U-Sing-Along Karaoke

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Background: U-Sing-Along Karaoke was a company based in Westminster, California. Started in the 1990s by a man named Bruce Đoàn (who also produced the series' volumes and was a regular singer), this company released volumes of the Vietnamese karaoke music series of the same name, and also sold karaoke equipment in their stores. Unfortunately, due to low sales and piracy of their U-Sing-Along series, the company filed for bankruptcy in late 2013-early 2014.


1st Opening Logo (1991, 1995) U-Sing-Along Volume 1 opening logoU-Sing-Along Volume 11 opening logo

Logo: On a black background, we see the text in an red/orange gradient:

U-Sing-Along Vol. (number)

with the text "Copyright 1991 by NAMTV" below.

Variant: On U-Sing-Along Volume 11, the copyright text is absent, the text is not italicized, and "Vol. 11" is in a gray box.

Technique: None, unless the fade-in/fade-out counts.

Music/Sounds: A bouncy funky-electronic pop tune that begins with a synth hit.

Music/Sounds Trivia:The song is "Motorvation", composed by Steven Johnson, and from the Focus Music Library (now 5AlarmMusic) album Power Cuts. The full track is roughly 7-and-a-half minutes long and contains three different arrangements (the U-Sing-Along series regularly used the first half of the first arrangement).

Availability: Rare, only appears on U-Sing-Along Volumes 1 and 11.



2nd Opening Logo (1992-1995)

Logo: On a black background, we see the text appear:

U-Sing-Along

KARAOKE

VOL. (number)

with "U-Sing-Along" in 3D and in a gold gradient, and "VOL. (number)" having a shine effect.

Variants: On U-Sing-Along Volume 7, the logo is on a blue background. On U-Sing-Along Volume 10, the logo appears by a spinning effect, then disappears by a globe transition.

Technique: Same as opening logo 1, with the exception of the variant seen on U-Sing-Along Volume 10.

Music/Sounds: Same as opening logo 1.

Availability: Rare, only appears on U-Sing-Along Volumes 3, 4, 5, 6 (original release), 7, 8 (original LaserDisc release), 9 and 10.



3rd Opening Logo (1997-1998)

Logo: We see the U-Sing-Along logo at the top of the screen with "Volume (number)" below it, as well as the text "Copyright (YEAR) by NAMTV" and the NamTV logo beside it at the bottom.

Variants: On U-Sing-Along Volumes 18 and 19, the NamTV logo at the bottom is absent (however, the former volume includes a preview of the latter, with the NamTV logo). On U-Sing-Along Volume 20, both the copyright text and NamTV logo are absent. Technique: For volumes 2 (re-release) and 8, it's the same as opening logo 1, but in volumes 17 through 20, the logo flies in with the intro.

Music/Sounds: For Volumes 2 (re-release) and 8, it's the same as opening logo 1, while Volumes 17 through 20 used an upbeat oriental theme (the arrangement of the theme varies between volumes).

Availability: Rare, only appears on U-Sing-Along Volumes 2 (DVD re-release), 8 (DVD re-release), 17, 18, 19, and 20.



4th Opening Logo (1995-1997)

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U-Sing-Along Volume 12 opening logoU-Sing-Along Volume 1(1)3 opening logoU-Sing-Along Volume 14 opening logoU-Sing-Along Volume 15 opening logoU-Sing-Along Volume 16 opening logo


Logo: The logo varies in some volumes (see variants below), but it's generally the same concept- we see the "U-Sing-Along" text in a yellow-blue gradient, as well the volume number below it, and a mention of NamTV.

Variants: On U-Sing-Along Volume 12, we see the logo zoom in with a gold border, and below has a graphic that says "introducing NamTV 100: a new direction". On U-Sing-Along Volume 13, the logo zooms in, moves to the top with the text "Vol. 113" appearing, then a NamTV graphic appears. On U-Sing-Along Volumes 15 and 16, the logo flies in with the intro. Technique: Depends on the variant.

