Every morning, here in L.A., this reporter slips out of his Batman jammy bottoms and step into the shower to prepare for yet another new day. Every morning the same song is stuck in his head. No matter what he does—short of singing the entire theme song–opening and closing credits–to “The Flintstones” —the song remains the same—stuck in his head. In this case the song is Led Zeppelin’s “Dancing Days”. They’re a favorite band but this is not the big fave Led Zep track!
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… he discovered he is 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”:
An anonymous contributor who was present at an appearance of Weezer at Rhino Records in Claremont, California had Weezer’s “Buddy Holly”stuck in her head . . . complete with “Happy Days” scenes from the music video. The song was written by Rivers Cuomo. It was released as the second single from the group’s debut disc Weezer
“JC”, formerly of Perkasie, PA, had “Dominique” by the Singing Nun stuck in her head. It was the number one hit for the entire month of December 1963. The Grammy-winning song was first released as a single that year. (By the way, she discovered that singing bits of David Bowie’s “Modern Love” will remove stubborn earmworms.)
Carmen once asked: “Do you remember the song by Pat Boone called ‘Friendly Persuasion’? For the last 2 days. It’s become an ear worm, it won’t go away.” The song features music by Dimitri Tiomkin and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. It was published back in 1956 and appeared in the 1956 motion picture of the same name. Pat Boone’s cover of the tune is perhaps the best-known version and was recorded that same year.
An “accidentally” anonymous contributor once had “Love Me” stuck in his head after seeing the movie Heartbreak Hotel. This one was made famous by Elvis Presley and is included in the film’s soundtrack. It was written by the famous team of Leiber and Stoller as a country music parody. Presley recorded the song on September 1, 1956 for his second platter, Elvis.
“PFFT You Were Gone”
Frequent contributor to our reader participatory series Ken Hefner says: “Play this once and you’ll have it in your head for days!” It’s from the hit TV variety show “Hee Haw”. (The show first aired in June of 1969. The song is called “PFFT You Were Gone” and it’s credited to Buck Owens (lyrics) and Archie Campbell.
There you have it, faithful readers, the most recent oft’times obnoxious “earworms” from different decades, genres and mediums. As this goes to press, this series does not currently have enough submissions for another edition. Still, if additional earworms are submitted “Stuck In Your Head!” will return.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.