October 13, 2003

The Twin Cities Needs This

The Twin Cities Needs This - There is nothing in the world I miss worse than plaing in a band.

I never told my parents this, but the real reason I moved to the Twin Cities in 1985 was because I was going to be the next Paul Westerberg. I made a pretty good run at it for a while, too; "Tenant's Union" played the First Avenue and opened for some national acts, on the strength of a bunch of songs I wrote that, in a few cases, didn't suck; "Joe Public" put out a five-song cassette that some people didn't hate; "The Supreme Soviet of Love" played one set at the Turf Club that is still one of the favorite nights of my life.

But it's hard to find the time, to say nothing of energy, to get a band going these days. So I've taken to the next best thing on occasion - getting up in front of a crowd (or not) in a bar and singing karaoke. I'm not bad; the host usually tells me I'm the only person he's ever met with the balls to tackle Sprinsteen; and once crazy night, I had the whole house hopping to "Jump Around" by House of Pain.

And yet, it's not the same. It's not a band. Singing along with a tape track - almost invariably cut on a MIDI computerized music setup that plays music with crushing Teutonic efficiency - doesn't have the glorious give-'n-take of playing with 3-5 guys on stage.

But now, Lex Green from Chicago Boyz tells us, there's hope for the rest of us:

"The Hideout features live band karoake -- which is pretty damn cool. You get on stage with a real band behind you and belt one out -- you are Angus Young, or Johnny Rotten, or Paul Rodgers, or whoever, for three glorious minutes. "
I'm all tingly thinking about it.

Open letter to Twin Cities bars: Add "Live Karaoke" to your entertainment, and I can almost guarantee I'll come and buy a drink. Or two.

Posted by Mitch at October 13, 2003 06:02 AM