Thursday, December 20, 2007

Go on then....

sorry, just one last post on Rave Generator ;) It's now hit a staggering 20,000 hits a day. Unbelievable for a simple, yet fun (for a few minutes at least) flash app and a good job I moved hosts too else it would have cost me a fortune!

I gave up on trying to keep a track on all the referral links and you can actually find most of them now by searching for "rave generator" in Google. I do admit to reading most of the forums (where no login is required) and seeing the comments it's getting. I'll also admit to being a bit embarrassed (and possibly flattered :p ) by all the positive comments it gets although it's pretty cool to see something you've made being enjoyed by people from all over the world.

I've got plans for a possible RG2 which will include the ability to play your own notes (rave stabs) alongside the loops, but for now it's just work in progress and I won't rush it out like I did with this one (yes, there are some parts I would have liked to have done differently in hindsight, but not going to change it now) ;) There may also be a Hardcore Breaks (HCB or New 'Old Skool' rave) generator in the pipeline in collaboration with others from the Back To The Old Skool forum. Watch this space :)

In the meantime, christmas is coming which means I'll probably be spending more nights out than in over the next few weeks so if I haven't posted anything up before christmas day then


And just for Scott:

Friday, December 7, 2007

Rave Generator spotted on BBC website

hehe, it get's a little link on a Radio 6 DJ page here.


Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Rave Generator

It seems that my little 'Rave Generator' flash app is proving popular amongst fellow old skoolers!

It's had over 1000 hits in the last two days and looking at the different links it's getting referred from I can see this will only increase! Unfortunately my host only allows for a small amount of bandwith (about 6gb per month I think) so given that the app is 1.25Mb in size, an estimated average of around 500 hits per day means that I will hit this limit in about 10 days and start incurring costs :(

So, I've moved it to another host and got it it's own domain :D You can now find it over at where I have no bandwidth limitation, woohoo!

I'll try to keep a track of all the links it's being referred from here. Nice to see so many positive comments for this little time filler. I hope you get as much fun playing around with it as I did making it. :)

Referred links so far (*** forum requires registration):

Monday, December 3, 2007

Well, there you go!

10 Minutes Of Staring at Boobs Daily Prolongs Man's Life by 5 Years...

A German research published in New England Journal of Medicine and Weekly World News said that men staring at women's breasts in fact prolong their lives with years.

"Just 10 minutes of staring at the charms of a well-endowed female such as Baywatch actress Pamela Lee is equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out," said Dr. Karen Weatherby, a gerontologist.

The team led by Weatherby was made up of researchers at three hospitals in Frankfurt, Germany, and found this results after monitoring for 5 years the health of 200 male subjects, half of whom were asked to look at busty females daily, while the other half had to abstain from doing so.

For five years, the boob oglers presented a lower blood pressure, slower resting pulse rates and decreased risk of coronary artery disease.

"Sexual excitement gets the heart pumping and improves blood circulation. There's no question: Gazing at large breasts makes men healthier. Our study indicates that engaging in this activity a few minutes daily cuts the risk of stroke and heart attack in half." said Weatherby, who even recommended that men aged over 40 should spend at least 10 minutes daily admiring breasts sized "D-cup" or larger.

She said that this was as healthy as going to the gym for 30 minutes daily and prolonged a man's life by five years.

"We believe that by doing so consistently, the average man can extend his life four to five years." said Weatherby.

full article here

The only question is.... why wasn't I asked to be involved in the research!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Karaoke - 22 November 2007 - The Final Night

