New Internet Jukebox Rules; Think Before You Press Play on Andrew WK
By John Seaborn Gray
Does this look like Michael Bolton to you?
But when used improperly, Internet jukeboxes are proof that democracy DOES NOT WORK. So don't just learn the following rules for yourself: Learn them FOR AMERICA.
If you want to hear those songs, tune in to literally any rock station and they will be played within minutes. But here at the bar? This is your chance to play something you haven't heard in a while, something that may take five or six seconds of creative thought. Don't hurt yourself.
4. Don't Play That One Song Everyone's Listening to Right Now Remember Autumn of '04? Wasn't "Drop It Like It's Hot" a great song? Yes, it was! Everyone loved that song... but not so much when it cued up for the fifth time in an hour.
If there's a song with huge buzz making the rounds all over social media and has turned into its own little cultural meme, don't be the guy who plays it for the umpteenth time and forces a driven-insane bartender to leap across the bar and stab the jukebox with a corkscrew. Someone else will play that song, probably several someone elses.
Have restraint. Be the better person. No "Gangnam Style."
3. Play the Real Song Before you press play, make sure this is the correct version of the song you've chosen. No one wants to hear the extended dance remix that drones on for 12 minutes and worked in some fake orgasm noises. Don't play a lame-ass cover version, either.
"When a Man Loves a Woman" is by Percy Sledge, not Michael Bolton, and you'd better make a note of that unless you want to spent the world's most awkward slow-dance avoiding eye contact with someone whose opinion of you just plummeted well past "Never Have Sex With." On the other hand, if everybody's drunk enough and you're feeling charismatic, you could try playing an instrumental version and leading everyone in a singalong.
Be warned: that is some expert-level shit.