All Art is Risk

You don't hear much about Sid Vicious these days, do you, punks?Sure, we could talk about “Dear John” finally knocking “Avatar” out of the top spot at the domestic box-office this weekend, and the significance of James Cameron’s movies only being vulnerable to critically panned genre exercises.

But a story in today’s New York Times is much more interesting: Apparently, people in the Philippines are being attacked and even murdered after performing a karaoke version of “My Way”.


Doesn’t that make you want to talk about nothing else for the rest of the day? Never mind the prospects for the Super Bowl; what other songs might get a performer marked for death? (According to the piece, John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” has a body count of eight in Thailand — and all from the same performance.)

My last karaoke performance was a duet of “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”. Sure, I barely escaped with my life, but I figured that’s just what happens when you take the Julio Iglesias part …

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