Here in New York City, we take karaoke pretty damn seriously. At least twice a month, you can find me at Sing Sing downtown (not the prison, but the place where Drake sometimes hangs) trying my very hardest to emulate early Madonna and, yes, belt out “Closing Time” for the 15th time. And it’s not just oldies like me trying to relive music’s past in a tiny dim room. Case in point: Graham Johnson, a nine-year-old (!) boy whose awesomely on-point “performance” of “This Is Hardcore” earned him the top prize at a local Pulp karaoke contest.
Before you go and mumble and grumble and doubt his talent, you should know that the competition was judged by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. So, if Cocker himself believes in young Johnson, it’s obviously safe to say the kid knows his freaking Pulp. At the very least, he’s got the distinct strut and vocal technique nailed down.
Watch video of Johnson’s performance over at Buzzfeed.
The contest was held after a screening of Pulp: A Film about Life, Death, & Supermarkets, a new film by Floris Habicht which documents the group’s last hometown gig in Sheffield, U.K. Check out a trailer for it below.