Karaoke at MTV News is a lot like Tokio Hotel to the greater pop culture landscape. The small group of us who are into it are really into it, and our vocal enthusiasm makes up for the rest of the population’s general disinterest.
We’ve been kicking around the idea of taking an artist or band to a karaoke joint for awhile, but last week our dream became a reality thanks to everyone’s favorite Canadian power-pop duo Tegan and Sara, who were in town to promote their awesome new album Sainthood.
The Quin Sisters are known for their sharp personalities and witty banter as much as their unique, infectious catalog of tunes, so it wasn’t a huge surprise that they’d be down with our oddball idea of going karaoke-ing at 11 a.m. on a Thursday. What did surprise us, though, was just how deep their karaoke expertise ran.
Tegan and Sara told us they often seek out the local karaoke spot when they’re on tour. In fact, they even wrote about an Australian karaoke adventure in a collection of three books they self-published in conjunction with Sainthood. (The book set, titled “On/It/At” can be purchased from their website.)
The Tegan and Sara karaoke rule of thumb is a good one: Make sure you pick a song with an epic hook so that the entire place sings along at the top of their lungs. If you show off your indie cred, you’ll flop worse than the movie “Duets.” If you stick with a staple and sing it well, you’ll be a star. Sara was quick to point out that although I chose to sing Loudon Wainwright III’s “One Man Guy” for my “American Idol” audition, it would be a karaoke killer. Duly noted, Miss Quin.
Sadly, Pulse Karaoke didn’t have any Tegan and Sara tracks in their collection (though they did offer an unauthorized Adam Lambert demo and Kris Allen’s “No Boundaries,” so I felt like I was in the mothership). That didn’t matter for Tegan or Sara, who were both able to find something awesome to belt. Check out the video to see if the Quin girls stuck to their guns or went on a karaoke tangent.
How awesome was Sara’s “Wanted Dead Or Alive”? It was difficult for me to follow that up with an awkward, clumsy, far-too-high-for-me Taylor Swift cover. (In my defense, that was the first time I’ve tackled that song and the lyrics on screen were slightly delayed. Boooo!)
What’s your favorite karaoke jam? Did you dig Tegan and Sara’s picks? Let us know below!