Every morning here in Los Angeles I drop my bright Super-hero jammy bottoms and step into the shower to prepare for a new day. Every morning the same tune creeps into my cranium. 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 isn’t a favorite!
Luckily, through chats 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 am 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 submits: “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes: This rock song was written by Linda Perry. It’s off the 1992 disc Bigger, Better, Faster, More! It’s the second single from that album and was put out in 1993. It was would only be a number one hit, however, outside the US in countries such as Austria, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.
Kent Rosenberger says: “Every so often ‘La Grange’ by ZZ Top just starts up in my head and keeps going and going and going . . .” This one is off the 1973 Tres Hombres, platter and climbed to number 41 on the Billboard Pop Singles list. It was about a bordello on the edge of La Grange, Texas. It was later renamed the “Chicken Ranch” and became the subject of a big musical and movie–The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. (Kent, just be glad you don’t have some obscene cover version by Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds stuck in your head!)
Bruce Musselman has Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into the Fire” burnt into his brain. This was off the 1971 record Nilsson Schmilsson. The track featured legendary Beatles buddy Klaus Voormann on rhythm guitar and made it to number 27 in the US.
Cynthia Heffelfinger Steyer pointed the finger at “Ode To Billie Joe” by Bobbie Gentry as another ear-worm offender. This one is from 1967 and was written gentry as well. It hit number one in the US and went on to be a big hit elsewhere as well. It was slotted in at number 412 on Rolling Stone‘s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” and won three Grammys.
Carol Hunsberger Brumbaugh was the first to name Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” to our list. It’s off the 1981 album Escape and took number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Thanks to digital downloading it went as high as number 6 on the UK charts in 2009 is to date the best-selling catalog track in iTunes history. (Well, Carol, you can be happy you don’t have the Family Guy cover stuck in your head at least. Giggity!)
So there you have it, boys and girls, music from different decades and genres. Those are the 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.