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Karaoke has launched more than 50,000 successful music careers, including The Three Tenors and Mannheim Steamroller. But it’s become increasingly difficult to get yourself noticed among the hordes of professional-caliber karaoke singers. To pave your path to fame and fortune, we recommend choosing a song that will make you stand out. Try one of the millions of karaoke songs in one of the millions of Asian languages, including:
- “把箸氾伴蛤” by 氾伴把
- “把箸氾伴蛤” by 氾伴把 with 伴氾 on sitar
- “氾伴伴箸” by 伴氾 featuring Pat Boone
- “氾氾氾把蛤” by Pat Boone
- “氾伴伴箸 (Poker Face)” by Lady GaGa (translated into Japanese by 箸伴氾箸氾箸氾)
Crooning and rapping in front of a crowd of drunk strangers isn’t for everyone; perform in front of nine of your closest friends instead. Today’s Groupon gets you and nine of your pals into Limelight Stage & Studio’s private studios for an hour of karaoke performances of pop’s greatest hits, such as “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Rock With You,” “Man In The Mirror,” or “Black or White.”
You pay sweet nothing for cover (normally $10) and liquid courage is included. Each group member gets one sake shot to get the tunes flowing (a $20 value). If you want to bring a group of kids, they’ll happily switch your sake shots to soda or non-alcoholic sake. Or bring some folks for a bachelorette party, small working outing, or birthday blowout. After an hour of blowing away your group of 10 (a $100 value), you’ll be ready for a big-time performance on Limelight’s main stage (sing there as long as you like before or after your one hour of studio time).
Limelight’s reserved rooms are Asian-style karaoke boxes with touchscreens that allow partygoers to control video and lights while they’re warbling to one of more than [5,000 tracks in the music library]. Even though you may not sound like a pro, you can sound like one by adding real-time vocal effects such as reverb and chorus, and lesser-known effects such as raspiness, “old timey” voice, and the throat-cancer effect popularized by Tom Waits. Play with the video to get effects like film grain. Best of all, you can record yourself sounding like you smoke a couple packs a day and looking like you’re in an old movie and treasure the DVD or CD forever.
Limelight, located at 204 Tremont St., hosted Mayor Tom Menino’s annual holiday party one year, and its site says Tom Brady and his supermodel-wife Gisele sang sweet nothings to each other there, which would have looked exactly like this (except they would have been singing in a karaoke bar):
Boston magazine, Panorama, and The Boston Globe sang the praises of Limelight Stage & Studio. Forty Citysearchers gave it an average of 4.5 stars; they all say spending time in a private studio is an absolute must. Forty-four Yelpers gave it 3.5 stars since some of them didn’t like paying cover. Too bad they didn’t have this Groupon. Here’s what they’re saying: > * There are two kinds of karaoke-goers: traditionalists “just in it for the music” and Axl-style mike hogs. Limelight suits both. More than 5,000 songs provide variety, and an always appreciative, largely tipsy audience supplies the right amount of Idol-esque egging on. (Those suffering from stage fright can “Sweet Child o’ Mine” it up in private studios modeled on clubs in Tokyo, where subtitled singing is practically a professional sport.) – Boston magazine > * It’s a karaoke mecca for singers and music lovers everywhere. – Panorama > * From Britney Spears to Bonnie Raitt to Billy Idol, the soundtrack of the past few decades pumps out of speakers so loud that passersby stop to stare into the windows. And above all the music, there is constant laughter. This is Limelight Stage and Studios, a fancy name for what is, essentially, a fancy karaoke bar… But Limelight takes karaoke to a whole new level, boasting a 5,000-song digital database, options for corporate, bachelorette, or birthday parties (including Mayor Tom Menino’s annual holiday party), and private karaoke rooms available for rent. – Sarah Metcalf, The Boston Globe > * best karaoke hands down. karaoke every single weekend. love it! L, Boston magazine > * Its [sic] the best karaoke [sic] I’ve seen: really nice facility right off the Common and lots of bells and whistles on the system like recording and touchscreens. I had a lot of fun and have been back a few times. – LOlson, Citysearch > * We rented a private studio and had to be dragged out at the end of the night we were having so much fun singing… I know that sounds like corny hell but it was so much fun and - no joke - we weren’t drunk. – Anna B., Yelp