Banda Macho!

Banda Macho!
L to R: Luke, Bill, Nato, Sam, Mike

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Our February Grumpy's Residency Has A Mascot...

This flyer was created by Tom Hazelmeyer, who was gracious enough to let us befoul his downtown bar every Saturday night this February 2012!

Also: karaoke folky, get your REQUESTS IN! Email 'em to For guidelines, head below.

1. 50's and 60's rock'n'roll, rhythm'n'blues, rockin' soul and pop, like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, the early Beatles, stuff from garage band comps like Nuggets, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, the Rolling Stones, the early Who, and so on.

2. Classic country of top-notch quality, like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, and that sort of thing (hey, we'd probably do Steve Earle or Dwight Yoakam too). 

3. Proto-punk and glam like the Velvet Underground, the MC5, T-Rex, some David Bowie, you know the deal.

4. Punk Rock - everything from the 1976-77 Ramones/Clash/Buzzcocks era, to the good shit from the 80's and 90's (from hardcore through pop punk - sometimes both at the same time), on up to the bands of today like the Marked Men, the Reigning Sound, Toys That Kill, King Khan/BBQ, Against Me!, and the like. Part of why we're doing this live band karaoke is so that people can sing songs they'd never get to do at a normal karaoke night, and we think this section is a good example of that (and the next section is not...).

5. 80's pop, but be warned, we're going to be very picky with this genre! Don't request the sort of 80's hits you'd sing at an average karaoke night, or even Staraoke. We're not learning the Cars or Madonna for this, sorry. But we'd learn something by Prince, or the Cure, for example, especially if it's a song we aren't sick of...

6. Really good hard rock, like Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, and a few others. Like I said before, we're very biased in favor of doing songs that people usually don't get to sing at karaoke nights.

7. The handful of good songs that made it onto the radio in the last 10 years. Examples: "Fuck You" by Cee Lo Green, "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" by the White Stripes.

8. Any weirdo or novelty song, including original songs by "Weird Al" Yankovic, but not songs of his that are parodies of other songs.

9. We hope that we get at least one or two requests for songs by Twin Cities bands/artists from any era... songs that we can handle, anyway.

10. No Billy Idol, no Bon Jovi, no Journey, and no Foreigner.

11. Anything by Hickey, and anything by Spinal Tap.

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