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“My Way” Killings

From the pages of The New York Times comes this bizarre story about killings in the Philippines over karaoke disputes. Specifically, it’s about how dangerous it is to sing the Frank Sinatra song “My Way.”

Some karaoke bars have banned the song or removed it from their song lists, and the Philippines news media have “recorded at least half a dozen victims in the past decade,” in what they call “My Way Killings.”

The real problem isn’t so much the song or Sinatra, it’s the combination of alcohol, machismo and an intense love of singing — and probably the simple fact that the popularity of the song naturally led to more violent incidents.

The story includes details of other “karaoke-related killings,” and is a glimpse into the crazy night life and karaoke culture of the Philippines.

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