Every morning, here in Los Angeles, I slip out of my sexy Justice League 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 band but this is not my favorite Zep cut!
Luckily, through chats with friends both old and new both here in L.A. 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”:
“Brazil-based babe” Carol de Macedo made the following comment: “I find that my ‘stuck in your head’ songs directly relate to what I´m going through at any given moment. For instance, when my son was selling his house where my granddaughters had been born and raised (with MANY wonderful memories!) it was ‘This Old House’ by the Rice Brothers.” This one goes back to 1992.
Lead singer/songwriter for The Evangenitals, Juli Crockett Feldman, on the past election eve was monitoring the votes of her fellow L.A. County residents and said: “(I) can't get Randy Newman out of my head.” She was referring, of course, to Newman’s “I Love L.A.” because she was happy when voters were in agreement with her. This one was released in 1983--the same year your (ahem) randy writer graduated with his first degree from Penn State.
“Sharin’” Sharon Fiume Sholette recently shared the following: “It's funny I should see this (article on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack) now, my 11 year-old grandson has been singing ‘Staying Alive’ all night, then trying to play the tune on his legs! Guess what's stuck in my head now?” This number one Bee Gees disco dance hit harkens back to ancient times . . . 1977!
“Swexy” Kittie of Orange Cat Café fame confided she “was thinking of someone special” Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better” got stuck in her head. This is a number two hit and is also from 1977. It was written for the James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me. It was actually the first 007 theme to have a title different from that of the film itself since Dr. No even though it includes the line "the spy who loved me".
There you have it, guys and dolls, the most recent evil “earworms” from different genres and decades. As this goes to press there are only enough submissions to publish another two editions so the series will go on hiatus. If additional earworms are submitted “Stuck In Your Head!" will return.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that's the bottom line.