Every morning here in Los Angeles I drop my Aquaman jammy bottoms and step into the shower to prepare for another new day. Every single morning the same old song slips into my noggin. The tune isn’t one of my favorites and yet it’s 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 Led Zep but this is not a favorite!
Luckily, through discussions with friends both old and new 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 a lot of folks. This series is dedicated to all the songs that somehow get “stuck in your head”. Here are the next few songs:
“I Got A Boner For Christmas”—Nerf Herder: The approach of the holiday season always gets stuck in the heads of more than one person into punk. Nerf Herder is a punk band formed in Santa Barbara California in 1994. This is one of their first and best known seasonal selections originally off of their 2000 album My E.P.
Steve Urich worries: “(I’m) not sure I should be admitting this but ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ by Wham finds its way into my head on a regular basis. I didn’t even like Wham. I’m blaming it on being 12 when it came out.” “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” was released in 1984. It was Wham’s first number one hit in the UK and was written by George Michael. (“Take me cruising toniiiiight”, right, George?)
Jean Ferguson Krochmal says that “on a number of occasions ‘Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose . . . ‘from ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ by Janis Joplin” gets stuck inher head. Believe it or not, Jean, this song was actually first performed by Roger Miller and written by Fred Foster and Kris Kristofferson. Joplin took the number one slot in the US in 1971 after her death. It was the second posthumous number-one songs in history after Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”.
(Your raving writer accidentally lost the name of the person who contributed this one but will gladly publish the person’s name in a future edition when/if contacted!) The unknown contributor is stuck with this lyric: “Oh I could say I need you, but then you’d realize that I want you, just like a thousand other guys” from the 1966 hit “Cherish” by The Association. It was written by Terry Kirkman and climbed to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single version was edited down so as not to go over the then-sacred three minute mark that radio stations preferred at the time. The producer couldn’t cut it down to under to three minutes so he just had all the 45 singles labeled with a 3:00 running time and hoped no one would notice.
Cynthia Heffelfinger Steyer has “( You’re) Having My Baby” by Paul Anka stuck in her head. Anka recorded this with Odia Coates and the number became his first Number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 15 years. Some folks badmouthed it because it was overly sentimental and contained so-called “chauvinistic undertones”. Due to this it often is also included on numerous “worst song” lists. In 2006 a CNN poll listed it as the number one “Worst Song of All Time” and it slotted in at number 48 on a list compiled by AOL Radio. (It was even covered on Glee!)
(NOTE: Speaking of songs that get stuck in your head; the indie artists Jen Urban & The Box are hoping that you all will get THEIR cool song–“21”–stuck in your head too! Click on the song title to see the new video!)
Anyway, these are songs stuck in OUR heads. Whether you love it or hate it let me know what songs are . . . stuck in YOUR head!
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.