The Karaoke Killings – Singing is Bad for You
Some people have quite dangerous hobbies and pastimes. Things like diving, paragliding or extreme ironing spring to mind. But if you’ve never thought that one of the the quickest ways to lose your life is to take up singing then you’re in for a surprise; welcome to the Karaoke Killings!.
Particularly in the Philippines, which has something of a reputation for violence in its karaoke bars, breaking karaoke etiquette by hogging the microphone, performing the same song more than once, or laughing at performers can quickly lead to a fight.
Killing Sinatra’s My Way
One more extreme phenomenon, known as the “My Way Killings” is the murder of people singing the the song made famous by Frank Sinatra. There have been at least a dozen murders of My Way karaoke performers including one perpetrated by an on duty security guard. The guard apparently took exception to the off-key performance so he shot the singer dead.
No one seems to have an explanation for people’s reaction to the song, although one observer commented that it’s often sung by arrogant little nothing men, which is no doubt really irritating. The karaoke killings and violence have become so bad that many karaoke bars have removed the song from their playlist in an effort to reduce the levels of violence it seems to produce. It is even recorded as a murder crime sub-category in its own right.
Also know as videoke, getting physically attacked, stabbed or even involved in fatal shootouts in the middle of a performance is just a regular hazard in the weird world of karaoke.
In Thailand a man was arrested after shooting 8 people dead, including his brother-in-law after they gave one too many performances of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads”. Also in Thailand, an American was stabbed to death when he refused to stop singing.
In a Malaysian coffee shop a man was stabbed to death by other patrons for hogging the microphone. During a fight in a Chinese karaoke bar two men were hacked to death with a meat clever.
Even in Seattle, Washington, a man was attacked and punched by a woman for singing Cold Play’s “Yellow”. All charges against the woman were dropped when the judge was played the original of this interminable example of British dirge music.
So next time you’re in a bar, think very carefully before getting up on stage and having a few minutes with the microphone. Make sure you’re good and whatever you do, don’t sing “My Way”. The Karaoke Killings are a very real phenomenon, they could be the death of you!