Every morning, here in L.A., I slip out of my Dark Knight 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 band but this is not my favorite 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 an accidentally anonymous contributor submitted the evil earworm “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” by Aerosmith. This goes back to 1987. It’s originally off of the Permanent Vacation album. It climbed to number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1990 it was re-released and hit number 20. It was composed by lead singer Steven Tyler, lead guitarist Joe Perry and songwriter Desmond Child formerly of Desmond Child and Rouge.
Next we have a submission from musician and Yoga Instructor Kristi Martel. Martel said "’Sometimes I feel like a motherless child . . .’ has been singing itself in my head on and off the past two weeks.” “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child” or “Motherless Child” is a traditional Negro spiritual. The history is spotty but actor-singer Paul Robeson is noted as being perhaps the first person to record the song back in the 1930s although the work itself dates back to the days of slavery.
A random California resident happened to have Rodney Carrington’s “A Dozen Roses” stuck in his head recently. It’s a live track off of his 2000 LP Morning Wood. It is a simple but supposedly” explicit” sing-a-long. It has been banned from YouTube at least once. (Hopefully, you will be able to hear it here.)
Your rascally writer’s youngest spawn had the Theme from “Wayne’s World” stuck in his head after hearing the song “Blurred Lines”. The theme was written by actor Mike Myers and SNL bandleader G.E. Smith. The song is from a recurring sketch from NBC’s Saturday Night Live TV show in 1988. The sketch even gave birth to two movies. The main characters are the hosts of a local public-access TV show hosted by Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and his sidekick Garth Algar (Dana Carvey). The motion picture soundtrack includes an extended rock version of the song as well as one that was performed by Aerosmith in one of the sketches on which they appeared.
Finally, get he kids out of the room! A contributor who wishes to remain anonymous had a song by the US hip-hop group 2LiveCrew stuck in his head: “It’s that rap thing that has that line: “Me and my homies like to play this game/We call it Amtrak but some call it ‘The Train’ . . . God!” The song is titled “We Want Some P*ssy” and is off of their 1986 premiere platter The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are. The album reached number 128 on the Billboard 200 chart the next year and was deemed explicit and obscene by the powers that be. (Maybe he got it crammed in his cranium while watching the movie "Project X".)
There you have it, ladies and germs, the most recent oft’times obnoxious “earworms” from different decades, genres and mediums. As this goes to press, the series might make it to yet one more edition before going on hiatus. Naturally, if additional earworms are submitted “Stuck In Your Head!” will return. No matter what, it’s been great!
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