Last night I happened upon a karaoke night at my local bar, and while the people running the show had one of the most pockmarked books ever–No Skid Row, yet four Pulp songs? One Guns N’ Roses track, but twelve offerings by the Sugababes?–they did have what I think is becoming my new favorite song to sing in these sorts of venues, Irene Cara’s “Fame.” It has everything a good karaoke song needs–”Hello, please get acquainted with my awesomeness” lyrics, a song-ending key change, a line where one can mime the pointing of a gun–and this (possibly Solid Gold-sourced) video of the song, in which Ms. Cara lip-syncs while a) wearing an outstanding, head-surrounding gold lame costume and b) standing in front of a backdrop of her name*, has become my new benchmark of theatricality for future performances. She even does the side-to-side hop that I did during the guitar solo!
Irene Cara – Fame [YouTube]
* In an amazing font, I might add.