Phrases that, when you see them, you inexplicably start singing them to the melody of something else (and then will forever be associated with that)

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--Whenever I'm in a convenience store and see Tillamook County Smokers beef jerky, I sing "Tillamook County Smokers" it in my head to the tune of Michael Jackson's "You Wanna Be Starting Something"

--Neurot band US Christmas has a CD on my desk called Eat The Low Dogs which I've spent the better part of a year singing to the tune of Bubba Sparxxx's "Take The Load Off"

uәʇɹɐƃu!әʍ ˙ƃ ʎәu!Ⴁʍ (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 30 November 2008 01:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

shit, i was just thinking about this a couple hours ago. my brother said something that happened to be a song lyric I liked and i started singing it. forget now

k3vin k., Sunday, 30 November 2008 01:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

Because of an old "Mary Tyler Moore Show" episode, I am incapable of hearing the name Anna Maria Alberghetti without breaking into "Anna Maria Alberghetti in a taxi honey..."

My Mom is very good at finding an appropriate song with very little prompting. I stopped testing her after I fed her the word "asparagus" and she sang it to the tune of some old song called "The Pair of Us."

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 30 November 2008 01:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

Temple Of The Dog: Hunger Strike

I'm doing laundry....doin' lauundraaaaaayyyayayayayaya

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 30 November 2008 02:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

haha, i do this all the time. must think... a similar phenomenon is when, apparently out of nowhere, you get a melody stuck in your head, and then realize that the lyrics to that song are what you were thinking/talking about.

poortheatre, Sunday, 30 November 2008 02:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh man, this happened to me the other day. for better or worse it was 'dat nigga delmarrrr!' to the melody of 'that girl is poison' by bell biv devoe. i'm sorry ilx

6335, Sunday, 30 November 2008 03:41 (ten years ago) Permalink


uәʇɹɐƃu!әʍ ˙ƃ ʎәu!Ⴁʍ (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 30 November 2008 05:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think I'm going to be stuck with "I'm doin' laundryyyyy" from now on, thanks...

I'm sure I have tons of these, but can't remember any of them, so I'm glad there's this thread now.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 30 November 2008 21:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Two trucking companies who work in the Rock n' Roll touring business always start me singing their names to the tune of Eton Rifles:
'Redburn Trans-fer"
"Edwin Shir-ley"

sonofstan, Sunday, 30 November 2008 22:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Cheese and crackers" to the tune of "Shaved Women" by Crass. Try it out!

Ivan, Sunday, 30 November 2008 22:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

There was a Charlie Brooker article some time ago in which he said that every time Robert Mugabe was mentioned, his name started going around Brooker's head to the tune of Eleanore Rigby. The same thing has started happening to me since I read the article.

chap, Sunday, 30 November 2008 22:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

zydrunas ilgauskas gets sung to "hakuna matata" in my head
(i can't remember whether i thought it up on my own or not, but google finds some other people doing the same thing)

circles, Sunday, 30 November 2008 22:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

this isn't really the same thing cuz it isn't a phrase i saw, but i just heard it today on the radio, so: whenever i hear "jet" by paul macca and wings i always sing "jet! ooohhhooohoohoohhoo, RALPH NADEEEEEER, JAMES SPADER!"

been doing that for years. i can't even remember what the real words are.

scott seward, Sunday, 30 November 2008 22:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Fairly often I'll see something that will prompt the melody to "Girlfriend in a Coma" by the Smiths.
For example, I was downtown and there was a midget handing out pamphlets, and I got "Midget with a pamphlet, I know, I know, it's serious..." in my head.

Oddly, I don't even know how the verses to "Girlfriend in a Coma" go. I barely know the song. But it only seems to happen with this song.

jsimp, Monday, 1 December 2008 01:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

This happens to me all the time. Sometimes I'm not even sure I'm conscious of it.

jaymc, Monday, 1 December 2008 01:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

To the tune of Tina Turner's "Steamy Windows" : "Skidby Windmill".

Me and Ruth Lorenzo, Rollin' in the Benzo (Noodle Vague), Monday, 1 December 2008 01:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

"The sharif don't like it
Lock the Taskbar
Lock the Taskbar"

adamj, Monday, 1 December 2008 07:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

thread is everything i wanted it to be and more.

uәʇɹɐƃu!әʍ ˙ƃ ʎәu!Ⴁʍ (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 1 December 2008 07:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

Lock the taskbar is hilarious and also reminds me of a couple of years ago in school when we were told to use only sans-serif fonts in our drawings. After a pause, my studiomate Casey declares: "SER-IF: don't like it! ROCK the caption."

