It's hugely possible now that after karaoking twice, that I have been bitten by the bug. I cannot wait until the next time and hope to grab the posse for some serious crooning.
This time around we were bidding friends from work a fond farewell...its funny what a sampling of drink (or for those who do not drink, enthusiasm) can do for the innovative wannabe singer in all of us.
This is where we went: http://www.karaoke17.com - they have a special happy hour Mon - Wed but we've always reserved a room (@ $6/pp/hour). The rooms have a sectional couch with tables, your personal flat screen with a touch pad to enter the songs and (2) microphones. You can order pitchers of beer (bottom shelf), mixed drinks and water via a phone on the wall.
Everyone picks songs of their choice and proper karaoke etiquette allows that person to sing their song solo on the mic or with back up on the chorus. That rule proves to be difficult to follow as the night progresses and as the drinks pour, toward the end of the evening you've got more of a caroling choir than anything else. It's also recommended that you set the ground rules of the veto committee (when deleting songs) before the night gets under way as people's choices are unwittingly removed from the song list before they've had a chance to sing them.
Some of the songs sung Wednesday night: Come on Eileen, Cream (Prince), Rosanna & Africa (Toto), You Don't Bring Me Flowers, I Got You Babe, Here I Go Again, My Humps, Porcelain (Moby), You Get What You Give, Wanted Dead or Alive, Brown-Eyed Girl, Brown Sugar, Guantanamera, Don't You Want Me Baby (Human League), Little Red Corvette, 1999, Like A Prayer, I Think We're Alone Now, Baby Hit Me One More Time...among others.
Each person has an individual style and genre, for me it definitely 80s and female vocalists in particular.
Helen recommended the site: www.singshot.com for karaoke enthusiasts. Using just your computer, USB unidirectional microphone and broadband connection you too can try your hat at American Idol reality from the comfort of your own home.
If I ever find the microphone in this apartment (I've been losing things these last few weeks) I may very well try the site out.