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“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

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Josh Board March 20, 2008 @ 2:23 a.m.

Hey....why is American Pie on the bad song list? Is it the Madonna version!?!?!?!


adamthegimbel March 20, 2008 @ 8:42 a.m.

American Pie isn't just on the badd list. It's on the DREADED TEN, which means it costs $10 and is in danger of being banned forever. Most karaoke gets boring after 30 seconds. American Pie is over eight minutes long. 'Nuff said. Lots of great songs don't make for great karaoke.

Oh yeah, to avoid accusations of false advertising, anyone expecting to show up and sing Achy Breaky Heart should be forewarned: it was banned forever two nights ago in our first ever election. If you disagree with where a song is, you can nominate it to be promoted or demoted. Isn't America great? For more info, check http://www.TooCoolForKaraoke.com . Thanks for the article, Readre!


beachbum101 Dec. 8, 2010 @ 10:14 p.m.

Cripes...could there be any worse idea? I can only imagine the crowd that would come to this...(I'm seeing this is 2 yrs old...hopefully still not going on anymore) let's promote the very thing that people hate about karaoke - horrible songs sung horribly...great idea! Can't wait to hear it! NOT


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