  • Others: Tim McGraw - Comin' Home (2007)
  • Others: Lindisfarne - Run For Home (1978) (2)
  • Others: Patsy Cline - I Fall To Pieces (1961)
  • Others: Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies (1987) (8)
  • Scott: Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug (1975) (new)
  • Others: The Zutons - Valerie (2006) (2)
  • Others: Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High (1966)
  • Shaun: Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less And Less (2005) (2)
  • Others: Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love For You (1985) (3)
  • Others: Keith Urban - Days Go By (2005) (5)
  • Others: All 4 One - I Swear (1994)
  • Others: Abba - I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do (1975)
  • Others: Burt Bacharach - I'll Never Fall In Love Again (1969) (7)
  • Scott: Def Leppard - Let's Get Rocked (1992) (2)
  • Tina, Louise & Hayley: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock N Roll (1982)
  • Others: Dido - White Flag (2003) (3)
  • Others: Shania Twain - You're Still The One (1998) (7)
  • Others: The Beatles - Revolution (1968)
  • Shaun: Black Eyed Peas - Pump It (2006) (2)
  • Others: Kate Nash - Foundations (2007)
  • Others: Lonestar - Smile (1999)
  • Others: Duran Duran - Rio (1983) (2)
  • Others: Lisa Stansfield - All Around The World (1989)
  • Others: Robyn & Kleerup - With Every Heartbeat (2007)
  • Tina, Louise & Hayley: Girls Aloud - Love Machine (2004) (6)
  • Others: Meatloaf - Paradise By The Dashboard Light (1977) (4)

This weeks stats:
  • 26 songs sang tonight
  • 12 had not been sung previously this year
  • 14 have been sang already this year (None of which were sung last week)
  • There have been 1190 songs sung so far this year!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Well, we thought the day may come eventually and, although we hoped it wouldn't, karaoke on a Thursday night at the Birches Head Hotel is now to be replaced with a 70's/80's disco from the week after next :(

Hardly suprising when you consider that this week there was only myself, Nicky and another guy (Simon?) in the hotel this week singing songs (oh and the odd one by Leanne when she wasn't insulting others!). Even regulars Scott, Hayley, Tina & Louise didn't make it this week so if anything was going to persuade the landlord he was making the right decision then this weeks dismal turnout compounded it. On the up side, the Tuesday karaoke is still on so we'll just swap nights, it just means I won't be able to get pissed as much as I have to go to work on Wednesdays whereas I don't on Fridays.

This weeks attempts:
  • Others: The Pretenders - I'll Stand By You (1994) (6)
  • Shaun: Arctic Monkeys - Flourescent Adolescent (2007) (3)
  • Others: REM - Losing My Religion (1991) (3)
  • Others: The Carpenters - Close To You (1970) (1)
  • Shaun: Godley & Crème - Under Your Thumb (1981) (1)
  • Others: Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffanys (1996) (1)
  • Others: Alannah Myles - Black Velvet (1990) (8)
  • Shaun: Kraftwerk - The Model (1981) (1)
  • Others: Lighthouse Family - High (1998) (1)
  • Others: Take That - A Million Love Songs (1992) (3)
  • Others: The Corrs - Breathless (2000) (7)
  • Shaun & Andy: Artful Dodger - Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta) (1999) (1)
  • Others: Mariah Carey - Hero (1993) (6)
  • Others: Lonestar - Amazed (2000) (4)
  • Others: Blondie - Denis (1978) (4)
  • Others: Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (1965) (1)
  • Shaun: Flock Of Seagulls - Wishing (1982) (1)
  • Others: Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (1987) (2)
  • Andy: Chris Rea - Road To Hell (1989) (2)
  • Others: Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere 1988) (6)
  • Shaun & Andy: Run DMC Vs Jason Nevins - It's Like That (1998) (1)
This weeks stats:
  • 21 songs sang tonight
  • 9 had not been sung previously this year
  • 12 have been sang already this year (2 of which were sung last week)
  • There have been 1164 songs sung so far this year!

The karaoke chart will also fade away with the Thursday nights. It just won't be the same even though it's the same KJ and pub, but Thursdays were our night and always will be. This blog will continue on though with whatever my latest phase and news is ;)

