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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

Temple Of The Dog: Hunger Strike

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

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 30 November 2008 02:09 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link


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

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

Ivan, Sunday, 30 November 2008 22:31 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

adamj, Monday, 1 December 2008 07:19 (eleven years ago) link

thread is everything i wanted it to be and more.

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

"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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link


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

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

Doctor Casino, Monday, 1 December 2008 16:37 (eleven years ago) link

"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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

chap, Monday, 1 December 2008 23:07 (eleven years ago) link

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

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 00:05 (eleven years ago) link

(there are probably better ways to fill that in)

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 00:06 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

"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 (eleven years ago) link


k3vin k., Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:21 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

k3vin k., Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:24 (eleven years ago) link

I feel the lunch, baby

mottdeterre, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:24 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

reggaeton shark (salsa shark), Sunday, 7 December 2008 17:25 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

*Octo octa obv

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 09:38 (five months ago) link

this content's not available right now ---> that joke isn't funny anymore by The Smiths

sarahell, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:32 (five months ago) link

There's a store here called "Pet Places". My wife and I always sing it to the tune of "Face Dances" when we drive by.

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:57 (five months ago) link

Hunh, now this is happening to me, but to the tune of Love’s “Robert Montgomery”.

How do you think Arthur Lee wrote "Robert Montgomery"?

The Inner Mounting Phlegm (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:00 (five months ago) link

Triggered by seeing the thread 'The Irish' on ilx:

"Help the Irish,
One time they were just like you
Drinking, smoking cigs and sniffing glue
Help the Irish
Don't just put them in a home
Can't have much fun when they're all on their own
Give a hand, if you can
Try and help them to unwind
Give them hope and give them comfort
'Cause they're running out of time"


Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:19 (five months ago) link

i'd make bolognese for ya

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:22 (five months ago) link

Better to 'God Gave Rock and Roll to You'.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:24 (five months ago) link

To me, Octo Octa doesn't summon Robert Plamer.

It summons Thompson Twins.

Ramen? No thanks, I prefer them cooked (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 18:38 (five months ago) link

sometimes I like to sing to owen pallet's midnight directives, "the way will be lit, i'm a fat piece of shit, oh whooooah"

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 05:03 (four months ago) link


sarahell, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 20:01 (four months ago) link

When I attempt to crack macadamia nuts "woooaah macadamia, fighting to survive"

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 20:29 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

What becomes of the brokenhearted?
Had to shit
But only farted

When I am afraid, I put my toast in you (Neanderthal), Thursday, 17 October 2019 18:10 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I see a bunch of Yang 2020 stickers around including ones that say "Yang Gang" which immediately got this, which I completely forgot existed for the last 30 years, stuck in my head:

joygoat, Friday, 1 November 2019 16:02 (three months ago) link

Hobo with a Shotgun, I know, I know, it’s serious

Manitobiloba (Kim), Friday, 1 November 2019 20:18 (three months ago) link

^^ yes!!!

sarahell, Friday, 1 November 2019 20:19 (three months ago) link

Rudy! Giuliani! to the tune of Hey! Luciani!

Fine Toothcomb (sonofstan), Friday, 1 November 2019 20:45 (three months ago) link

* "Jojo Rabbit" to the "mojo rising" part of "L.A. Woman"

* "Tammy and the T-Rex" to "Devil in a Blue Dress"

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Friday, 1 November 2019 22:07 (three months ago) link

whenever someone says "it's cold outside" (which they did today ALOT) I immediately think "and the paint's peeling off of my walls"

henry s, Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:48 (three months ago) link

'have a good one' makes me think of Joanna newsom

flappy bird, Monday, 4 November 2019 04:18 (three months ago) link

Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash, to the tune of the Dickies' "Manny Moe and Jack."

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Friday, 15 November 2019 18:22 (three months ago) link

"the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually still alive" to the tune of Klaatu's "Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III"

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Friday, 15 November 2019 20:29 (three months ago) link

black friday to the tune of Black Planet by Sisters of Mercy

sarahell, Thursday, 28 November 2019 22:45 (two months ago) link

Saw an ad for ham from a 1960s newspaper that a friend posted on fb. In addition to the shank portion, the ad noted that one could also purchase the “butt face portion.”

