Every morning, here in Los Angeles, I slip out of my dapper Dark Knight-Emerald Gladiator jammy bottoms and step into the shower to prepare for still 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”:
“All I Wanna Do”
A Los Angeles-based artist who has chosen to remain anonymous has the 1994 hit “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow crammed into his cranium. His lady is an up-and-coming crooner and she doesn’t care for Crow. Yeah, that must be awkward especially if—like your rascally writer—he sings in the shower.)
“Just the Other Side of Nowhere”
“Brazil-based babe” Carol de Macedo mentioned that once when she was flying back home to Pennsylvania she had “Just the Other Side of Nowhere” by Kris Kristofferson from 1975 stuck in her head. “Uh oh!’ she cried “I´m getting on the plane tonight and I bet I won´t be able to get that song out of my head all day today! ‘Tell them that the pride of just the other side of nowhere´s going home’.”
“Leader of the Pack”
“Darling” Dorine Houston found herself “humming ‘Leader of the Pack’” just the other day. This golden oldie harkens back to 1964. It was a hit record for The Shangri-Las. (You just know if the dude wouldn’t have let the gals sit on his motorcycle he would have been just another guy, right?)
Another person whose name was unfortunately lost in the shuffle submitted The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine”. This is the classic cut from back in 1966. Although it was given the standard Lennon-McCartney writing credit this was actually entirely written by Paul McCartney especially for Ringo Starr to sing lead. Issued as a single in the UK, it topped their charts for a month.
“Sin-free” Cindy Neiswenter has Bush’s “Machine Head”—“Breathe in/Breathe out”—haunting her head. She says she used to get this earworm in her skull when she “worked Respiratory”. Yes, this was a big hit for them back in 1996. (Well, it always nice to meet someone who takes your breath away.)
There you have it, respected readers, the most recent oft’times obnoxious “earworms” from different genres and decades. As this goes to press there are enough submissions to publish one more edition so the series could go on hiatus. Naturally, if additional earworms are submitted “Stuck In Your Head!” will return. It’s really been a great ride!
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.