And so for the last time for a Thursday night..... see you next week :'(

Monday, November 12, 2007

Karaoke - 8th November 2007

  • Shaun: The Fratellis - Henrietta (2006) (6)
  • Scott: Electric Light Orchestra - Sweet Talking Woman (1978)
  • Others: Robbie Williams - No Regrets (1998) (2)
  • Others: Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There (1966)
  • Others: Cher - Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves (1971) (3)
  • Shaun: Razorlight - In The Morning (2006) (5)
  • Scott: Michael McDonald - Sweet Freedom (1986) (new)
  • Others: Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight (1987)
  • Others: REM - Losing My Religion (1991) (2)
  • Others: Seal - Kiss From A Rose (1994)
  • Tina & Hayley: Britney Spears - I Love Rock N Roll (2002) (11)
  • Others: Fleetwood Mac - Dreams (1977) (2)
  • Others: Elvis - Suspicious Minds (1969) (2)
  • Shaun: Maximo Park - Our Velocity (2007) (7)
  • Scott: Biffy Clyro - Folding Stars (2007) (4)
  • Others: Elvis - In The Ghetto (1969) (2)
  • Others: Scorpions - Wind Of Change (1991) (4)
  • Others: Texas - Black Eyed Boy (1997) (5)
  • Shaun: The View - Same Jeans (2007) (7)
  • Others: Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On (1973)
  • Scott: Rod Stewart - Tom Traubert's Blues (1992) (new)
  • Tina & Hayley: Macy Gray - I Try (1999) (8)
  • Others: Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere (1988) (5)
  • Others: The Beatles - Hey Jude (1968)
  • Shaun & Scott: Linkin Park - In The End (2001) (4)
This weeks stats:
  • 25 songs sang tonight
  • 8 had not been sung previously this year
  • 17 have been sang already this year (None of which were sung last week)
  • There have been 1143 songs sung so far this year!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Dance Amy, Dance

Josh hijacks my PC to make some 'muuusic' for Amy to dance to. Damn those pesky drums!

The desk is a lot tidier now too! A 50p beech shelf (I think the B&Q checkout got the price wrong ;) ) and some silver finish kitchen unit legs make a great stand for the monitors and speakers.

Dual monitors rock by the way. If you have a dual output graphics card (anything fairly new will) then get a 2nd monitor, you won't regret it ;)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

How To Make A Decent Beat...

Been playing around recently with making music (of the old skool rave variety as it's easy-ish!) and having just seen this on YouTube, I now know where I'm going wrong!

Think I might try a bit of beat-boxing after a few pints on a Thursday night :o

Monday, November 5, 2007

Karaoke - 1st November 2007

I've noticed that just recently I've been digging into the older stuff as there seems to be a bit of a shortage on decent new songs just lately and that got me thinking as to were there any trends in the ages of music that we sing on the karaoke. With the help of ChartStats and SongFacts I've managed to put a year of release next to all songs sang so far this year (an arduous task I tell ya!) and these are the results:

All Singers
There is a disproportinate amount of songs sang from this year and last year but overall the trend is probably as expected. The 2000's, late 80's/early 90's and late 70's probably just get the nod in the popularity stakes whilst working backwards from the mid-70's there is the expected downswing in songs from that era. Given that the earliest year we have is 1953 it's interesting to note that there is only 1955 that isn't represented. Maybe a blast of Bill Haley and His Comets - Rock Around The Clock could change that! 1955 chart here. (sidenote: how on earth could you have the same song by three different people in the top twenty all at once, see Yellow Rose Of Texas in previous link!!!)

Not satsified with seeing the overall trend I thought I'd see what the our trends are like. Make of it what you will :)

Wide range of eras represented by our KJ Andy with a little favouring towards the early-to-mid eighties. That'll be all those Dire Straits songs he keeps singing :)

The Girls
(Any that had either Tina, Louise or Hayley singing in)
No real trend here. Probably just leaning towards anything from 2000 onwards with a nice selection from days gone by. A couple of spikes in the mid-80's which I think will be the Eurythmics songs they occasionally do.

No suprise to see a large spike for 2007 as Scott likes to keep up to date, but overall the general era for the majority of his songs seems to be influenced around the mid-70's. Most of this trend will be propelled by his love of the Stones and him trying to sing their entire back catalogue! "A rolling stone gathers no moss" they say and Scott keeps rolling them out :)

Hmmm... I seem to have a blinkered taste on music when it comes to karaoke. I didn't realise until now just how much my songs have been biased from the last couple of years as you can tell from my very one-sided chart. I just love to sing new stuff though and only delve into the past when there is nothing new out. Of course there is also my Fratellis addiction which fuelled a lot of the 2006 songs but the 2007 songs are mostly new stuff and I've not repeated that many.

