Every morning, here in L.A., this reporter slips out of his Justice League 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 had “Pray” by M.C. Hammer stuck in his head recently. It was originally off Hammer’s third platter Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em. The 1990 release heavily samples Prince’s hit song, “When Doves Cry” which explains the writer credits including Hammer, Prince, Billy Gould and Roddy Bottum. Several different versions were produced.
“Why Don’t We Do It In The Road”
Another shy contributor had “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” stuck in his head thanks in part to the ALW piece on the subject. This, of course, is by The Beatles. It’s off the 1968 double album The Beatles a.k.a. “The White Album”. It was credited to Lennon-McCartney but was actually written and sung by Paul McCartney himself.
“The Lonely Goatherd”
“Raspberry Cookie”, a former Jamesway employee, had “The Lonely Goatherd” crammed in her cranium ever since she heard the musical The Sound Of Music was coming to town again. The song is originally from the 1959 musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Set in the Austrian Alps, the song is known for its use of yodeling.
“I Guess Why They Call It The Blues”
Previous contributor to this participatory series Carmen recently had Elton John’s “I Guess Why They Call It The Blues”. The song is originally from his 1983 platter Too Low For Zero. It was written by John, Bernie Taupin and guitarist Davey Johnstone. It features none other than Stevie Wonder on harmonica.
“Guy Driver” submitted Gary Numan’s “Cars” as his earworm and noted that he “likes sharing them because ‘misery loves company’.” (Where have we heard that before? Duh!) The song is off his 1979 release The Pleasure Principle.
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 currently has enough submissions for one more edition. After that, as always, if additional earworms are submitted “Stuck In Your Head!” will return.
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