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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Did you never call? I waited for your call...

an Earworm by any other name....

I was in the office today when someone tried to explain a concept to me. You know when a tune sinks into your head and you find yourself singing it for no apparent reason? Apparently the Germans have a word for it: Ohrwurm. Roughly this translates as.....

Oh - you're familiar with this concept?

I've been tagged by Phil. I don't usually go in for this kind of thing, but it's basically asking me for some earworms. As I've got a guest editor for tomorrow, I thought to hell with it...it's my go.

The rules:
List 7 songs you're into right now. No matter the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, they must be songs you're really enjoying right now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to.

1. "Standing On My Own Again" - Graham Coxon (thanks Mark)
2. "Crazy" - Gnarls Barkley
3. "All Sparks" (acoustic) - The Editors
4. "Sewn" - The Feeling
5. "Stonehenge" - Spinal Tap (thanks to Statue John)
6. "Killing in the Name" - Rage Against The Machine
7. "So. Central Rain" - R.E.M.

So there you go.

I'm now supposed to tag another seven people, but I'm not going to inflict it on anyone, I don't think.... although if you fancy it, knock yourself out.

Think of this as a warm-up for tomorrow's guest.

(By the way - we're up to 'N' in the A-Z of music over at The Art of Noise. Guess what I'm doing for 'O'....)


Apologies if I haven't been around all that much over the last week or so.... much to my annoyance work has meant that I haven't had as much time as I'd like to get around and about the place. I'll make it up to you, I promise.


Today's post has been brought to you by the Jerusalem Artichoke. Mmmmm. Smokey.



I have to break the rules and add 2 more songs to the list:

8. "Heart In A Cage" - The Strokes
9. "Since U Been Gone" - Kelly Clarkson (I know! 79p well spent I reckon!)

I'm going to bed before any more tunes creep into my head.

oops. Too late.

10. "Famous Blue Raincoat" - Tori Amos (thanks bedshaped)


  • At 3:30 am, Blogger Charlie said…

    you seriously can not go wrong with Since U Been Gone, my friend.

    I've gotten my 99c worth many times over.

  • At 12:20 pm, Blogger Ben said…

    Re 'So. Central Rain' - that whole album has been something of an earworm for me of late. REM are one of those bands who I quite enjoy but have never really got into. I only actually owned New Adventures In Hi-Fi until lately, when I got Reckoning. Murmur could be next. Any other old albums I should get? I'm planning on avoiding Monster and the latest one, but Automatic For The People needs to be bought at some point and I liked Up too.

  • At 1:00 pm, Blogger swisslet said…

    Ben - I don't actually own "Reckoning". I've got this in my head as a result of owning the "Singles Collected" album, which pulls together the a-sides and b-sides from their early career. As for the rest (that I own anyway), "murmur" is good, "Green" is excellent, "Automatic for the People" and "Out of Time" you'll know about, "Monster" I actually quite like, "New Adventures.." you have, "UP" I think is greatly underrated and contains some absolute sparklers like "Walk Unafraid" and "At My Most Beautiful". The last two ("Reveal" and "Around the Sun") I would say you should approach with caution.

    I keep meaning to get more of their old stuff, actually, and never quite get round to it.

    I nearly put Tori Amos's cover of "Losing My Religion" in this list actually. If you're curious, go to bedshaped's site (as linked above) and check it out in his sidebar.


    (and Charlie - fabulous pop song)

  • At 1:23 pm, Blogger Stef said…

    Good grief, "Stonehenge" by Spinal Tap. Now there's a 'specialist' tune I've not heard in a while! Not as good as Big Bottom though :-)

    That Tori Amos track is good but do you think it's better than the Leonard Cohn original? If any version was going to get stuck in my head it would be his. Mind you, now you've mentioned Tori I've got Tear in Your Hand in my head. One of the most amazing songs of all time in my book but I'm an emotional schmuck, so...

  • At 1:50 pm, Blogger Hyde said…

    Damn work, getting in the way of important blogging time! Priorities!

  • At 2:30 pm, Blogger -L said…


    Glad you're a fan of my best friend. ;)

    Such a good song...

  • At 4:09 pm, Blogger Alecya G said…

    Ack, now see what yo've done. I had managed to get Kelly Clarkson out of my head [its been on the radio non-stop] and you've done it again! Ah, well, I like her. I hate admitting it, but I do. Have you heard her song "Beautiful Disaster"? Reminds me of my brother.

    I am also now earworming "Raspberry Swirl" thanks to the Tori Amos comment. Love that song. Wonder why? ;)

  • At 8:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for joining in. I thought you'd be up for a music MeMe. Good choices my friend.

  • At 10:24 pm, Blogger bedshaped said…

    My favourite version is by Jennifer Warnes, although Leonard sings it with his own 'charm'.
    I got all excited one day when I found that Damien Rice had covered it. It's a good cover, but he really doesn't do the song the justice it deserves.


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