Karaoke seems more popular than Prozac in Southern California these days. And that may not be a coincidence: "It's therapeutic," declares Dennis G. Snyder, a KJ--karaoke jockey--and publisher of the 11-month-old newsletter California Karaoke Scene.
With so many folks taking advantage of the carthartic effects of pretending to be Frank or Barry or Liza, Snyder says his publication is proof of the boom. In the first issue eight months ago, only 60 karaoke clubs were listed; the newsletter now includes more than 200. Snyder says he distributes 25,000 copies of his bimonthly newsletter at clubs and other outlets throughout Los Angeles and the Valley.