tend to pick “Alive” by Pearl Jam, with my second choice being “Better Be Home Soon” by Crowded House. Most female-sung songs are too high for my very, very limited range.

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    fhtagn says:

    @Doug Harlan J:

    Well, I’ll stick with Poison then. Thoroughly enjoyable melodramatic nonsense, and even my croaking voice can just about handle it.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Guilty pleasure… Anything off of “Bat out of Hell.” Or does that fit into the Prince/Elton John category?

    @Trainrunner: But isn’t that the point of the question? He asking people to name something they like despite the influence of the tastemakers.

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    Valdivia says:

    Sorry if this has already been said above– Mercy by Duffy, top 40 and awesome. But hard to sing.

    ETA: Love me guilty pleasures. For singing: anything Eurovision, but I am assuming since you live in Red America you won’t have access to that. I’ll own up to ‘Love is Like Oxygen’ by Sweet.

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    Jim C says:

    Last time I was anywhere near a karaoke bar/night, a group of women got up and performed “Bust A Move” by Young MC. I’ve always considered it a safe bet – even if they were poor rappers.

    On two separate occasions, [unconnected] friends have performed “Nobody” by Sylvia, but that’s old enough now that it’s likely considered obscure.

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    darkmatter says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: or Bread.

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    Steve M. says:

    Don’t ask me — the one time I sang karaoke I made an idiot of myself singing this.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Doug Harlan J: I’ve got a little over 20,000 songs on my jukebox if you wanna look through them.

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    scottinnj says:

    Well if you go back 30 years will add some of the well known Duran Duran songs (Girls on Film, Rio, Reflex would be great with Karaoke). I’ll also throw out Baby Got Back as a fun one after few drinks.

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    Amir_Khalid says:

    Maybe some cheesy Bon Jovi: You Give Love A Bad Name, It’s My Life; or some equally cheesy Britney: Oops I Did It Again, Toxic.

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    Easy to sing, impossible to to the dance, though:

    James Brown I’ll Go Crazy

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    fhtagn says:


    I’d pay money to see DougJ singing Like A Virgin or La Isla Bonita, if we are going the cheesy route. Surely John Cole can arrange the requisite technomalarkey….

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    khead says:

    What are your favorite guilty pleasure songs? They’ve got to be bad, no Walking On Sunshine or Prince or pre-Lion King Elton John.

    You are disqualifying too much here.

    I wanted to go with “the entire 80’s video catalog” as my answer.

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    Cat Lady says:

    I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys. Every time I hear it in the supermarket I want to sing it like those 2 Chinese kids.

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    Johannes says:

    Guilty Pleasure? “High Anxiety”, Super-Sinatra-d. I’m bad, it’s bad, it’s all good. In the shower, that is.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:


    or Bread.

    I can’t say Bread because that’s Mrs. Fuckhead’s favorite band. I have to listen to it every day.

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    gwangung says:

    Some offbeat stuff

    CW: All My Friends Say by Luke Bryan

    Not so off beat:
    A lot of Ray Charles: Hit the Road Jack

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    PeakVT says:

    @WereBear: Never heard that before, thanks. Nice little lick in it.

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    Sharl says:

    Eh, doesn’t sound like you have the right kind of venue for a 2-fer, starting with Datarock’s Computer Camp Love (wearing nerd glasses and buttoned short sleeve with properly loaded pocket protector), then ripping off the shirt to reveal a wife-beater, putting a cigarette over your ear in the old style, and jumping right into SCOT’s White Trash.* Having female accompaniment would help (especially the latter).

    *Images in this video are both hilarious and horrible to behold – sometimes both simultaneously (hilarihorrible?).

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    fhtagn says:

    Just because the vid makes me laugh uncontrollably…


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    Oooo! Oooooo!

    Captain Sensible/The Damned

    Jet Boy Jet Girl

    Seems like the kind of thing that would be right up your alley, Doug.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I’m Awesome by Spose.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Anything by Bloodhound Gang.

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    Cat Lady says:

    Also, anything by the Carpenters, but I especially like Superstar.

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    Kilkee says:

    James Taylor has some promise.

    With a crowd: Build Me Up Buttercup.

    Johnny Cash.

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    superking says:

    Soul man by Sam and dave. Not from the last 20 years, but guaranteed to be on your list.

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    sloan says:

    Haircut 100: Love Plus One

    Baltimora: Tarzan Boy

    Starship: We Built This City

    Guilty as charged.

    Plus anything by Oingo Boingo, because they are awesome.

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    Doug Harlan J says:


    That’s a good call.

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    Valdivia says:

    Also. Too.
    Breakfast in America & Logical Song by Supertramp
    Anything by America.

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    Josie says:

    Guilty pleasure? Anything by Roy Orbison.

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    Doug Harlan J says:


    Wha wha? That guy was a genius.

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    Josie says:

    @Doug Harlan J: Oh yeah. And what a set of pipes on him.

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    phantomist says:

    A horse with no name

    Who doesn’t want to sing:
    ‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain’

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    What I like about you by The Romantics, Love Stinks by the J. Geils Band depending on the mood you are in about your S.O.

    Black Betty by Ram Jam is a blast to sing.

