Only the echoes of my mind

Thanks to everyone for their karaoke suggestions. I ended up doing Easy Like Sunday Morning, Rock With You, and Raspberry Beret. All went well though Rock With You really was too high for me. I decided against wearing the western-themed get up I wear when I do karaoke with my friends in Texas because I felt it made me look Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy.

Mistakes were made last night (though not by me). No one could have predicted that Dead Man’s Party and Innocent Man would go be such epic karaoke disasters.

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  1. 1
    Morbo says:

    Must have missed that thread; you should have done Closer.

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    J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Dead Man’s Party from Oingo Boingo (and Back to School)?

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    Raspberry Beret? Seriously?

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    punkdavid says:

    My personal go-to is “The Humpty Dance”. It works every time.

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    Gravenstone says:

    That’s I’m Easy, by the Commodores. Just sayin’.

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    Doug Harlan J says:


    Someone else did it. Also too, I don’t like to work that blue.

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    dr. bloor says:

    I would pay cash money on the barrel head to see you do “Raspberry Beret” in a cowboy outfit.

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    gordon schumway says:

    Suspicious Minds!

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    taylormattd says:

    @dr. bloor: Agreed. Although I can’t shake the feeling that this an elaborate hoax of some kind.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Doug Harlan J: I guess the Rodeo Song would have been out of the question, then.

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    Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel) says:

    Faith No More’s Easy is especially beguiling, I’ve always thought.

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    hilts says:

    Jon Voight’s batshit crazy routine over the last few years has made it difficult for me to sit thru Midnight Cowboy and Deliverance.

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    trollhattan says:

    Dear lord I’m glad I don’t really follow what’s being described here. The only things missing, as far as I can figure, are a midget, a five-pound bucket of Armor Manteca, and double wetsuits.

    Carry on!

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    Church Lady says:

    Dear Lord, I hope this is spoof. Although I would pay money to see you in your cowboy getup. The laughs would be worth whatever it cost.

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    Svensker says:

    Video or it didn’t happen.

    Where IS the video, anyway?

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    An Innocent Man, like the Billy Joel song? That song with its falsetto chorus shouts “it’s a trap” like Admiral Akbar.

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    R-Jud says:


    My personal go-to is “The Humpty Dance”. It works every time.

    I really wish Obama had busted that out in lieu of an Inaugural Address.

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    Rorgg says:

    Best karaoke song ever is “Sweet Caroline” because it doesn’t matter if you sound like crap, nobody cares, they’re just waiting to go “BA BA BAAAAA” twice per chorus.

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    JenJen says:

    I could have TOTALLY predicted that “Dead Man’s Party” would be an epic karaoke fail, but nobody asked.

    Raspberry Beret? Awesome. Video or it didn’t happen.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Tom Johnson: I always think of Barbara Walters singing ‘She had a wazbewy bewet’!

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    Easy? Good choice!

    Raspberry Beret? Not bad, and hopefully you made it work, but I would have gone with Little Red Corvette, if only because you can really go off on the “Baby, have you got enough gas?” line.

    But Rock With You?!

    I didn’t realize that you were BJ’s resident castrato.

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    i am telling you, best karaoke song ever, for the vocally challenged, tiny bubbles by don ho.

    also, too. bohemian like you, by the dandy warhols dedicated to david brooks of course.

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    Steve M. says:

    No one could have predicted that Dead Man’s Party and Innocent Man would go be such epic karaoke disasters.

    “An Innocent Man”? Yeah, no one could have predicted that a song with a full-octave leap at the beginning of the chorus might be hard to sing….

    Seriously, if you’re going to do Billy Joel and you don’t have a huge range, you might want to stick with “Only the Good Die Young.” (There’s falsetto in that one, but I think you can fudge it.)

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    Steve M. says:

    Rock with You

    For that one, I hope you changed into the original “Rock with You” sequined jumpsuit

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    bmcchgo says:

    Sorry Doug,

    Rock Wit You is my signature karaoke tune! No one does it as good as me! Evah…

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    AnotherBruce says:

    There’s a Jam song called “Innocent Man” though I doubt that’s the one he’s talking about. It’s a fairly obscure (and very good) song.

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    Steve M. says:


    My mistake — the Billy Joel song did seem to fit with the other songs cited in the last thread, so I just assumed….

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    Glenn says:

    Wild Thing by The Troggs is the perfect karaoke song for people who can’t sing but can make it fun. You yell a lot and people sing along.

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

    Raspberry Beret is a good Prince song for beginners, as is When Doves Cry.

    Little Red Corvette should only be attempted by experts. And Darling Nikki should only be attempted by crazy people.

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    @Steve M.:

    Best Billy Joel without falsetto, by far, is My Life. Bonus points if you’re a guy and sing it in drag.

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    mclaren says:

    You really ought to have given Warm Leatherette by The Normal a try. I’m sure that would be a big hit on the karoake circuit.

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    @Anton Sirius:

    Little Red Corvette should only be attempted by experts.

    You think so? Huh. I’ve never had a problem with it. No tricky rhythms, no key changes, no octave changes…The only thing that might be considered difficult are some of the falsetto “woohoos” that Prince sprinkled in there. If memory serves me correctly, Mitch Ryder had a little comeback hit with that song, and Mitch has always been more a shouter than a singer.

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    gerry says:

    gerry’s law: you will NEVER be the worst singer at karaoke.

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