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Sunday, 14 September 2003

THE SINGER, NOT THE SONG

Ananova reports that a poll commissioned by the British Hungry Horse pub chain to launch its new Karaoke Krazy competition has named the Monkees’ “Daydream Believer” as Britain’s favourite karaoke tune. The Monkees’ infectious ditty came in just ahead of two songs which remain popular despite the treatment they have received from cohorts of karaoke aspirants over the years: Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”. Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” was named the most hated singalong, just ahead of Meatloaf’s “Bat Out of Hell”.

The Karaoke Krazy contest is raising money for the charity Cancer BACUP and the winning singer will get a £10,000 prize.

The IPKat is pleased that the organisers of the Karaoke Krazy competition are raising cash for a most deserving charity and notes that Karaoke Krazy will incidentally be raising cash for composers who receive public performance royalties from karaoke events (the Performing Right Society’s licence schemes include terms for public performances of karaoke here). A further legal side issue is the scant protection given to composers and original performers against people who rejoice in murdering their songs in the name of karaoke: the IPKat would like to hear from anyone who has successfully launched such an action.

“Daydream Believer” -- read the words, hear the song here; misheard lyrics here and here
Click here for “Barbie Girl” download, lyrics and legal status
Karaoke disasters here, and here
Interpret your daydreams here, here and here. Interpret your dreams and nightmares here, here and here
If you liked this blog, you can contribute to Cancer BACUP here


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