Karaoke has gone through some major changes since it first gained wide-spread popularity in the mid 1980's. The first format was Laser Disc (yes, tapes and records existed, but not as a format where people could view the on-screen lyrics to the songs). Laser Disc karaoke was the first format introduced and the first to disappear. This article deals with some of the reasons that Laser Karaoke is no longer with us. R.I.P.