They didn’t have yodelling on the karaoke list in Switzerland, but they did have songs about asparagus and breasts. It’s Chapter Seven of Brian’s Karaoke World Tour and this time we’re off to the Swiss Alps. I know Swiss karaoke bars pretty well because I must have gone to the same karaoke bar in Wengen, Switzerland at least fifty times. I was working in a ski resort for a tour company as a ski guide and we would take the ‘clients’ up to Sina’s Bar in Wengen every single Monday night for karaoke. But, hey I didn’t mind. Not only do I love karaoke, but I got free drinks all night.
I did get bored singing the same songs all the time, though, so I used to experiment quite a bit. I’d try singing songs I’d only heard a few times – I even sang songs by Mike and the Mechanics and Lionel Ritchie (I told you that I was bored!). But, then I discovered a whole bunch of great songs in a section at the back of the karaoke song book. They all happened to be in German, but I thought I’d give it a try. I started singing the Germans words up on the screen then found it easier (and a lot more fun) to sing my own German words. Most of the clientele in the bar were Brits and Aussies, so they had no idea what I was singing about, but the few Germans and Swiss folk in the crowd would suddenly prick up their ears. That’s because I would sing about things like how ‘Mein sesselbahn ist voll mit spargel spitzen’ (my chairlift is full of asparagus). But what really got their attention was when I’d sing something like ‘Sie haben schöne Brüste. Kann ich sie küssen? (You have beautiful breasts. Can I kiss them?).
Next time on Brian’s Karaoke World Tour: Singapore