I didn't compile these charts until earlier this week and oddly enough at last weeks karaoke I went back in time to the early 90's for my inspiration. Must have been in the sub-concious!

This weeks songs were:
  • Shaun: Chaka Demus & Pliers - Tease Me (1993)
  • Scott: Paul McCartney And Wings - Band On The Run (1974) (new)
  • Others: The Pretenders - I'll Stand By You (1994) (5)
  • Shaun: Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two (1988) (new)
  • Scott: Mott The Hoople - Roll Away The Stone (1973) (new)
  • Others: Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop (1977) (3)
  • Tina, Louise & Hayley: All Saints - Pure Shores (2000) (4)
  • Andy: Charlie Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down To Georgia (1979) (2)
  • Shaun: Erasure - Love To Hate You (1991) (new)
  • Scott: AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1980) (new)
  • Others: Burt Bacharach - I'll Never Fall In Love Again (1969) (6)
  • Tina, Louise & Hayley: Dido - Thank You (2001)
  • Others: Katie Melua - The Closest Thing To Crazy (2003) (7)
  • Others: Whitney Houston - The Greatest Love Of All (1986) (2)
  • Others: Bryan Adams - Summer Of '69 (1985)
  • Others: Elvis - Return To Sender (1962)
  • Shaun: Snow - Informer (1993)
  • Others: Frank Sinatra - Mack The Knife (1984) (2)
  • Scott: Elton John - Tiny Dancer (1971) (new)
  • Others: Paper Lace - Billy Don't Be A Hero (1974)
  • Others: Bob Marley - Jammin (1977) (7)
  • Others: Take That - A Million Love Songs (1992) (2)
  • Others: Hermes House Band - Country Roads (2001)
  • Others: Elvis - Teddy Bear (1957)
  • Tina, Louise & Hayley: Girls Aloud - Love Machine (2004) (5)
  • Others: Madonna - Frozen (1998)
This weeks stats:
  • 26 songs sang tonight
  • 15 had not been sung previously this year
  • 11 have been sang already this year (2 of which were sung last week)
  • There have been 1118 songs sung so far this year!

Chaka Demus & Pliers - Tease Me
1st for 2007

Year of release: 1993
Peak chart position: #3

Top reggae track from 1993 which remained in the UK top ten for three months, peaking at the number three slot, and selling more than three hundred thousand copies. The record brings back some memories, love it!

Rob Base & EZ Rock - It Takes Two
** NEW SONG **

Year of release: 1988
Peak chart position: #24

"It Takes Two" is a 1988 hip hop song by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. It uses a sample from Lyn Collins' 1972 song "Think (About It)". It features on the soundtrack of the 1991 video game Action 52 and the 2003 video game, Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas on the hip-hop radio station Playback FM. The song was sampled by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince in their song I Wanna Rock in their 1993 album Code Red.

Erasure - Love To Hate You** NEW SONG **

Year of release: 1991
Peak chart position: #4

The single was released by Mute Records in the UK and Sire Records in the U.S. The song, written by band members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell is an electronic dance track clearly inspired by disco music. The synthesizer melody in the chorus of "Love to Hate You" is an interpolation of the disco-era classic "I Will Survive".
Lyrically Bell sings about "hating" the one he loves for tempting him by sending potential suitors, who immediately are turned away and sent back to his untrusting lover. "Love to Hate You" is one of Erasure's most successful singles on the UK singles chart, peaking at number four. It became a Top 20 hit in Germany (number nineteen) and a hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, where it reached number seventeen.

Snow - Informer1st for 2007

Year of release: 1993
Peak chart position: #2

"Informer" is a 1993 single by Canadian reggae musician Snow, featuring MC Shan as guest artist and producer, from his debut album 12 Inches of Snow. The single was released shortly before Snow was imprisoned for a year on an assault charge. Upon his release from prison, it became a chart topping hit, spending seven consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trick or Treat!

Happy halloween :)

Here's a quick pic of Josh and Amy after we'd made the obligatory Jack-o'-lantern for putting outside.

