(Most of) My Maraoke Songs
Posted at 01:47 on 22nd February 2015 - permalink

Note: As of late 2019, Marioke has been renamed Maraoke.

Video game karaoke (that is to say, karaoke to popular songs with the lyrics wittily rewritten to be about video games) has long been a staple of the One Life Left (Resonance FM’s long-running video game radio show/podcast) Christmas Party.

But evidently once a year wasn’t enough. For the last several months, the One Life Left team have held a regular game karaoke event – dubbed “Marioke” – on the third Thursday of every month at Loading (Scenario, Dalston, East London).

Every month new lyrics are contributed to the repertoire, which now contains several hundred songs from dozens of talented contributors, with lyrics covering everything from industry history lessons, to game reviews, to amorous encounters with Pokemon.

One Life Left have helpfully uploaded a couple of the ‘classic’ songs with lyric cues to YouTube, if you want to try them at home:

Pulp – Common People

Lionel Richie – Hello

So far I’ve contributed the following full songs:

Daft Punk – Get Lucky

Weezer – Undone (The Sweater Song)

The Police – Message In A Bottle

Little Mix – DNA (Alternate version)

Nirvana – In Bloom (May 2015)

Oasis – She’s Electric (June 2015)

ABBA – Thank You For The Music (September 2015)

Beastie Boys – Sabotage (November 2015)

Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere (February 2016)

Roxy Music – Virginia Plain (November 2016)

Dexys Midnight Runners – Geno (January 2017)

Beastie Boys – Intergalactic (February 2017)

Paul Simon – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (May 2017)

Radiohead – Just (June 2017)

The Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch (June 2017)

U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name (September 2017)

My Chemical Romance – I’m Not Okay (October 2017)

Nik Kershaw – The Riddle (November 2017)

Eminem – Lose Yourself (November 2017)

Tammy Wynette – Stand By Your Man (March 2018)

Phil Collins – Another Day In Paradise (June 2018)

Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time (July 2018)

Seal – Kiss From A Rose (August 2018)

Wings – Live And Let Die (September 2018)

Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (December 2018)

Insane Clown Posse – Miracles (January 2019)

R.E.M. – The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite (November 2019)

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer (February 2020)

Kanye West – Monster (October 2020)

The Breeders – Cannonball (March 2022)

I’ve written a few more songs that aren’t listed above, but these are the ones of mine that (I think) stand up to repeated performance.

I plan to keep contributing more songs, assuming any more songs that enough people know AND are prepared to sing at karaoke AND which lend themselves to dumb video game jokes remain untapped at this point.

Maraoke continues to take place at least once per month, with additional appearances at industry events. There is now an official site with lyric videos, booking information, and a complete song list at SingMaraoke.com.

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