Most of the time when I go down the internet rabbit hole I find myself in a world of furries, awful music videos, or terrible injuries. This time, I landed on a video of Eddie Vedder singing everyone’s favorite U2 song (off a tube tv!), piss drunk.
At first I had no idea what I was going to watch. It wasn’t labeled as anything that would indicate he was the singer. Just looked like a bunch of drunk people woohoo-ing and holding up their cell phones. The POV of the video is unfortunately shot behind the horizon of a sweaty, balding, head. But then, like the Sasquatch appearing in the distance, you ask yourself…is that…??
When it comes to karaoke, vocal ability is only 1/2 the battle. You can’t be too good or else everyone in the bar hates you, but if you are that good, you have to joke around and act like ‘you can’t believe you are doing this!’ so that the audience doesn’t think you’re a show off. Then you should have at least a solid buzz on or the performance won’t seem authentic. Drunk/Forgetful/OMGee! = Glory.
It’s a delicate balance. One that Vedder has down pat with his illustrious career hitting karaoke bars across the country.
Vedder, a seasoned pro, may not actually know any of the words to Where The Streets Have No Name by U2, (and neither do his party-mates) but he seems to be pretty stoked to be there, and the mumblings he manages to get out sound great. All in all, this is a party I’d want to be at. Also, I need to do more karaoke.