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Prediction: the next stereotype to emerge about Asians, behind us being bad drivers and us eating dog, will be that we kill for karaoke. Last week, a 23 year-old Malaysian man, Abdul Sani Doli, was stabbed to death outside of a karaoke bar in Borneo for…hogging the mic. The Guardian reported this story and claimed that “(k)araoke rage is not unheard of in Asia,” although the writer only cited one concrete example of it actually happening there:
Frank Sinatra’s My Way has reportedly generated such outbursts of hostility that some bars in the Philippines now no longer offer it on the karaoke menu. In Thailand this year, a gunman shot eight people dead after tiring of their endless renditions of a John Denver tune.
In case you believe our own shores are safe from karaoke violence, think again:
In Seattle last year, a woman with an apparent aversion to Coldplay attacked a singer who had just embarked on a rendition of Yellow.
But, to be fair, that incident in Seattle was totally different. Because I was, like, having the WORST DAY. And I was kinda PMS-y. All I wanted to do that night was kick back, have a cold one, and bust with the Steve Perry, know what I mean? Only this douchey metrosexual had to get up on stage, do his drippiest, most emo impersonation of Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow, and harsh my mellow. So I lost it. But I’m sorry, Coldplay does “fucking suck”, okay?
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) gallery, here in Hollywood, which my friend Carrie first took me to, is one of the better art spaces in this city. And now they’ve “curated” an amazing performance art piece that elevates them to bestest.
I know what you’re thinking. Ugh. Performance art. How very (insert past decade in which you had a traumatizing experience with performance art). But this idea of LACE’s ROCKS. Li-trally.
It’s called the Karaoke Ice project, and it’s housed in an ice cream truck. This ice cream truck will be wandering the streets of Los Angeles for the next 9 days. At its scheduled stops, people will be handing out popsicles, and a makeshift stage will be created for YOU, and by that I mean you and me and Diana, on which to SING OUR LITTLE HEARTS OUT. Songs to choose from will include Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated.”
Click here for full schedule of Karaoke Ice cream truck stops.