Every morning here in Los Angeles I drop my Superman jammy bottoms and step into the shower to prepare for a new day. Every morning the same song pops into 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 Zep’s “Dancing Days”. I like Led Zeppelin but this isn’t 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 people. This series is dedicated to all the songs that somehow get “stuck in your head”. Here are the most recent songs:
Matthew Stumpf says he has “Zah-ombie” stuck in his head. That’s “Zombie” by The Cranberries. It’s a protest song from the band’s 1994 disc No Need to Argue. It’s one of those IRA-related recordings and was penned by songtress Dolores O’Riordan. It includes an uncharacteristically heavy guitar riff and sounds more like an alt-metal or grunge number. It was a hit in several foreign countries.
Ken Heffner submitted “I Can’t See Your Face in My Eyes” by The Doors. This is one of the lesser known tracks off the band’s second album, Strange Days, put out in 1967. Although it did reach number 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, it was—strangely—not nearly as successful as they thought it would be.
A bunch of folks in the group confessed to having “I Can Sing A Rainbow” lodged in their noggins. It was written by Arthur Hamilton and sung by Peggy Lee in the 1955 flick Pete Kelly’s Blues. It was included in a medley with “Love is Blue” in 1969 and hit number 22 on the US charts. Most of us remember it as the closing theme for a local kids show out of Philadelphia titled Captain Noah and His Magical Ark. (Do you know some online encyclopedia geek actually whined that the song doesn’t mention all the colors of the rainbow and that not all the colors in the tune are actually in rainbows? What a douche . . . f*cking with our childhood memories!)
Bruce Musselman admits that “Chick-a-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It?)” by Daddy Dewdrop is anchored in his skull. Originally titled simply “Chick-a-Boom”, it was made for the animated series Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies of Archie Comics fame. It was later renamed “Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It)”. It hit number nine on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1971 and went to number three on the Cashbox charts.
Cynthia Heffelfinger Steyer has “The Streak” by “doofus” Ray Stevens crammed in her cranium. This novelty number was written, sung and produced by Stevens and released in 1974. It was off his LP Boogity Boogity. It was his second song to climb to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US and camped there for three weeks. David Johnson Jr said that “according to psychologists, if a tune gets repeatedly stuck in one’s head it is a possible sign of potential psychosis.” Then confessed: “So . . . I’m crazy!”
So there you have it, boys and girls! Music from different decades, a beloved children’s song and even a diagnosis of sorts! 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.