Killing “My Way”

Karaoke is big in the Philippines.  In America, it’s often performed by a staggering drunk trying to sing to the machine with a mike in one hand, a bottle in another, and intoxicated with mad delusions of talent.  You’d better not try that in the Philippines which takes its karaoke seriously – sometimes, deadly seriously.

Karaoke machines are all over the nation in streets, grocery stores, and sometimes, even standing alone on country roads.  Unfortunately, all of this singing is not universally appreciated by everyone in the country – not even by other karaoke singers.  Arguments, brawls, stabbings, fights, and even an occasional murder are common.

The reasons? People criticizing others’ singing, alcohol, crowding, and machismo all contribute to the chaos.  But the unquestioned leading cause of the killings is Frank Sinatra’s classic hit, “My Way” – and no one seems to know the reason why.  Many karaoke bars have eliminated the song from their play books and most singers won’t even try to warble it.

Imagine, old Blue Eyes can still start a barroom brawl years after his death.

Deaths-by-karaoke are not limited to the Philippines. In the last two years,  a Malaysian man was fatally stabbed for hogging the microphone at a bar and a man from Thailand murdered eight people after the group sang John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

Now, I can understand the Thai man – but the rest seem mighty strange.

(BTW: Orange was Frank Sinatra’s favorite color.)

One Response to “Killing “My Way””

  1. Joe Bele-Isle says:

    I was overseas and the USO had a all girl Phillipino or Korean or japanese country band singing Hank Williams REALLY WELL as they were sisters and played the instruments and sang at the same time. The Music was perfect note for note and the tunes were sung fine just WAAYYYY high coming from teenage and small girls. It sounded something like this-you can figure it in your head………
    YO SHEET-DING HARRR AH AYE AH GUH-WEEE!dAH YU AHYAHHH WIH NEBBE-A ER BEEE. real high pitch, real good base and guitar. Little red cowgirl skirts and shirts and cowboy hats. YEE-HAHH!! That’s Bush Country favorites.

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