If you had to
choose one song to sing karaoke to, what would it be and why?
Well I don't think this would be in the karaoke song
book, but I think it would be funny to sing to Captain
Beefheart's Blabber 'n Smoke or even White
Jam both are from "The
Spotlight Kid" album. Lots of karaoke songs that
are from older artists have to recreate the music, and it's usually done
on with really cheesy sounding guitars and 80's style synthesizers. I
would love to hear them try and remake that music, plus his vocals are
quirky in their timing and delivery, it would be fun to sing that, not
to mention the lyrics like "All you ever do is blabber 'n smoke/It
don't matter where you got your start/which side of your head you were
your heart/ Clean up the ai/'N treat the animals fair/I can't help but
think you treat love like ah joke/tim's running out/ and all you do is
blabber and smoke.
Who would you want to sing one of your song?
Which song would you want them to sing? Why?
There are so many possibilities that it is an interesting
idea, and it makes me wonder about the singer vs. the song. Every artist
would put their own spin on it, and if Chan
Marshall of Cat Power sang White
All Around it would give it an eerie feel and possibly
sad, forlorn feeling. I think she would do a good job, plus I hung out
with her once and we sang, she is really capable of belting it out and
I'd love to hear her do that during the chorus, we don't get to hear her
go for it very often and she has an amazing voice. But if Madonna
did it she would get the latest, hottest producer to work with her and
think of the royalties, we could quit our day jobs.
Who wouldn't you like to have covering one
of your songs? Why?
There is something that rubs me the wrong way about
some of the recent Grammy recipients. There is something so lackluster
about these acts, I can't help but feel like I'm seeing American Idol
finalist that are laden with industry involvement, or they are super talented
but I can't relate to it, like Josh Grobin.
Any personal karaoke experiences to share?
Once when I was on the big island of Hawaii karaoke
bar. There were all these Japanese tourists karaoke-ing. It seemed a rather
serious affair, the closer they got to sounding like the original artist
the more pleased everyone seemed. People were working so hard at it that
they almost overcame their accents. When it was my turn I got up and improvised,
singing in my own voice to a song I didn't really know, I was drunk, which
seems to be a prerequisite for karaoke. All I remember were the scowling
grimaces of the fellow karaokees waiting for me to finish so they could
return the serious business of impersonating
Simon Le Bon singing Hungry
Like the Wolf by Duran