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LET'S KARAOKE IN TOKYO, JAPAN! LIST OF 80S & GOTH SONGS, BEST CHEAP RENTAL ROOMS IN SHINJUKU, PARTY TIPS.


Best Karaoke in Tokyo Japan, cheap rental rooms for karaoke in Shinjuku, tips and list of songs for singing, Japanese karaoke parlors and party renting, private rooms and recommended music. Pasela drinks included, big toast

A typical Shinjuku nightcrawl: the spooky kids stumble through Kabuki-cho, convenience store alcohol in hand, and run smack-dab into Maya, Mistress of Goth/industrial party Midnight Mess. She is shoe-less (don’t ask). Happy Phantom turns into Lord Lionheart and offers her a lift. The transsexual bar is closed; where to now? The Visual Kei dive? Sticker pictures? Or how about all-night karaoke… yes!

Best Karaoke in Tokyo Japan, Pasela big toast cake dessert, cheap rental rooms for karaoke in Shinjuku, tips and list of songs for singing, Japanese karaoke parlors and party renting, all night crazy big private rooms and recommended music.

Maya whips our her cell and orders up a deluxe room at Pasela, a many-leveled Shinjuku karaoke parlor decorated like a tiki resort (again, don’t ask). Pasela is relatively cheap, air conditioned, equipped with plush seating – and best of all, serves 10-inch slices of white bread topped with decadent sweets. Repeat after me: don’t ask.

Tokyo karaoke booking tips:
† The cheapest karaoke parlors are in the outskirts of Tokyo. Shinjuku rooms are more expensive, so walk around and compare prices before putting down yen. Look for all-night, alcohol-inclusive deals that generally begin at 11pm or midnight.
† If possible, ask a Japanese-speaking friend to book the room. The staff will try to squeeze your group into the smallest possible room… but Maya batted her eyes and wrangled a large one! She even got a special price for Happy Phantom because he had to catch the last train.
† Don’t be intimidated by the song-choosing gizmo. You can switch the language to English and search by artist or song.
† Turn on the mike, grab the tambourine, and let’s karaoke!

New Romantics 80s bands, music by Visage, Boy George Culture Club, makeup and aristocrat fashion, Duran Duran. Cheesy karaoke songs, 1980s bad hair and makeup, girly men and boys, New Romantic movement of pop and rock music.

Now, what shall we sing? Pick a track that everyone knows, that isn’t too long, and has male/female vocal trade-offs. Here’s a list of recommended karaoke songs:

1980s: because we love the 80s, yes!
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
Europe – The Final Countdown
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind

Don’t forget the New Romantics (seen above):
Visage – Fade to Grey
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

Goth: for self-explanatory reasons
The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
Marilyn Manson + Soft Cell – Tainted Love

Cheesy: because one needs calcium in one’s diet (don’t ask)
Army of Lovers – Crucified
Dschinghis Khan – Moskau (make sure you do the dance!)
Journey – Separate Ways (you better hit the last high note!)
† Disney songs

Japanese: everything’s in hiragana so if you suck at kanji like I do, you can still belt along
† Anime songs
† Malice Mizer, Moi dix Mois

What are your favorite karaoke songs? Add your suggestions in the comments and we’ll sing them next time.

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  1. Posted August 12, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Ahh I would love to sing MALICE or MdM at karaoke in Japan…looks like you had fun! :)

  2. Posted August 12, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Ahh I would love to sing MALICE or MdM at karaoke in Japan…looks like you had fun! :)

    • Posted August 13, 2009 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      So much fun! Can’t go wrong with all-night karaoke with unlimited drinks! ;)

      • Posted August 13, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

        Haha most certainly!

  3. Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    back again?

    anywho disney songs are great group ones.

  4. Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    ayumi, namio amuro, monkey majik, nostalgic hits from the 90s, YMCA, the konbini song, eenen by ulfuls, utada hikaru~

  5. Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    OMG, Boy George?! -YES!!!

  6. Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Oh yeah, and my fave karaoke song is by Billy Idol- Rock the Cradle of Love!

  7. Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    lol I dont know why, but it looks like Maya could be your sister! Must be great to know people with connections!*wink wink*^_- n wateva's currently playing is totally mii fav.lol too many to choose just one!

