Every morning, here in L.A., I slip out of my Justice League 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”:
Our first earworm this time comes from regular reader and contributor Sharon L. Bradbury who had The Dead Kennedys’ “Too Drunk to F*ck” stuck in her head. This one goes back to 1981. The surf/garage rock single was later included on the 1987 platter Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death. Despite being banned in many record stores, the song hit number 36 in the UK. It was the first UK Top 40 tune to include the word “f*ck” in its title. The band later provided some record stores with a peel-away sticker to cover the song title. (Bradbury agreed that that there are worse songs to have stuck in your head.)
An anonymous L.A.-area artist confessed the old “Kool-Aid” commercial jingle was stuck in his head. “Get a big, wide happy, ear-to-ear Kool-Aid smi-hi-hiiile.”
Kool-Aid has had ads on TV since the 1950s. Their ads have been on TV for decades too. At one point, they were even using Bug Bunny and The Monkees to hawk their product. This chronically persistent one dates back to the early 1970s, folks. If y’all remember seeing it on TV you’re as crusty as your crusty chronicler.
“Swexy” Kittie Shaughnessy had Peter, Paul and Mary’s version of “Leaving On A Jet Plane” crammed in her cranium. John Denver wrote and recorded this one in 1966 under its original title “Babe, I Hate to Go.” He self-produced a limited edition of this and several other songs—one of which he gave to his friends Peter, Paul and Mary who liked it so much they recorded their own version of it for their 1967 platter Album 1700. It would not become a hit, however, until two years later when they put it out as a single.
Another anonymous artistic type here in California recently had The Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays” buzzing around his brain head but didn’t want his name published because he doesn’t want to admit it was a hit the summer after he graduated high school. (D*mn, dude, you’re not THAT old!) The Bob Geldof-penned UK number one hit only goes back to the summer of 1979 so relax!
A former Perkasie resident (probably ashamed of her TV-viewing choices) has a song from the cartoon series “Invader ZIM” stuck in her head. “Bow down, bow down, before the power of Santa . . .” The quote is from a Christmas episode of the “Invader ZIM” animated series that ran from 2001 through 2003. (Can’t find a video clip online though . . . maybe that’s a good thing. It’s a wee bit less obnoxious if you get it stuck in your head in December, of course.)
There you have it, oh ye of lots of faith, the most recent oft’times obnoxious “earworms” from different decades, genres and mediums. As this goes to press, the series may go on hiatus as we have reached the end of your submissions. Naturally, if additional earworms are submitted “Stuck In Your Head!” will return. It’s been great!
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.