Seoul Music - YMCA


I've been traveling back and forth between Asia and the US for almost 20 years now and I'm still strangely fascinated and thrilled by the Asian obsession with karaoke. You haven't truly felt humiliation until you've been forced to stand in front of a crowd of drunken strangers whose language you do not speak and sing Home on the Range or Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down. A friend sent me this clip tonight and it reminded me of how wonderfully wacky the karaoke craze can be. So, who among our readers has the best karaoke story? YouTube.

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this is not a parody. it's a real korean entertainer called e-pak-sa. the rendition is now called "young man"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epaksa
http://www.fancymag.com/epaksa.html
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I struck up a friendship with the guy who ran karaoke night at a local pub a few years back. Since most of the pop songs people were singing were ~3 mins long, he never really got a chance to take much of a break. Whenever he was dying to take a step outside and clear his head, or go run and grab a bite to eat, he'd set my friends and me up with what he called "the longest set" - American Pie by Don McLean and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. By the time we'd finish our set he would have had time for a bathroom break, a cigarette and a sandwich. We just liked being on stage in a big group absolutely butchering these LONG LONG songs. I can't say the folks at the bar loved us too much for it, but it was certainly fun.
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