  8. Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    have you seen the literal version of Total Eclipse ? Lots of LOLZ http://bit.ly/Kwhw9

  9. Posted August 13, 2009 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    † Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
    † Europe – The Final Countdown

    OMG!!!!! the ultimate karaoke songs XD

    great post ^^

  10. Posted August 13, 2009 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Brilliant! I was just listening to Billy Idol today. ^^

  11. Posted August 13, 2009 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Aw, cute! I never noticed the similarity before. I'd love to have her as my sister!

  12. Posted August 13, 2009 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    So much fun! Can't go wrong with all-night karaoke with unlimited drinks! ;)

  13. Posted August 13, 2009 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Gotta love synths and 80s…

  14. Posted August 13, 2009 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Great suggestions! I don't think I know the konbini song… do you have a link?

  15. Posted August 13, 2009 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Love all the 80s song you mentioned there. Too bad we can't find that kind of music today. Too much cRap music.

  16. Posted August 13, 2009 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    back again?

    anywho disney songs are great group ones.

  17. Posted August 13, 2009 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    ayumi, namio amuro, monkey majik, nostalgic hits from the 90s, YMCA, the konbini song, eenen by ulfuls, utada hikaru~

  18. Posted August 13, 2009 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    OMG, Boy George?! -YES!!!

  19. Posted August 13, 2009 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Oh yeah, and my fave karaoke song is by Billy Idol- Rock the Cradle of Love!

    • Posted August 13, 2009 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      Brilliant! I was just listening to Billy Idol today. ^^

  20. Posted August 13, 2009 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    lol I dont know why, but it looks like Maya could be your sister! Must be great to know people with connections!*wink wink*^_- n wateva’s currently playing is totally mii fav.lol too many to choose just one!

    • Posted August 13, 2009 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      Aw, cute! I never noticed the similarity before. I’d love to have her as my sister!

  21. Posted August 13, 2009 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    have you seen the literal version of Total Eclipse ? Lots of LOLZ http://bit.ly/Kwhw9

  22. Posted August 13, 2009 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    † Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
    † Europe – The Final Countdown

    OMG!!!!! the ultimate karaoke songs XD

    great post ^^

    • Posted August 13, 2009 at 8:26 am | Permalink

      Gotta love synths and 80s…

  23. Posted August 13, 2009 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Love all the 80s song you mentioned there. Too bad we can’t find that kind of music today. Too much cRap music.

  24. Posted August 13, 2009 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    I looooove Depeche Mode %D

  25. Posted August 13, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    I looooove Depeche Mode %D

  26. Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    i don't know who it's by but here's a video using the song:
    http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.youtube.com/watc

  27. Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    loved boy george….

  28. Posted August 13, 2009 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    loved boy george….

  29. Posted August 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    When I did kareoke in Japan, La Camisa Negra with Juanes and La Tortura with Shakira were among my favourites (honestly, they have Spanish songs, with katakana subs as well!!! Tengo, tengo la camisa negra…) Also “Oops! I did it again” and other songs that are about as cliché! FunfunfunFUN! ^_^

  30. Posted August 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Haha most certainly!

  31. Posted August 13, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    When I did kareoke in Japan, La Camisa Negra with Juanes and La Tortura with Shakira were among my favourites (honestly, they have Spanish songs, with katakana subs as well!!! Tengo, tengo la camisa negra…) Also “Oops! I did it again” and other songs that are about as cliché! FunfunfunFUN! ^_^

  32. Posted August 13, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I wonder what you all would sound like singing The Candy Spooky Theatre xD If they have 'em tracks. ^^

  33. Posted August 14, 2009 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    I wonder what you all would sound like singing The Candy Spooky Theatre xD If they have ’em tracks. ^^

  34. Posted August 15, 2009 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    I don't go karaoke cos i sound like a dog with throatache!, but, from your list, i will choose Visage or Cure. oh, and a new one: Alphaville 's “A victory of love”

  35. Posted August 15, 2009 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Ooooh I like this, yes I do…

  36. Posted August 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I don’t go karaoke cos i sound like a dog with throatache!, but, from your list, i will choose Visage or Cure. oh, and a new one: Alphaville ‘s “A victory of love”

    • Posted August 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      Ooooh I like this, yes I do…

  37. Posted August 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I don't go karaoke cos i sound like a dog with throatache!, but, from your list, i will choose Visage or Cure. oh, and a new one: Alphaville 's “A victory of love”

  38. Posted August 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Ooooh I like this, yes I do…

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