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Jan 25, 2019

Sing. Chase Away The Blues!

Maybe over 25 years ago, karaoke came on the scene in Singapore.  Soon it was all the rage.  Everyone was into the "singing" saga.   Some thought that it was a passing fad and it wouldn't last. Something that would die off just as soon as Singapore's wannabe crooners realised that it was easier getting a driving licence than putting two notes together.

It's years down the road and karaoke is still a hot item on the local entertainment menu.  A must at almost every other pub and lounge.  No karaoke.  No go.

Yes, from Tanjong Pagar to Tampines.  From Siglap to Serangoon Garden, pubs and lounges have been installing "that" machine on their premises and business has boomed.

Sales of laser discs have also soared.  Not just English.  But Chinese, Tamil and even Hindi.  There are also Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese and other dialects.  'Why? Simple.  Everyone wants to sing.  Have you heard about your neighbors singing in the bathroom?
And rather than doing it in their bathrooms they can now - for the price of a beer - do it in front of an audience.

By the looks of things, karaoke appears to be here to stay, hence the argument: If you can't beat it, why fight it?

In the last several decades, live entertainment has managed to maintain its niche in the market. There's enough to go around.  No need to rush.  No need to travel far.  No need to burn a hole in your pocket.  That's the Singapore entertainment scene as it is today.  There's everything for everyone, be it karaoke, live music, cabaret or just basic drinking holes.  Brian Miller reported in the New Paper on 27 August, 1994.

 Karaoke is Japanese for "empty orchestra". 

A karaoke lounge is where patrons sing to music emptied of vocals.  In the lounge, a karaoke machine dominates the scene.  It's a combination of a player, an amplifier set, a television monitor, or projector and screen, as well as a key controller.

Karaoke lounges were introduced in Japan about 40 years ago and proved the rage among Japanese businessmen.

It caught on quickly in Taiwan and was fast gaining popularity even in London.  There are now karaoke fast-food joints, karaoke home sets and karaoke coaches for long-distance travelling for tourists in a group and almost every community centre in Singapore.

In 1986, the government has lifted its 3-year ban on karoke, a Japanese-style sing-along, in restaurants and nightclubs.  The Home Affairs Ministry approved the licence if satisfied that there will be no excessive noise or unruly behaviour.

Karaoke is fun and so physical exercises for sports and health.

A Chinese school principal has introduced a daily 30-minute shuffle dance routine for his students and staff.

The principal introduced the dance to replace the daily callisthenics - based workout which is compulsory in Chinese school.  Please watch this video here .



Blogger Dr. Clifford S. Saunders said...

What a delightful blog. I used to make fun of Karaoke when it first came out but no longer. Once, when I was in a hole-in-the-wall bar in New Brunswick, Canada I noticed six, yes SIX, gorgeous young American women. They had crossed the border from the USA, where the drinking age was higher than New Brunswick's, and had found this self same bar.

Quick as a flash I asked them all if they would be my Karaoke backup group for my version of "I shot the Sheriff". They said sure.

I planned to sing in Nonsense Korean [I have a facility with accents and I can make nonsense sound like a language to the untutored ear, very funny, need a beer to tell you the whole story] which I did.

The MC made a recording of our performance and it was so good that when I got home and innocently played it to my guests one night they actually thought that it was a REAL commercial recording. Hahahahahaha

Go, Karaoke, go!!

January 26, 2019 at 4:24 PM  

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