Every morning, here in L.A., I slip out of my Batman-Green Lantern jammy bottoms and step into the shower to prepare for yet another new day. Every morning the same song is stuck in my head. No matter what I do—short of singing the entire theme song–opening and closing credits–to The Flintstones —the song REMAINS the same—stuck in my head. In my case the song is Led Zeppelin’s “Dancing Days”. I like the group but this is not my “fave” Led Zeppelin song!
Luckily, through chats with friends both old and new both here in California and in a favorite Facebook group–You grew up in the Souderton/ Telford/ Harleysville area if you remember… I found out I’m not alone in this experience. This happens to lots of people. This series is dedicated to all the songs that somehow get “stuck in your head”. Here are the most recent “evil earworms”:
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“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
Chuck Branham said his “brain radio” was recently “stuck on ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’!” This one was written on the guitar by Queen’s late lead singer Freddy Mercury in 1979. It was featured on the band’s 1980 release The Game . The tune hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US later that year and camped there for a month.
An anonymous California-based contributor contributed Sam Cooke’s “Chain Gang” which was put out as a single in 1960. It was Cooke’s second-biggest American hit, his first single for RCA Victor and was also his first top 10 hit since “You Send Me”. It was inspired by a chance meeting with real chain-gang of prisoners on a highway seen while Cooke was on tour.
After seeing Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry” music video posted on Facebook by Michael Kirkpatrick, Dianne Crouthamel said “The song is stuck in my head now.” Henley wrote the song with the help of Danny Kortchmar and it was included on his 1982 debut disc I Can’t Stand Still. The single made it up to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and went platinum in 1983.
“The Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia”
Kim Cooke commented recently: “God knows why but this very old piece of music by two extremely funny men (Laurel & Hardy) has been stuck in my head all day.” The song in question is “The Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia”. The pair performed the piece in their 1937 feature film Way Out West. The original title is “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine”. It was written by Ballard MacDonald and Harry Carroll and was also recorded by Vivian Stanshall, the Brit frontman of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water”
Ken Heffner submitted “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel. Heffner said the song is “a classic if ever there was one.” He also admits that the song is “also an annoying earworm, as it was played incessantly (back) in the day.” It’s the titular track off the 1970 LP of the same name. It climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart that same year. Simon’s insistence that Garfunkel sing his song solo added to the tension that led to the break-up of the tuneful twosome. The track was slotted in at number 47 on Rolling Stone‘s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
There you have it, faithful readers, the most recent oft’times obnoxious “earworms” from different decades, genres and mediums. As this goes to press, there will be one more edition of the series before it goes on hiatus as we have once more reached the end of your submissions. Naturally, if additional earworms are submitted “Stuck In Your Head!” will continue.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.