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Ladies and Gentleworms, without further ado, it is my great pleasure to introduce for your earworming delight....
Earworms of the Week - Guest Editor #68 - Mike from Mad Stories
It’s incredible what a capful of Night Nurse will do to your internal juke box. My fitful sleep was filled with a Looney Tunes-esque nightmare sequence in which a drawling cowboy chased me around a Wiley Coyote/Road Runner canyon backdrop on lanky, rubberized legs. I woke this morning and, while brushing my teeth, realized I was humming “John Wayne is Big Leggy” by Haysi Fantayzee. So, that’s where we start! [ST's note: also on your last list, I can't help but notice...]
Second is going to have to be Fergie and “Big girls don’t cry”. There are a couple of excuses/reasons for this being lodged in my head this week. Initially, when I heard the song on the radio I had to ask my daughter, with genuine interest, ‘Who’s that singing?’ Note well the use of the word ‘singing’, as this is the first product from the black eyed pea sprout that hasn’t made my ears bleed. (Though I’ve subsequently heard it live, and have to revert to my original opinion). I still like this effort though, and turn the radio up for at least three of the seventy nine times it gets airtime each day.
Staying contemporary for the third earworm, I have Pink, with “U and Ur hand”. The title harkens back to the good old days of Prince but the song is pure Pink at her pissed off best. I like her. And she can sing. Live. ‘Dear Mr. President’ was just the icing on the cake, but is another earworm that gets play-time whenever Dubya or his Storm Troopers darken my TV screen.
We’re converting a little loft space into a reading/writing/music room and that means moving boxes of ‘stuff’ that have yet to find a proper home. Top of the record pile was Yazoo, “Upstairs at Eric’s” so I put it on and rediscovered an absolute gem of a track – “Midnight”. Man, but Alison Moyet can sing! I remember this song well from my angst-ridden teen heartbreaks. Staring out of rain-covered windows, wondering why I was so much more sensitive than everybody else.
Jewel and “You were meant for me” is a recurring earworm simply because it’s my ring tone when my wife calls and then it stays with me, rattling around between my ears until something pushes it out. The most recent song I heard on the radio and the one that replaced Ms Jewel was The Plain White T’s and “Hey there Delilah”. That’s another contemporary tune that I find strangely pleasing and will – for now – turn up the volume when it comes on. They’ll kill it for me sooner or later, but for the next week I’m going to enjoy it.
Now, I hate to do this because I am not and never will be a fan of Justin Timberlake. I think he’s a whiney little bitch who runs crying to his Mum when life gets too ‘hard’. But…the kid is funny! Ever since his appearance on SNL with the 80’s style duet ‘Dick in a Box’, I’ve struggled to maintain my prejudices! The sad thing is, it would have made it to number 1 in 1982 and it’s the only song of his that sticks in my ear!
My final two are both extraordinarily talented young ladies who featured on Rock Star Supernova. Though Tommy Lee and his cohorts eventually chose a male lead – as I suspected they would - Storm Large (real name!) and Dilana were the cream of the crop. Both girls get my juices flowing and each performed songs that I keep close to the top of my daily playlist. Storm’s tune “Ladylike” has many clean versions but my favorite, by far is the unedited version. Search You Tube for versions of Ladylike and everything else by Storm.
In the same vein, Dilana – who lives very, very close to my house at the moment – produced some massive performances on the show but the one I listen to most often is “Lithium”
Get on iTunes and get these ladies the recognition they deserve!
That’s it, it’s lemsip and chicken soup for me. Thanks for the opportunity ST.
Nice work Mike. Nice to have you back and blogging.
As well as being found on his blog, Mike - or perhaps more accurately Mike's writing - can also be found here. Well worth a look, I think you'll agree.
Next week: Michael. Expect Italian metal. I'm looking forward to it already....
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