Josh loves it, Amy wasn't too sure. She got really upset after going to see who was at the door with mummy and came running back in screaming 'monster, monster' at one point. All Josh was interested in was were there going to be any sweets left for him!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Karaoke - 25th October 2007

  • Shaun: Rebel MC - Street Tuff (new)
  • Scott: Shake Down - Bob Seger (new)
  • Others: Bob Marley - Buffalo Soldier (4)
  • Andy: Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby (new)
  • Tina & Hayley: All Saints - Pure Shores (3)
  • Shaun: The Feeling - Sewn (new)
  • Scott: Queen - Tie Your Mother Down (new)
  • Others: Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knocking (2)
  • Others: Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time (6)
  • Others: Jocelyn Brown - Somebody Else's Guy
  • Tina & Hayley: Dido - White Flag (2)
  • Others: Robbie Williams - Come Undone (4)
  • Shaun: Stan Ridgway - Camouflage
  • Others: Johnny Cash - One Piece At A Time
  • Scott: Bob Seger - We've Got Tonight (new)
  • Others: Alison Moyet - That Ole Devil Called Love (3)
  • Tina & Hayley: Belinda Carlisle - Circles In The Sand (2)
  • Others: Scorpions - Wind Of Change (3)
  • Others: Take That - A Million Love Songs
  • Others: Elvis (Jxl Remix Elvis) - A Little Less Conversation
  • Andy ft Scott & Shaun: Take That - Shine (5)
  • Shaun: Erasure - The Circus (4)
  • Scott: Police - Every Breath You Take (new)
  • Others: Diana Ross - Chain Reaction (8)
This weeks stats:
  • 24 songs sang tonight
  • 12 had not been sung previously this year
  • 12 have been sang already this year (None of which were sung last week)
  • There have been 1092 songs sung so far this year!

Rebel MC - Street Tuff
** NEW SONG **

Year of release: 1989
Peak chart position: #3

"Street Tuff" is a hit single by Rebel MC & Double Trouble. It became the biggest hit of both performers' careers, peaking at #3 on the UK singles chart. It is the follow-up to their first hit, "Just Keep On Rockin'", which made it into the UK Top 20. The two songs, plus Rebel MC's first solo single "Better World", appear on the Rebel MC album Rebel Music, released in 1990.

The Feeling - Sewn
** NEW SONG **

Year of release: 2006
Peak chart position: #7

"Sewn" is the first single proper by British rock group The Feeling, following the 7" only single "Fill My Little World" (which would become a full single release itself). It was released in the UK on February 27, 2006 and entered the UK Singles Chart at #7 on March 5, 2006.

"Sewn" gained the band a lot of support and went on to become one of the most successful songs of the year on British radio, with much thanks to Chris Moyles of BBC Radio One, who championed the band. The single was allegedly recorded in a shed in someone's back garden in Horsham.

Stan Ridgway - Camouflage
1st for 2007

Year of release: 1986
Peak chart position: #4

The most recognisable track released by Stan Ridgway tells the story of a soldier getting into trouble in Vietnam and with the aid of a shadowy companion named "Camouflage" manages to make it through the night and back to the safety of HQ. It is only there that he is told that his saviour was a former marine who died the night before. Love it.

Erasure - The Circus
4th Time

Year of release: 1987
Peak chart position: #6

"The Circus" was the fourth single, and the title-track, released from Erasure's second album. Mute Records issued the single in 1987 as the final release from the album. "The Circus" is written by Erasure members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell and creates a more downtempo and melancholy mood than their past singles. Essentially a synth pop track, the music is accentuated by acoustic guitar and circus-like accordion.

The lyrics center around the lament of "working men" whose bright futures and job securities are left shattered in the modern world of greedy corporations and technology. Despite its lyrical content, "The Circus" became Erasure's third UK Top 10 hit, peaking at number six.