Music/Sounds: Same as opening logo 1.

Availability: Rare, only appears on U-Sing-Along Volumes 12 through 16.



Do not call any of the numbers shown below, as they are (presumably) out of service.

1st Closing Logo (1991, 1995) U-Sing-Along Volume 1 closing logoU-Sing-Along Volume 11 closing logo

Logo: We see text on a screen that looks like this:

Exclusive Distributor U-Sing-Along KARAOKE SUPERSTORE 9020 Bolsa Ave. (at Magnolia) Westminster, CA 92683 Tel: (714) 895-2686 ATTN: JOE DOAN

Variant: On U-Sing-Along Volume 11, "U-Sing-Along" is not italicized.

Technique: Same as opening logo 1.

Music/Sounds: Same as opening logo 1.

Availability: Rare, only appears on U-Sing-Along Volumes 1 and 11.



Closing logo 2 (1990s)

U-Sing-Along Volume 2 closing logoU-Sing-Along Volume 22 opening logo

Logo: We see text on a screen that looks like this:

Exclusive Distributor: U-Sing-Along Karaoke Superstore 9020 Bolsa Ave. (At Magnolia) Westminster, CA 92683 Tel: (714) 895-2686 Fax: (714) 891-5611 Attn: Joe Doan http:\\www.usingalong.com . Variant: On U-Sing-Along Volume 22, the URL changes to "http:\\www.yousingalong.com".

Technique: Same as opening logo 3.

Music/Sounds: See opening logo 3.

Availability: Rare, only appears on U-Sing-Along Volume 2 (re-release), 8, 10, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22.



Closing logo 3 (1990s)

U-Sing-Along Volume 3 closing logo

Logo: We see text on a screen that looks like this:

DISTRIBUTED BY

U-Sing-Along Karaoke Superstore

9020 BOLSA AVE. WESTMINSTER, CA, 92683 (714) 895-2686

ATTN: JOE DOAN

Technique: Same as opening logo 1.

Music/Sounds: Same as opening logo 1.

Availability: Rare, only appears on U-Sing-Along Volume 3.



Closing logo 4 (1990s) U-Sing-Along Volume 6 closing logo

Logo: We see text on a screen that looks like this:

Exclusive Distributor

U-Sing-Along Karaoke Superstore

9020 Bolsa Ave. (at Magnolia) Westminster, CA 92683 Tel: (714) 895-2686 Attn: Joe Doan

Technique: Same as opening logo 1.

Music/Sounds: Same as opening logo 1.

Availability: Rare, only appears on U-Sing-Along Volumes 6 (original release) and 9.



Closing logo 5 (1990s) U-Sing-Along Volume 7 closing logo

Logo: We see text on a screen that looks like this:

Exclusive Distributor:

U-Sing-Along Karaoke Superstore

9020 Bolsa Ave. (at Magnolia) Westminster, CA 92683 Tel: (714) 895-2686 Fax:(714) 891-5611 Attn: Joe Doan .

Technique: Same as opening logo 1.

Music/Sounds: Same as opening logo 1.

Availability: Rare, only appears on U-Sing-Along Volume 7.



Closing logo 6 (1990s) U-Sing-Along Volume 12 closing logoU-Sing-Along Volume 14 closing logoU-Sing-Along Volume 16 closing logo

Logo: We see text on a screen that looks like this:

Exclusive Distributor U-Sing-Along Karaoke Superstore 9020 Bolsa Ave. Westminster, CA 92683 Tel: (714) 895-2686 Fax: (714) 891-5611 Email: Usingalong@aol.com Attn: Joe Doan Variants: On U-Sing-Along Volume 12, we see the logo zoom in with a gold border. On U-Sing-Along Volume 16, the "Email" line of text is more centered. Technique: Same as opening logo 4.

Music/Sounds: Same as opening logo 1.

Availability: Rare, only appears on U-Sing-Along Volumes 12, 14, 15, and 16.

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