Bad Karaoke Beginnings

I originally started karaoke by helping Chicken John with his Porn-E-Oke shows in 2000. He would runs his Porn-E-Oke shows off of a disc player that had a feature that allowed him to make the background color of the karaoke transparent. Chicken would then play porn videos that he got from Leather Tong Videos behind the karaoke text. It was a lot of work finding the right karaoke disc and managing the videos etc. and he asked me if I could figure out how to computerize it. The software to do Porn-E-Oke did not exist at the time, but I did manage to computerize his karaoke set-up and helped him set up a computerized karaoke system when he opened the Odeon Bar in 2001.

I had rediculous stage fright at the time, so I never sang. I was just the techie guy Chicken would ask for help on stuff. I had had a very traumatic karaoke experience years prior and really NEVER sang karaoke or even got near a microphone at any of Chicken John’s shows. So I started out my karaoke career as a karaoke tech-guy who never sang.

A couple of years after Chicken started doing his regular Porn-E-Oke shows and after at least 4 years of Chicken John watching me cower away from any stage, especially if there was a microphone on it, he recommended that I host karaoke on my Monday night bartender shift at the Odeon Bar! There was a “Self Service DJ” night on those nights and we needed to change things up to discourage the rowdy elements of the crowd that was showing up to play their records. Besides, the Odeon was all about bad entertainment and they were playing records that did not fit with what we were doing there.

Karaoke was really the perfect thing for the night and I had all the skills except for the fact that I was scared of the mic. Well, there is nothing like getting throw into something head first. We called it “Bad Karaoke Night” and it worked like a charm. My signature songs were the Roberta Flack version Killing Me Softly and Bette Midler’s The Rose. People stood on the bar and sang horribly off key. The San Francisco Chronicle even did an article featuring my “Bad Karaoke Night” in their entertainment sections. The article was titled Bad to the funny bone Purposely awful poetry, karaoke, stand-up find willing participants, appreciative audiences.

Ten years later and I am now a full time karaoke host. And now you know the rest of the story:).

N’Touch Reunion at Deco Lounge Karaoke–playlist 4.27.10

I forgot my camera tonight, which was a shame since it was there was a reunion of N’Touch old-timers tonight. Stewart, the former owner of N’Touch was in town and the old N’Touch crowd came out.

I have been interested in learning more about N’Touch for a while now. I had been hearing stories about the place ever since it closed about 3 years ago and then when I started hosting karaoke at the Deco Lounge, it turned out that its karaoke roots, as well as that of Encore Karaoke, all stem back to N’Touch. There was a lot of catching up going on and I was hosting, but I did get one lingering question answered tonight and N’Touch started doing karaoke in 1993.

There were, of coarse, some amazing singers again tonight and I would have loved to have captured some of the performances on video. Maybe I will get photos and some more information for a later post, but for now, here is the playlist.

Karaoke songs sung on Tuesday 4.27.10

            Singer Artist Title

  1. Thomas Cruise, Pablo Love Will Find A Way
  2. Ed Pink Floyd Mother
  3. Jason Archuleta, David Crush
  4. Heather Cara, Irene Out Here On My Own
  5. Chris Robbins, Marty Don´t Worry About Me
  6. Jay Goulet, Robert If Ever I Would Leave You
  7. Alex John, Elton Your Song
  8. Don Proclaimers, The I´m Gonna Be Five Hundred Miles
  9. Michael Chicago Mr. Cellophane
  10. Thomas -2 5Th Dimension, The One Less Bell To Answer
  11. Ed Bloodhound Gang
  12. Jason When In Rome Promise, The
  13. Heather Chicago All That Jazz
  14. Chris Travis, Randy Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart
  15. Chris Travis, Randy Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart
  16. Chris Pelfus Warwick, Dionne Anyone Who Had A Heart
  17. Alex -1 Buble, Michael Feeling Good
  18. Thomas -2 Spinners, The I´ll Be Around
  19. Clint Killers, The Mr. Brightside
  20. Michael Mclachlan, Sarah Angel
  21. Nate Steppenwolf Born To Be Wild
  22. Chris Chesney, Kenny She Thinks My Tractor´s Sexy
  23. Alex Streisand, Barbra Somewhere
  24. Jason Dion, Celine & Peabo Bryson Whole New World
  25. Julie Bad Romance A23022
  26. Dave Smiths, The Heaven Knows I´m Miserable Now
  27. Clint Bowie, David Space Oddity
  28. Chuck Commodores, The Easy
  29. Robin/Chris Fleetwood Mac Dreams
  30. Thomas Shannon Let The Music Play
  31. Heather Underwood, Carrie Before He Cheats
  32. Julie & Matty Erasure Love To Hate You
  33. Chris Haggard, Merle Mamma´s Hungry Eyes
  34. David D, Chris, Lambchop Little River Band, The Cool Change
  35. Stuart Lee, Gary & Showdown Rodeo Song
  36. Alex -4 Hill, Dan Sometimes When We Touch
  37. Michael -2 Cats Memory
  38. Jason Aiken, Clay Invisible
  39. Matty Smiths, The I Started Something I Couldn´t Finish
  40. Lambchop Hawaiian About You
  41. Thomas Brooklyn Bridge Worst That Could Happen
  42. David & Julie New Radicals You Get What You Give
  43. Eleanor & Robin John, Elton & Dee, Kiki Don´t Go Breakin´ My Heart
  44. Chris Travis, Randy Deeper Than The Holler
  45. Heather Journey Open Arms
  46. Alex -1 Phantom Of The Opera, The Music Of The Night, The
  47. David D Eagle Eye Cherry Save Tonight
  48. Michael La Cage Aux Folles I Am What I Am
  49. Lambchop Bennett, Tony I Left My Heart In San Francisco
  50. Robin Badu, Erykah Tyrone (Live)
  51. Clint Red Hot Chili Peppers Under The Bridge
  52. Thomas -3 Summer, Donna Dim All The Lights
  53. Heather Cassidy, Eva Over The Rainbow
  54. Michael Darin, Bobby Mack The Knife
  55. Jack Sylvester You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
  56. Craig Exile Kiss You All Over
  57. Clint R.e.m Night Swimming
  58. Lambchop Summer, Donna Love To Love You Baby
  59. David & Lambchop Preston, Billy & Syreeta With You I´m Born Again
  60. Eric A Perfect Circle 3 Libras
  61. Quade Fuel Hemorrhage (In My Hands)
  62. KJ Paul Gray, Dobie Drift Away
  63. Michael -1 Manilow, Barry Weekend In New England
  64. Lambchop Dion, Celine My Heart Will Go On
  65. Clint Kahn, Chaka Ain´t Nobody