So, headed over to Nuzback's for tonight's fare. The good news is, the inside isn't half as sketch as the outside would lend you to believe. I mean, it's still a dive local bar (which offers $1 beer and hot dogs on Redskins game days!) but the crowd was decent, if not overly supportive. The bar was never crowded, and honestly, more people were there to drink than do karaoke, so we got our songs in well (5!)
And karaoke was in fact run by the USingIt people, a.k.a. the people that used to run it at My Way. And *damn* if I am not spoiled by their fine selection on songs. They not only remembered me, but Bill (the head guy) chatted me up for a while.)
SONGS WE DID:
Dona Quixote: Jo Dee Messina, "Stand Beside Me"
me: Cyndi Lauper, "Time After Time"
McShifty: Frank Sinatra, "Let's Fall In Love"
Dona Quixote: Dolly Parton (!), "Why'd You Come In Here"
Kermit: the Cars, "My Best Friend's Girl"
me: Guns 'n' Roses, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
Regent: U2, "One"
McShifty: David Bowie, "Suffragette City" (ceciskittle, did I mention they have eight Bowie songs available?)
Dona Quixote: John Lennon, "Imagine" (She also gave out a cheap pop for PG County. And I love the cheap pops.)
bearly525: Skid Row, "18 and Life" (!)
me: the Monkees, "Daydream Believer"
Regent: DON MCLEAN, "AMERICAN PIE" (flawless victory!)
McShifty: Snoop Doggy Dogg, "Gin and Juice" (!) (fan favorite.)
Dona Quixote: Journey, "Wheel in the Sky"
bearly525: Alannah Miles, "Black Velvet"
Kermit: Everclear, "Santa Monica"
me: the Doors, "L.A. Woman"
McShifty: the Beatles, "Twist and Shout"
Baldur and Kermit: Digital Underground, "Humpty Dance"
Baldur and McShifty: Elton John, "Benny and the Jets" (in the style of... something.) (This defies description.) (No,really.)
bearly525: Cutting Crew, "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight" (me = jealous.)
me: Orgy, "Blue Monday"
McShifty: Elton John, "Tiny Dancer"
Kermit: Jack Johnson, "Flake"
* SO. Before she starts in on "American Pie" Regent totally turns me in by mentioning to the crowd that it's my birthday. This would be bad enough, but it turns out one of the other locals had a birthday on Thursday, an older gentleman who was well into his cups. Who comes over to congratulate me. He's "18 plus 34 years experience" as he repeats a few times. Now, all this would be amusing, except for a couple things. One, he's drunk and loud and won't leave while we're trying to listen to Regent's song. And two, and much worse, he's sort of hitting on Velvet, and while it was amusing at first, it soon became less amusing, and he wouldn't take the 'go away' hints. His catch phrase was something to the effect of when he touched her shoulder and asked if she 'felt a little something.' Ye-ah.
* "Randy" got up there and did "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" and it brought a tear to my eye.
* He was followed by a local with the nickname "the slutty grandma."
* And Dona Quixote wanted me to note as well that two of the locals were her and Uzbekistan from the future. For real.
* "Mr. Weintraub" also gets listed as a local, as he suggested this place years ago, and I never listened.
* Dona Quixote had a totally political theme going on, it was keen.
* I told Kermit I would leave the following notes for "Humpty Dance": "Note the cognitive dissonance between a guy singing 'Humpty Dance' and wearing a Johnny Cash t-shirt." "Also, props to the 'Humpty Dance' from a guy with no teeth."
* bearly525 will be getting a nickname shortly. Driving all the way down for birthday karaoke gets you in the door like that.
* Only one mystery note this time around! I believe I have ascertained its meaning, but if I am missing anything, as always, drop me a note.