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Punk Rock Karaoke Returns Tonight At Notsuoh

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If you have ever dreamed of being in a punk band, or at least dreamed of embarrassing yourself in front of people you may be trying to sleep with, Notsuoh has you covered tonight, hosting the resurrection of live-band Punk Rock Karaoke. About six years ago, PRK was in full-swing but dropped off as people got married and lost their nerve. Now it's back to see if a whole new generation of indie kids want to try their hands at some Misfits or Clash covers. Rob Wilharm, bassist for the backing band, is extremely hopeful for tonight's premiere of PRK. "It wasn't easy getting all of songs down for this. Punk is harder than you would think," Wilharm told Rocks Off on the phone Thursday. The band's pantheon includes a handful of Stooges songs (YUSS) and a whole slew of first-wave punk classics from the Damned, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, and the obscure but criminally catchy French hit "Ca Plane Por Moi" from Plastic Bertrand.

The Notsuoh Web site has a list of the songs available to you if you dare hit the stage, along with the words to all the cuts on the list, but really only a loser would forget the words to "Blitzkrieg Bop"? If you aren't feeling too terribly punky, the band also offers Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" and Motorhead's "Ace Of Spades". We swear the latter wasn't put on their list to ensure our attendance.

Punk Rock Karaoke is free and should start around 9 p.m. at Notsuoh. Don't be surprised if you walk in and see us butchering a Dead Kennedys song.

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