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I'd like to clear up a few misconceptions regarding the Japanese pastime of Karaoke.

First, There's no truth that the word Karaoke is derived from the Greek root 'croak', though you could be forgiven for thinking so.
Karaoke actually translates to 'empty orchestra'.

The second point: Karaoke is not pronounced 'carry okie', no matter what you hear in America.

It's a point worth remembering, the next time you make fun of a Japanese vocalist who's warbling "You've Rost That Rubbing Feering".

Some people make fun of Karaoke.
I'm not sure why. Every culture that I know of makes a point of getting men and women together with alcohol and music.

Seems like a good idea. Doesn't it?

The Japanese are just the first ones to strip this tradition of all extraneous distractions - such as loud bands, pretentious dj's, trendy fashions, numbskull bouncers, expensive drugs, and dopey dance moves.

Nothing but men, women, alcohol, and music.
The Japanese always strip things down to the essence.
Why should this be any different?

This is what the Beatles would look like if they were Japanese.
And living a stressful salary man's life.

And really drunk.

I could try to guess which one would be John, Paul, George, or Ringo - but I don't think I could afford a lawsuit from any of the above parties.

So let's just say that they're all Pete Best...