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The “My Way” Killings

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:22 pm

Via Dan Collins, we learn that in the Phillipines, singing “My Way” (lyrics by Paul Anka) can get you killed:

The authorities do not know exactly how many people have been killed warbling “My Way” in karaoke bars over the years in the Philippines, or how many fatal fights it has fueled. But the news media have recorded at least half a dozen victims in the past decade and includes them in a subcategory of crime dubbed the “My Way Killings.”

The statements made by the “My Way” killers have included:

  • “Don’t make a fucking maniac out of me.”
  • “When I fuckin’ move I slice like a fuckin’ hammer.”
  • “That’s Just. The Fucking. Way. It Is!”
  • “You understand where I’m coming from with integrity?”
  • “Where’s Joe?”

To be fair to the killers, it appears that there is a lot of loose shit going on.

Background here.

16 Responses to “The “My Way” Killings”

  1. From the article:

    Karaoke-related killings are not limited to the Philippines. In the past two years alone, a Malaysian man was fatally stabbed for hogging the microphone at a bar and a Thai man killed eight of his neighbors in a rage after they sang John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

    Thank God I’m a country boy.

    Mike LaRoche (5540d3)

  2. It’s cause of the liquor I bet. It lowers your inhibitions they say.

    happyfeet (713679)

  3. I can see killing someone for singing “I Will Survive”. But “My Way” is okay.

    Some chump (36dbd5)

  4. I’ve seen people kill when Muskrat Love comes on the juke box. Scarred me for life.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  5. “Karaoke-related killings are not limited to the Philippines.”

    Mike – One reason I don’t hang out in Karaoke. They’re freaking dangerous! Plus I once saw a video of Janet Reno doing karaoke. It was ugly!

    daleyrocks (718861)

  6. Janet Reno doing karaoke? That sounds worse than Rod Blagojevich doing an Elvis impersonation!

    Mike LaRoche (5540d3)

  7. AC-DC – I’ve Got Big Ballz.

    JD (2df302)

  8. Mike – Absolutely. The clip was circulating around five or six years ago.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  9. I think Lt. William Calley’s My Way Massacre is still the worst.

    Dan Collins (5a991b)

  10. OK…where has Ace (of AosHQ) been the last few weeks? Can he account for his whereabouts? Where bottles of Valu-Rite vodka found at the scene?

    MunDane68 (54a83b)

  11. You really have not lived until you have seen Vietnamese karaoke, fueled by cognac.

    JD (8cb8de)

  12. I have a neighbor behind me…they have a home Karaoke and play Vietnamese language versions of Karaoke hits. The ‘Pina Colada Song’ in Vietnamese sounds a lot like some holding a cat under their arm and biting the tail.

    MunDane68 (54a83b)

  13. It’s not accurate that “killings” in videoke bars in the Philippines is because of the song “My Way”. The local media tends to exaggerate it since the initial incidents have involved that song.

    One must also know where these incidents usually occurred. Mostly, they’re in cheap bars. A videoke machine is available for those who want to sing a videoke piece. All one has to do is operate the machine to his desired song by inserting a five peso coin in the machine.

    The trouble is nobody can track the owner of the videoke piece that will be playing next. Then the hostility.

    Most of the videoke singers in the Philippines do not know that Paul Anka is the original composer-singer of “My Way”. It’s Frank Sinatra they know.

    trosp (61cfdb)

  14. Karaoke etiquette is something I never knew I had to keep in mind if I ever visit the Philippines.

    I only knew, thanks to Buddy Hackett, that I’d better not fark in pront of the pireflug, or a foliceman might write me a farking ticket.

    Alex (1bf24f)

  15. I am definitely not planning on dipping my balls in any karaoke any time soon.

    daleyrocks (718861)

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