They Played What, Where? Vol. 1, No. 3

WEST HOLLYWOOD - So I'm wandering around the Grammy Style Studio, where presenters, performers and most-likely-to-garner-media-coverage nominees are coming to get their swag on, when I hear the most shocking thing: A (possibly tone-deaf) woman slaughtering the vocal on Radiohead's "Creep."

The blood-curdling, pitch-impaired karaoke was coming from a corner, where Rock Band was set up on the Xbox 360, with the live vocals going over a PA. Apparently, the game looked awfully inviting - if not downright irresistible - to various Style Studio vendors, who decided their vocal shortcomings really, really needed to be shared.

No biggie, inasmuch as it happens in homes and dorms all the time. Except this was the freakin' Grammy Style Studio, which was crowded with actual "music people" (Ledisi, Kelis, etc.) - some of whose ears are just a wee bit sensitive to musical imperfection. "Make it stop," one publicist pleaded. A member of the Brand New Heavies covered her ears and rolled her eyes. I considered unplugging the Xbox.

Finally, the song came to an end, and the offending singer butcher returned to her perch behind the beverage bar. Only somebody cued up the old Police hit "Roxanne," and yet another appalling karaokeist stepped up to the microphone - and it was dissonant deja vu all over again.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  February 7, 2008; 10:15 AM ET Randomness
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This is why we have concealed carry laws in Virginia.

Posted by: wiredog | February 7, 2008 10:45 AM

These karaoke butchers are probably the same people who talk constantly at high volume during live music shows.

Posted by: No Respect | February 7, 2008 11:31 AM

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