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 (Ohrwurm) is not an uncommon occurrence. This continuing series was born from the concept that misery loves company. Now hear this . . .
Stuck in your Head 64
Both Pat Nevins and Patrick Tracey mentioned this edition’s initial annoying earworm, “Ben” by the late American singer-songwriter Michael Jackson. “Ben” was written by lyricist Don Black and composer Walter Scharf. Jackson recorded it and released it as a single in 1972. It was his first solo number hit in the US.
“Hats Off to (Roy) Harper”
Jack Vaught submitted the song “Hats Off to (Roy) Harper” by the Brit band Led Zeppelin. It’s the closing cut on the group’s third studio platter, Led Zeppelin III which hit the record racks in 1970. The song was based on a blues song by Bukka White and was said to be a tribute to their folk artist friend Roy Harper (as opposed to the DC Comics character, a.k.a. Speedy, introduced in 1940).
Pat Nevins and Bts Simpson, like so many others within broadcast range, had the “Kars4kids Jingle” stuck in his head. The radio commercial that made Kars 4 Kids world famous. It’s been effective in bringing donations, and to some extent, shielding the company from legal problems and bad publicity. (There’s even a remix, but we won’t subject you to it now.)
This edition, our bonus earworm, is the song “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix).” Spring Willow Lee had this one crammed in the ol’ cranium. Lee blamed the Chinese video-sharing social network saying “Damn TikTok!” Recorded by English singer/songwriters Elton John and Dua Lipa. The lead single off John’s 2021 album The Lockdown Sessions.
Huge hits, protest pieces, or commercial jingles. You never know what could get stuck in your head. Do you have any annoying earworms?
Care to share? We’re here for you. Let us know what’s stuck in your head in the comments section and we just might share it right here!