Karaoke - 18th October 2007

  • Shaun: Will Smith - Miami (4)
  • Scott: Biffy Clyro - Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies (3)
  • Andy: Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (10)
  • Shaun: Gorillaz - 19/2000 (new)
  • Others: Texas - I Don't Want A Lover (5)
  • Scott: Rolling Stones - Under My Thumb (new)
  • Others: UB40 - Kingston Town (2)
  • Louise & Hayley: Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child (4)
  • Others: Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop (2)
  • Shaun: The Fratellis - Doginabag (new)
  • Others: Snow Patrol - Open Your Eyes (2)
  • Scott: Electric Light Orchestra - Telephone Line (new)
  • Louise & Hayley: Madonna - Sorry
  • Others: Blondie - Denis (2)
  • Shaun: Supertramp - Breakfast In America (new)
  • Scott: Queen - Now I Am Here (new)
  • Others: Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere (4)
  • Shaun: Status Quo - Marguerita Time
  • Andy: T Rex - I Love To Boogie (new)
  • Louise & Hayley: Blondie - The Tide Is High
  • Others: The Mavericks - Dance The Night Away (2)
  • Others: Abba - Waterloo (4)
  • Others: Supremes - Baby Love
  • Scott: Status Quo - Rock N Roll (new)
  • Louise & Hayley: Girls Aloud - Wake Me Up (2)
This weeks stats:
  • 25 songs sang tonight
  • 12 had not been sung previously this year
  • 13 have been sang already this year (None of which were sung last week)
  • There have been 1068 songs sung so far this year!

Will Smith - Miami
4th Time

Year of release: 1998
Peak chart position: #3

Released from the album, Big Willie Style, which was the first solo studio album recorded by Will Smith, after spending most of his career as the latter half of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. The album was released on Columbia Records in the United States on November 25, 1997 and featured several popular singles including "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It", "Miami", "Just the Two of Us" and "Men In Black", which was also released earlier in the year on the soundtrack for the movie Men In Black.

Gorillaz - 19/2000
** NEW SONG **

Year of release: 2001
Peak chart position: #6

The second single to be released from the debut self-titled Gorillaz album, released in June 2001 , and the remix was the song of choice to headline the soundtrack of FIFA 2002 game, from Electronic Arts. It peaked at the #6 position in the British charts, and the song samples the drumbeat from "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone.

The Fratellis - Doginabag
** NEW SONG **

Year of release: 2006
Peak chart position: N/A - EP/Album Track

Track Number 7 of the, yep you guessed, brilliant Costello Music album. Probably the slowest one on their and not the longest either but a great little song nonetheless.

Supertramp - Breakfast In America
** NEW SONG **

Year of release: 1979
Peak chart position: #9

Had to do this one after saying I would after singing Cupids Chokehold last week which samples this very song. It is the title track from Supertramp's 1979 album Breakfast in America. The song was a minor hit on the singles charts in the US but is a staple of classic rock radio. The song's lyrics tell about a person who has never been to America.

Status Quo - Marguerita Time1st for 2007

Year of release: 1983
Peak chart position: #3

Scott decided we should finish off with Status Quo songs so got rail-roaded into this. Whilst I like Quo and don't mind this song I have to say it was very boring to sing. Maybe it was the beer!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Karaoke - 11th October 2007

Has anyone seen any singers?

Pretty poor showing tonight by anyones standards with most of the nights singing rotating between the 4 of us regulars. It wasn't until towards the end of the night that a few came in to have a go, maybe it was too cold to stand outside anymore! Yep, I blame the smoking ban for helping to ruin the pubs atmosphere as there were more people outside most of the night than there were inside. I'd rather have a smoky pub with people in than a lavender scented ghost lounge :s There is a fear that the hotel might not even be open come new year (which saves worrying about fancy dress then!) with the state of things as they currently are. Some new ideas are needed quickly to revive the once popular nights I think. Answers on a postcard please :)

Quiet nights mean plenty of songs and I managed to squeeze in 6 in tonight. I didn't really stick my neck out with anything and the only new one from me was one of the few remaining Fratellis album tracks that I've yet to sing. A few new ones from Scott and one from the girls, Pink - Who Knew, which I'd pestered them to do for ages but unfortunately it turned out to be a little too high towards the end and so won't get sung again. There were only 24 songs sung tonight which is lower than average and this is because of the extra long Meatloaf song sang as the end. Without that we could have probably got a couple more in each :p Despite being marked as sung by Others it was in fact sang by Scott with Leanne, although I refuse to tar his good name by associating it with such a monstrosity (the song that is, not Leanne!).

