Friday 11 July 2008

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Earworms of the Week

Evening. It's the start of a two week break from work for me, and although it's pouring with rain here and I'm a touch distracted and apprehensive about things to come, England are doing well in the cricket and, well, I won't be at work, will I?

Let's see what's been going on in my head, eh?

> "The One and Only" - Chesney Hawkes

Nope. No idea. What a tune though, eh? eh? eh?


> "Hallowed Be Thy Name" - Iron Maiden

It's a fan favourite, but it's not my favourite Iron Maiden song by a long chalk, and it's the song that was actually my cue to head out of Twickenham to catch the bus back to Richmond last weekend. Perhaps it's simply "last song syndrome" that means that, of all of the stuff they played, this is the one that has lurked for the longest time in my head. Could be worse, I suppose. Say, for example......

> "Inside" - Stiltskin

Absolutely terrible song built on the back of that epic riff used in a levis advert. Those ugly roadies who performed this always looked to me like they couldn't quite believe how lucky they'd got. Amazingly, and pointlessly, they're apparently still performing today. I've heard of flogging a dead horse, but....

"Swing low in dark glass hour
you turn to cower
see it turn to dust

move on a stone dark night
we take to flight
snowfall turns to rust

seam in a fusing mine
like a nursing rhyme
fat man starts to fall

year in a hostile place
I hear your face
start to call"



> "Rocket" - Def Leppard

Dumb, brainless rock genius. I'm seeing them live next week actually. And Whitesnake. And Thunder. Next week's 'worms will no doubt be brilliant. Altogether now:

"Rocket yeah satellite of love
Rocket yeah satellite of love
Rocket yeah satellite of love
Rocket baby! C'mon, I'll be your satellite of love

Ooh ooh
Ah ah
Ooh ooh
Ah ah "

... or as I've always heard and sung along:

"Rocket wooooah yeeeeeeahhh sayalallallalaldiddila."

I prefer the latter, frankly.

> "Left Behind" - CSS

Probably as famous for lead singer Lovefoxx's rainbow coloured body stockings and her engagement to a bloke out of the Klaxons as they are for much of their music. "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above" is still comfortably their most famous song, and I wasn't all that impressed when I saw them at Glastonbury in 2007. Still, it did cross my mind to pop up and see them on the Park stage this year, and I can't seem to shift this song from my head at the moment. It's catchy, but it is a step towards the mainstream for them. I imagine the people who love them will be accusing them of selling out soon. You've got to love the fact that they guy in the band has got an absolutely massive moustache though. They get extra points for that, no question.

I like this one.

> "Meat is Murder" - The Smiths

I like eating meat. I like the way it tastes, and I'm not planning on giving up eating it any time soon. Moz may have converted thousands of people to vegetarianism with this song, but I'm not going to be one of them . Of course, as a card-holding, badge-wearing wishy-washy bleeding heart liberal, I do prefer my meat to come from ethical, ideally organic, sources and be humanely slaughtered. Apparently the other three members of the Smiths became vegetarians whilst they were in the band too... at least in front of Morrissey.... Apparently they used to sneak off behind his back and gorge on burgers though, so I think it's fair to say that their hearts weren't really in it.

As Mitch Benn says, if meat is murder, is quorn wasting police time? (parody here)

> "I Can See Clearly Now" - Jimmy Cliff / "I Can See for Miles" - The Who

Given the situation with my eyes, the presence of these two songs always had an air of inevitablity about it. Let's hope that, come a week monday, both are true.

> "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" - Ida Maria

I know this was in my list from the other week, and it's not my favourite of her songs by a long chalk, but...but... it's absurdly catchy and they've started playing it on the radio now. I don't listen to the radio all that much, but every time I do, they seem to be playing this. What chance do I have? I see she's playing the rescue rooms in November too. I may have to submit and buy some tickets. She was pretty entertaining at Glastonbury, anyway. Resistance appears to be futile.

> Theme tune to Scooby Doo

I've not watched this in years, although I think someone mentioned to me the other day that their infant son absolutely adored it. And why not? As long as Scrappy Doo isn't involved anyway, it's pure genius, no?

"You know we got a mystery to solve and Scooby Doo,
be ready for your act
Don't hold back!
And Scooby Doo if you come through you're gonna have
yourself a Scooby Snack!"

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to make myself an absolutely enormous sandwich with at least 16 slices of bread and then I'm going to escape from a ghost with my useless best friend by pretending that we're barbers or something....


See you on the other side.



  1. Hope Monday goes well - I'll be thinking of you, for what it's worth.

  2. Do they give you a pirate patch, or shall I pick you one up tomorrow?

    (not at all suggesting that you'd need it for any time longer than what will be your REALLY SHORT recovery period)

  3. Maddie currently has an unhealthy Scooby Doo addiction, also. We had to sort her some for a Scooby Doo party, in fact. Naturally we went for Velma (as the brains of the outfit.)

  4. I always thought that "Satellite of Love" was one of Lou Reed's worst songs. I can't believe anyone bothered to rip that phrase off! :-)

  5. Oooh! Lovely. All I can think of now is 'Scooby Doo' by Dweeb. This is a good thing.