You're going to Geek Karaoke. What song are you singing?
January 30, 2014 6:56 PM   Subscribe

Having attended a bunch of really fun punk rock karaoke fundraisers in DC and Baltimore, I have decided that Geek Karaoke is an idea whose time has come. I want this to be a thing, even if it means i have to figure out how to make karaoke versions of songs where none exist. The question is, though: which songs?

What songs would you consider absolutely essential to this enterprise? What song would you, personally, most like to sing at this event, should I actually get it to happen? Can I get away with making a karaoke version of the Doctor Who theme where the screen just reads "OOOO WEEEEE OOOOO, OOOO WEEEEE OOOOO?"
posted by nonasuch to Media & Arts (34 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Jonathan Coulton, who makes songs with geeky leanings, sells karaoke versions of them.
posted by foxfirefey at 6:59 PM on January 30 [4 favorites]

The song from the Firefly opening credits, of course.
posted by willpie at 7:06 PM on January 30 [6 favorites]

oooh do Want You Gone, the song at the end of portal2
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 7:06 PM on January 30 [1 favorite]

The Ewok "yubdub" song.
posted by HeroZero at 7:17 PM on January 30 [4 favorites]

Every Simpsons song (Bartman, Monorail, See my Vest, etc.)
posted by HeroZero at 7:18 PM on January 30 [6 favorites]

Theme song to the Super Mario Brothers Super Show
posted by HeroZero at 7:21 PM on January 30

I've always wanted to do a karaoke version of Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk in my best imitation of a robot voice. One of the only geek band songs that I've seen at karaoke is Birdhouse in Your Soul by They Might Be Giants.
posted by burnmp3s at 7:23 PM on January 30

Anything from Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog

"Hero of Canton" from Firefly

"The Saga Begins" and/or "White and Nerdy" by Weird Al. Heck, pretty much anything from Weird Al. But especially those two.

The Big Bang Theory theme song
posted by dean_deen at 7:28 PM on January 30 [4 favorites]

Birdhouse in Your Soul is a good call, but what about Particle Man and Istanbul, Not Constantinople too? Really all of the famous TMBG, and maybe some less famous songs too, because there will be at least one person who knows it all.
posted by ActionPopulated at 7:28 PM on January 30 [3 favorites]

Oh, and some songs from Once More, With Feeling!
posted by ActionPopulated at 7:31 PM on January 30 [3 favorites]

And Rocky Horror! Sweet Transvestite for sure, maybe Hot Patootie, maybe Dammit Janet as a duet.

I'll stop dominating your thread now. If this really happens do let me know; I'd consider a weekend trip down from Philly to take part.
posted by ActionPopulated at 7:34 PM on January 30 [1 favorite]

Also came in to say Jonathan Coulton, as his name leapt to mind before I'd even finished reading the question. Maybe some Weird Al, as well.
posted by booksherpa at 7:41 PM on January 30

Weird Al or other parody songs.

Not sure if this is a thing, but are there maths learning songs or something like that? Periodic table song?
posted by Youremyworld at 7:58 PM on January 30 [1 favorite]

Nthing Coulton. I've seen a friend do Skullcrusher Mountain in full mad scientist drag, complete with a horsemonkey prop. (Stuffed monkey and stuffed horse sewn together.)
posted by immlass at 8:03 PM on January 30

posted by celtalitha at 8:07 PM on January 30 [2 favorites]

TMBG was mentioned - you could throw in a couple of their kids songs too. I'm thinking "I am a Paleontologist" for starters.
posted by gaspode at 8:09 PM on January 30

I would also include the Carmen Sandiego theme song and some Schoolhouse Rock and the Animaniacs states and capitols song.
posted by celtalitha at 8:09 PM on January 30 [3 favorites]

Periodic table song?

Aaaahh!!! How could I forget Tom Lehrer?!
posted by booksherpa at 8:17 PM on January 30 [1 favorite]

I came in to express surprise that nobody has yet suggested She Blinded Me with Science. With super bonus points for anyone that does it Shatner Style.

Also, nearly anything from Animaniacs, especially the Nations and State Capitals songs. Either one of those would be freakin' hilarious to watch someone try to do karaoke to.

And speaking of Shatner, if you pull off the Dr. Who theme, you would also be obligated to to the Star Trek: TOS theme. Introductory narration required.
posted by SquidLips at 8:40 PM on January 30

I came in to express surprise that nobody has yet suggested She Blinded Me with Science

Dolby is hard to do for karaoke, particularly for novices; it's got difficult vocals and timing. I would point people toward something a little easier to sing like Lehrer or TMBG or Coulton.
posted by immlass at 8:50 PM on January 30

I Ship It
posted by Jacqueline at 9:30 PM on January 30

The various songs put out by the cast of the Guild.
Raise Your Glass by Pink, because of the Cosplay lip dub.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:54 PM on January 30

The Gates by Da Vinci's Notebook!
posted by Weeping_angel at 12:35 AM on January 31 [1 favorite]

I would love to see a karaoke version of Fett's Vette by MC Chris.
posted by neushoorn at 2:05 AM on January 31

Weird Science by Oingo Boingo

If you really want to geek out, New Math by Tom Lehrer. Or for that matter, anything Tom Lehrer.
posted by zizzle at 4:32 AM on January 31

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft.
posted by bunderful at 5:38 AM on January 31

Just about anything off Bargainville, by Moxy Fruvous.

M.C. Frontalot has a ton of stuff that would work if you feel like doing some nerdcore rappin'.
posted by bondcliff at 5:44 AM on January 31

On the RHPS front, you're going to want the Time Warp too. That was a big hit at a karaoke shindig I attended last year, that was heavily nerd-populated.
posted by Stacey at 6:41 AM on January 31

Yes, Weird Al - "It's all about the Pentiums" and "White and Nerdy" come to mind immediately.
posted by getawaysticks at 6:46 AM on January 31

Came in to suggest They Might Be Giants, Weird Al, Tom Lehrer, and Jonathon Coulton. Beaten to the punch on all.
posted by kyrademon at 9:02 AM on January 31

Geto Boys - Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta
posted by nathaole at 1:25 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]

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