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.