The British Obsession with Karaoke

From 16th birthday parties to hazy Sunday sessions, Britain loves a karaoke. Standing in front of a room full of complete strangers, drink in the midst and the lyrics to Hotel California fresh in your brain, there are few feelings that will ever beat it...
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From 16th birthday parties to hazy Sunday sessions, Britain loves a karaoke. Standing in front of a room full of complete strangers, drink in the midst and the lyrics to Hotel California fresh in your brain, there are few feelings that will ever beat it...

From 16th birthday parties to hazy Sunday sessions, Britain loves a karaoke. Standing in front of a room full of complete strangers, drink in the midst and the lyrics to Hotel California fresh in your brain, there are few feelings that will ever beat it. Well, other than actually writing Hotel California and performing in front of an adoring ticket-buying crowd of course. But, for many that’s an impossibility, it’s not in our skill set and most of us will probably never feel the dizzying heights of any real performing career. Unless that is, we’re stood in front of an old TV screen reeling off the words of an old Boyzone hit.

There’s just something about a Karaoke that gets the best of us, that seduces in a haze of Motown, soft-rock and dirty pop.

Karaoke puts us on that centre stage, playing to any secret notion of fame that we might carry and lets us, for just a few minutes; know what it’s like to be a performer. Yes, you might pretend that you don’t like it, you might feign reluctance to get up but we all know that by the end of the evening your friends will have to pry the microphone out of your hands. Your initial hesitance will ooze away from you like a passing tide as you launch into a word perfect version of the Ace of Spades.

There’s just something about a Karaoke that gets the best of us, that seduces in a haze of Motown, soft-rock and dirty pop. From the classic ‘reluctant’ crooner to the annoying microphone hogging wannabe (usually spotted singing an Adele or Whitney Houston song), we’ve all got it in us. We’ve all got our own ‘song’ that we will bash out if pushed, just finding it is a rite of passage growing up. We might only do it once a year or even once every several years but you just can’t deny how much you enjoy it once you climb up on to that stage.

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