Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Song That Never Ends

We rant, we cry, and we laugh a lot here at Deep In The Forrest, but I thought I might change the pace up a bit. Today, I'm feeling lighthearted and pretty good... It's Wednesday, Hump Day, so try if at all possible to exert the utmost in safety measures while you're observing Hump Day festivities... and on that note, I thought you might need a song stuck in your head (you know, for rhythmic purposes and all).

So, I was researching various songs that other people find annoying or that get stuck in their heads but they didn't quite write home to me. Then I began to think about the songs that have tortured me, you know the ones that make you want to scrape out your brain just to stop them from playing over and over, incessantly in your head.

What in blue blazes causes this "phenomenon"? Why do we do this? We're like human jukeboxes with the exception that we have no power cord so we can just 'pull the switch' and shut it off. Not necessarily "Bad" songs, just ones you would rather not have cemented into your skull for days at a time. Well, they're commonly referred to as Earworms (this article tells us why), and they can literally disrupt your daily life and drive you nuts!.

So here are a few of my own personal "Earworms", what are some of yours?? Share the madness.
  1. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
    Pretty much the most known song from The Proclaimers, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is a song that has traveled many miles indeed. Released in 1988, this song is one you don't need to know the words to, all you need to know is that you would, in fact, walk 500 miles just to get it out of your head. If you remember correctly, you were only willing to walk a mile to smoke a Camel, but after a week of this little ditty echoing through your brain, you're gonna need a whole carton.

  2. I Wanna Know What Love Is - Foreigner
    Growing up, I always wanted to know what love was, and as I've grown up I think I have discovered it on my own, no thanks to Foreigner's possibly most annoying hit song. After having this one drilled into your brain, you want to show Foreigner a few things, none of which have anything to do with love.

  3. Copacabana - Barry Manilow
    This 1978 hit introduced us to Lola (she was a showgirl), Rico (he wore a diamond), and Tony (he always tended bar). A big favorite at Karaoke bars everywhere, Barry Manilow knew how to hammer a Copacabana into our craniums (after all he does write the songs that make the whole world sing, and young girls cry). Nearly thirty years old, we don't hear it quite as often, but if you do, look out; its music and passion is always the fashion. Though not the worst song in the world, having "Copacabana" stuck on repeat is enough to make you 'tear da club up' literally!

  4. Cocomo - The Beach Boys
    Aruba, Jamaica, Oooh I wanna take ya... back behind the woodshed and beat the holy hell out of you for writing this song! You definitely get there fast and then your brain takes it slow. Oh my god! This one I definitely can't stand getting 'attuned to', it digs into your skin deep like a tick and won't let go. That's all I have to say about that.

  5. Rhythm Is Gonna Get You - Miami Sound Machine
    Oweh, oweh, oweh too overplayed, and the staple melody at finer weddings and dance parties everywhere. Almost as much as "The Conga", which is pretty bad too. The Rhythm is DEFINITELY gonna get you, and the Melody is going to eat your brain like a zombie.

  6. Show Me The Way - Peter Frampton
    Don't even get me started here. First off, and worst off, Frampton's own Framptone is enough to drive you out of your gourd. The "Waaahh, wahh wahh wahh wahh wahhh..." and then finally you're sitting there entranced by the end of the song when he 'makes it talk'. Peter, I want YOoooUUU to show me the way to change the station and block your song out of my head permanently! (Wahhh--Oh god there it goes again...)

  7. And finally...

  8. Wanted Dead Or Alive - BonJovi
    They're not cowboys, they're not going to be cowboys but they insist on singing about them in what seems like way too many tunes. The melody is slow and eerie, and sets in like a load of cement... He's seen a million faces, and he's gotten this song stuck in the heads of them all. Wanted Dead or Alive makes me so insane that one or the other (the DJ or BonJovi) has got to die.
It is not a complete list by any means, I mean there are millions of songs and jingles that I get stuck in my head at any given time... but it's a clear list of some of my own personal most annoying... I want your feedback, surely you have some songs that you'd love to try to get stuck in my head, and I hope that some of these travel with you too!! Come on, I know I can't be the only one who's 'turning Japanese' ;)


Beefcake Almighty said...

Sadly...yes. You are the only one.

But for me, I usually get "Macho Man" by The Village People stuck in my head.

Probably because I sing it shirtless in front of the mirror every morning, using my wife's hairbrush as a microphone.

RockDog said...

I have childrens songs by The Wiggles, Blues Clues, and The Doodle Bops on constant rotation in my head...In fact, right now I'm playing/listening to "Fruit Salad, Yummy Yummy"...

Aunt Jackie said...

Beefcake!! You'd rather sing the Village People than "Turning Japanese" Hmmm, you're a more difficult specimen than I though... hehe ;)

Rockdog!! That song sounds like an evil plan to take over the world to me... wonder what you get when you play The Doodle Bops backwards?? :D

awaiting said...

For some reason, I cannot seem to stop singing, 'There's a party in my tummy-so yummy, so yummy'.

captain corky said...

Music and passion will always be the fashion Deep in the Forest.

Aunt Jackie said...

Awaiting, sometimes I think there's a whole festival in my tummy... That's when I cut back on the Chocolate :)

Corky, Why thank you! That is so sweet... does this mean I got "Cocacabana" stuck in your head?? :D

Jay said...

Rhythm is gonna get you is probably the worst song EVER. God I hate that song. I'm gonna listen to my mother's Barry Manalow, Neil Diamond and Tom Jones collection to just to get that tune out of my head.


You'll pay for this! LOL ;-)

Chucky said...

aww come on Cocomo is a great song.

How about some 867-530neiiieeeeiin. Maybe your in the mood for some Roxanne, you don’t have to put on the red light on

Mmmmm turning Japanese, another great song :)

Ice Ice baby?

Chucky said...

Oh another great is Safety Dance- Men Without Hats

Aunt Jackie said...

Jay! Thank goodness someone agrees with me... that song is the devil. I'll pay eh?? Hmmm, do tell... :D

Thanks Chucky, there goes my weekend... now I'll spend it in a nightmarish music

Jay Cam said...

wow my songs that are in my head sound like those songs you hear in the i normal? :)


The latest version of 500 miles featuring Peter Kay and Matt Lucas (who maybe aren't well known over there but are fucking hystrerical)

I'll mail you a copy

Cindi said...

I'm late reading this post as you can see. Ironically I was just on the other night and looked up The Proclaimers after seeing them mentioned on VH1's One Hit Wonders show. I listened to several songs of theirs and actually liked some of their other songs. I always loved the 500 miles song.

Whenever I am driving in my car I have music on. The last song I hear before turning off the car stays stuck in my head for hours!

I'm with Chucky...that 867-5309 song and Ice Ice Baby have been common earworms for me. There are so many others!