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Punk Rock Karaoke SxSW: How to Enter

Roads & Kingdoms and Japan House Present:

Live Band Karaoke Contest judged by Anthony Bourdain and Friends

At Vulcan Gas Company in Austin, Texas
March 14, 2016

Join us for an evening featuring a mic-dropping panel of chefs—Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés, Laura Sawicki, Ludo Lefebvre and R&K co-founder Matt Goulding—whose only qualification for judging punk rock karaoke is sheer enthusiasm and decades of shouting along to these songs in kitchens.

The first part of the event will be an on-stage conversation between Bourdain and Goulding (author of Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels through Japan’s Food Culture) about eating one’s face off in Japan.

The contest will begin at 10:30pm with the backing band Punk Rock Karaoke—DFW, from Dallas, Tx. Japanese grill fare (pork belly, beef heart skewers and more) will be provided by Fukumoto Austin.

The Judges:

How to Enter:

Ten lucky contestants will get to sing in front of the judges for a chance to win prizes including high-end knives from Global Knives. To enter, tweet a 15-second video of you singing a song from the list below and hashtag #drinkdrinksingsing. Or, if you’re shy until you’ve got a mic in hand, you can email us at Your video doesn’t have to be slickly produced, just you and your phone camera and all that joyful rage you’ve got inside.

R&K WILL NOT COVER TRAVEL FOR CONTESTANTS. But if you are selected, you won’t need a SxSW badge. All other (non-singing) partygoers must be SxSW badgeholders. Only selected contestants will get to sing: there won’t be a sign up sheet at the event.

If you are chosen, make sure you KNOW the song. Choose one you’ve been singing forever in the car, in your head, in the shower or at the wall. Lyrics will be provided on a stand in front of you, not on a large screen scroll like a karaoke bar.

The deadline for submissions is March 11th, 2016 at 10pm EST.

Questions? Email us at

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Song List

AGENT ORANGE: Everything Turns Gray
BLACK FLAG: Rise Above
BUZZCOCKS: What Do I Get, Orgasm Addict, Ever Fallen In Love
BLONDIE: One Way or Another
THE CARS: Just What I Needed
CHEAP TRICK: Surrender
THE CLASH: Safe European Home, Janie Jones, London Calling, Career Opportunities
CYNDI LAUPER: She Bop (faster)
DAVID BOWIE: Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, The Jean Genie, Rebel, Rebel
DEAD BOYS: Sonic Reducer
DEAD KENNEDYS: California Uber Alles, Too Drunk to Fuck, Moon over Marin
DEVO: Uncontrollable Urge, Gates of Steel
THE DICTATORS: Faster and Louder
DURAN DURAN: Hungry Like the Wolf
ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN: Do It Clean, Lips Like Sugar
ELVIS COSTELLO: Radio, Radio, Pump It Up
FEAR: I Don’t Care About You, Let’s Have a War
GO GO’S: We Got the Beat, Our Lips are Sealed
GEN X/BILLIE IDOL: Dancing with Myself, Kiss Me Deadly, Your Generation
HUSKER DU: Celebrated Summer
INXS: Don’t Change
JIM CARROLL: People Who Died
THE JAM: Modern World, Eaton Rifles
JOE JACKSON: Look Sharp, Got the Time, I’m the Man
JOAN JETT: Do You Wanna Touch, Bad Reputation
JOSEY COTTON: Johnny Are You Queer
KIM WILDE: Kids in America
MC5: Kick Out the Jams
MISFITS: Where Eagles Dare
MISSING PERSONS: Words (faster)
MISSION OF BURMA: That’s When I Reach for my Revolver
PLIMSOULS: A Million Miles Away
THE POLICE: Next To You, Message in a Bottle
PSYCHEDLIC FURS: Into You Like a Train, Mr Jones
PRETENDERS: Precious, The Wait, Brass in Pocket
RAMONES: KKK Took My Baby Away, Blitzkrieg Bop, Sheena is a Punk Rocker, Sedated
THE REPLACEMENTS: Alex Chilton, Bastards of Young
SEX PISTOLS: God Save the Queen, Holidays in the Sun, Anarchy in the UK, Pretty Vacant
SOFT BOYS: I Wanna Destroy You
SOFT CELL: Tainted Love (faster)
STOOGES: Search and Destroy
TALKING HEADS: Life During Wartime
UNDERTONES: Teenage Kicks
U2: Electric Co
THE VANDALS: The Legend of Pat Brown
XTC: Respectable Street

[Header photo courtesy of the amazing Shane Carpenter of Hex Ferments]

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