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    Menzies says:


    This. There is no such thing as a “guilty pleasure.” That’s born of the idea that liking the right things makes you more “cultured,” fused to the idea that being “cultured” must be a good thing.

    I’m kind of a radical subjectivist on this. If you happen to like “Stealing Christmas Lights” by Shat, I’ve got no right to tell you otherwise, and vice versa.

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    Amir_Khalid says:

    Amazing. We’re about 60 comments in, and no one has recommended Joe Dolce’s 1980s novelty classic Shaddap You Face .

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Anything by Owl City.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    One Tin Soldier by Coven. Beat that, bitchez.

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    demz taters says:

    Lesser-known Monkees songs like this or this.

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    @WereBear: That’s a song you have to do before too many drinks or you will fuck up the timing.

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    Carrie says:

    Ugh, you’re killing me. I used to love you.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Raise Your Glass by Pink.

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    Mark B says:

    Any Carpenters song, possibly Superstar. They have lots of great songs but anyone who isn’t a good singer is likely to completely butcher them. Which is part of the karaoke fun.

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    hitchhiker says:


    Yes! Especially Pretty Woman, though Dock of the Bay is also good.

    I like Peaceful Easy Feeling, too . . .

    I think you can get away with You Ain’t Goin Nowhere, but only if you sing it in D. Fine little tune, words make no sense. Perfect.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    One Tin Soldier by Coven. Beat that, bitchez.

    There’s nothing guilty about that song. It’s one of the best songs ever written.

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    Menzies says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    And one that some people should listen to more, these days.

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    patroclus says:

    Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers.

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    Libby says:

    I’ve already forgotten if Bruce Springstein is out of your vocal range but I could see you singing Pink Cadillac. Also Bryan Adams stuff is easy to sing. Run to You, Cuts like a Knife, and did he do that song, I forget the title, but the hook was something like I Can Dream About You.

    Also thinking I Wear My Sunglasses at Night. Forget who did that.

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    Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel) says:

    I have no guilty pleasures. My creed is that if I like it, it is by definition good.

    But I get why people find The Moody Blues ridiculous.

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    @Omnes Omnibus:

    From Free to Be…You and Me

    Rosie Grier It’s Alright To Cry

    Don’t fuck with eagles until you learn to fly.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:


    And one that some people should listen to more, these days.

    Exactly. It’s fucking prophetic.

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    Mac G says:

    U Street where Megan McArdle and Matt Yglesias do Arcade Fire duets

    I live in DC & do not know if some place exists on U Street area but the comment made me chuckle out loud. There is a Karoke bar in Adams Morgan neighborhood called Peyote Cafe so I can see them rocking out there.

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    demz taters says:

    @Libby: “Sunglasses at Night” was Corey Hart.

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    JenJen says:

    Bear in mind that I live in Real America, so this isn’t like one of those places on U Street where Megan McArdle and Matt Yglesias do Arcade Fire duets

    Best laugh I’ve had on this here blog in ages. :-)

    I like to sing live-band karaoke, and last time I went out, one guy did a killer version of “London Calling,” and another dude (yes, dude) did a gorgeous cover, complete with falsetto, of “Heart of Glass.” People take that karaoke shit serious here in Cincinnati.

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    Libby says:

    I’d also mention I had friends who heavy into karaoke. One guy used Mack the Knife as his trademark song. Also, too, my one and only karaoke success, after which I retired, was Herman’s Hermits, Something Good.

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    Valdivia says:


    yes, exactly America, yay!

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Just to kinda flesh out DougJ’s “guilty pleasure” song, it’s a song you really like but you aren’t necessarily going to be blaring it out the car windows, singing along with it. More of a keep it inside the house thing.

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    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Right on, man. Billy Jack was framed! Viva la Freedom School!

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    rob! says:

    “Closing Time” by Semisonic
    “You’ve Got The Love” by Florence + The Machines
    “Silver Lining” by Rilo Kiley

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    Libby says:

    @demz taters: Ah, don’t really know who Corey Hart is, but I remember hearing the song on the radio in the car a lot, so it had to be top 40.

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    Valdivia says:


    a hotty called Corey Hart.

    @demz taters: you beat me!

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    Mark S. says:

    I guess my guilty pleasures would be ABBA and Kesha.

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    Josie says:

    @hitchhiker: “It’s Over” is probably my favorite because it’s so dramatic and shows his vocal range, but no way would I ever try to sing it.


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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Many Billy Joel.

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    Valdivia says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    yep. which is why I said Eurovision. No way I am owning to that anywhere outside my room and/or a karaoke bar in Europe.

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    Libby says:

    One last one I recall from my car radio days that I could sing along to, so anyone can. Ain’t Missing You at All – John Waite.

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    Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel) says:

    I pointed this out Yutsano a while back and he dug it.

    Why would anyone feel guilty about liking this?


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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Brand New Key by Melanie.

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    sacman701 says:

    The best song to sing karaoke is Wooly Bully. Doesn’t take any range or ability to hold notes. I can’t sing, but I can do a decent Wooly Bully. Uno! Dos! One two tres cuatro!

