Tabor Write The Songs
March 29, 2011 8:43 PM   Subscribe


 
*Stands, clapping and weeping* Well done sir. Well done.
posted by Maaik at 8:52 PM on March 29, 2011


Beyond brilliant.
posted by pianoboy at 8:52 PM on March 29, 2011


That is terrific.
posted by codacorolla at 8:57 PM on March 29, 2011


I don't get it.
posted by 23skidoo at 9:00 PM on March 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


You had to be there, and you had to have been drinking heavily. This belongs on a MySpace page, not Metafilter.
posted by kozad at 9:11 PM on March 29, 2011 [6 favorites]


It's like Andy Kaufman's routine where he does the horrible impressions and finishes it up with that fantastic Elvis routine. Except, it's just crappy the whole time and no Elvis.
posted by cmfletcher at 9:12 PM on March 29, 2011 [7 favorites]


I can't decide which is my favorite part, the backup titterers, whose rhythmic assault rivals that of any speed metal drummer, or the IOWA jacket.
posted by Balonious Assault at 9:15 PM on March 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is the best thing ever.
posted by koeselitz at 9:26 PM on March 29, 2011


The best part is the SONGS THAT MAKE THE YOUNG GIRLS CRY.

And the adamant gesturing. Oh man. I know this seems really stupid to some of you, but there is comedy happening here, and it's coming from this dude's commitment. He didn't crack halfway through the song, he didn't back down or soften the performance. For all the people that were laughing, there were probably a lot of people getting uncomfortable, and in a small place like that, you can like see those people. You can feel them.

Years ago, I got up at a karaoke night and did a duet with my girlfriend. We sang "The Rose." I bummed a cigarette from someone, lit it and just let it dangle from my lips while we crooned. If you can call it that. More of a barely-controlled moan. I thought it was pretty funny and it only got funnier to me when people started booing. Booing!

It was hard not to just drop the act and finish the song in relative normalcy. But this guy--this guy nailed it.
posted by Maaik at 9:26 PM on March 29, 2011 [6 favorites]


What I found more interesting than the jokey singing was the constant undulating burble of laughter in the background. It was like the sound of a flock of chickens being molested by a pod of dolphins.
posted by Pants McCracky at 9:29 PM on March 29, 2011


Ahh Billy Joe's, where comedy karaoke has a long tradition. From the owner's custom lyrics for "Turn The Page" to the two guys who would sing "Suddenly, Seymour" complete with falsetto almost every. single. time.

I don't go there anymore.
posted by sysinfo at 9:31 PM on March 29, 2011


Maaik: “The best part is the SONGS THAT MAKE THE YOUNG GIRLS CRY.”

As fine as that is, no. The best part is "I have a home DEEP WITHIN YOU, And I've got my own place IN YOUR SOUL." Scared me to death, that bit.
posted by koeselitz at 9:33 PM on March 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


the two guys who would sing "Suddenly, Seymour" complete with falsetto almost every. single. time.

That sounds awesome. If they had "Santa Fe" from Newsies in the book, you best believe I'd be singing the hell out of that every week. Every. Week.
posted by Maaik at 9:36 PM on March 29, 2011


This is great, of course. Maybe it's me, but I have always wondered why some people take karaoke so seriously...I mean, it's stuff like this that is the entire reason for karaoke.

Thinking about it, the fact that some people take karaoke so seriously is the entire reason for stuff like this.

Bravo, sir!
posted by Xoebe at 9:37 PM on March 29, 2011


Ironically, neither Barry Manilow nor Michael Tabor wrote "I write the songs."
posted by -->NMN.80.418 at 9:40 PM on March 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's not all that ironic -- the song was written about music and in the supposed voice of music itself, Music personified. The claim is that Music writes all songs, not that the guy who happens to be singing this one song wrote this song. In other universes, Barry Manilow (or maybe Mary Banilow for all we know) is singing "I am Love and I bring people together" and "I am War and I destroy nations" and "I am Sleep and I give everyone rest" and "I am a gigantic plate of Beans and I create the flatulence."
posted by pracowity at 1:00 AM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I will limit my comments to this post, because 1. I was there, and you can probably hear me talking and laughing in the background. 2. Michael Tabor is a good friend of mine.
I will say that if you enjoyed this youtube video, you should look up others. He and I perform at an Open Mike night regularly and many of those clips are on youtube also.
posted by cottoncandybeard at 4:42 AM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


spoiler...you really only need to watch 10 seconds of this...
posted by tomswift at 6:05 AM on March 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: the sound of a flock of chickens being molested by a pod of dolphins
posted by liza at 7:01 AM on March 30, 2011


I liked it; thought it was funny, but did not need the entire 4 minutes worth.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:38 AM on March 30, 2011


I got to 2:43.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:34 AM on March 31, 2011


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