Not through yoga poses or hiking the Appalachian Trail, but inside karaoke bars that appeared to have been “decorated by a color-blind stripper in 1982.” It was while belting out the ELO track “Livin’ Time” at a Koreatown place during his first night singing karaoke when Sheffield realized this was how he’d turn the corner.
“And I didn’t walk into the karaoke place thinking about that song,” Sheffield, now 47, says, “but for some reason I just kind of urgently had to sing it even though I didn’t know if I could hit it, because there are some high notes and lots of dramatic pauses where the cellos are playing.
Sheffield, who’d recently moved to New York from Charlottesville, Va., eventually dug out of his funk.
It had been about three years since his wife died suddenly from pulmonary embolism.
Chances are all the wastemen turned indie kids have sold out your hometown show, or your village is too irrelevant, but tickets are still available for Sheffield.
Yes maybe the second album was no were near as good, yes they might be trash people, but its sure to be a big show with an electric atmosphere.
A couple of weeks have passed since the end of term, and by now the charm of being home has gone.
Your mum is annoying you, none of your friends will go to the pub, the Saturday job you’ve had since you were 16 now just seems degrading.
Scott Fitzgerald’s quote that “there are no second acts in American lives.” In 2000, Sheffield moved from Charlottesville, Virginia to New York City, and got hooked on karaoke with friends.
He’s listening to Hole’s Live Through This album on an i Pod when he answers the phone for this interview.
Paste: A lot of the quintessential karaoke songs have been around for a while.
You’ve probably heard their song on FIFA, and you probably love ‘Delete’.
Although they’re from Sydney, the band have a definite Britpop vibe and have been likened to early Oasis.