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    Yutsano says:

    @Valdivia: To be fair though, not all Eurovision is kitschy technopop junk. And there is no fucking justice in that competition. She took second.

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    handy says:

    Tom Waits. There. We’re done.

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    Moonlight Mile by the Stones. Guilty because it’s such schmaltz. Pleasure because it just works.

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    Libby says:

    @Valdivia: Ok, with both you and @demz taters singing his praises, I had to google to see who he was. He *is* very cute.

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    PIGL says:

    why would “Hey Jealousy” be a guilty pleasure? I mean, I prefer Lost Horizons, but….

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    Joel says:

    Has there then been anything good in the top 40 the last 20 years?

    Hey Ya!

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    Mark S. says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Ha! I like that song. That’s what Doug should sing.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Billy Gilman, when he was 12.

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    Menzies says:


    If I had the voice for it I would absolutely do “Mack the Knife.” In Louis Armstrong’s voice.

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    handy says:

    I literally got winded once doing American Pie. I swear that song doesn’t have enough breaks and it is deceptively long.

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    “Valerie” by Steve Winwood

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    Joel says:

    @Menzies: I’d do it in German and throw in the soc1alist verses as well.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I’ve Never Been To Me by Charlene

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    Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel) says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Brand New Key by Melanie

    My first wife named after this song. I still like it anyway.

    ETA: Uh, the singer that is. Not the song. The real Melanie is a total nut, btw.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: We will have to agree to disagree.
    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): “In the Year 2525” by Zager and Evans. Step off, Jack.

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    Valdivia says:


    I am not even ashamed to have remembered that and to know he was a cutie precisely because my memory of him was that he was hawt. :)

    Here I confess that because I grew up listening to this stuff (Eurovision is huge source of music in Lat Am, or was when I grew up there) I actually totally dig the technopop or sugary pop stuff. But they do have some really great songs and I follow the competition every year. Last summer I spent the whole time rocking it out to the 2010 winner Satelitte by Lena. Which for some reason Americans never got to enjoy! I think you have to be earworm-immune to not like that song. :)

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    @Mark S.:

    And he could follow it with this.

    I still think that for the full on Doug-J-WILL-make-you-uncomfortable vibe, it’s Jet Boy Jet Girl.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    We will have to agree to disagree.

    I’m nonplussed by your wrongheadedness.

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    Sly says:

    What are your favorite guilty pleasure songs? They’ve got to be bad, no Walking On Sunshine or Prince or pre-Lion King Elton John. Mine are Hey Jealousy and It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over

    Bands like Travis and people like Richard Thompson continually prove that there is no such thing as a bad song. It’s all in the performance.

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    These days I just listen to strange shit like Iron and Wine, Glasser, Barbara Morgenstern, The Jicks and mediocre ’70s records from garage sales. I’ve lost my music mojo after 40 years, or maybe music culture’s moving too fast for me to keep up.

    Anyway, Aqualung, the song, not the singer, would be a shocker for the crowd.

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    licensed to kill time says:

    I could totally see DougJ singin’ Cher.

    Bang Bang
    Gypsies Tramps and Thieves
    Half Breed

    I’d pay money to see that ;)

    eta: she’s got the range, man!

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    Kyle says:


    Well if you go back 30 years will add some of the well known Duran Duran songs (Girls on Film, Rio, Reflex would be great with Karaoke). I’ll also throw out Baby Got Back as a fun one after few drinks.

    Ditto. Baby Got Back is always good for a laugh. Or Ice Ice Baby. Hungry Like the Wolf is a good 80s choice.

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    Mark S. says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    All right, you went too far on that one.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: That is it. A full parade of horribleness. Although “At Seventeen” by Janis Ian has its own discrete lack of charm.

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    Libby says:

    I’m really spending too much time on this, so my last three suggestions after digging into the mememory bank for songs that always go over big. Mustang Sally, Every Breath you Take, and Time after Time.

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    Doug Harlan J says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    You may have just won this thread.

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    Also, “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston

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    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Light. Weight.

    Here’s the BIG cheese:

    Gilbert O’Sullivan Alone Again (Naturally)

    Roger Whittaker The Last Farewell

    For you are…Beautiful…And I have loved you dearly…More dearly than the spoken word can tell

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    sloan says:

    Just Some Fuckhead:

    it’s a song you really like but you aren’t necessarily going to be blaring it out the car windows, singing along with it.

    LOL. I just roll up the car windows.

    Squeeze: Pulling Mussels From the Shell

    Boys Don’t Cry: I Wanna Be A Cowboy

    Falco: Vienna Calling

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    Valdivia says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    how could you? now I have that stuck in my head. I am going to have to go to unhearit.com to wash that out.

    BTW did you know that according to Wikipedia the song is about having children instead of having abortions? I actually had some idea it was about having fun with yourself. Hmmm. Note to self–check comprehension systems.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    If you are looking for something good that might not be too hard to sing, consider “Money Changes Everything” by The Brains. Cyndi Lauper covered it (reasonably well) so it might be available.

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    Emma says:

    Omnes Omnibus: You win. Ouch.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Mark S.: Really? I listen to it when I need a good cry.

