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 favorite Led Zep 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 evil earworm this edition comes from “Lee Loo”. “Lee Loo” had the Cypress Hill track “I Wanna Get High” stuck in his head. It’s off their 1993 disc Black Sunday.
Dorine Houston recently said: “Believe it or not, the latest trapped between my ears is from Medieval Latin liturgy: ‘Panis Angelicus’. Youtube has a lovely rendition of Luciano Pavarotti singing it, lovely until it wriggled into my skull! Now it sounds like a convent choir is in there! Thought of chasing it out with ‘Danny Boy’ but that’s too sad to allow to get trapped in your cranium!”
The title means “bread of the angels”. “Panis Angelicus”was written by Saint Thomas Aquinas and is on more than one of Luciano Pavarotti’s recordings in fact. On the 1992 CD Pavarotti & Friends he even performs it with Sting (which is funny since sometimes Sting sounds like he’s singing in Latin anyway.)
Carmen Gonzales recently revealed: “I wake up every morning with Smokey’s ‘Just To See Her’, only I change ‘her’ to ‘him’.” The song is off of the 1987 album One Heartbeat by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. The song was written by Jimmy George and Lou Pardini.
Julie Guinther Reinhardt shared a meme about “The Pina Colada Song” which caused her friend Barbara Lawler to cry out: “Not fair! Now that song is stuck in my head!” The song is actually called “Escape” and it written and recorded by Rupert Holmes. It was released in September 1979 as the lead single from his platter Partners in Crime. It was also the last U.S. number one tune of the ‘70s.
Finally, Reinhardt’s other friend Nigel Merritt didn’t mind because in his own words: “At least it’s replaced ‘Everything Is Awesome’ from The LEGO Movie. “ Unfortunately he soon discovered a new problem: “Ah hell, now they’re both in there!”
“Everything Is Awesome” was released earlier this year. It is credited to The Lonely Island, Mark Mothersbaugh and Tegan and Sara. It’s probably is indeed the biggest earworm on The LEGO Movie soundtrack.
There you have it, faithful readers, the most recent oft’times obnoxious “earworms” from different decades, genres and mediums. As this goes to press, this series now has enough submissions for one more edition. As always, if additional earworms are submitted “Stuck In Your Head!” will return.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.