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Friday, September 09, 2005

somebody say a prayer for me

Hello. Time to leave your shoes at the door, quietly tip-toe across the room and light a candle to earworms loved, earworms loathed and earworms lost. Leading our remembrance this week is the sparky Spinny herself......

Ladies and Gentleworms... without further ado... may I present for your reading pleasure, the one, the only:

Earworms of the Week - Guest Editor #16 - Spinsterwitch from Life As I Know It

Thanks, Swiss Toni, for tapping me this week. It’s been an exciting week for me in many ways, and this is just an added bonus.

I have a somewhat strange relationship with earworms. I spend a lot of my free brain time in my head, daydreaming. But often I spin stories of one type or another, so I don’t often “listen” to the background noise of music that may be running through my brain. So this week was hard…stopping and really paying attention to what was underneath my little fantasies.

So here they are in the order that they occurred:

10. Lost In Hollywood - System of A Down
This song is just so melodic and melancholy that it’s easily catching. And who can argue with the lyrics…Hollywood can be such a toxic place for those who don’t “make it.” This song has been the most persistent one throughout my week.

9. Row, row, row your boat – Folk Round
I caught this particular earworm during the last scene of the movie Code 46. Good scifi which lends a creepy interpretation to the lyrics. I hummed it non-stop the next morning. “Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily/Life is but a dream!”

8. Son of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
I keep hearing this song lately and every time I do, it sticks. And why wouldn’t it…

How well I remember,
The look that was in his eyes,
Stealing kisses from me on the sly,
Taking time to make time,
Telling me that he's all mine,
Learning from each others knowing,
Looking to see how much we'd grown.

7. Revolutionary Beat – Flypside
I must admit that most of the songs on the Flypside CD play through my head often, but this one had the unique privilege of flashing in my head this week after learning I’d had my identity stolen again. In particular, was the phrase: “F*ck it, let’s ride!” I guess I just wanted to get away at that point, eh?

6. Vertigo – U2
I’m plainly stumped by this one. I don’t love the song, and I haven’t heard it play in a long time. But there it was this week.

5. No Sleep Til Brooklyn – Beastie Boys
This song was, for some reason, playing a little bit of a mash-up with #4 this week. They don’t work together that well, but I couldn’t shake the combo.

4. I’m Just Raw – Lyrics Born
A local artist made good. But I was pissed to have this song in my head because it really bugs me. Why couldn’t it have been “Calling Out?”

3. Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
Not my favorite on their new CD, but the one that’s getting the most airplay these days. I think “American Idiot” would have been more appropriate tune for the week, but when are earworms ever appropriate. But, plainly, I’d like to stay awake through most of September or I’d miss the Green Day concert.

2. I Predict A Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
I think the Kaiser Chiefs might have sold their souls to the devil for this one. All it takes to get this stuck in my head is reading the phrase “I tell thee” on any random blog.

1. Gone to California – Pink
Yes, yes, I listen to Pink. She’s a hottie and her music is just fun. This song sort of haunts me.

So there it is the backdrop to my little brain, which more often than not gets drowned out by other things. I do love that there are 3 local Bay Area artists/groups on this list. It gives me some pride that we make good music here.

Thanks for sharing your space, Swiss Toni. You are a shining man amongst men.


Thanks for sharing Spin, and you're more than welcome. In fact - anytime you want to tell me what you are listening to, you go right on ahead. You're always welcome around here.

After his Led Zeppelin geekfest here, next week's Guest Editor could only be John, The Ultimate Olympian. If there isn't some shrieking nihilism or some full-on, foot-on-the-monitor rock, I will be very disappointed indeed.

[previous guest editors: Flash, The Urban Fox, Lord Bargain, Retro-Boy, Statue John, Ben, OLS, Ka, Jenni, Aravis, Yoko, Bee, Charlie, Tom, Di]


  • At 3:34 pm, Blogger Flash said…

    Good work Spins!

    Hey Swiss, is "I predict a riot" the most chosen earworm now?

  • At 4:09 pm, Blogger John McClure said…

    I was about to protest at your image of my musical taste - point out that I'm not all about the Pixies and the Zeppelin - but then, as I read Spin's choices (nice work), my iPod shuffled from Sonic Youth (100%) to AC/DC (Hells Bells). I'm hitting the advance button now to give myself one last chance to prove to you that there's more to me than guitars and tight trousers...

    The Hives.


    One more.


    OK, you win.

  • At 7:09 pm, Blogger swisslet said…

    I'm no different mate - the first 5 tracks that come up on shuffle on my iPod are:

    1. Sometimes - James

    2. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Johnny Cash

    3. Older Chests - Damien Rice

    4. Sir Psycho Sexy - Red Hot Chili Peppers

    5. Break Up The Family - Morrissey


    Actually, I have no idea what that says about me.


  • At 10:42 pm, Blogger Ali said…

    Oh boy, and I'd *just* got rid of it "...and not very sens-ible either..."

    Looking forward to your earworms next week John - I have an anticipatory 'beginning-of-Moby-Dick-guitar-riff' playing in my head now. Wonder if it'll still be here this time next week...


  • At 10:47 pm, Blogger Michael said…

    Love "Lost in Hollywood" by S.O.A.D.

    That and "Violent Pornography" have been my faves off the new disc.

  • At 5:45 am, Blogger Jenni said…

    Hi ST,
    What is an earworm? Is it much different from a glowworm? :) Just wonderin'.


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