Anti-Karaoke BCN: August 29th, 2011

Summer is ending but you wouldn’t notice that at Anti-Karaoke.  The evening of August the 29th was another incredible night with all the spirit, chaos and rock’n’roll we expected. We saw great performances from the show’s regulars, big comebacks, and the Anti-Karokean virgins deserve a special mention this Monday; they were truly impressive.

Rachel started off the show with a classy “Stray Cat Strut” and followed it up with Johnny Thunders’ kitschy hit “Pirate Love”.


One of the best debuts that we saw this week came from an Australian girl named Natasha.  Her version of “Ballroom Blitz” was one of the high points in a spectacular night.


Criptococo debuted on the Apolo 2 stage tonight with a fierce interpretation of Pantera’s “A New Level” and raised the bar for all metal songs.  His energy and power was more characteristic of an A.K. veteran than a newcomer.

Riccardo also made his debut this Monday with a fun performance of “Livin’ on a Prayer”.  Through the years, we’ve seen a thousand attempts from newbies and regulars to sing Bon Jovi’s greatest hit and this one ranks among my favorites.


Ennio From Rome & Duro de Oído gave us the surprise duet of the season.  A more unlikely pair would be hard to imagine but they devastated with R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”.


From Ass to Mouth returned to Anti-Karaoke to offer one of his characteristically delirious performances of “Run to the Hills”.

Another big comeback this week was the Redd Kross Contingent, also with an Iron Maiden song: “The Trooper”.  These two guys form one of the most entertaining duets at A.K.

With the audience yelling “Hey ho, let’s go!”, Rachel gave us a very energetic interpretation of “Blizkrieg Bop”.

Oscarzombie sang an overwhelming version of Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender”.

Dermot contributed an elegant performance of “That’s Life”.  He’s a singer that really knows how to capture the essence of Sinatra.  He’s got great stage presence and a charming voice.

Muse’s “Uprising” is one of the newest songs in the repertoire but it took only a very short time to become a total hit with the crowd. This time, it was Prades who chose it and he did a great job.  For me, it was one of the best moments of the evening.

Kalamardo and friends offered a very fun interpretation of EMF’s “Unbelievable”, a song I’d love to hear more at the show.  Sending shout outs to some Anti-Karaokean stars like Lion King, Duro de Oído and Fabri was a nice touch.

Hana Monk delighted us this week with another show of her impressive vocal chords with a majestic “Dream On”.

Whiplash also astonished us tonight with his vocal power with Anthrax’s version of “Got the Time”.  He’s really found his groove at the show and he’s one of the new stars I most look forward to seeing perform every week.

And if we’re talking about extraordinary voices, Dani Metal has to be on the list.  This time, he reminded us that finding love isn’t an easy thing with a sublime “Somebody to Love” by Queen.

Nobody can escape the Jack Daniels rain, not even the “motherfuckers in the back”.  Everyone enjoyed Rachel’s performance of “New York, New York” tonight.  The stains on our clothes will always be a beautiful reminder of a fantastic night.

King of the jungle and the stage tonight, Lion King offered a visceral “Welcome to the Jungle”.

Toni & co. brought a ton of attitude with their anarchic debut of Offspring’s “All I Want”.

Lisa made her Anti-Karaokean debut this week with a lot of help from the crowd with The Cranberries’ “Zombie”.  Gold star for you for overcoming your nerves and getting up to sing.

For his second appearance at Anti-Karaoke, Alex the Cat chose The Cult’s “Love Removal Machine”.  It was a dizzying performance and we loved seeing him again on the stage.

Another magnetic performance this evening was Lady Mouth’s.  She’s one of the most versatile stars of the show and she rules for both her sassy delivery and her creativity.

Rocksales brought a lot of style with The Doors’ “Love Me Two Times” and showed that his vocal chords work for much more than hitting the high notes.  He has an enviable register.

It’s true, at Anti-Karaoke, there’s no shortage of talent.  Xavi Dimoni gave us a beautiful “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis with all his usual charisma.

Thanks to Rachel, we witnessed the most bizarre striptease in the history of the world.  Her version of “Whole Lotta Rosie” was incredibly entertaining.

Solo impressed us again this week with an endearing interpretation of Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt”.

At A.K., we’re always looking for contrast.  There are no two performers with more distinct styles than Solo and Mr. Eddie Harris.  Tonight, the latter paid tribute to Guns N’Roses with a powerful “My Michelle”.

This Monday, we got to hear a unique version of “Hey Jude”, provided by the newcomer Juliette.

Olaia Casal also chose this week to make her debut on the Apolo 2 stage with Nancy Sinatra’s greatest hit, “These Boots Are Made For Walking”.

Powerpuff Ale gave us one of the most heartfelt moments in the night.  She transmitted a lot of emotion with her lovely interpretation of “Creep”.

The lyrics of “Delilah” have got to be among the most shocking and violent in the Anti-Karaokean repertoire.  In spite of that, it’s a song that sounds festive and happy.  This time, José Maria sang it with his usual warmth.

Rachel’s right: If you don’t know this song, you’re ignorant.  “Rockin’ in the Free World” should be an Anti-Karoakean anthem but with so many lyrics, there are few singers who dare to sing it. Rachel got the crowd going as she expertly sang and threw out slices of Bimbo bread.

For the second time, Robert set foot our stage and he rose to the challenge and offered us a biting performance of “Anarchy in the UK”.  This is part of the magic of Anti-Karaoke: we can see folks from all over giving it their all on stage.

You’ve got to have a high energy level to sing Nirvana’s songs and their fans got a double dose this week.  Siol devastated with a massive “Stay Away”.

El Idolo de Argentina brought some chaotic spirit with a crazy “Lithium”.

Fabri sang his own melody and gave us a few completely disorganized moments with the essential “Killing In The Name”.

And with “Kids in America” Rachel said goodbye to us until the next time.

Have you already gone back to school or work?  Come to A.K. this Monday and forget about your responsibilities for 3 hours of rock’n’roll.  Doors open at 21.30h and the show starts at 22h.  See you there.

Click to see more photos of tonight’s show (Photos: Marco Quiroga Marazzato)

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