Now whenever I hear “butt face portion” it’ll be to the tune of Foreigner’s “Juke Box Hero.”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 29 November 2019 00:27 (two months ago) link

Got stars in his eyes

they see me lollin' (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 29 November 2019 01:53 (two months ago) link

(to the tune of "Dirty Boots")


icy bike chain rain (zchyrs), Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:48 (two months ago) link

I enjoying singing TRASH NIGHT!! to the tune of Parliament's FLASHLIGHT when I need to wheel the bins out to the curb for the garbage collection.

Chantilly Bass, Saturday, 30 November 2019 05:57 (two months ago) link

I nicked this from somewhere else but I still sing - when the occasion arises - 'lock the taskbar' to the tune of Rock the Casbah.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of string (Chinaski), Saturday, 30 November 2019 10:56 (two months ago) link

it's upthread in a couple places. a great one imo.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 30 November 2019 16:39 (two months ago) link

Thinking of you
And the things you do to me
That make me love you
Now I'm living in Exeter

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Saturday, 30 November 2019 18:35 (two months ago) link

Mr. Bonamassa
Mr. Joe Bonamassa

(Mista Dobalina, Mr. Bob Dobalina )

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 08:49 (two months ago) link

Thinking of you
And the things you do to me
That make me love you
Now I'm living in Exeter

― does it look like i'm here (jon123), Saturday, November 30, 2019 6:35 PM (four days ago) bookmarkflaglink


YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 10:56 (two months ago) link

xp: nice!

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 11:27 (two months ago) link

And if the real thing don't do the trick
You better make up something quick
You're gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn into the wick

OK boomer

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 7 December 2019 04:00 (two months ago) link


Doctor Casino, Saturday, 7 December 2019 12:23 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

In the jungle
The mighty jungle
The Lion sleeps tonight

Ouroboros, Ouroboros, Ouroboros, Ouroboros, Ouroboros, Ouroboros, Ouroboros, Ouroboros,

... that's Traore! (Neanderthal), Sunday, 26 January 2020 17:49 (three weeks ago) link

Wuhan!! Got You All In Check

joygoat, Thursday, 30 January 2020 15:39 (three weeks ago) link

where did you get that one from?

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 30 January 2020 15:47 (three weeks ago) link

Any time I hear someone on the radio talk about the corona virus

joygoat, Thursday, 30 January 2020 15:48 (three weeks ago) link

I recently bought some bird food that is "insect and pepper flakes"

Which is great fun to the tune of "Incense and Peppermints"

Okay, you're an ambulance (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 30 January 2020 15:50 (three weeks ago) link

xp Wuhan has been a weird constant in my life for a decade now - first I got married there, then my sister-in-law moved there, now I organise students coming from there to the UK. So it's been in my head since 2010. Could be worse.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 30 January 2020 15:51 (three weeks ago) link

hahaha "insect and pepper flakes"

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 30 January 2020 17:04 (three weeks ago) link

The Corrs, "Breathless": go on, go on.... feed me breakfast

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 30 January 2020 17:05 (three weeks ago) link

Also, my partner uses a "Kleen Kanteen" brand thermos for her coffee, and it has given rise to a number of songs as I wash the dishes, with Sheryl Crow's "Steve McQueen" most badly affected. REM's "Electrolite" (also mentioning McQueen) has also been invoked, along with the "clean machine" line from "Penny Lane."

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 30 January 2020 17:06 (three weeks ago) link

When i was a kid, I thought Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar" was Ozzy's "Crazy Train".

Cos he sings Gravy Train but i thought it was Crazy Train

So now that's the way i hear it

Fuck Roger Waters

... that's Traore! (Neanderthal), Thursday, 30 January 2020 18:27 (three weeks ago) link

local oyster n seafood joint's staff used to wear t-shirts that said Shrimply Irresistible. so basically the robert palmer song no longer even exists for us. we came up with some excellent lines for it, too, but i can't recall 'em right now.

andrew m., Thursday, 30 January 2020 20:45 (three weeks ago) link

xp - I had a similar issue with Stone Roses "I Wanna Be Adored" -- thinking it was a cover of Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" -- years later I still hear "adored" as "your dog"

sarahell, Sunday, 2 February 2020 19:08 (two weeks ago) link

bang a gong

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Friday, 14 February 2020 18:00 (one week ago) link


Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Friday, 14 February 2020 18:01 (one week ago) link

every time I walk down the tinned veg aisle:

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 17 February 2020 15:23 (four days ago) link


☮️ (peace, man), Monday, 17 February 2020 21:04 (four days ago) link

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