Last Saturday, the only Wayne's World reference I caught while waiting to karaoke at this Boulevard Park sports bar of the same name was the bartender saying "exsqueeze me" to a server who got sassy with him. Aside from that, Wayne's World the bar has no connection with the movies or the Saturday Night Live characters Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey made iconic in the late '80s and early '90s.
Umm... wrong Wayne.
I was a little let down at first. The reason I wanted to go there to begin with was because of the name. I wasn't expecting anything too extraordinary, like the bartenders dressed up like Wayne and the waitresses as Garth, or the stage furnished to replicate Wayne's basement. But I did kind of hope it would be like a fun comedy-themed bar with a few posters hung up of classic movies from that era like Tommy Boy and Billy Madison. Then the KJ showed up and played "Roni" by Bobby Brown and all was forgiven.This Wayne's World, originally known as Flight Path many years ago (because of its close proximity to the Sea-Tac runway), was actually given that name as a tribute to film legend, John Wayne. These days, there isn't anything on the walls to commemorate him either, but the place was once a shrine to The Duke. When the original owners sold it they took all the memorabilia with them. What's left on the walls are a bunch of softball trophies and plaques to commemorate the winners of their dart tournaments.
Darts is the real draw on Saturday nights. When my buddy Mochi and I arrived at 8:15 p.m. everyone was concentrated at the entrance side of the venue where the dartboards were, and that's where they stayed. It was a diverse crowd of mostly men. The few females who were there did participate in the karaoke, but I never got to thrust my crotch and drop the "schwing!" reference once. No one was worthy.
We bellied up at the bar. Mochi's friend Jimmy who lived around the way met up with us shortly after we got there. Knowing we'd be taking on the brunt of the opening rotations, we got into the tequila right away to loosen up. They didn't have any good stuff but the Sauza Gold did the trick. A couple of those followed by a Jager shot to twist things up got me toasted immediately.
The stage area and KJ station were in the back of the room. That's also where the songbooks were located. When I saw PCM Musiq ran the show I knew this night would probably eventually get good. They're one of two outfits (the other being Karaoke Kellie) I encounter the most when reviewing south end spots and they have a great following.
Hosting on this night was an average-looking guy named Billy, stage name "Bill E3." He didn't have much to work with early o,n but the DJ skills he displayed prior to show were outstanding. Every cut he played as he set up was a singalong gem that got me more and more stoked to take the stage myself.
We held down a five singer rotation until 10:30. No one was paying attention, but the sound was great. I sang Bob Seger's "Rock and Roll Never Forgets" for the first time and it was pretty good . . . Not! It was way out of my range. Mochi delivered with great renditions of Elvis Costello's "Alison" and "Amie" by Pure Prairie League. And Jimmy topped us both with a great random Dwight Yoakam song called "Little Ways."
WAYNE'S WORLD SPORTS BAR, 1832 S. 120th St., 433-8658, BURIEN