Anyway, this weeks songs:
  • Shaun: Tenpole Tudor - Swords Of A Thousand Men (4)
  • Scott: Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone (new)
  • Andy: Squeeze - Cool For Cats (3)
  • Shaun: K7 - Come Baby Come
  • Scott: Sting - So Lonely
  • Tina & Hayley: Louise - Stuck In The Middle (5)
  • Andy: Keith Urban - Jeans On (8)
  • Shaun: The Fratellis - Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night (new)
  • Scott: Rod Stewart - Maggie May (new)
  • Tina & Hayley: Infernal - Paris To Berlin (2)
  • Andy: Elvis - Girl Of My Best Friend (new)
  • Shaun: The Wonderstuff - Size Of A Cow (3)
  • Scott & Andy: The Proclaimers - 500 Miles (2)
  • Tina & Hayley: Pink - Who Knew (new)
  • Shaun: Gym Class Heroes - Cupids Chokehold (3)
  • Scott: Rolling Stones - Dead Flowers (new)
  • Tina & Hayley: Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth
  • Others: Mariah Carey - Hero (5)
  • Others: Abba - Waterloo (3)
  • Others: Elton John & Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart (2)
  • Shaun: The View - Same Jeans (6)
  • Scott: Kinks - Lola (new)
  • Others: Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On
  • Others: Meatloaf - Paradise By The Dashboard Light (3)

This weeks stats:
  • 24 songs sang tonight
  • 10 had not been sung previously this year
  • 14 have been sang already this year (None of which were sung last week)
  • There have been 1043 songs sung so far this year!


Tenpole Tudor - Swords Of A 1000 Men
4th Time

Year of release: 1981
Peak chart position: #6 UK

Easy one-hit-wonder track to start the night off with from British Punk Band Tenpole Tudor. Credit to Kantare karaoke on the backing of this track which is top notch and sounds great.

K7 - Come Baby Come
1st for 2007

Year of release: 1993
Peak chart position: #3 Uk

"Bounce, come on Bounce, Bounce, come on Bounce" - you know the one! A hip-hop one hit wonder from the early nineties with a great drum and sax line.

The Fratellis - Everybody Knows You Cried
** NEW SONG **

Year of release: 2006
Peak chart position: N/A Album Track

Only a couple more to go now and I'll have completed the album :) This is track number 10 from the excellent Costello Music album and it's just as catchy as everything else they've done.

The Wonderstuff - Size Of A Cow
3rd Time

Year of release: 1991
Peak chart position: #5 UK

The first song their third album finally gave The Wonderstuff their first top 10 hit. This was followed up by a collaboration with Vic Reeves singing Dizzy and then Welcome To The Cheap Seats, both of which also made the top 10, the former reaching #1 for a couple of weeks which gave them a much higher profile. Nice little song and one I may well do again.

Gym Class Heroes - Cupids Chokehold
3rd Time

Year of release: 2007
Peak chart position: #3 UK

It was first released in 2004 on The Papercut Chronicles, and re-recorded for their album As Cruel as School Children (which was re-released on November 4, 2006 with "Cupid's Chokehold" as an additional track). There are two music videos for this song, one for each version. The second version includes female backing vocals which are not included in version one. The second version of the video does contain the backing vocals of the first video. However, the female voice is integrated into the chorus behind Patrick Stump's vocals.

Several versions were produced. The most common one features slow tempo and female backing vocals while the other one has a quicker tempo and Patrick Stump does every backing vocal.

The song takes its music, chorus and famous spoken "ba ba da da" line from Supertramp's song "Breakfast in America." (source: wikipedia)

I'm off to learn Breakfast in America now! :)

The View - Same Jeans
6th Time

Year of release: 2001
Peak chart position: #8 UK

The third single from their debut album and definately their best in my opinion (even if it does sound like Brimful Of Asha :p). Receiving significantly more airplay than the previous singles, it was the first single by the band to enter the BBC Radio 2 playlist and the first to be A-listed by BBC Radio 1. It entered the charts at #11 on downloads alone before hitting #3 the following week. It has spent more weeks in the UK top 40 than the two previous singles combined.

and so, until next week, if the karaokes still on(!), bye bye.

