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Series origin

Every morning your rascally writer rises to greet the day. He stumbles into the bathroom, drops his Justice League jammy bottoms, steps into the shower, and soon finds himself singing Led Zeppelin’s “Dancin’ Days.” It’s not even his favorite Led Zep tune!

Nevertheless, the song remains stuck in his head until he does the only thing he can to clear it out. He sings the entire theme song to either “The Flintstones” or “Gilligan’s Island.” He finds some comfort in the fact that he is not alone. Suffering from earworms is not an uncommon occurrence. This continuing series was born from the concept that misery loves company. Now hear this . . .

Stuck in your Head 62

“Magnificent Seven” Theme

An anonymous source has this theme stuck in his head after purchasing a four-pack of these western movies at the Dollar Tree.  The first of these movies was released in 1960.  The film’s score and theme are by Elmer Bernstein.  It was re-recorded in 1994 with The Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.    

“All Together Now”

Bill credits the power of this earworm to a recent TV ad.  He notes: “The Beatles did it so much better, of course!”  Primarily written by Paul McCartney, it was actually first recorded by The Beatles during The Magical Mystery Tour sessions.  It first appeared on the 1969 Yellow Submarine soundtrack.

“We Go Together” 

Karl had this song from the 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey stuck in his head due to a recent re-run of the movie on television.  In both the award-winning stage show and the 1078 motion picture adaptation, the song is performed by the entire cast.    

“Edelweiss”

American singer-songwriter Deedra Patrick recently said: “The song ‘Edelweiss’ is running nonstop in my head. That’ll teach me to paint flowers on pots!”  “Edelweiss” is a song from the popular 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.  The song is named after the white flower of the same name.  

“Mandy”

Robin had “Mandy” mangling her mind.  The song was written by Scott English and Richard Kerr and originally titled “Brandy.”  Barry Manilow recorded it under the title “Mandy” in order to avoid confusing it with the Looking Glass’ hit song “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl).”  Released in 1981, it became Manilow’s first number one hit.   

Bonus Earworm

The English band known as Culture Club released the hit song “Karma Chameleon” on their 1983 album Colour by Numbers.  It was written by band members Boy George, Jon Moss. Mikey Craig, Roy Hay, and Phil Pickett.  In early 1984 the song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. 

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W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has also appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including AXS, Add To Bucket List, Examiner, HVY Journalists, American Live Wire, Leisure, MAAFBox, Today's Recipe Pro, and other websites. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such print publications as the ​Daily Collegian, ElectriCITY and the ​Los Angeles Times.