“I’m pretty anti-karaoke, so we encourage people to pick really bad songs, to sing as badly as they like,” says Rookie Card front man Adam Gimble. His “Too Cool for Karaoke” event debuts this week at U-31 in North Park.
Too Cool for Karaoke operates with a selection of around 8000 songs, many of them considered the bane of karaoke hosts around the globe.
“If you pick from the ‘bad songs’ list, you sing for charity, at $1 per minute,” says Gimble. “Like, if we have to watch you air guitar to ‘Free Bird’ for nine minutes and eight seconds, you have to pay $9.08, and half of the money will go to the San Diego Music Foundation, which sponsors music education in public schools.”
Among the terrible tunes: “YMCA,” “Hot Hot Hot,” “American Pie,” “Achy Breaky Heart,” “I Will Survive,” “I Write the Songs,” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Anything on the “good songs” list is free.
Each edition of Too Cool for Karaoke features a different theme; on March 25, it’s a Pimp ’N’ Hey-Ho Ramones party at U-31. Anyone whose name on their ID is Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy, Marky, Sheena, Judy, Ramona, or Ramone gets their first drink for $1.
“You might slide in [to a $1 drink] if you’re from Ramona, too,” says Gimble.
– Jay Allen Sanford