…sang karaoke at a bar one night.
I know what you’re thinking: How can anyone look cool singing karaoke?
Well, this was in the late 1980s when karaoke was all the rage. My college friends and I decided to go check out the newest, hottest karaoke bar in New York City. The place was packed, not just with people, but with the famous “brat pack.” We were psyched to be rubbing shoulders with celebrities like Rob Lowe and Judd Nelson from those hit teen-oriented 80’s movies like “St. Elmo’s Fire.”
So we already felt ultra cool hanging out in the same bar as these celebrity actors. After a few drinks, we decided to show them (and the rest of the crowd, but who cares about them) how cool we really were. We spent some time figuring out which song we wanted to sing and then we planned out how we wanted to perform.
We chose the song, “Still The One” (No, NOT the song by One Direction…This was the 80’s…the song was by a group called Orleans.)
You may recall the song if you were born before 1980…it had these lyrics:
We’ve Been Together Since Way Back When,
Sometimes I Never Want To See You Again,
But I Want You To Know After All These Years,
You’re Still The One I Want Whisperin’ In My Ear…
You get the idea.
We decided to “act out” the verses to the song so for example, I’d whisper in one friend’s ear during the verse above. And when the song got to the line, “You’re Still The One Who Can Scratch My Itch” my friend turned around and I scratched his back.
Except I forgot to mention that the audience members could “vote” with claps or boos depending on how good you were. If you got enough claps, you stayed on stage. If you got booed, out came the dreaded gong.
We hadn’t even finished the song and then I heard, “GONG!”
We refused to get off the stage and kept singing.
I think a giant hook came out and pulled us off.
Did I still think I was cool after that?
Of course! So what if I was ridiculed by Rob Lowe and a bunch of strangers?
And by the way, I know you’re wondering, and yes, Rob Lowe DID get up on stage and sing.
He wasn’t any better than us, although he did look pretty hot. No one dared to boo him either.
No gong for the good-looking celebrity.
I still say I was cooler than him though.