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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What Karaoke Songs Should David Chiu Sing?

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM

click to enlarge Laugh and the whole world laughs with you. But will they vote for you?
  • Laugh and the whole world laughs with you. But will they vote for you?

David Chiu's mayoral poll numbers continue to hover at "Who wants chili for breakfast?" levels, but you can't say the president of the board isn't trying to have fun. Whether it's tooling around Dolores Park with a Wookiee or launching a Where's Waldo?-like pop-up tour of the city, Chiu is out to convince voters he's the fun-lovingest political smoothie who rode progressive support to the board presidency and then stiffed them when it was politically expedient this city has ever known.

And, you know what? He is!

Now a press release announces that, tonight at 9 p.m. at 1233 Polk Street, Chiu will be raising funds via karaoke. "Everyone, including David Chiu, loves karaoke!" notes the release. That's debatable -- but, via public financing, everyone has the chance to pay for it.

Well, that's not entirely true. Chiu campaign manager Nicole Derse notes that no public money is going into this event. She also promises Chiu will serenade onlookers with his rendition of "Love Shack" by the B-52s. (Perhaps a big enough donation may convince him not to.)

It's been a rough political road for Chiu of late. He was urged into the mayoral race by Rose Pak, helped engineer the ascent of Mayor Ed Lee, and took himself out of the running for the District Attorney's vacant post with aims of running for mayor. He then watched Lee break a personal promise to not seek a full term -- at Pak's urging -- en route to becoming the prohibitive favorite.

In light of those events, here are some songs we suggest Chiu (who has also mastered the violin) perform tonight:

"Just" (You Did It To Yourself) by Radiohead;

"(Why Do I Keep) Fucking Up?" by Neil Young;

"Give My Love to Rose" by Johnny Cash;

"19th Nervous Breakdown" by the Rolling Stones;

"Accidents Will Happen" by Elvis Costello;

"Fell, Destroyed" by Fugazi;

And, of course, either "I'm Down" or "Help!" by the Beatles.

Anyhow, it's a fund-raiser folks! So come on -- and bring your jukebox money!

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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