Earworms of the Week
"You Can Call Me Al" - Paul Simon
As I was walking past reception in our office the other day, I caught a very familiar sounding funky, 80s bass solo drifting through the ether. I think the PA they have in there is playing the same stuff that they play in our shops, but I was struck by the slight incongruity of all those people in suits waiting for people to come and collect them for meetings, many with a mental image of Chevy Chase playing the fool. Great record. About apartheid or something.
"Exit Music For A Film" - Radiohead
As "The King of Limbs" is released by Radiohead in a typically attention-grabbing way, my mind turns back to some of their older work. It took a while for "OK Computer" to really grow on me: I worked in HMV when it was released, and was thus forced to listen to it all day, every day for several weeks. It took a listen through a pair of headphones for it to really sink in... and actually it was this song that clinched the deal. Try it. The sound of Thom Yorke breathing adds so much to the emotional impact of the song. "King of Limbs" is alright, as it goes. It's grabbed me more on one listen than "In Rainbows" did, although I did pay a whole £6 more for this one, so that's the very least that I expected....
"The Power" - Snap
Quality I possess something I'm fresh
When my voice goes through the rest
Of the microphone that I am holdin'
Copywritten lyrics so they can't be stolen
If they are snap
Don't need the police to try to save them
Your voice will seize so please stay off my back
Or I will attack and you don't want that
Quality song. Better lyrics than "Rhythm is a Dancer". Serious as cancer? Really?
"Autoglass Repair, Autoglass Replace!"
Awful. You try having this stuck in your head all week. Just those four words. Over and over and over again.
"Changes" - David Bowie
Ah, that's better. Classic Bowie. I managed to sneak some of the lyrics from this into a report I had to write at work this afternoon. No one reads it, so I'm not expecting anyone to pick me up on it. This is a new weekly task for me: both writing the report and inserting lyrics. Any suggestions?
"Do the Hustle" - Van McCoy
Our cat does this thing when we are in the kitchen preparing food - particularly in the morning when we're making our pack lunches: she goes up onto her back legs and leans against the handles to the kitchen cupboards by our feet, stretching up towards the work surface and making greedy eyes at what we're doing. She'll occasionally reach out a paw, and if you put your hand down, she'll hook you and try to bring your hand down to her nose for a good snuffle. To get the best possible view/smell, she will shuffle along next to your legs. We call this the Minou Chat Shuffle, and obviously it has this as it's theme tune. "Do the shuffle...." etc.
Long story for an earworm, but there you go.
Theme tune to Airwolf (and the Professionals)
Interesting fact: both of these classic themes sounds more or less EXACTLY the same played backwards as it does forwards. The wacka-wacka guitars on the Professionals theme in particular sound awesome either way around.
"Seratonin" - Mystery Jets
I'm aware of the Mystery Jets, vaguely, although I'm not really familiar with their work. I've started listening to 6Music a lot more in the car though, and this week I seem to have heard this song an awful lot. I like it. When I first heard it, I didn't know who this was, but liked it. Now I know who it is, I'm tempted to check out the album of the same name.
"Dammit, Janet" - Rocky Horror
When C. put Glee on the Sky+ the other day, I put on a pair of headphones and spent some quality time watching the trailers to forthcoming comic book movie adaptations like Captain America and the new X-Men film. I clearly didn't have the volume on loud enough though, as the "Rocky Horror" Glee special kept drifting into earshot. Confession: although I've never seen the film or been to watch the show live, I love the Rocky Horror Picture Show. I'm not really sure why. My favourite song is "Toucha Toucha Touch Me", but this runs it a close second.
The river was deep but I swam it, Janet
The future is ours so let's plan it, Janet
So please don't tell me to can it, Janet
I've one thing to say and that's
Dammit, Janet, I love you...
The road was long but i ran it, Janet
There's a fire in my heart and you fan it, Janet
If there's one fool for you then I am it, Janet
Now I've one thing to say and that's
Dammit, Janet, I love you...
The only problem with this, is that I sit next to someone called "Janet" at work, so singing this out loud isn't ideal, to be honest.
Have a great weekend, y'all.
The slow walk home
3 days ago