John Denver karaoke sparks Thai killing spree
A gunman in Thailand shot-dead eight neighbours, including his brother-in-law, after tiring of their karaoke versions of popular songs, including John Denver’s Country Roads.
I saw the above article after being going to Bush Gardens for karaoke on both Thursday and Friday with 2 different sets of friends. Besides the fact that they don't have a lot of new (defined as "a hit song that became popular after 1998") songs, Bush Gardens is getting on my nerves in that every time I go there, I hear "Mack the Knife" and "My way". At least the guy last night changed "My Way" up a bit by singing it in Italian (even though the lyrics printed were in English), but it seems there are at least 10 songs that need to be permanently retired from Karaoke machines across the US.
You know what would be a great invention? An add-on to karaoke machines that logged song plays (I believe iTunes already does something like this?), and after a song reaches 3 plays in a month, it is blocked from play for 1-2 months. That way, karaoke regulars don't have to sit thru hearing others do the same songs over and over, and novices have to choose something other than "The Lady is a tramp". I understand that maybe bars don't want to invest a lot in buying new discs, but there's a lot of songs I see in the books that I never hear that would certainly be a nice change from "Love Shack". Since I only go to Karaoke 4 times in a typical year and am hearing that many overlapping choices, I'm guessing its always like that and I'm not just there on My Way night.
Song I'd most like to see on karaoke liable to spark a massacre like that mentioned above: Autobahn by Kraftwerk. and not the shorter radio edit version, either.