We've all been to karaoke, and we've all applauded the very worst singers as much as the amazing singers because...well because they got up there and tried. It takes guts, and maybe a little booze, to get up there and belt it out. But, let's be honest, some songs are beyond an average person's skill, ability...or drunkenness.

So no matter where you are for karaoke night,

Some thoughts on a two of the songs...

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody: No, you can't sing it like Queen did on the album. Even if you are the absolute best singer on the planet, you can NOT sing it like Freddie Mercury and the rest of the band did because...even Queen couldn't do it live. The layers and layers of amazing harmony pieces outnumber the members of the band. You can try, by all means, I'll even cheer you on, but you'll still be just as good as Bobby McTooManyBeers because...it is impossible to do like the album.

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You: Whitney Houston was truly a gift from God. And so are you...but not the same kind of gift. What Whitney Houston could do with a song will never be duplicated. But that's not my real objection. I've heard some good versions of this song sung in Rochester. BUT, once someone sings it, someone else sings it again. Like it is a competition. I wish all karaoke providers had a "one and done" rule.

In the James Rabe Karaoke Kastle, the One and Done Rule would apply to...

  • Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
  • Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
  • Meatloaf - Paradise By The Dashboard Light
  • Grease Soundtrack - Summer Nights (NOT Summer Lovin'...btw)
  • Sheryl Crowe and Kid Rock - Picture
  • Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back
  • B-52's - Love Shack
  • Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
  • Ugly Kid Joe or Harry Chapin - Cat's In The Cradle

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