Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tonight! Frances Farmer Organ Karaoke

Posted by on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 11:30 AM

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Tonight, the ridiculously prolific Korby Sears—Seattle School, Iron Composer, a Stranger Genius Award, the Strikethrough series at the Rendezvous, the 20/20 Awards (which correct the Academy Awards in hindsight), etc., etc.—hosts the first-ever night of Frances Farmer Organ Karaoke.

What is Frances Farmer Organ Karaoke? It's a little hard to say. What we do know:

1. Sears got an old organ and installed it in Vermillion, a pleasant little concrete cave/art gallery on Capitol Hill.

2. He threw together a song list with all the boring tunes "lobotomized" out: "no boring ballads, no turgid threnodies." He's also added weird text bits you can cover—Alec Baldwin's voice-mail freakout, the intro to George W. Bush's "mission accomplished" speech on that aircraft carrier, etc. Recently added songs:

THE MUPPET SHOW — TV Theme
COLONEL BOGEY MARCH — whistled theme from Bridge Over River Kwai (1957)
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN — Sex Pistols
GIRLS AND BOYS — Blur
FRANK OZ ANGRY VOICE-MAIL MESSAGE TO ANDY SPLETZER
RED DWARF — TV Theme
O CANADA — Englais and Francais
THE DREIDEL SONG — English or Yiddish
HAVA NAGLIA — Hebrew only

See a .pdf of the full list here.

3. There will be a microphone and a megaphone and Sears wants you to use them. For example: "For Nirvana’s IN BLOOM, perform the verses into the megaphone, the choruses into the microphone. For the verses, point the megaphone to the back of the room and away from the audience, Miles Davis-style."

4. Frances Farmer Organ Karaoke will happen every First Thursday other Wednesday from 8 pm to 11 pm.

5. There will be booze.

The rest is up to you.

 

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Catalina Vel-DuRay 1
Francis Farmer worked in the laundry at The Olympic Hotel after her operation. Prior to her operation, she played in either the Georgian Room or the Marine Room.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on April 1, 2010 at 11:46 AM · Report this
Abby 2
Total Eclipse! Now that's a song I have always longed to sing into a megaphone.
Posted by Abby on April 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Enigma 3
@2 Vermillion is right next to where I work out and I will be finishing at 9pm. Unofficial Slog Happy Tonight! I am so on for some Total Eclipse!
Posted by Enigma http://washingtonunitedformarriage.org/ on April 1, 2010 at 12:20 PM · Report this
Asa 4
Oh Godddd this excites me so.
Posted by Asa on April 1, 2010 at 12:39 PM · Report this
Jessica 5
Karaoke to the Muppet Show theme song? Been there, done that at Slog Happy. Overall, an excellent playlist.
Posted by Jessica on April 1, 2010 at 4:52 PM · Report this
KaraokeInsider 7
What fun it would be to sing Nirvana through a megaphone!
Posted by KaraokeInsider http://www.karaokeinsider.blogspot.com on April 8, 2010 at 5:15 PM · Report this
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This officially sounds like the most fun thing, ever, on the planet Earth. I am going to die slowly inside until I get my ass to Vermillion to experience this. Someone pay for my plane tickets. !!
Posted by shivvvers on April 27, 2010 at 9:05 PM · Report this

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