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    Libby says:

    @Menzies: My old pal Ralph had the perfect voice for it. He was a karaoke star.

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    Doug Harlan J says:


    I’ll do Black Coffee In Bed if I do Squeeze. It’s got that blue-eyed soul thing all up in there. I may not be able to pull it off.

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    Mark S. says:

    Allllllll byyyyyyyyy mmyyyyyyy-selllllllffffff
    dontwannabe Allllllll byyyyyyyyy mmyyyyyyy-selllllllffffff

    Now that’s a good karaoke song!

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    Has anyone offered this choice:


    Or you could always double down and do this:


    You could get some weird looks doing that one.

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    Libby says:

    @Valdivia: I’m not ashamed of any music I like, but I do keep the windows rolled up when I sing along because I sing like a crow.

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    If it’s allowed, I’ve got one for Cole’s karaoke night:

    Al Stewart Year of the Cat

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Doug Harlan J: You know who could pull off any song? Johnny Cash. His cover of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is simply heartbreaking.

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    harlana says:

    slightly OT but what is the song you are supposed to conjure up to wipe out an incredibly annoying song stuck in your head for days? i think John mentioned it on here once.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): Dude, it’s over. JSF dropped the big one.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    If Ever You’re In My Arms Again by Peabo Bryson.

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    I almost forgot one. I don’t know how I could forget this:


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    Mark B says:

    On the topic of guilty pleasures, but unkarokeable (it’s in Swedish, for god’s sake) is this one: Boten Anna.

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    Valdivia says:

    another earwormy thing to get it out. Anything.
    I am still trying to undo the damage by JSF with the freaking Charlene song.

    since I don’t have a car, the sidewalk is my only option, and well. I don’t want to be that person! ;)

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    Emma says:

    And I forgot to betray myself: It’s You by Westlife.

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    Speaking of Joey and the boys, I never knew, until two minutes ago, that they covered this:

    Have You Ever Seen The Rain? – The Ramones

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again):

    Roger Whittaker The Last Farewell

    This is a phenomenal song. There is something wrong with you people.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Emma: Nothing by Boyzone?

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    Valdivia says:

    Because a thread like this would not be complete with some cool science courtesy of RadioLab. Earworms.

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    sloan says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): That’s funny, I was just listening to Al Stewart last night. He still tours! And he put out a new album recently with some timeless stuff that sounds like it could have been written 30 years ago. This is from 2008. It’s funny how many one hit wonders never stop making music and put out stuff just as good, if not better than the song that originally made them famous.

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    @Omnes Omnibus:

    No, I’m protesting that one on multiple grounds:

    1). NO ONE heard it when it was released.

    2). It only got noticed years later because it was so awful.

    3). I never once heard it before in my life- and I was 16/17 in ’82.

    I mean, Jebus, if it’s open to THAT then it should be open to John Ashcroft’s Let the Eagle Soar, or any deep cut from a fourth rate, self-released gospel album.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Coward of the County by Kenny Rogers.

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    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Did I say it wasn’t a good song? Lyrically, it’s really cheesy, but I love it because of Whittaker’s softer-than-velvet delivery. That’s kinda the definition of a guilty pleasure.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): I am only about a year older than you and I remember hearing it on the radio.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter by Herman’s Hermits

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    I have memories of staying home sick in sixth grade and listening to that.

    I think Andy Dick was listening to it, too. If you ever heard him sing on NewsRadio, he did that warbly Glenn Yarbrough thing for most of a song, then ended with a breathy Al Stewart thing.

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    Cat Lady says:

    King of the Road. You can get your finger snappin’ groovy groove on, also too.

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    BD of MN says:

    as a karaoke singer (and host) with a limited vocal range, I can’t give away all my secrets, but “Sister Golden Hair” by America is easy to sing, everybody knows it, and it’s rarely done…

    (and I regularly sing “Superstar” by the Carpenters, you just have to sing it like Thurston Moore)

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    Libby says:

    Not recommending the song, but I just remembered when I was bartending at the VFW, we did karaoke every Sat night and they always, always, ended the night with Proud to be an American. And everybody held up their flaming cigarette lighters. Always surprised the place never exploded with all the alcohol fumes in the room.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Key Largo by Bertie Higgins.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Lee Motherfucking Greenwood. You know the song…

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    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Hmmm…Maybe that’s because some asshole in Phoenix hadn’t yet fully programmed the entire nation’s radio stations at that point. The odds are that unless you were here in West Michigan, or in Denver or Austin, you haven’t heard of Gary Myrick and the Figures, who were big in those markets in ’81/’82.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I hate the song. So it’s not a guilty pleasure.

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    Valdivia says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    ok, you did it. you’re dead to me. :)
    here’s looking at you kid. ugh.
    what’s next? Kokomo by the Beach Boys?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Tragedy by the BeeGees.

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    JenJen says:

    Doug Harlan J: Heard a pretty good cover of Shawn Mullins’ “Light You Up” few nights ago. It’s a little soulful, very sexy, the chicks dig it, and there’s that kind-of white-boy rap in the verses that makes you sound like Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Anything by Wham.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Mark B:

    but unkarokeable (it’s in Swedish, for god’s sake)

    Best singalong night ever: hotel bar in Stockholm the week of Eurovision. Every person in the bar could sing well (except me, of course), and they all tried to one up each other.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    You put the boom boom into my heart,
    You send my soul sky high when your lovin’ starts.
    Jitterbug into my brain,
    Goes bang bang bang till my feet do the same.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    There’s yer new earworm.

