Every morning, here in L.A., I slip out of my Super-hero 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 Zep track.
Fortunately, through conversations 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 latest “evil earworms”:
Music maven Ken Heffner recently mentioned “Tracy” by the Cuff Links is an effective earworm. The Cuff Links (from New York) put out the single in 1969. It reached number nine in the US and included harmony vocals by Ron Dante. Dante is better known as the then anonymous lead singer of the comic book band The Archies and producer of platters by Barry Manilow.
A Facebook friend residing back “home” submitted Janis Joplin’s “version of Kris K’s ‘Me & My Bobby McGee’. That is one of those tunes that wedges itself in the cranium. It is running around in my head right now!” This one was a collaborative effort between Kristofferson and Fred Foster (founder of Monument Records). It was a hit for Joplin in 1971 but she would die before it reached number one.
Regular reader and frequent contributor Sharon L. Bradbury submitted Buckcherry’s “Crazy Bitch” which she said is “way more fun to have stuck in (your) head than the freecreditscore.com commercial.” It was released as a single in 2006 climbing to number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. (FYI to all the Souderton group folks and PA fans, this is often played at the World Famous Penny Gardens in Northeast Philly.)
Someone whose name was regrettably lost in the shuffle had the “Gumby Theme Song” 1967 version otherwise known as “the one with the hip black chick singing”. This one is obviously from the year 1967 and is the theme to the classic stop action television show. (Some collections of the show include “a stand-alone transfer” of this theme.)
Last but not least, another regular contributor to the reader participation ranks, “swexy” Kittie Shaughnessey said: “I have had this song in my freakin’ head all day. It is ‘Girl Is On Fire’ by Alicia Keys.” Keys composed this R&B-hip hop ballad from her 2012 CD by the same name. It was said to be inspired by her giving birth. (Kinda knew it had something to do with “down there”, huh?)
There you have it, respected readers, the most recent oft’times obnoxious “earworms” from different decades and genres. As this goes to press there are not enough submissions to publish another edition of the series. As always, if enough additional earworms are submitted the series will return. It’s been fun!
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.