Karaoke Versions of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" Cause Violence, Murder in the Philippines

February 10, 2010  |  3:00pm

Over the years, we’ve seen a number of musicians blamed for the violent acts of others. The Columbine killers were allegedly inspired by Marilyn Manson. In South Africa in 2008, Slipknot were blamed for another school killing. Now, in the Philippines, it seems yet another musician is being associated with murder: Frank Sinatra. But this time, it’s a karaoke version of his song.

Filipino crooners regularly witness fights resulting from lousy singing or bad karaoke etiquette, but the New York Times reports (via Prefix) that one song in particular can land you in a coffin: “My Way.”

“I used to like ‘My Way,’ but after all the trouble, I stopped singing it,” Rodolfo Gregorio, a barber, told the Times. “You can get killed.”

There have been so many murders as a result of “My Way” disputes, they’ve earned the moniker “My Way Killings.” It seems “My Way” is such a beloved song, a poorly sung rendition can cause violent tension.

Sinatra’s not alone in spawning bar fights. In Thailand, a man furiously killed eight people after they sang “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver. In the U.S., the Coldplay caused a fight when a woman punched a man after being displeased by his version of “Yellow.”

Whether the cocky tone of the lyrics are to blame for prompting karaoke patrons to fight or the popularity of the song leads to a higher incidents of “My Way” fights by way of sheer probability, Filipinos are beginning to avoid the song to ensure their own safety. “The trouble with ‘My Way,’” Gregorio tells the Times, “is that everyone knows it and everyone has an opinion.”

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