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01 June 2004 @ 04:05 pm

OK, a review of karaoke at Remington's is in fact reviewing two separate places. As there was an upstairs and a downstairs, both with different karaoke companies running them. And different bars, clientele, etc. Weird? yes.

The music selection downstairs was particularly good. Using the old place as our watermark, they had a good three or four of the songs on my list of songs most places don't have.

Consequently, the singers downstairs seemed to take it a bit more seriously. I was curious if this would have held up later in the night, but definitely seemed the case early on.

Downstairs was nice, but *tiny.* I mean, really, not very large at all.

The music selection upstairs was worse. Much worse. Like, worse than the old place.

Upstairs was *hot.* Like, no air moving. Very unpleasant.

The rotation seemed faster upstairs, and definitely was at first. Soon thereafter, though, more people showed up and it got to be just as slow. The lion's share of people left around one, which is why I missed the last couple songs.

My major complaint with both KJ's was the vast amounts of time spent between singers. Really, we were getting like half a song, if not more, in between each person. And while it was amusing to hear so much of "Ice Ice Baby" or "Can't Touch This," I could have done that in the comfort of my own home.

There was a $2 cover charge. Some people had issue with this, I really didn't. $2 is remarkably cheap. However, downstairs there seemed to be a requirement to buy a drink in addition to the cover, which is just silly.

They also made a point that a duet counted as a song for *each* singer, which implies, again, that they were taking this all professionally, or something.

Dude, why have A Flock of Seagulls if you're not including "Space Age Love Song"?


As always, please send me any corrections/updates.

McShifty + "Dara" - "Punk Rock Girl" (and lo, they did kick it old school. Seriously.)
Regent - "Addison Road"
Ivy - "Just a Girl"
me - "How Soon is Now?"
*** Then we went upstairs. ***
bearly525 (who soon needs a code name) - "Empire" (Yes, Queensryche.)
Regent - "Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone"
me - "Do Yah Think I'm Sexy?" (I did it better the first time, I swear.)
Uzbekistan (using the code name "Tessa") - "Margaritaville"
Goblin (!) - "Mother's Little Helper" (!)
bearly525 - "Have Mercy"
me - "Last Kiss" (Note: I screwed this up royally, but kind of did it on purpose, just to get it out of my system. I might try to do it seriously at some point in the future.)
Regent - "Comfortably Numb"
*** Here, most people left, and found a freaky giant moth in the parking lot out front. Not as big as the giant spider I just killed in the basement, but close. ***
Baldur - ?
McShifty - ?

Julie Brown, "Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun" [downstairs]
Hall & Oates, "Private Eyes" [upstairs]
two songs by the Soggy Bottom Boys [upstairs]

Some dude dedicated "Father Figure" to his girlfriend, which just Ain't Right.
Jenexamorata on June 1st, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you as always for keeping copious notes!

I still want to try a few other places, but I think you're right in that they aren't as into the drink minimum upstairs. I have no problem with a cover charge; I have a problem with a cover charge AND having to buy something. I would probably buy something anyway, it's just the principle of the thing.
Lalaangela_la_la on June 1st, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC)
I attended a karaoke night for the first time on Sunday. Someone did Father Figure there, too, but he turned it into an awesome performance piece complete with taking the cordless microphone into the men's room.

The highlight of my night was definitely seeing two drag queens (not in drag that evening, but still) tear into "Carry On, My Wayward Son". So good!
PMMJ: Lionel Luthorcheetahmaster on June 1st, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC)
Excellente. Did you have fun? Did you sing?
Lalaangela_la_la on June 2nd, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
1. Yes
2. Not on your life, hombre. Although I would certainly attend karaoke the next time I'm down there if I could be guaranteed to hear you do more Smiths covers.