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!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Karaoke - 27th September 2007

What can be better than going to the pub to drink some beer.......?

Going to the pub and drinking some FREE beer! :)

No, Scott didn't buy the rounds all night but rather there was free, yep really free, Magners being given out by a pair of Barbie dolls , Marketing ladies. And it very nice it was too, being free and all, and not that we've ever tried Magners before and knowing we already like it :) Scott managed to grab a couple of pints after telling the girl that Hayley would also like to try a pint (of course!) whilst I only managed to get one and the rest of Andys when he decided he didn't like it :o It was a good start to the night and when the girls came back round to canvas our opinions on the free beverage I don't think they quite got the answers they were looking for. In fact I think they were quite petrified (or maybe embarrassed) that they couldn't get any sort of sensible answer out of us (Scotts fault :p). Well, what did you want us to say: it's beer, it's free, what else is there! ...

....oh, and which pub are you going to next? :D

There were plenty of singers in tonight which made for a good atmosphere and night albeit at a cost of not singing our regular barrage of songs. In fact I only sang one of the songs that I intended to do with the others being replaced by a first song starter and an unexpected request. Props to Scott who sang 2 songs that we'd heard of tonight! Classics: Police
- Message In A Bottle and Duran Duran - The Reflex and both were done and went down very well.

Not to be outdone we had our very own Sparks member lookalike (pic left, first guy on left) 'performing' seminal classics such as In The Air Tonight, Gold and Mustang Sally. It truly was a sight to behold as he punched the air with his microphone during Gold after hitting the most bum notes you're ever likely to hear, lol. Ah well, the more the merrier, it's all entertainment!! Actually, speaking of more, it seems like the Tuesday country crowd may be starting to turn up regularly on a Thursday now(notice the increase in Keith Urban and Tim McGraw songs recently). I think they may have figured out that you get more songs in on a Thursday than a Tuesday although given last Tuesdays poor turnout it may well be swinging the other way. Swings and Roundabouts I say!

Anyway, enough waffle, here's this weeks songs:
  • Shaun: Bloodhound Gang - Bad Touch (2)
  • Others: Lily Allen - Smile (9)
  • Others: Keith Urban - Stupid Boy
  • Others: Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
  • Scott: Duran Duran - The Reflex (new)
  • Others: Billy Joel - The Entertainer
  • Tina & Hayley: Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (11)
  • Shaun: Green Day - American Idiot (2)
  • Others: Meatloaf - Dead Ringer For Love
  • Others: DJ Sammy - Heaven (2)
  • Others: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
  • Others: Keith Urban - Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me
  • Others: Spandau Ballet - Gold
  • Scott: Police - Message In A Bottle (new)
  • Others: Billy Joel - Keeping The Faith
  • Tina & Hayley: Lily Allen - LDN (3)
  • Others: Robbie Williams - Come Undone (3)
  • Others: Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love For You (2)
  • Shaun: The Fratellis - Creepin' Up The Backstairs (new)
  • Others: Jamelia - Something About You
  • Others: Tim McGraw - Live Like You Were Dying
  • Others: The Commitments - Mustang Sally (4)
  • Scott: Bob Seger - Hollywood Nights (new)
  • Others: Drifters - Like Sister & Brother (2)
  • Andy: Trent Tomlinson - Drunker Than Me (new)
This weeks stats:
  • 25 songs sang tonight
  • 15 had not been sung previously this year
  • 10 have been sang already this year (1 of which was also sang last week)
  • There have been 991 songs sung so far this year!


Bloodhound Gang - Bad Touch
2nd time

Year of release: 1999
Peak chart position: #4 UK

Although it's only the second time I've done this song since I've started keeping track, it's a song that I've started the night off with many many times before. In fact I'm not even sure that I've ever sang it when it's not been my first song of the night. A cracking track and seemingly the only one that the Bloodhound Gang will ever be remembered for over here as they never really followed it up. With lyrics like 'you and me baby ain't nothing but mammals, let's do it like they do on the discovery channel', the song is awash with sexual innuendo and this is also prevalent in the video which is bizarre to say the least (view left). Still, great track and no doubt I will be starting another night off with it :)

Green Day - American Idiot
1st for 2007

Year of release: 2004
Peak chart position: #3 Uk

Sang once before a while back and persuaded to sing it again tonight by Tina, this was Green Days first single released from their most successful (and seventh!) album of the same name. As the title suggests, it is a stab at being American in the post-9/11 era with all the paranoia and media attention paid to everything in the world. In fact most of the album follows, in a more subtle form, the same theme with tracks such as 'Holiday', 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams' and 'Wake Me Up When September Ends' - all of which I've sang on the karaoke too. It's been some time that I've sang this and it may well be some time before it gets sung again. Not that I don't like it or anything because I do, it's just one of those 'now and again' songs if you know what I mean!

The Fratellis - Creepin' Up The Backstairs
** NEW SONG **

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

The first song to be released from the excellent Costello Music album, although as an EP it was not eligible for the UK charts. Even though it was only a limited edition edition there was still an official video made for it (left) so maybe the original plan was for it to be released as a single. Who knows!?! Either way it typifies the Fratellis style with it's infectious riffs and catchy choruses. Of all the album tracks I've done so far I felt (oddly) that this was the one that I didn't get the most satisifaction from singing. Can't really explain why, but I'm not sure I'll do this again (well, maybe on a Tuesday) even though it wasn't that bad. :s

After writing about the starting song tonight I thought I'd have a peek to see what songs/singers normally start the night off (results added to stats page) and here's the lowdown:
  • 39 Thursday nights so far this week
  • 20 of them (just over half) started by me
  • 6 started by Scott & Andy (as a duet)
  • Most popular starting artist is Will Smith/Fresh Prince with 7
  • There has only been 1 song that was 'New' to start with - That was me on 16 Aug with Brad Paisleys - Mud On The Tires
  • The girls have only started the night off once (the first week in fact) with Abbas - Voulez Vouz and that was probably because there was only 4 of us in at the time and I was in the loo :p
Never really noticed it before but it seems that there's overwhelming statistical support to prove that if you're up first then the chances are you'll be singing something that both you and the pub are familiar with.

We're also up to 991 songs for the year now which means song # 9 next week will be song 1000! After much discussion, or rather a moment of enlightment whilst pissed, Scott and I are going to attempt to duet the 9th song with the Gorillaz's - Dare. Will we succeed or will the coveted thousandth song fall to lesser mortals??

Stay tuned for next weeks gripping installment!

"in here, music is life and life is rythym" - Dream Warriors - Face In The Basin