Punk was about the most exciting—and rebellious—music to me when I was younger. I spent entire weekends trying to drop my voice low enough to sing along to “I Wanna Be Your Dog” while flailing around my room in torn jeans and a concert tee. Wanting to be just like your favorite rock star is a hallmark of anyone's teen years, but there’s a way to do it without the ensuing heroin addictions and unnecessary band dramas: karaoke. Punk Rock Karaoke
, which came out this week, lets you scream your heart out to classic songs from bands like Minor Threat and the Buzzcocks. The music is played by past members of NOFX, Bad Religion, Agent Orange, and Social Distortion, who have toured the country playing as a backing band for live rock karaoke nights. Now you don’t have to wait for them to come to your town, since the CD/DVD duo includes ten songs with (and without) lyrics.
For those of you who aren’t into punk but love the idea of alternative karaoke (and own a PlayStation), check out the new SingStar Legends
and SingStar Vol. 2
games. These two new editions feature classic and indie rock songs by Joy Division, The Shins, Goldfrapp, and The Smiths, and you can download even more from the online SingStar store. And while they may be funny, those cheesy karaoke videos are replaced by actual music videos. Which means that you'll have to can the whole “karaoke is lame” thing once and for all.
AISHA ATTACKPunk Rock Karaoke - $17.99SingStar Legends - $29.99SingStar Vol. 2 - $39.99