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Songs in my head - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Songs in my head
You know, it was bad enough when I had "The Rainbow Connection" stuck in my head yesterday.

Somehow, a bit of a snip from the horrid "Macarena" is stuck in a feedback loop in my head. I can't get rid of it!!!!

Why, if I must have a song in my head, is it not at least an annoying song that I like? I could deal with, like, a Cyndi Lauper tune. Maybe the theme from Magnum. Or some John Denver or Barry Manilow. Something from my actual misspent youth. But an annoying song that came out several years after I had any engagement with contemporary music?

WHY???

I feel a bit...: irritated irritated
Soundtrack: Macarena. Verse after verse.

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From: anatomiste Date: February 18th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now it's in mine. :(

You do know that music-in-the-head is contagious...
ruxi From: ruxi Date: February 18th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gods, seconding this -- I just read this post, and then...*blinks* damn it, and last this happened, I kept mumbling Era's Ameno for three weeks...
taleanea From: taleanea Date: February 18th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

In this case I choose a song/melody I love and start singing/humming it, until my head only plays this new melody and forgets about the annoying one. It usually helps. :)
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: February 18th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I received a birthday card once which read, on the outside, "There are worse things than turning another year older"...

...and on the inside: "You could have three brains, and have that Macarena song running through all of them".

So chin up, Fern. At least you only have one brain. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 18th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
The fact that there's a printed card on the subject suggests that the tune is a menace.
From: hobviously Date: February 18th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
...rainbows. Are visions! But only. Illusions. And rainbows have nothing to hiiiiiide.


Uh, sorry. Better Kermit than Los Del Rio.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 18th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oo, went on a search for an mp3 and found one from a college group, which also had a copy of the eminently earwormable "Let the River Run," by Carly Simon. So I'll hum that.
zoepaleologa From: zoepaleologa Date: February 18th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ages ago on the Guardian letter pages in the UK, someone called the phenomenon of a bad song that plays in your head "having an earworm". I've never heard it called better, and we always say it "earworm" in my family.
taleanea From: taleanea Date: February 18th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

and we always say it "earworm" in my family

- In german "Ohrwurm" (earworm) ist a commonly used vocable used for easily remembered melodies, that keep going around your head, mostly, but not only used for the annoying ones.
awaywithpixie From: awaywithpixie Date: February 18th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll see your Macarena, and raise you an 'Agadoo'... (if you don't know what I'm talking about, you are blessed!)

Agadoo doo doo push pineapple shake the tree
Agadoo doo doo push pineapple grind coffee
To the left to the right jump up and down and to the knees
Come and dance every night sing with a hula melody


Works every time for me... of course, it only replaces one 'earworm' (perfect adjective) with another, but at least you are in control of the situation.

I've had Babylon Zoo's "Spaceman" in my head since last week - the bit where it's sped up to Chipmunk speed... That's an earworm and a half. At least it's a 'cooler' song than the Macarena.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: February 18th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you know it's possible to dance the Macarena to the tune of the Imperial March?

Did you want to?
lazypadawan From: lazypadawan Date: February 18th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Once I had to take an exam and Debbie Gibson's "Out of the Blue" kept repeating in a loop over and over in my head. It was awful.

Got an A though!
barbara_the_w From: barbara_the_w Date: February 19th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Fern.

Am I lucky or what?

I get The Masterharper of Pern albulm instead! It's catchy and about Anne McCaffery books. :)
kinderjedi From: kinderjedi Date: February 19th, 2005 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you know it's possible to dance the Macarena to the tune of the Imperial March?

Did you want to?

Oh, now I'll have to find my SW soundtrack and try that. ;)

I spent four hours burning CDs last night, and the radio in my head got stuck halfway through. But no, not on The Beatles or Eric Clapton or Barenaked Ladies or anything I was actually listening to. I was humming this obnoxious melody and finally after about two hours I placed it: the music from the Thomas the Tank Engine DVD the kids were watching at work.
dramaturgy From: dramaturgy Date: February 19th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I always seem to get Avenue Q stuck in my head. Which is normally fine, but not when I'm trying to take notes from a history lecture, you know?
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: February 19th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Ohhh, Avenue Q is the worst for playing on brain-repeat! It's been stuck in my head for approximately half of my waking hours over the past few weeks.
dramaturgy From: dramaturgy Date: February 19th, 2005 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
There's nothing worse than trying to write an essay whilst singing "If You Were Gay". O-O
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: February 19th, 2005 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Right. Or an exam...
liwy From: liwy Date: February 19th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have over a thousand songs on my computer that I can play when that happens. Quick and easy solution. :)
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