Earworm Infestations

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Chvrches, "Bury It"

That has to be the catchiest song I've heard by them.
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I used to love this song, but now I just want it OUT OF MY FRICKING HEAD

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I like a lot of the lyrics but I am getting sick of hearing them in my brain. THANKS, DAVID.



Also, "Car Seat Headrest" is a terrible band name.
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They took the shit band name prize from Foxygen. Another thing 2016 gave us.
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"Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."
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"Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."
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Retro-80s dance pop, and yet so damned earnest.
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Watched the pilot for the new series this morning while I was working and now I can't get the damn theme song out of my head.



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Today's earworm is the happiest-sounding song about a depressing subject that I've ever heard.

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Ellie wrote: 28 Sep 2017, 11:01 Today's earworm is the happiest-sounding song about a depressing subject that I've ever heard.

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FINALLY!!!
Way the hell back in August 2014, Jennifer wrote:I've had an earworm infestation off and on for at least a year now -- some horn-heavy instrumental which I think was from the late 1960s or early 70s. Since it's an instrumental I can't Google the lyrics, I've tried checking lists of instrumental hits and none of those names ring a bell (nor does clicking on unfamiliar names to listen to them help one bit), and Jeff even has one of those apps on his tablet where you can hum a few bars of a song and it'll identify it for you -- still didn't work. This is driving me NUTS.
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=132&p=254717&hilit=duhda#p254717

[After various Gryllers' recommendations, mainly Herb Alpert songs]
Jennifer wrote: 04 Aug 2014, 11:24 Neither one of those, alas. (FWIW, Jeff didn't recognize the song either, when I sang/hummed it for him.) I can't read or write musical notation so I can't write the riff here. Closest I can come is to say this: you know how the horn riffs in Spanish Flea are mainly in groups of 8 or 3, with a 6-note riff at the end? In other words, if you hum/"scat sing" them from the start, you'd divide the syllables like this:
Spanish Flea horn riff (in Beavis and Butthead notation)

Da da da da DAH DAH DAH DAH [8 notes]
Da da da da DAH DAH DAH Dah[8 notes]
Da-da-da,
duh-duh-duh,
duh-duh-duh,
duh-duh-duh,
duh duh duh,
duh-duh-duh-DUUUUH [a few bars of 3 notes each, plus an extra-long note tacked on at the end]
Duh duh DUH duh duh duh. [6 notes]
The earworm horn riff I keep hearing is mostly in groups of 5-3-5-3, like this:
Duh duh duh DUHDA,
duh-duh-duh,
Duh duh duh DUHDA,
duh-duh-duh.
... only repeated over and over again. And I think there's also some early-70s wocka-wocka guitar playing, too, but I'm not sure.
That stupid earworm has continued burrowing through my brain off and on since then; the usual cure for earworm is to listen to the song but you can't do that if you don't know what it's called. All I know is "It's horns and things going 'Duh duh duh DUHDA, duh-duh-duh, duh duh duh DUHDA, duh-duh-duh,' with every second "Duhda" played at a higher pitch or tone or whatever the term is."

But tonight Jeff and I were at a pizza restaurant, and as soon as the waitress showed us to our table I went into the bathroom to brush my hair (we climbed partway up Stone Mountain, an I had a really bad case of hat hair). When I returned and sat down Jeff started saying something but I wasn't paying attention because I was distracted by something I heard in the background (turns out the restaurant kept their sound system turned to a 60s/70s R&B station): a bunch of horns and things going "Duh-duh-duh DUHDA, duh-duh-duh...."

So I interrupted whatever Jeff was saying to point to the ceiling and say "This is that song! That horn-riff earworm song I don't know the name for, remember, the one you didn't recognize and even your tablet song app didn't, t"Duh duh duh DUHDA, duh duh duh, duh duh duh DUHDA...."

Jeff knew what song I was talking about -- except, of course, at that moment the song was paying some sort of soulful 70s-sounding guitar and piano I didn't recognize, so we sat there for several seconds until the horn riff returned. It was actually trumpet and sax, Jeff said, and it wasn't a song he'd heard before though he did recognize the riff from me. And when we got home he did some Googling and, long story short, that horn-riff earworm is from "Soulful Strut" by Young-Holt Unlimited:



Aaaah. Finally, I know how to banish that earworm next time it crawls around these-here parts.
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Awesome, I know how satisfying that is. My own recent personal experience was with this piece, which I knew that I knew at one time but I had forgotten. It would show up on public radio announcement bumpers once in a while and it drove me nuts that I couldn't remember. After about 10 or 15 years, last month I discovered it was this:

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AAAAARRRGGGGHHHHHH
GET OUT OF MY HEAD PHIL COLLINS!


I don't even know where this came from. I don't think I heard it recently. It just popped in there, and now I can't pry it out.
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Journey's Feelin' That Way is stuck to the point it's giving me insomnia. At least my brain doesn't segue into Anytime, as is often done.

Contains the world's most content-free lyric delivered with ear-gratingly bad grammar: "once she's been to where she's gone to".
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A weird Swedish TV performance. I'm not even 100% sure how I know this song, but it's sticky.
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Jennifer wrote: 27 Feb 2018, 21:45 Turns out hybrid vigor is a thing with earworms, too, because now in my mind that "PJ Masks" song blended with an old ad jingle I remember for TJ Maxx, and the usual cure for earworm is to genuinely listen to the riff in question, but you can't do that if the riff doesn't actually exist.
*laughs* Similarly, I sometimes get "Zydrate Anatomy" from Repo! blending into Beck's "Loser".

I'm sure it's something that only musically works in my head.
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Alternate unplugged edition:

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"Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."
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Slip inside a sleeping bag.
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Didn’t know they were Australian
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I hadn't even heard of this band before, but I like it...
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Princess cruises uses the Love Boat theme song in their embarkation safety brief.
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UGH! Why in the hell do I have Rhinestone Cowboy running through my head? To the best of my knowledge, I haven't actually heard it in twenty years or more.
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