Every morning, here in L.A., I slip out of my Batman-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 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”:
Regular reader and contributor Sharon L. Bradbury said recently: “The song I get stuck in my head is very lame & it drives me crazy. That dumb theme song from FreeCreditScore.com. Like I said– lame.” Yes, indeed, the most evil earworms are those that we really don’t enjoy. (There was actually only one version (from 2012) on YouTube. Maybe that’s a good thing. Freecreditreport.com, on the other hand had 9 different jingles there!)
Sami-di Williams, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Grrlz will be BoiZ, recently confessed: “I don’t care who knows, I dig disco. Never stopped liking it. There are serious layers, awesome voices and great rhythms in disco. But now I have Candi Staton stuck in my head. ‘Young hearts . . . Run free . . .” This titular tune (“Young Hearts Run Free”) was released in 1976 in fact. (Do “The Hustle” all you want, girl. It’s still Chic if you’re wearing your “Boogie Shoes”.) One long-lost contributor submitted “Shambala” by Three Dog Night. This cut was composed by musician/singer-songwriter Daniel Moore. It was released by both B.W. Stevenson and Three Dog Night in the year 1973. The Three Dog Night version climbed to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Another anonymous contributor kicked in Kiss’ “Ladies Room”. This harkens back to 1976 and was written by Gene Simmons. Simmons also sings lead on this one. (Wasn’t there a time when everyone had a Kiss cut stuck in his or her head?)
Lead singer/songwriter/producer Halle Petro of Halle & The Jilt shared an interesting earworm with your rascally writer recently when discussing one of her new songs “10 East”. She said: “My favorite story about the song is a friend (who is also an East Coaster) got lost driving to the beach ‘cause he had the song in his head. Lost” she laughed, “driving to the beach!” The song is off her latest CD Three Roads Home.
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 still one more edition after which the series could go on hiatus. Of course, 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.