If anybody remembers what happened at the first karaoke show they ever went to, they should post their experience here.
I actually have a great memory on how my first karaoke experience went. Below is what I sang the first time this Japanese art form got my attention. Last October, there was a karaoke contest at the university I went to and I won the grand prize (a digital camera). Their song catalog wasn't too up to date, but I chose what interested me.
Kid Rock - "Only God Knows Why"
I had the first song of the night and while the show kicked off with a soft song, I got a lot of applause for singing it and slayed the rest of my contest competitors by just that one song.
Linkin Park - "In the End"
The audience wanted an encore from me so I did a duet with the host for this one. I rapped Mike Shinoda's rhymes and let the host sing Chester's bits and sometimes I joined up with the host in the singing, because that duet was truly fun for us to pull off and it got me even bigger applause.
Guns N' Roses - "Paradise City"
A girl was trying to do this one, but she felt terrible trying to sing it by the time she got to the first verse. Fortunately, she gave the mic to me, and I finished the rest of the song with the best Axl Rose imitation I could ever pull off. What I did made her so jealous and the fact that I outdid her prompted the choice for my next song.
Puddle of Mudd - "She Hates Me"
I also had the last song of the show and just about got everybody in the room singing along. I knew after singing that song and leaving the place that I should hang around in bars that have karaoke nights often and see what else I could do.
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I recall my first time. I was at a bar with friends and co-workers just enjoying the evening watching everyone sing. I had NO (let me repeat N.O.) desire to sing. You see, I am a drummer that likes to be in back. So, my co-worker gets up and sings Bon Jovi Dead Or Alive. When he gets back, he tells me I am next in the rotation. I said... NO! He said "Oh, come on. Its fun." I said... NO! He said "I'll buy your drinks for the rest of the night." I said... Yes. I sang Guns and Roses Sweet Child of Mine and rocked it. Been hooked ever since.
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Good stories! ussenterprise, that is what is called being Kamakazied into the rotation!
My first song ever was Friends in Low Places at the All City Diner in Renton, Washington. I had driven by there on the way home from work, saw the karaoke sign several times, and thought it was time to try it. I had never been to a karaoke show before, so didn't have too much of a clue as to what it would be like. There was hardly anyone there that night, which was a good thing since as Elvis might have said, I was "shakin' like a leaf on a tree."
I still get the karaoke jitters when I sing in a new place--need a mic stand or need to hold the mic with both hands the first time or two. I think I've only sung Friends in Low Places one or two times since that first time.
Posts: 683 | From: seattle,wa,usa | Registered: Oct 2003
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And Billy 'Crash' Craddock sang "Ain't Nothin' Shakin' But the Leaves on the Trees", which yours truly has sung (probably the only person who has...and I shouldn't bring that song up here, 'cause it's not an SC song, but I digress...).
My first time was at a now-defunct bar called Joseph's (it's now Scotti's Italian Restaurant). Anyhow, this was in the days of laser discs, about 18 years ago. I decided, why not go for it, and put in for Cliff Richard's "We Don't Talk Anymore" (knowing full well I couldn't hit that high note for crap, but hey...). Even though it was listed in her book, Lisa the KJ didn't have it, so I went for another song, "Okie From Muskogee" by Merle Haggard. It went over OK.
This was back in the day when I thought you only got to sing once per show. I came back the next week and did "I'll Be Around" by the Spinners. When I found out you could sing more than once in the course of a night, there was no stopping me...and there still isn't...LOL!!
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My first experience was actually in Japan! I was there on business with the president of our company. The hosts took us to a little bitty K bar. They didn't have a host. They had a wireless remote controller you used to punch in the number of the song you wanted. The place had a long bar and a long row of bench seats across from the bar and that was it. These Japanese business men would sit at the bar and sing Frank Sinatra just like Frankie but didn't know how to put five English words together to make a sentence. They kept trying to get us to king and no one would. Sing.. Sing.. Smile.. Finally, one of these fine gentlemen started another Frankie song, turned around, and tossed the mic to me (something I would kick someone out of a rotation for doing at my show, HA) Anyway, I sang the song and when done, my boss, who was seated next to me, says something like, "OMG, you could be a professional!" Of course you must keep in mind we were drinking LOTS of KY Bourbon and the American Idols are quite safe. But, I was hooked from that moment on..
I got back to the states and ordered me an inexpensive box set that was included with the JDL player I still use at my shows and it's been down hill ever since...
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The first experience was when I turned 21. My parents were heavily into karaoke at the time so I went out with them. I was not a singer & actually being in bands & running sound I thought it was kind of a joke. Especially the system they were running - an all in one unit tucked into the corner of the bar. Oddly enough I found it interesting enough to keep on going - mostly when my parents went out (not many people get to party with their parents much). They finally found a place that actually was using pro quality equipment - nice 3 way Peavey cabs (4 1 in each corner of the room), 2 amps per set of speakers, mixer & a BBE unit. OK, this is more like it, people actually sounded better & the place was packed. Me, my girlfriend & a couple friends ventured out & went to some places on our own but ended up hanging at the bar with the nice sound. One night we were out there, around 10 Tequila pops later & around 1/2 hour before closing I finally got up & sang - Nights In White Satin. Sure it sounded like I was drunk too, but it definitely was a rush. Alright, found my new hobby. Kept going back for a couple weeks after that until one night we closed the bar down & it burned down an hour later. There were some signs that something was up as the lights kept on flickering & dimming like there was a brownout type situation. Oh well. Found other places that had comparible sound (not very many though) and kept on going.