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    Gordon, The Big Express Engine says:

    Big Balls by AC/DC.

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    i hear what you are saying, but if ” i like my women a little on the trashy side” by confederate railroad isn’t a guilty pleasure, liberal guilt style, i don’t know what is.

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    tesslibrarian says:

    For something recent, maybe “American Idiot.” I don’t consider it a guilty pleasure, though.

    Now, “More Than a Feeling?” There’s a guilty pleasure. And likely on the karaoke machine. As would be “Four” by Blues Traveler, “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel, and “Message in a Bottle” by the Police.

    ETA: Duran Duran, “Is There Something I Should Know.”

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    Valdivia says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Freedom, Freedom
    You gotta give for what you take

    or You gotta have Faith

    Thanks. Your job is done.

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    Mark B says:

    Well, hell, this Howard Keel take on I’ve never been to me isn’t half bad. Anyone planning to do this song karaoke needs to watch this treatment first.

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    Valdivia says:

    @Mark B:

    /runs out to play wham at full volume on stereo.

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    MikeJ says:

    Has anybody told Hillary Clinton to make no public pronouncements about the Kentucky Derby this year, lest they have to put down the woman jockey?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Let’s Hear It For The Boy by Deniece Williams.

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    Libby says:

    Okay so I lied. I do have one guilty pleasure. The original karaoke. Bouncing Ball version of Little Brown Jug. Once they played this stuff for kids at 7:00am. Every day.

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    piratedan says:

    well when you say guilty pleasures, I immediately thought about songs that my parents liked, old people music, after all, what kid likes to admit that they liked stuff that their parents listened to….

    so for me…its country music, and its usually old C&W

    I have Faron Young – Unmitigated Gall


    and Marty Robbins – El Paso


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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Two of Hearts by Stacey Q.

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    Mark B says:

    OK, now I have to bust out Mental Revenge. It’s not a guilty pleasure, because the song is fucking awesome. Mel Tillis wrote it, and I like the Waylon performance best, although several artists have covered it.

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    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    maniac by michael sembello, or, my if i have to do karaoke stand by…

    tiny bubbles, don ho.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Ben by Michael Jackson

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    cleek says:

    What are your favorite guilty pleasure songs? They’ve got to be bad,

    it would be logically impossible for me to like a bad song.

    and “Hey Jealousy” is not a bad song.

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    JGabriel says:

    I’ve done karaoke exactly once, but got a standing ovation in a big and crowded bar, even though the only key I can sing in is off. The thing is, I can rap pretty decently for a white guy, and Eminem’s Stan was on the karaoke list.

    Probably doesn’t apply to DougJ, since he says has a decent singing voice, but for all you non-singers: rap is the way to go.

    I also do a mean-ass Rapper’s Delight (Full 14:29 Version), which definitely pushes this post into the on-topic “guilty pleasure” territory.

    Finally, I know that DougJ and a couple others mentioned 10cc’s I’m Not In Love, but, weirdly enough, it was the first song I thought of when Doug mentioned “guilty pleasures”. I guess it’s not as obscure as I thought for a 36 year old song.


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    phantomist says:

    Justin Verlander just pitched his second no-hitter. (Detroit Tigers)

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @phantomist: I am not familiar with that one. Could you hum a few bars?

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    JenJen says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Snort!! OK, you finally got me.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @JenJen: I can go all day. :)

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    Malron aka eclecticbrotha says:

    How about “All-Star” by Smashmouth?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes.

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    opal says:

    Not much for karaoke, but I wish I had a dollar for every time I sang this in the shower.

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    Yutsano says:

    @JGabriel: I went into a karaoke bar in Corvallis Oregon with some friends (some new, some old) and put my namr down on the list for this little ditty and the groans started right away. They expected a hardcore crash and burn. I killed it. When I started singing EVERYONE in the bar stopped talking. That was kinda fun.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    “You Light Up My Life” by Debbie Boone. Although I must say, I saw John Cameron Mitchell do a killer a cappella version of it in German following the last performance of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at the Jane Street Theater in NYC.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    Karaoke: Creedence Clearwater Revival. I’m partial to “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, which is more or less in my range and has good political lyrics, too.

    Guilty Pleasures: Mine is anything by Kelly Clarkson. And Avril Lavigne. And Pink.

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    hamletta says:

    Not-so-guilty pleasures: Faure’s Requiem.

    Which my church choir has been asked to sing with two other choirs for a Nashville remembrance of 9/11.

    It’ll be at the Catholic Cathedral.

    Brother Marty might flip in his grave, but maybe not. He loved good music, and Faure’s Requiem is about as good as it gets. I feel honored to sing such beautiful music for the dead.

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    tom p says:

    Guilty pleasures? Anything by Hank williams… “Lovesick Blues”, or ….I have couple of others but they are buried so deep…. “1 scotch -1 bourbon -1 beer” comes to mind, also… “Last night, I broke the seal on a decanter…. that looks like Elvis….”

