Punk Junkies

We wanna be sedated

You won’t be singing The Ramones' “Blitzkrieg Bop” during Punk Rock Karaoke. Nor will you belt out Black Flag’s “TV Party” or the Dead Kennedys' “Halloween.” These spike-and-leather standards haven’t been banned or anything, they simply aren’t in the catalogue of more than 10,000 songs available for musical mimicry at PRK. Regardless, there’s plenty of punk attitude being thrown around, whether it's tattooed-and-pierced patrons bellowing out loud and sloppy Johnny Cash and Billy Idol songs or other hipsters staging drunken singing antics à la G.G. Allin. Even 56-year-old Elvis impersonator Michael Rocha, who serves as karaoke jockey, gets into the gonzo spirit by occasionally dressing in his sequin-clad jumpsuit and performing madcap dance moves during his turn on the mic. We’re sure Joey Ramone, God rest his soul, would’ve approved.
Wednesdays, 10 p.m., 2008

 
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