My karaoke list for Lips

An Xbox 360 exclusive called Lips will let you sing karaoke to any song on your iPod or Zune. Here's my list of 10 songs I'd love to see sung.

I've never really gotten into Rock Band or Guitar Hero--I'd much rather play my guitar. But since I can't sing anyway, and karaoke goes great with beer, Lips sounds like a great party game.

But we care about you. Microsoft Game Studios

Announced yesterday during Microsoft's E3 press conference after a few days of rumors, Lips is a karaoke game with a twist: in addition to the 40 songs that ship with the game, you can connect your MP3 player to the Xbox 360's USB port and Lips will take any (non-DRM-protected) song, strip the vocal tracks out, and let you sing along to it. (No on-screen lyrics.)

Forget "New York, New York" or "Respect." Every karaoke night's got those songs. Here are the ten songs from my iTunes collection that I'd like to inflict upon my karaoke guests:

1. "Be Aggressive," Faith No More. For the cheerleader chant in the chorus.
2. "Bela Lugosi's Dead," Bauhaus. Everybody pose-dance!
3. "The Great Gig in the Sky," Pink Floyd. Comic or tragic, depending on who's singing it.
4. "Innocent When You Dream (Barroom)," Tom Waits. Points off for tonal accuracy.
5. "King of Carrot Flowers, pt. 2," Neutral Milk Hotel. Make the neighbors think you're conducting a revival meeting in your living room.
6. "Koyaanisqatsi," Philip Glass. For the basso profundo in your group.
7. We're Only In It for the Money, Frank Zappa. You could build a party around the entire record.
8. Anything by Sigur Ros. Test your Hopelandic skills
9. "Revolution 9," The Beatles. Nobody knows what John was going on about, so go ahead and make up your own, or just wait for the "block that kick" chant at the end.
10. "Tame," The Pixies. The last song before the neighbors call the police.

The other things you need to know: developed by iNiS for Microsoft Game Studios, available this holiday season, price unknown but probably about $60, and includes two microphones with LEDs that pulse to the music.

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    Matt Rosoff is an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, where he covers Microsoft's consumer products and corporate news. He's written about the technology industry since 1995, and reviewed the first Rio MP3 player for in 1998. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network. Disclosure. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattrosoff.


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