Videos of WFMU DJs Drunkenly Singing Karaoke. Below the fold.
Unless this is the first time you've ever been in front of a computer, I'm going to take the liberty of assuming you know that lots of people here on the internet like getting wasted, singing karaoke, and then expecting you to be interested in downloading the video.
At least we only do it once a year...
WFMU's 2006 Fundraising Marathon wrapped up on Sunday night with the 6th annual performance of our in-house karaoke band, the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia, featuring a rotating cast of more than 30 DJ vocalists you know and fear from freeform radio central. Over the last six years, the annual marathon finale has become as much a part of WFMU's general upkeep as seeking out weird shit to play on the radio for you is, and in spite of the general irreverence we show towards the classics, the event itself is something we place terrifying (some might say "ridiculous") importance upon.
Bandleader Scott Williams (seen above contemplating his next radio program in the home and garden section of Sears) tirelessly wrangles it all in his own unique style, arranges band practices, seeks out air raid sirens when necessary, and generally deserves far more accolades for it all than any mere blog post scribed by my hand can offer. (So to that end, a bunch of us dragged him out to Maxwell's last night and got him Jan Hammered.)
Thanks to the skills and labor of Beware of the Blog author Jeff T, who voluntarily burned vast quantities of midnight oiI for the cause, I am pleased to hereby offer video of the entire performance in easier-to-swallow-than-a-five-hour-webcast capsule form. Consider the songs, their meanings, and the miraculous powers of alcohol as you click on each DJs name to download .wmv files of their performances. (Most are in the 3-5 MB range.)
Scott Williams - "It's a Rainy Day Sunshine Girl" (Faust)
Charlie Lewis - "Light my Fire" (The Doors)
Irene Trudel - "You Didn't Have to be So Nice" (Lovin' Spoonful)
Chris T. - "Ape Man" (The Kinks)
Dan Bodah - "War Pigs" (Black Sabbath)
Gaylord Fields - "I've got a Feeling I'm Falling" (trad)
Rob Weisberg - "Twiggy Twiggy" (Pizzicatto Five)
Dave the Spazz & Gaylord - "Stormy Weather" (Tommy Burk & the Counts)
Hova & Belinda - "Portland Oregon" (Loretta Lynn & Jack White)
Maria Levitsky - "Amplifier" (DBs)
Kevin Nutt - "Super Stupid" (Funkadelic)
Rich Hazelton - "Tell me About Your Drugs" (Robyn Hitchcock)
DJ Trouble - "Rose Garden" (Lynn Anderson)
Hatch - "Speak Now" (Terry Reid)
Bill Zurat - "Dogs" (The Who)
Evan "Funk" Davies - "Starry Eyes" (The Records)
Small Change - "Unspoken Dreams of Light" (Eugene McDaniels)
Mac - "Moondage Daydream" (David Bowie)
Bethany - "I've told every Little Star" (Linda Scott)
Matt Fiveash - "Have Love Will Travel" (The Sonics)
Billy Jam - "Please let me get What I Want" (The Smiths)
Mike Lupica - "Call me a Liar" (Edgar Broughton Band)
Liz Berg - "I'd Go Steady with Twiggy" (The Screamers)
Doug Schulkind - "Soliloquy of a Fool" (Johnnie Ray)
Jeffrey Davison - "Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence" (Bob Dylan)
Monica - "Rolling Stone" (Karen Black)
Terre T - "Sooner or Later" (Flintlock)
Chris Stubbs - "Any Way You Want It" (Journey)
Bill Mac - "Time has Come Today" (Chambers Brothers)
Ken Freedman - "Inner Space Discovery" (Kim Fowley)
Not enough for ya? Well don't forget about last year's performances... See ya in ought-seven! Thanks to Scott, Chris T., Maria, and Tamar for the pix, and big thanks to you for your pledge!