Doctor Casino, Monday, 1 December 2008 07:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

The shower in my last house had embossed directions for unscrewing the head:
<-- REMOVE | REFIT -->
ensuring Sepultura's "Refuse/Resist" was always in my head while showering, even for a couple of years after moving out.

..··¨ rush ~°~ push ~°~ ca$h ¨··.. (a passing spacecadet), Monday, 1 December 2008 10:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

"The sharif don't like it
Lock the Taskbar
Lock the Taskbar"

LOL my bf just told me he does exactly this one too!

Trayce, Monday, 1 December 2008 10:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

My brain can't keep track of the Cure's "Wild Mood Swings" vs Stabbing Westward's "Violent Mood Swings". And since the Stabbing Westward tune came out before the Cure's album did, at any mention of the second I hear the melody of the first.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 1 December 2008 11:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

I used to make-up the car adverts for a local newspaper. Every week I’d have a complicated ad which would take 3 or 4 hours for a company called ‘Portland Carriage’ - everytime I’d have Frank Sinatra in my head singing it to the tune ‘Love and Marriage’.

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 1 December 2008 13:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

The car dealership near my parents house - Aylesbury Honda - always gets their name sung to the tune of 'Help me Rhonda'

NickB, Monday, 1 December 2008 13:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Chaka, Chaka, Chaka
Chicken & waffles
Chicken & waffles
Chicken & waffles
Chicken & waffles

Chicken & waffles
Let me rock you
Let me rock you
Chicken & waffles
Let me rock you
That's all I wanna do
Chicken & waffles
Let me rock you
Let me rock you
Chicken & waffles
Let me rock you
'Cause I feel for you
Chicken & waffles

Snop Snitchin, Monday, 1 December 2008 14:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

This could be ILM's highest earworm risk thread yet. My version of "I'm doin' laundryyyyy" when I'm checking tags to split up the colds and warms: "I'll tumble dry ya"

dad a, Monday, 1 December 2008 15:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also stuck in my head, ever since record store coworkers tried to help a customer seeking "that Bob Marley song, Pajamas," leaving them mystified until she sang it for them:

I'm in pajamas with you
Pajamas pajamas pajamas pajamas pajamas pajamas pajamas
And I hope you like pajamas too

dad a, Monday, 1 December 2008 15:50 (ten years ago) Permalink


uәʇɹɐƃu!әʍ ˙ƃ ʎәu!Ⴁʍ (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 1 December 2008 16:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

omg "I'll tumble dry ya" - laundry is never going to be the same!

Doctor Casino, Monday, 1 December 2008 16:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

"The sharif don't like it
Lock the Taskbar
Lock the Taskbar"

Takes me back to my college days, where, stumblinginto yet another cheap-ass mixer, my friends and I would break out into:

"I forgot my wallet...
Oh fuck, it's a cash bar!
Fuck, it's a cash bar!"

mottdeterre, Monday, 1 December 2008 19:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Until recently my local corner shop was called Akbar's, and every time I went there I would sing "Akbar's! I wanna take you to Akbar's!" (to the tune of 'Gay Bar', obviously). I do have loads more of these, but usually don't remember them aside from when I do it.

More annoyingly, I've found that whenever someone says "yes" in a certain manner, I have to finish it with "the rhythm the rebel". It is driving me insane.

emil.y, Monday, 1 December 2008 20:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Argh, "yes, the rhythm the rubbish, without a pause I'm taking out the garbage" went through my head for about a decade whenever I did the trash. What is it about chores that makes them such a breeding ground for these singsongs?

dad a, Monday, 1 December 2008 20:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Any street name of the form 2 syllable word + avenue gets 'and I'm caught one more time up on duh-duh avenue' sung to it

sonofstan, Monday, 1 December 2008 22:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

On seeing a chinchilla in a city farm: "Chinchilla! Who got the keys to my bima?"

chap, Monday, 1 December 2008 23:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

Shih Tzu, that's how we act when we team up.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 00:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

(there are probably better ways to fill that in)

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 00:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm always on the hunt for names and phrases that can be sung to "Camptown Races." My favorite so far is baseball player Yuniesky Betancourt.

