October 30, 2006

Weekend Earworm

Earworm, from the German ohrwurm, is the "technical" term for "those songs that drill themselves into your head for hours or days or weeks, and you can't stop thinking/humming them".

I get 'em all the time. In 1991, I hummed "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" for three straight weeks.

As I noted a couple of weeks ago, I never much liked British art-geek-spazz-pop-wave band XTC. Which didn't stop me from humming Life Begins At The Hop for the better part of a week... be replaced by yet another XTC tune, "Senses Working Overtime".

The catch is, which one do I like best?

XTC's version?

Or the cover by, um, Mandy Moore?

Sort of like hearing the same song done by Elvis Costello and the Patty Loveless.

Posted by Mitch at October 30, 2006 05:05 AM | TrackBack

Not "John-Jacob-Jingleheimer"! When one of our grandsons was less than 1 yr old, that song would put him to sleep or at leasat get him to stop fussing. Picture a car driving through the dark, Minnesota night with four adults VERY wearily singing John Jacob from south of Brainerd to north of Bemidji (driving back from a trip to Minneapolis). Oh God-it was hell!!! But it worked so we did it. We'd try and vary it by singing it hearty, then quiet, then fast, then slower...

Posted by: colleen at October 30, 2006 06:59 AM

Cue an angryclown mennonite joke

Posted by: AK at October 30, 2006 07:26 AM
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