Long-time karaoke enthusiast know of a wonderful game, sometimes called “karaoke roulette” or “kamikaze karaoke”, that puts the singer onstage with no idea what song is about to play. Often done as a lark between friends, a KJ-sponsored show segment, or even a contest, it’s a great way for folks to face the terrifying prospect of looking a little bit foolish, and being okay with it.
The New York Times Magazine asked the question a few weeks ago – “How good does karaoke have to be to qualify as art?” in a review of the Portland, Oregon karaoke scene. But a collection of 50 emerging artists in the NYC area have put together an art show that’s entirely based on karaoke. Like the video above, consisting entirely of nonsense syllables from popular songs, the CCTV show offers a fresh perspective on culture and art through the lens of karaoke.
And finally, something we’ll all be guilty of this week, and every week. One of the great things about karaoke is that the lyrics are provided. That doesn’t mean the person who scrolls them for the karaoke video always gets them right, though they try real hard. Here’s ten of the most-often-misheard lyrics, courtesy of Mental Floss. You’re welcome, Gretchen.