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Friday, September 29, 2006

stop playing with my heart, finish what you start...

Thanks heavens for the weekend. I was still in Ireland on Monday, so I've actually only worked for four days this week. Somehow it feels like a month. Hey ho. It's Friday now, which means that the working week is nearly done, and that we can start to relax into our weekend by pondering the mystic concept of the Earworm.

This week we've got another Guest Editor to lead our contemplations.

So, ladies and gentleworms, without further ado... it is my great pleasure to introduce for your earworming pleasure....

Earworms of the Week - Guest Editor #42 - Tina from Your Mind And We

Well I pleaded with Swiss Toni to let me do this so I'd better put a bit of effort into it!

1) Borderline - Madonna

No introduction needed here. I'm not Mrs Ritchie's greatest fan but I adore this track, which came on during the shuffle mode on my beloved MP3 player earlier in the week. Mike Randle did an acoustic version of this track when he did a solo show at Fibbers in York and it sounded good that way as well.

2) 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

Tumble outta bed and I stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition
And yawn and stretch and try to come to life
Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumpin'
Out on the street the traffic starts jumpin'
The folks like me on the job from 9 to 5

Dolly, dontcha just love her! She's become almost a pastiche of herself, but my bet would be that’s she's one of the smartest artistes on the planet.

P.S. Just spotted that Lord Bargain had this in his list or earworms last week - that must be where it inveigled its way into my head - just goes to show how very earwormy the track is!!

3) Rudebox - Robbie Williams

According to Victoria Newton of the Sun "The worst record ever made..." Personally I love it. Good show Robbie old chap! If you look at the website via the link, check the video clip with Lego men - sheer brilliance!

P.S. Interesting fact - Victoria Newton lived for a while in West Bridgford as a teenager, she is the daughter of Don Newton who was deputy head at Rushcliffe School.

4) One night in Bangkok - Murray Head

A song about chess... you don't get many of those. In fact I can't think of any others.. "From a jack to a king" - oh no that’s cards - "Only a pawn in the game" perhaps??

I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine!

I heard this on the radio the other day and can't get it out of my head since - its from an obscure musical written by the Abba boys and Tim Rice. Great lyrics.

5) Superfreak - Rick James

We saw the great film "Little Miss Sunshine" last week and this track features in its amazingly funny denouement - see it if you possibly can!!

Where MC Hammer got his riff (Can't touch this)...

6) Annie I'm not your daddy - King Creole and the Coconuts

Covers similar ground to "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson - the tricky question of paternity. Both great songs. We went to see King Creole and the Coconuts at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham many a long year ago and they were brilliant live, a wonderful stage show, more of a musical extravaganza than a bog standard gig. The Coconuts did exotic dance routines, Kid Creole and side kick Coati Mundi bounded about the stage and they had a really tight backing band. Loved it.

Wikipedia article says the Kid now lives in Dinnington, South Yorkshire! Not many coconuts there I would guess.

7) The One and Only - Chesney Hawkes

This came into my head and stayed there during the week when the cleaner at work, Shirley, told me her new grandson was called Chesney. I would hazard a guess that there are a number of 15 year old Chesneys in schools around the UK but not too many new babies with the same moniker.

Shirley has now got three grandchildren and she's younger than me. That fact makes me feel both middle class and old, neither of which are conditions I aspire to. Hey ho..

8) Get Back - The Beatles

Now I'm not the world's greatest Beatles fan - is it heretical to utilise the word "overrated" here?? But I love this song.

Get back Loretta
Your mother's waiting for you
Wearing her high-heel shoes
And her low-neck sweater
Get on home Loretta

Hadn't heard about the "Pakistani" stuff until I read the Wikipedia piece - old P McC always acted like butter wouldn't melt in his mouth. Satire allegedly.

9) Michelle Shocked - Anchorage

Leroy says hey keep on rockin' girl!

Part of the small sub-genre of popular music that I guess you could call letter songs - like road songs, story songs, list songs etc etc- just basically a letter to Michelle from an old friend who now finds herself living in Alaska with husband and two kids - you know you're in the largest state of the union when you're anchored down in Anchorage.

A bit like Scunthope but with added ice.

10) It's like that - Run DMC v Jason Nevins

This was on the TV at the gym the other day - unfortunately I'd forgotten my earphones so I had to sing along - love the video. Just the job for pounding the cross trainer – that’s a very loose use of the word "pounding" there.

“No tracks from your favourite band of all time, Love?”, I hear you ask (well not very many of you to be frank). With a few notable exceptions, they’re not the “catchy” sort of track that you find yourself humming when you’re cleaning the bathroom. Also they’re not just in my ears, they’re in my brain, heart and possibly also my DNA – like Blackpool rock, cut me open and you’ll find them written right through me.


Thanks Tina. Diversity is the spice of life and all that, so King Creole and the Coconuts are just fine with me, and you definitely can't go wrong with a spot of Run DMC. I'm not sure there was any need to plant "One Night in Bangkok" into my head, but I suppose that's one of the hazrds of running a slot like this, isn't it?

Speaking of which, I'm still looking for volunteers, so if you fancy having your moment in the sun as a Guest Editor here, then just let me know via the email address in my profile...

More here next week.

[Previous Guest Editors: Flash, The Urban Fox, Lord Bargain, Retro-Boy, Statue John, Ben, OLS, Ka, Jenni, Aravis, Yoko, Bee, Charlie, Tom, Di, Spin, The Ultimate Olympian, Damo, Mike, RedOne, The NumNum, Leah, Le Moine Perdu, clm, Michael, Hyde, Adem, Alecya, bytheseashore, adamant, Earworms of the Year 2005, Delrico Bandito, Graham, Lithaborn, Phil, Mark II, Stef, Kaptain Kobold, bedshaped, I have ordinary addictions, TheCatGirlSpeaks, Lord B rides again]


  • At 5:36 pm, Blogger HistoryGeek said…

    Oh, dear, I haven't heard "One Night in Bangkok" FOREVER! I loved that song...

    And I did used to dance in the kitchen to Superfreak. I'm sure it worried my mother a bit.

  • At 3:00 am, Blogger Charlie said…

    I'm always up for another go.

  • At 12:17 pm, Blogger Monsieur Hannard said…

    I got confused for a minute there and read 'King Crimson' instead of 'King Creole' and now have a King Crimson song stuck in my head.

    I wouldn't mind doing it again either...

  • At 2:29 pm, Blogger Ali said…

    Some genuine earworms there! Good list, well done!

  • At 1:12 am, Blogger Stef said…

    Wow, that's quite a specialist selection!

    Dolly Parton? Chesney Hawkes? It's all good though, that's what makes earworms so great!

    Totally in with the whole triva thing but most of the earworms I get I know nothing about! As for Rudebox... Not a very good song, certainly not even in Robbie's top 20 but not the worst song ever made; there's the whole Steps backcatalogue for a start!


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