Friday, February 10, 2006

gentleman in the streets but a freak in the karaoke bar

before anything else, what is it with the videos that accompany karaoke songs? I want to know who's behind them, and whether, given the progress of the War on Terror, it is feasible and or reasonable to lobby our governments to do something about the people responsible for these things. the song SOS, which was the night's closer, seemed to be set in Rio de Janero, around that giant statue of Jesus. In fact many of the videos to which our corny music was set were even cornier--and inexplicably shot through with images of crucifixes, churches and jesuses. we didn't even do a Kanye song.

The playlist included the usual faves: Zombie, Spice Up Your Life, In the Summertime. I wonder how Mungo Jerry is generally received here. There was no mangling of his lyrics (Kokomo included the phrase "touch your contact eye") perhaps because they are already somewhat mangled.

Chh chh-chh, uh Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh Chh chh-chh

In the summertime when the weather is fine
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
When the weather's fine
You got women, you got women on your mind
Have a drink, have a drive
Go out and see what you can find

If her daddy's rich take her out for a meal
If her daddy's poor just do what you feel
Speed along the lane
Do a ton or a ton an' twenty-five
When the sun goes down
You can make it, make it good in a lay-by

We're no threat, people
We're not dirty, we're not mean
We love everybody but we do as we please
When the weather's fine
We go fishin' or go swimmin' in the sea
We're always happy
Life's for livin' yeah, that's our philosophy

Mine too incidentally. Anyway, the video for this song, fortunately, was "original footage" of the band playing in some park in London--not a concert to be sure, there was no audience, just the camera and their entourage perhaps. And their drug dealers. It was great. There were no crosses.

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