Joseph McCombs, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 02:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

When they lived in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, my parents used to take advantage of the lower gas prices in the U.S. by driving two miles south across the river to Sault Ste. Marie Michigan and filling up there. And when they passed the appropriate sign... dad would usually annoy my mom by singing "Briiidge - to the USA!" Springsteen-style.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 09:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Doug" substituted for the word "love":

Can You Feel The Doug Tonight?
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Doug
Doug Will Tear Us Apart
Now That We've Found Doug

kingkongvsgodzilla, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:15 (ten years ago) Permalink


k3vin k., Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

A friend was obsessed with switching out love for lunch: Lunch Will Keep Us Togwether, Lunch Will Tear Us Apart, The Greatest Lunch of All, Stop in the Name of Lunch, When a Man Lunches a Woman....

mottdeterre, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

^^LOL esp. "when a man lunches a woman"

k3vin k., Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

I feel the lunch, baby

mottdeterre, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

then you guys will love this thread

Feel Like Making Lunch

I was hearing "no shakey shakey" to the tune of "push it" after seeing this

Edward III, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

the mayor of my town is named fung and while he campaigned I couldn't stop hearing "everybody vote fung tonight" in my head

thank god the election is over

Edward III, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

I fear we're veering from the question's intent. Nevertheless, I have to add that whenever I hear the John Denver & the Muppets' version of "Deck the Halls," when Scooter sings "See the blazing yule before us," I sing it as "See the blazing UB40."

Joseph McCombs, Thursday, 4 December 2008 07:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

as i was shutting my work computer down for the day - 'the server shut down' to the tune of 'the final countdown'

6335, Thursday, 4 December 2008 07:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

There's a call center company called Ruffalo Cody with an office in Athens that I would ride past, inevitably leading me to sing their name to the tune of "Buffalo Soldier."

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 7 December 2008 05:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

There Will be Blood, sung to the tune of "She Will be Loved"

reggaeton shark (salsa shark), Sunday, 7 December 2008 17:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Upon seeing a Ralph Lauren Nautica box unwrapped this morning, I sung in my head, as always:

"Nautica, bloody red eyes go to, Nautica, bloody red eyes go to"

bendy, Friday, 26 December 2008 01:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

I like Wolves In The Throne Room but I always end up singing their name in my head to the song Bernard sings in Black Books "cows in the morning 1-2-3 upland at them with a STICK!"

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 12:34 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

inexplicably, for a few weeks off and on i've had the saw-the-video-once Limp Bizkit comeback failure "Gold Cobra" stuck in my head, except the chorus is

Golan and Globus they're golden,
They're golden, so golden, y'all

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 14:43 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

These are your orders, seems like it's do it or die
So please read them closely
When you've learnt them be sure that you eat them up

mick signals, Sunday, 1 April 2018 14:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Was in the pub the other night singing along to The Killers' classic "I'm Norman Whiteside"

bad left terf nut (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 1 April 2018 14:47 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

By Order of the Fire Chief
I know, I know
It's serious

how's life, Monday, 23 April 2018 11:37 (one year ago) Permalink

In a local grocery this weekend I spotted some large yellow courgettes, with a the name written on a tag in front of them. I must have looked at the tag for a split second.. Cue my brain singing 'large yellow courgettes' to the tune of Raspberry Beret at me for 3 days straight.

raise my chicken finger (Willl), Monday, 23 April 2018 11:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Not to the tune of “Little Red Corvette”(?)

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 23 April 2018 12:46 (one year ago) Permalink


how's life, Monday, 23 April 2018 12:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks, I now have a B side for my unshakeable brainworm.

raise my chicken finger (Willl), Monday, 23 April 2018 18:30 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

lately been hearing Jack Kirby to the sound of David Lowery singing Jack Ruby.

how's life, Friday, 25 May 2018 13:37 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"total goat rodeo" » "rollin' down Rodeo"

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:11 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Maria Butina and the jingle for Maria Christina wine. Happens every time.

dinnerboat, Sunday, 22 July 2018 03:15 (ten months ago) Permalink

I was visiting our local water park a few weeks ago when I spotted an older guy with a Psychopathic Records Hatchet Man tattoo. Wouldn't you know it, Bob Marley was playing over their sound system at the time. Since then, I've had

He was a Juggalo grandpa
At Six Flags America

stuck in my head.

how's life, Monday, 23 July 2018 16:41 (ten months ago) Permalink

^This is not quite the right thread for that post, but it was the best I could find.

how's life, Monday, 23 July 2018 16:44 (ten months ago) Permalink

Every time I see a package of “Baby Arugula” in the grocery store I get Raffi’s “Baby Beluga” stuck in my head. Am I doing this right?