    Any song about being drunk, you can not f’ up.

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    Violet says:

    Saturday Night by the Bay City Rollers. S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night!

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    eemom says:

    [sniff] lotta memories on this thread….

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @eemom: Speaking of memories, what’s the count on the demon thread?

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    maus says:

    My faves-

    Black Crowes – Hard to Handle
    Echo and the Bunnymen – Killing Moon
    Chris Isaak or HIM – Wicked Game
    Love and Rockets – So Alive

    and if you’ve got an ultra-Japanese spot
    Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Midnight Radio

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    Suffern ace says:

    I will sing Harper Valley PTA.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @maus: Any Hedwig would be good for karaoke, but I doubt DougJ is going to find it in his neck of the woods.

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    Violet says:

    Another guilty pleasure song of mine: Christina Aguilera, Genie in a Bottle.

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    eemom says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    stalled at 733 since 1:21 pm. : (

    G’wan, go back there and resume your heroic efforts with toko-loko. Think Pygmalion….

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    maus says:

    @212: Hence my qualifier. I just moved to our Chinatown, so one of the balances to being woken up on the weekends by the bang of a snare drum was a little karaoke nook that has Midnight Radio. It’s also got ANCIENT computers, all the American bands are under the “foreign singers” category, a porn-disco lighting rig, and half the videos seem to be on a rickety Laserdisc drive. It’s perfectly silly.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Every karaoke joint has “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones. I think it’s a legal requirement.

    And I am reminded of the great karaoke scene in Lost in Translation. Bill Murray doing Bryan Ferry. Brr!

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    zuzu (not that one, the other one) says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I’ve done that one. It’s really hard to sing.

    Singing it forced me to pay attention to the lyrics, too, and it’s like singing the Concerned Women of America anthem.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    The one time I karaoked I killed (OK, an easy room of un-serious people) with “You Oughta Know.” It’s the “You!” “You!” “You!” that does it.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    It’s not in the last 20 years, but anything by Creedence is pretty easy to sing. I did OK on my first ever karaoke attempt a couple of months ago with “Who’ll Stop the Rain”. Nice leftwing lyrics, too.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @eemom: I am done for a while. If she absorbed any of it and holds on to it for any length of time, I shall be surprised.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: Roxy Music.


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    Steeplejack says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again):

    [. . .] any deep cut from a fourth-rate, self-released gospel album.

    You rang? (h/t TBogg)

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    Emma says:

    MikeJ: Ugh. There are depths to which I will not sink, sir!

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Yes, douchenik, I know that Roxy Music did the song, but I also know that Bryan Ferry was the lead singer and that Bill Murray was sort of doing him, not the whole band.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: I appended a “/pedant” to it. People often confuse late RM with solo Ferry. it is an easy mistake.

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    Steeplejack says:


    God, I still know all the lyrics to “El Paso.” Not to mention “Big Iron” and “Ballad of the Alamo.”

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    “I Can’t Wait,” Nu Shooz.

    Always think of those songs together, for some reason.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: I once saved my Brigade headquarters from embarrassment in front of a British unit by knowing the words to the “Battle of New Orleans.”

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    Off Colfax says:

    Karaoke in the middle of Real America?

    Ain’t nothing more American than ZZ Top.

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    burnspbesq says:

    My favorite guilty pleasure power ballad would also be great for karaoke if you can get to f-sharp above middle C comfortably: “I Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon.

    Two other great karaoke songs in about the same range are “Baby Hold On” by Eddy Money and “You Are the Woman” by Firefall.

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    Steeplejack says:


    10cc also did the great pseudo-reggae “Dreadlock Holiday.”

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    gbear says:

    Learn “Chain Of Fools’ by Aretha Franklin. If I still drank I’d probably try that one myself.

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    Mike says:


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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    “Well, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles . . .”

    Jeez, now I’m channeling “North to Alaska.”

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    Libby says:

    @burnspbesq: If you’re going to do Eddie Money, you have to do Really Got a Hold on Me. That’s his classic hit.

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    Libby says:

    @Suffern ace: If I could sing, I would do Ode to Billy Joe.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: I always liked that one.

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    opal says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    One of the best Sunday morning albums of all time.

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    burnspbesq says:


    You must be a little younger than me. The classic Eddie Money track is the very first track from the very first record, “Two Tickets to Paradise.”

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    Tainted Love. I loop it when I’m exercising. Over and over and over again, a song that drove me nuts when it played — over and over again — in the bar where I worked in college. Now it’s just the right rhythm, and the unchanging quality of it is a virtue, not a liability.

    The other one is Nena’s “99 Luftballoons.” Fuck, I can’t even begin to justify that.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @opal: I have always been partial to “Everything but the Girl.” Example.

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    Libby says:

    @burnspbesq: Oh, how could I forget that one? I stand corrected.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Tom Johnson: Ya don’t gotta. But anyone who tries to play it in anything but the original German needs to be run out of the joint on a rail.

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    jake the snake says:

    Guilty pleasure.

