Last night I was poking around Karaoke Version and picked up two tracks. I actually sung both of them last night: The Transformers by Lion and the Family Guy Theme. It got me thinking about which songs I really wish were in karaoke but aren't. Here's a short wishlist (and I'm just gonna link the videos just so I don't flood this entry with embeds):
1. The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
This song has gotten me pumped up many a morning.
2. Midnight Show by The Killers
Hot Fuss had a lot of great songs on it and most of them are available on karaoke. Unfortunately this one isn't and IT'S MY FAVORITE! Dontcha hate when that happens.
3. It's A Jungle Out There by Randy Newman
Y'know given how much Hollywood just LOVES Randy Newman you'd think this would be on karaoke. Also it was the Monk theme song for most of the seasons it was on TV. Nope, can't find it. But I found Family Guy. Go figure.
4. Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat) from Mortal Kombat The Album
You might think you haven't heard this song, but trust me you have. It was used heavily in the promos for the first Mortal Kombat movie but the song was out way before then. I actually had the entire album at one point. It's not a hard song to sing but this would be loads of fun at karaoke. I'd be a bit wary though of inciting play fighting among the drunken hordes. :)
5. Monkey Man by Toots and The Maytals
You've heard me say this tons of times. There's an incredible shortage of reggae, calypso and soca songs in karaoke. The only staple is Bob Marley and you can't even find all of his songs on karaoke. Anyway, I don't remember where I first heard this song but I've always liked it and wished it was on karaoke.
6. No Disturb Sign by Beres Hammond
Same deal as #5. Great song but not available on karaoke.
7. Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton
My own personal theme song! Y'know considering they used a riff from this song as the intro theme to a TV show of the same name it would be more popular. Unfortunately that show appeared on G4 which isn't a standard Cable channel.
8. The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Theme
#1 in da hood, G! :)
9. Fett's Vette by MC Chris
Ok, I admit I heard this one on Aqua Teen too but it's a cool song and it was in the Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
10. Pretty much any and all local artists
I can't tell you how many times I get a local at my show and they ask me if I have karaoke for local artists. I'm talking Jam Band, Spectrum, Pressure Busspipe, you name it. True story though, I actually have a karaoke version of Jam Band's Music From The VI. It's not something I advertise regularly though because it usually triggers a rush of people looking for calypso and soca songs that simply don't exist in karaoke.
So there's a very good chance I may start to dabble once again in creating my own karaoke tracks. The software I used to have (and lost access to) costs around $100. I've looked around but there really is no better suite so I'll most likely be ponying up that money. If I do though, what does your wishlist look like? Maybe I'll make it.