Every morning, here in Los Angeles, I slip out of my Hal Jordan 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 Zep’s “Dancing Days”. I like Zep but this isn’t even my favorite!
Luckily, through chats with friends both old and new both here is Los Angeles and in a favorite Facebook group–You grew up in the Souderton/ Telford/ Harleysville area if you remember… I found out I am not alone in this experience. This happens to a lot of people. This series is dedicated to all the songs that somehow get “stuck in your head”. Here are the most recent songs:
Regular contributor and frequent victim of ear worms Cynthia Heffelfinger Steyer has “Ice, Ice, Baby” by that “one-hit wonder Vanilla Ice” stuck in her head. This is a hip-hop hit co-written with DJ Earthquake. It rips off the bassline from “Under Pressure” by David Bowie and Queen. It’s off Ice’s 1989 premiere platter Hooked. It was originally just a B-side but initially accidental airplay helped to make it big. (Did ya know this sucker didn’t even originally pay out to Bowie and the boys in Queen? It’s true!)
In Los Angeles—and perhaps elsewhere—there is a Subway TV ad for a “Five Dollar Foot-Long” that has gotten stuck in many of our heads out here. There’s even an extended dance mix of this thing! (I personally have that stuck so deep in my head that it has become part of my mating ritual. Just imagine me standing in some young lady’s bedroom. I drop my Ghost Rider boxers and sing out the tune changing the lyrics ever so slightly: “I’ve/I’ve got a/ I’ve got a foot looooong!” while gyrating and doing “the helicopter” naked. TMI?)
Sharon Fiume Sholette offered yet one more 1970 Cat Stevens tune as one of her regular ear worms–“Sad Lisa”. But she says she generally doesn’t mind because “the whole album (Tea For The Tillerman) is just awesome” and even though the tunes “sound depressing; they’re not, they make you think!”
Karen Gibson has “Love All Your Life” by The Band Perry crammed in her cranium. This is a country cut from the band’s eponymously-titled 2010 disc The Band Perry. The video got its share of CMT circulation; that’s for sure. (Personally, the blonde’s figure is more likely to get stuck in MY head, if ya know what I mean! I’d walk to the edge of the ocean to fill HER jar! Woo-ee!)
“Baba O’Riley” by The Who is stuck in the heads of a couple of people both here in Los Angeles and elsewhere. It’s not unusual for classic rock tracks to get stuck in people’s heads though to be honest. This one is from 1971 and was written by Pete Townshend. Although originally written for another purpose, it would eventually be included on Who’s Next. It’s often mistakenly called “Teenage Wasteland”. The tune’s title is a combination of two of Townshend’s influence’s Meher Baba and Terry Riley. (At least this earworm rocks!)
As it turns out, a recent online survey showed that the majority of the people in the study did not have an ear worm that was common with anyone else although the remainder of the participants did sometimes have songs stuck in their heads that others shared. At any rate, that’s our latest list—different songs, different artists, different genres, different eras . . . even a commercial jingle. Those are the songs stuck in OUR heads. Whether you love it or hate it let me know what songs are . . . stuck in YOUR head!
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.