    Rock Steady

    Fat Bottomed Girls

    Crank it up!!

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    jake the snake says:

    Guilty pleasure.

    Rock Steady

    Fat Bottomed Girls

    Crank it up!!

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    Stillwater says:

    Guilty pleasure?

    The Knack. Bay City Rollers. The Who.


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    burnspbesq says:

    Getting psyched up for June 5 at the Wiltern:


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    quaint irene says:

    For whistfulness…

    “I’ll Be Seeing You.”

    Been covered from Billie Holiday to Frank Sinatra. I first heard it sung by Judy Collins.

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    @Yutsano: There’s an English version? WTF!

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    Steeplejack says:


    Is this the Buffalo Springfield reunion I have been hearing about?

    I love them. Have all three original albums (purchased in every format imaginable through the years), many songs of which get regular rotation on the Droid playlist.

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    EIGRP says:

    Maybe some Stevie Ray Vaughn – Pride and Joy for example.

    I would second the Maroon 5 recommendations too – Misery or This Love

    Where in Rochester can you sing Sublime?


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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Then you have to like Swing Out Sister. “Twilight World.”

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    jake the snake says:

    Bobby Bare, bitchez.


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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Tom Johnson: Yes. It is an unspeakable abomination.

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    burnspbesq says:


    It is. They are doing six shows on the west coast in early June, leading up to headlining Bonaroo. Two up north, two at the Wiltern, and two at the Santa Barbara County Bowl.

    There are no words to describe how psyched I am. AND I am seeing Bruce Cockburn (with Jenny Scheinman!!!) the week before!

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    Yutsano says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: The producer who decided to dumb that song down for American consumption deserves to be dragged through the streets and shot. if s/he hasn’t been already.

    @burnspbesq: Hey I dropped you a message the other day, but I didn’t get back to see if you had responded.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: I can see why you would say that, but Swing Out Sister has never really appealed to me. I like the spare, underproduced sound of that EBTG album. Actually, I like a lot of Ben Watt’s work. He did a couple of very good remixes of Beth Orton songs on Central Reservation

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yutsano: The video is worse too. No link because I don’t hate you.

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    BerkeleyMom says:

    @Kilkee: Build me up Buttercup is a great karaoke song.

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    Steeplejack says:


    That’s a nice medley that Furay does in that video.

    The drummer, Dewey Martin, and the original bassist, Bruce Palmer, are both dead. Is Jim Messina going to participate? Or is it just going to be Stills, Young and Furay?

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    burnspbesq says:


    Must have missed it.

    Will be in your neighborhood in mid-July and again in early August, dropping the kid off and picking him up from his summer program at Cornish.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    No link because I don’t hate you.

    Maybe I should try harder. I usually get hatred for my profession alone.

    @burnspbesq: Excellent. Keep a weekend night open. I have a lesbyterian lawyer who would like to do some contact building with you.

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    piratedan says:

    @Steeplejack: well I don’t wanna play topper, but I can still do Running Gun, Utah Carol and The Strawberry Roan too…..

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    burnspbesq says:


    Stills, Young, and Furay. No indication that Messina will be involved, although it wouldn’t surprise me if he did a cameo at the Santa Barbara shows. The rhythm section at the Bridge School concert last fall was Rick Rosas on bass and Joe Vitale on drums, and I think they are also doing the reunion tour.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yutsano: Dude, remember what I do for living. I can’t afford to hate people like you.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Earworm? Did somebody say earworm?


    Getting old sucks. I can remember when I could do this song in this key. Now I can barely do it in A.

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    Svensker says:


    Not-so-guilty pleasures: Faure’s Requiem.

    Sang that with a choir a few years ago and the soprano soloist had the most exquisitely angelic, pure voice. Her mother had just died a few days before and when she sang the Pie Jesu the sorrow and poignancy were unearthly. Not a dry eye in the house. I’ll never forget it.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Well FWIW the vast majority of the time when I have to talk to attorneys or CPAs I enjoy those calls. Of course if they try dicking me around I call them on it and they (usually) alter their behavior. But for the most part once I’m in the case I know what they want, they have a good idea what I want, and we come to an understanding pretty quickly.

    Protip though (and I know this isn’t your field but I’m just sharing here): do NOT ask me for a 90 day hold right out of the gate. You ain’t gonna get it.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Yeah, that’s a great one, too, but I thought “Twilight World” was a little closer to Everything but the Girl.

    This will cleanse your palate: the Style Council, “My Ever Changing Moods.”

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yutsano: Years ago, I did some criminal work and it was always easiest to deal with real criminals (drug dealers can be very good clients). They came in (or you met with them at the jail), asked you for your professional opinion and went forward. they often knew the rules of evidence quite well and knew they were busted. in such cases, they just wanted the best deal they could get. Usually, they paid on time with little argument. Some guy who got in a bar fight for the first time ever was always going to be the worst client. Complaining, not accepting it when you tell them that they are going to need to plead to something or they are going to prison and, yes, they will have a criminal record. They would then bitch about the bill and slow pay.

    Shorter me: It is good to do business with professionals.

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    More favorite: Long Hot Summer

    BTW, the guy who wrote Down in the Tube Station at Midnight could release a triple album of bad Tuvan throat singing and I wouldn’t bitch about it.