stillHera, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 02:03 (ten months ago) Permalink

A friend brought a six pack of these to a BBQ the other day and I've been screeching the name to myself in a Brian Johnson voice since

joygoat, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 02:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

He was a Juggalo grandpa
At Six Flags America

This is v funny, and I don’t want you to think it is going unappreciated

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 02:59 (ten months ago) Permalink


This is a total Jeff Porcaro. (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:47 (ten months ago) Permalink

yes, very good

Gâteau Superstar (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 07:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

"Strangers On A Train" and "Blame It On The Rain"

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Man Bun" to the tune of "Slow Ride"

sarahell, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 03:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

*walks into local specialty grocery store*
*overcome by Elton John voice*
“Well I love to shop / at the International Pantry...”

Swag Heathen (theStalePrince), Tuesday, 2 October 2018 04:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

god fucking damn this is a great revive

flappy bird, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 04:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

Saw Spider Baby tonight and Matthew Sweet's "Super Baby" has been in my head ever since.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 04:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

We have a kid's book called 'What can rabbit see?', it can only be read to the tune of Mercy Mercy Me.

Toss another shrimpl air on the bbqbbq (ledge), Tuesday, 2 October 2018 07:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

Darin, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 20:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

Over the last week I keep hearing "brett kavanaugh" in place of "suntanama" from the Genius' verse on ODB's "Damage".

joygoat, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 21:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

Max Muncy from the Dodgers always makes me think of Brass Monkey

frogbs, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 21:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

Message from the wreckage, it is soft-rock shit
TLS handshake, the over-grown super shit

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Monday, 8 October 2018 17:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

But I can't find my keyring anymore
Is it under something on the floor?
I need to unlock and lock my door
I should have left the house at four
But baby I can't find my keyring anymore

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 03:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

If Beale Street Could Talk to the tune of "These Walls" by Kendrick Lamar

flappy bird, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 04:43 (seven months ago) Permalink

douchebag in an Audi
I know, i know, you're serious

sarahell, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 18:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

K-19, The Widowmaker
It was directed by Bigelow
It's hard times befallen, sub survivors
He's Liam Neeson, and I'm just Harry Fooooooord

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 16:51 (four months ago) Permalink


peace, man, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 16:54 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Don't save the file
Don't change a thing
For me

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 22 March 2019 17:53 (two months ago) Permalink

US Politics March 2019: “I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled. The dreams in which I'm dying are the dreams in which I'm... killed”

shoulda zagged (esby), Friday, 22 March 2019 18:40 (two months ago) Permalink

PG Tips (the "tea of the English Working Class") = "I can almost smell [sniff sniff] your TB sheets..."

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 4 April 2019 20:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Various things get sandwiched into Hall & Oates' Maneater these days:

Whoa-oh here she comes
Watch out boy, she'll bomb your home
Whoa-oh here she comes
She's a cruise missile

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:18 (two months ago) Permalink

eh, meant to underline cruise missile there to showcase the interchangeable parts.

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:20 (two months ago) Permalink

xxp - PG Tips has a totally different association for me:

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh well, it was supposed to be the PB Crisps ad from 1994

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:33 (two months ago) Permalink

youtube with an error, i know, i know, it's serious

sarahell, Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Occasionally I have to teach people how to use an espresso machine, and one crucial step is telling them to "purge the group head" which I always think to the melody "hang the DJ hang the DJ hang the DJ, hang the DJ, hang the DJ, hang the DJ, hang the DJ, hang the DJ hang the DJ hang the DJ" but I never sing it out, I just get a faraway look for a moment while it happens.

mick signals, Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:00 (two months ago) Permalink

re: H&O, I was giving myself the giggles with "You're out of touch, I'm out of time / Blood runs out of my head when you're not around" earlier this week, shoutout to whoever shared that one upthread

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 11 April 2019 23:33 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

🎶"It's not like salmon, but a little like trout and it's name is tilapia".🎶

Darin, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 16:07 (one month ago) Permalink

every day is a SAFFRON ROAD ... frozen entrees on sale today ...

sarahell, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 16:10 (one month ago) Permalink

We buy these little satsumas that are branded as 'easy peelers', now renamed 'peaceful easy peelers'

MaresNest, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:52 (one month ago) Permalink

emily, emily can't you see / sometimes your words just hypnotize me

flappy bird, Friday, 10 May 2019 18:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Just picked up an early Dick novel

and I can't get the chorus of this out of my head

mick signals, Friday, 17 May 2019 15:12 (one month ago) Permalink

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