Every morning, here in L.A., I slip out of my Man Of Steel 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 Sandra Pascale recently recalled: “I was off Facebook playing ‘Raising Atlantis’ and that song kept going through my head I finally remembered the title—‘Rubberband Man’. Well it’s no worse than ‘Wake me up before you go-go!’ by Wham!” “Rubberband Man” was written by famous producer Thom Bell and singer/songwriter Linda Creed. Recorded by The Spinners it originally was supposed to be called “The Fat Man” as a tribute to Bell’s son who had weight issues at the time. It was later changed to “The Rubberband Man” and it climbed to number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the U.S. R&B chart by the close of 1976.
An unnamed contributor from the L.A. area submitted the song “My Baby Don’t Wear No Panties” by Texas blues guitarist Mean Gene Kelton and The Die Hards. This one was born out of improvisation and Kelton based it on the tune “Mean Mistreater” in 1988. He was playing at a bar when some drunken deb hopped up on a table, ripped off her shirt and began dancing. A customer called out: “That ain’t nothing, my baby don’t wear no panties.” Soon the song became an audience participation number where the audience shouts: “How do you know?” after each chorus.
Frequent contributor “swexy” Kittie Shaughnessy said: “I have a song stuck in my head. It is ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ by Elvis (Presley).” Written by Lou Handman and Roy Turk in 1926, the song was most significantly covered by Presley in 1960. It was one of his biggest-selling singles and climbed to number one on the Billboard pop chart where it camped out for six weeks.
Facebook friend Ken Heffner had Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” stuck in his head albeit with the wrong lyrics. (But that is an idea for another series inspired by Andy Wilcox and Jennifer Sanders). Written by John Fogerty, from their album Green River, it was released as a single in 1969 and made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It was their second gold single.
Regular contributor Sharon L. Bradbury commented: “The song I get stuck in my head that I like is “Hot Child In The City”. This was a number one hit for Nick Gilder. It was of his 1978 City Nights platter. Despite the innocent pop sound of the song it was actually a serious piece about child prostitution.
There you have it, true believers, the latest oft’times obnoxious “earworms” from different genres and decades. As this goes to press there are not quite enough submissions to publish another edition so the series might go on hiatus. Naturally, if additional earworms are submitted “Stuck In Your Head!” will return. If not, it’s been fun.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.