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What happens when you give a musician the freedom and privacy to sing what they like to sing and exactly how they like it sung? The answers are what have Catherine and Marisa enjoy getting for petiteMort. In this second installment of bandaoke. They corral Steve of King Of France and to thier suprise Steve is a karaoke virgin...

name: Steve Saleti, band: King Of France, label: Egret Records, favorite song: The Lonesome Death of Hatte Carroll by Bob Dylan, karaoke bar: Village Karaoke


Listen to King Of France:
the beast.mp3 (3.9MB)
sick of the life.mp3 (3.5MB)
notion.mp3 (2MB)



Steve Salett

"Elvis had a gift with confessional songs. [...] In a song he could seem to have all these creepy terrible thoughts but somehow he would still seem like a good guy for being so self-aware."







photography & writing:
Catherine Mouttet's photography (CTRN) and design work (Hijinx) have run on VH1, YM, the Alternative Press, Vice, Venus and Kitty Magik as well as multitudes of strange and obscure zines and websites. Catherine operates her own creative development studio, out of her home in Brooklyn.

Marisa Handren publishes Kitty Magik, an independent magazine the Village Voice dubbed "admirably unsucky," which spotlights some of the most interesting artists of our time. It has included interviews with Yoko Ono, Sonic Youth, and Sleater-Kinney. She also freelances for Women Who Rock, Venus and Rockpile.

If you had to choose one song to sing kareoke to, what would it be and why ?
I remember being a little disappointed to not find Dylan’s the Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll in the karaoke data banks. I have a little bit of an obsession with TLDOHC—it was the first song that I learned to play on guitar and sing at the same time. And though I love the song, it’s not Dylan’s catchiest tune. I think he wrote it after reading a news article and he sings the lyrics like he’s...well, reading the paper.

So with lines like “Who carried the dishes and took out the garbage/And never sat once at the head of the table/ And didn't even talk to the people at the table/ Who just cleaned up all the food from the table/And emptied the ashtrays on a whole other level” this is a song that could clear out even the most rocking party. But by the time you finished karaokeing the last refrain of but you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears, you can be sure that anyone left in the room would either love you deeply or share your social outrage.

Though I guess if I didn’t want to kill the party I might pick The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins by Leonard Nimoy.

Who would you want to sing one of your songs?
Elvis. I may be the King of France but he’s the King.

Steve Salett from King of France sings Karaoke.

Which song would you want them to sing? Why?
I could see him singing the KOF song called the beast, in particular I’d like to see him sing the lines “I never caught the first wave/ I never made the first string/ and this lonesome time is our loathsome feast

Elvis had a gift with confessional songs. He always knew what distance he had to keep from the material to fully communicate a song. In a song he could seem to have all these creepy terrible thoughts but somehow he would still seem like a good guy for being so self-aware. I would hope that his karaoke version would bring to the beast what he brought to the Doc Pomus song Suspicion.

Was that really your first time singing karaoke?
Yes, and if practiced daily maybe someday I can unseat U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft as the greatest Karaoke performer ever.  X