Sunday, February 07, 2010

On a Sour Note

In what has to be the most unintentionally hilarious story of all time, The Times reports that there have been a spree of killings in the Philippines that have resulted from people choosing to sing ... Frank Sinatra's "My Way" at karaoke clubs.

The New York Times reports:

The authorities do not know exactly how many people have been killed warbling “My Way” in karaoke bars over the years in the Philippines, or how many fatal fights it has fueled. But the news media have recorded at least half a dozen victims in the past decade and includes them in a subcategory of crime dubbed the “My Way Killings.”

The killings have produced urban legends about the song and left Filipinos groping for answers. Are the killings the natural byproduct of the country’s culture of violence, drinking and machismo? Or is there something inherently sinister in the song?

Karaoke-related killings are not limited to the Philippines. In the past two years alone, a Malaysian man was fatally stabbed for hogging the microphone at a bar and a Thai man killed eight of his neighbors in a rage after they sang John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Karaoke-related assaults have also occurred in the United States, including at a Seattle bar where a woman punched a man for singing Coldplay’s “Yellow” after criticizing his version.

Some karaoke lovers are not taking chances, not even at family gatherings.

In Manila, Alisa Escanlar, 33, and her relatives invariably gather before a karaoke machine, but they banned “My Way” after an uncle, listening to a friend sing the song at a bar, became enraged at the laughter coming from the next table. The uncle, who was a police officer, pulled out his revolver, after which the customers at the next table quietly paid their bill and left.


BlogMarkBlog said...

If ever there was a good reason to kill someone...

Hushpuppy212 said...

can 'Feelings' be far behind?

Anonymous said...

Born and raised here in the Philippines and for some reason, drunk men in our country always fancy singing My Way in karaoke, which usually ends up with other drunk men (a) getting irked at why they didn't get to sing THE song or (b) booing the drunk man with the lousy way he's singing THE song, which usually ends in a rumble. Also, for some reason, these men are always armed with knives (not necessarily guns, unless a drunk cop is involved), and stabbing is the usual cause of these My Way deaths.

The second most popular death by karaoke song here would be The Impossible Dream, I think. People who love singing these two songs usually get asked (usually jokingly) if they're trying to get themselves killed.