As far back as October the Barchivists had decided that Deville’s Pad was the place to go for our end of year Christmas wrap-up.
TravelBug very kindly took up the challenge of organising the date and arranging with the venue to expect us. In order to ensure a table large enough for us could be booked TravelBug made sure that she got definite RSVPs from our membership. In no time at all we had a record number of Barchivists saying that they would be there for the event.
So it was that on Thursday 16 December around 20 Barchivists descended upon Devillle’s Pad just in time for Happy Hour. Most of us stayed for Karaoke.
With us on the night were some Barchivists whom we had not seen for some time. There were also others who were new members in addition to some long time ‘almost members’ who have been on our email list for ages but had never been able to make a meeting previously. All varieties of Barchivists were welcome and all had a good time.
With such a large gathering seated at two tables and later spilling out onto the dancefloor in front of the karoke stage, it would be foolish of me to try and capture everything that took place, so let me point out a few main features and then let the other Barchivists tell thier own tales.
The Happy Hour $10 cocktails and cheap beer added up to a great way to start the festivities. The food on offer, such as the $10 demon dinner, a Thursday night special and the various other food items such as empanadas and chocolate brownies went down a treat. The vegetarian taco that the kitchen staff put together for one of our members went down a treat.
The Karoke host was energetic and some fellow Barchivists got up to take a shot. DJKD did a rousing rendition of “Tainted Love”, which saw him awarded a Cuervo Tequila hat, and then later he followed up with “Twist and Shout”. MS performed “Brown Sugar” while HelenKitty delighted us all with “Heart Of Glass”. HelenKitty and MS then teamed up for “Don’t You Forget About Me”, which almost brought the Karoke host to tears of joy as he thanked everyone in attendance for his best night of the year.
So, that is enough from me. Time to hear from the rest of the Barchivists:
UltUp: It was fun
For me the highlight was the guy singing “Don’t Stop Me Now”; he sang badly but it was so loud, fast and funny and the metal guy from the kitchen-loved his song choices Bonnie Tyler and Kylie!
And the big guy, a Johnny Cash fan, who happened to have a harmonica in his top pocket.
Also, the girl in red dress, showed the danger of taking Karaoke too seriously.
Not forgetting DJKD, HelenKitty and MS’ memorable performances – it was a fun night and good to see so many of us there participating.
It was hugely entertaining and one of our best nights out.
PaisleyRed: The mini-tacos were delicious, the cocktails were tall, fruity and numerous – my fave was the Melon Madness.
We library types sure do know how to party, and the karaoke was awesome! Congrats and mad props to all Barchivists who got up on stage. The non-Barchivist karaoke was also entertaining, from the super-funky MC’s expert karaoke stylings, to the ambitious attempt at Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by a group of approximately half of Perth’s young people, to my personal favourite – a death metal version of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ by a character who called himself Zombie Jesus. Man, that’s a great song. :-)
HelenKitty: What a night!
After a delicious meal, a cocktail and three champagnes, I sang “Heart Of Glass” by the Punk princess Blondie. Although the highlight of the night had to be DJKD belting out The Beatles “Twist And Shout”. His garage rock-ish screams made me exclaim with glee to MS “That’s my boss!”
MS and I ended the night with our fantastic duet of “Don’t You Forget About Me”. I thought that we were rocking the new romantic vibe and it was great to see everyone up dancing and cheering us on!
<So rocking was the New Romantic vibe that HelenKitty and MS had created that DJKD also got up onto the stage for the rousing La La La La finish to the song – arotulon>
MS: DJKD [was like] that vibes-bouncy Bez dude from the Happy Mondays
DJKD: When choosing songs you had to nominate a stage name. For my first song (Tainted Love) I decided to go with the name “Dr Snazzy”. You will have to ask KM and PaisleyRed as to how we came up with that name. For my second song (Twist and Shout) I decided to mix it up a bit and went with “Dr Dewey” as an insiders shout-out to the Library Posse (in full effect).
Winning the Cuervo Tequila hat for my effort on “Tainted Love” was possibly the highlight of my karaoke career. I think I have to now retire while I’m the top of my game, George Costanza style.
I also liked how the karaoke guy pronounced it “kara-oke” rather than the Aussie “karry-oky”.
Oh and Zombie Jesus was pretty darn funny. I knew the lyrics to “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” were pretty dark, but the satanic death growl really highighted the scariness delightfully.
Best dancing song of the night: “Love Is A Battlefield”. I really got my 80’s finger-click-and-foot-swing on to that classic.
TF: The chips were everything I imagined, the side of vegetarian burger was truly incredible, like the bar person said it would be.
I was sad and am expressing my deepest regret for not having enough staying power to hear the Barchivists’ performances which I hear were brilliant. One of my life’s few regrets.
SJVC: Awesome end of year meeting. As a first timer to Deville’s I was very impressed; the food was great and cocktails were A+++++++ (spec $10 ones – bargain) but best of all was our Karaoke crew, they were AWESOME!!!!!
TravelBug: The trip on the way to Devilles was fun, with UltUp & AH – especially the cute little dog hanging out the window, (not so cute was its owner pushing in front of my car!)
I had the best time at Devilles – the food was “devilish” divine – could have done with a bit more though.
I asked the bar man to make me a “special” cocktail, which wasn’t on the list. Have had it before and it was awesome. Reminded me of eating Lemon Meringue pie – yummo!
The singing was just amazing. Loved DJKD’s version of “Twist And Shout” – so much energy there, & MS and HelenKitty’s duet was great – I got up and danced with the library crew close to the front – it was so much fun!
So glad I suggested and organised the 1st Barchavist’s Xmas Spectacular – it was just superb! lots of laughs, cocktails, singing and dancing.
Looking forward to more exciting events in 2011!
DT: Had a great time and enjoyed the Spanish Special plate and far too much Sangria then decided to gracefully depart before anyone was harmed by my singing.