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    Valdivia says:

    I can’t believe we’re still at it and no one has brought up my ultimate 80s dancing guilty-pleasure (JSF didn’t hit all of them!) Safety Dance by Men Without Hats

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: This, again, I like.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again):

    Isn’t it believed to be one of the most sampled songs ever? The drum break?

    (And, no, I didn’t peek.)

    By the way, I loved the A-side back in the day–“Color Him Father.”

    ETA: It wasn’t really “gospel”–it was straight-ahead soul.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): How can you mention it without linking it?

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    Steeplejack says:


    And that song always reminds me of this one: O.C. Smith, “The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp.”

    Actually, this is a good song for Mother’s Day. I’m synchronistic, I am.

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    Good call. That 6 seconds of drumming is known as the Amen Break. This 18-minute vid tells the story well.

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    What? You expect me to do all the legwork? Exercise, you old bastard!

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    Doug Harlan J says:


    They have Santeria at Monty’s Korner where I ply my wares.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I love the top comment on YouTube:

    Who the fuck pressed dislike?? Go have a long hard look at yourself!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: Who among us can disagree with that sentiment?

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    I noticed that when I linked it at C&L a short time ago.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again):

    I can see DougJ bustin’ that at the department Christmas party.

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    I am renewing my call for Doug to do Jet Boy Jet Girl, dammit!

    I triple-dog dare you, Doug!

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    Yeah, that’s right, a slight breech of etiquette- straight to the triple-dog dare!

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Down At Papa Joes by the Dixiebelles

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    burnspbesq says:

    Surprised that no one mentioned this as either a guilty pleasure or a great karaoke song:


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    4jkb4ia says:


    Wins the thread.

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    4jkb4ia says:


    Like OMG, I have mercifully not remembered that song in a hundred years.

    291: “Hey Ya!” is the definitive answer to whether there has been anything good in the last 20 years.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    I’m thinking. “On The Floor” would be a candidate for a guilty pleasure, but Jon Caramanica is right: the production saved it. Jon Caramanica can usually be described by Mark Twain: “He keeps near the tune, but it is not the tune.”

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    4jkb4ia says:

    More thinking–

    Everything from Rocky Horror after “Time Warp”, which is simply a stone classic. I have killed with “Time Warp” in karaoke in the past.

    We’re a wild and an untamed thing, we’re a bee with a deadly sting, etc. Not a bad Balloon Juice theme song….

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    klinnt says:

    Script’s Break even is a hit song, or if you go for a bit old one, try one from “journey”

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    presquevu says:

    Recent faves for me:

    Big Hunk o’ Love (Elvis)
    Fool to Cry (Stones)
    Real Good Time (Pink w/William Orbit)
    Just Dropped In (Kenny Rogers &)
    Moonage Daydream (Bowie)
    Wayfaring Stranger (Eva Cassidy)
    Wear Your Love Like Heaven (Donovan)
    Fish Heads (Barnes & Barnes)
    Until the End of the World (U2)
    Should I Stay or Should I Go (Clash)
    Crystal Blue Persuasion (Tommy James &)
    Dizz Knee Land (Dada)

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    Tha D to tha A to the NDY says:

    I know I’m late to the party and I know you said middle america, but the only song I will do every time I manage to find it (which isn’t often, even in NYC) is Ain’t No Fun by Snoop Dogg. If they don’t shut the karaoke down, a mildly overweight white guy butchering Nate Dogg’s
    “And if you can’t
    FUCK that day ba-baaaay
    Just lay back
    And open yo mouth”

    is truly a sight to behold.

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    john b says:

    read this post way late. but just wanted to point out that arcade fire got a best album grammy and was the best-selling album in the nation when it debuted. In fact Arcade Fire has had far more exposure than the strokes ever did.

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    If it’s not too late to join in?

    Heard those kidz today still like The White Stripes. Seven Nation Army (2008) still getting heavy play. The vocals there quirky.

    They, however, cover Dusty Springfield’s “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself”. Video directed by Sofia Coppola starring Kate Moss, so it pretty much can reach a large audience demo.

    White Stripes You Tube

    The 1990s and 2011 kidz still like the LA rockabilly punk band Social Distortion – as does Bruce Springsteen, who invites the singer on stage to play their songs – so you know they’re Boomer audience accessible, too.

    Ball and Chain

    Have seen this turn into a sing along. That might help.

    Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers Guns and Money” might work well, too. Or the Stones’ ‘Happy” – no one expects to understand KR anyway. Perhaps go for the camp and summon your inner Jack Sparrow for fun.

    Music collection here not particularly embarrassing but like sedimentary layers, it does weed out people. Must be at least 130 bpm with pulsating bass and autotuned vocals (think anything by the Black Eyed Peas) or can lose youngsters quickly and vice versa. No one seems to dig Stravinsky anymore. Or Aaron Copland, even when mangled by ELP.

    Women 18-22 in particular these days – trust me, have bought the t-shirts and CDs per request.

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    er last non-sequitor re t-shirts was supposed to go with 2011 kidz liking SD. Mea culpa.

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