Every morning, here in L.A., I slip out of my Batman 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 love the band 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”:
Our first earworm this time comes from an accidentally forgotten contributor who had Eric Carmen’s “That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll” stuck in his/her head. Carmen wrote and recorded it in 1976. It was the third single from his eponymous debut disc Eric Carmen. It’s partially autobiographical and in 1988 the song was used as the B side of his hit “Make Me Lose Control.”
Sam-di Williams of Grrlz will be BoiZ recently said: “This song has been on my mind lately. A lot. Truer words were never spoken (or sung.).” The evil earworm in question was “All That We Let In” by the Indigo Girls. It was penned by lead guitarist Emily Saliers and off of the 2004 album of the same name. Interestingly, the album’s cover art is by alternative comics artist Jaime Hernandez of Love and Rockets fame.
Regular reader and previous contributor Ken Heffner contributed Fleetwood Mac’s “Believe Me”. He said the tune “has been the song of choice for about a week now when I find myself humming or singing (not a good thing but it’s what I got). Thank God it’s a song I like.” The song is from the 1973 album Mystery to Me and written by keyboardist/vocalist Christine McVie.
Someone too embarrassed to be named sadly had the theme song to Candy Crush Saga crammed in his cranium. “The Candy Crush Saga Theme” is (for those of you living under a rock) is the instrumental theme for a Facebook game released on April 12, 2012. Developed by King it’s also a smartphone app and the most popular game on the social network with more than 46 million users every month.
An anonymous fan of actor and author George Takei submitted Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon”. This is by the Brit band Culture Club and is off of their 1983 disc Colour by Numbers. The tune took the top slot for three weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1984. It was their biggest hit and made it to number one in sixteen countries.
There you have it, oh ye of lots of faith, the most recent oft’times obnoxious “earworms” from different decades, genres and mediums. The way submissions are still slowly trickling in the series just might possibly make it to 40 editions. Unbelievable, huh? You keep sending them and we’ll keep publishing them!
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.