"It was as.. it were as if we felt no fear, as if we were already dead and had nothing to lose by dying. Or perhaps it was because we lived life so well and loved life so much that we imagined ourselves immortal. Overwhelming the powers that be with the force of our passion for science. Or maybe we were just fucked in the head." - Flatliners

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Karaoke - 4th October 2007

Ah well, despite our best efforts none of us regulars managed to get that coveted song # 1000. The title instead went to a pair of unknowns singing, errrr...who cares, it wasn't us! Wasn't a particularly busy night at the hotel this week so we got a few songs and a few pints in to make up for it instead.

Had a million and one things to do this week hence the lateness and shortness of this weeks blog. I felt a bit crap/down as well for most of the week, not sure why, think I need a break :s

Anyway, this weeks songs:
  • Shaun: Ghosts - Stay The Night (new)
  • Scott: James Blunt - 1973 (new)
  • Others: David Gray - Babylon (2)
  • Others: Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies (7)
  • Tina, Louise & Hayley: Britney Spears - I Love Rock N Roll (10)
  • Others: Womack & Womack - Teardrops (8)
  • Shaun: The Fray - How To Save A Life (2)
  • Scott: Foo Fighters - The Pretender (new)
  • Others: McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stopping Us Now ** SONG # 1000 for 2007 **
  • Others: Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop
  • Others: Elvis - If I Can Dream
  • Shaun: The Pigeon Detectives - Take Her Back (new)
  • Tina, Louise & Hayley: Meredith Brooks - Bitch (new)
  • Scott: Queen - Spread Your Wings (new)
  • Others: Blondie - Denis Denis
  • Others: Mike & The Mechanics - Over My Shoulder
  • Others: Elvis - That's Alright
  • Tina, Louise & Hayley: You Keep Me Hanging On - Kim Wilde (new)
  • Others: The Killers - Mr. Brightside (2)
  • Scott: Pat Benatar - All Fired Up (new)
  • Andy: Garth Brooks - Ain't Goin' Down Till The Sun Comes Up (5)
  • Others: Elvis - Moody Blue (3)
  • Others: Roxette - Listen To Your Heart (6)
  • Others: Meatloaf - You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth
  • Shaun & Scott: Linkin Park - In The End (3)
  • Others: Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline (4)
  • Tina, Louise & Hayley: Belinda Carlisle - Circles In The Sand (new)
  • Others: Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere (3)

This weeks stats:
  • 28 songs sang tonight
  • 16 had not been sung previously this year
  • 12 have been sang already this year (None of which were sung last week)
  • There have been 1019 songs sung so far this year!


Ghosts - Stay The Night
** NEW SONG **

Year of release: 2007
Peak chart position: #25 UK

A great song that deserved better than a mere 25 position in the top 40. Expected it to be difficult to sing as there are a few parts that are edging towards the high side but fortunately I think it went alright. Makes a change to start the night off with something new ;)

The Fray - How To Save A Life
2nd Time

Year of release: 2006
Peak chart position: #4 Uk

An alternative rock song by Colorado-based rock band The Fray. It is the title track from their debut album, How to Save a Life. It was the follow-up single to the top 10 hit "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and peaked in the top 3 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. It became the joint fifth longest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, tying with Santana's "Smooth" (1999), at 58 consecutive weeks. (Source: Wikipedia)
Requested by Jo to sing it and who am I to disappoint!

The Pigeon Detectives - Take Her Back
** NEW SONG **

Year of release: 2007
Peak chart position: #20 UK

Follow up to "I'm Not Sorry" this was actually the fifth single to be released from their debut album "Wait For Me". Not too bad a track and straightforward to sing although you need a deep breath for the repeated 'Take Her Back's' on the chorus!

Linkin Park - In The End
Many Times :)

Year of release: 2001
Peak chart position: #8 UK

There isn't anything else to add about this track that Scott didn't say here in his blog. Great band and a great song that has been sung many times before and will be sang many times again :)

I'll strive to get the next installment up a bit earlier after tomorrow nights karaoke! Can't get pissed tomorrow either as I'm on call :(

"Because you are good children, the monsters have looked forward to your make believe visit" - Earth Leakage Trip - No Idea!