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 (twelve 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 (twelve 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 (twelve years ago) link

Temple Of The Dog: Hunger Strike

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

(there are probably better ways to fill that in)

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


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

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

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

I feel the lunch, baby

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

yes it was My Computer for a very very long time

sarahell, Saturday, 14 November 2020 22:06 (two months ago) link

Someone tweeted an alert they’d gotten from Reverb about Sun Ra’s synths, plus their “play now, pay later” payment plans on gear. The tweeter said, “Sun Ra AND predatory lending? Now that’s my kind of email!”

Now I can only hear “predatory lending” to the tune of Sun Ra’s “Interplanetary Music.”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 14 November 2020 22:12 (two months ago) link

"four seasons total landscaping" ... (sorry) ... to Human League "Don't You Want Me"

I was working at four seasons total landscaping ... when I met you

sarahell, Saturday, 14 November 2020 22:19 (two months ago) link

The four years we have had have been such good at times
I still love you
But now I think it's time I lived my life on my own
I guess it's just what I must do

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 November 2020 23:21 (two months ago) link

scratch that:

The four years we have had have been such good times
I still love you now hate you
And now I think it's time I lived my life on my own
I guess it's just what I must do

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 November 2020 23:24 (two months ago) link

the song’s scenario is basically the current ‘dialogue’ between Trump and America: “You know I don’t believe you when you say that you don’t need me” —“Yeah, whatever. We’re so over now”. #doyousee?

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 November 2020 23:39 (two months ago) link

I wanna know
Have you ever seen Lorraine
Falling down
Down the stairs

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Sunday, 15 November 2020 01:59 (two months ago) link

We're half way there
Falling down the stairs

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Sunday, 15 November 2020 02:00 (two months ago) link

both ace

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Sunday, 15 November 2020 02:02 (two months ago) link

underused subject matter in songs

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Sunday, 15 November 2020 03:01 (two months ago) link

I'll tell you once more before I get to the stairs
I'm falling down

I'm falling down
I'm falling down

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 15 November 2020 03:40 (two months ago) link

just want to say that I have always sung it in my head as "Lorraine"

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 15 November 2020 03:45 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

My mother-in-law recently regifted me a huge cheese spread that she received as a token of appreciation for some legal work she did for someone. So now, every time I open my fridge, I hear to the tune of Ziggy Marley:

Wisconsin Cheeseman, where is your past?
Wisconsin Cheeseman, how long will you last?

peace, man, Saturday, 5 December 2020 19:21 (one month ago) link

I am a cheeseman for the county

(the one with 3 L's) (Willl), Saturday, 5 December 2020 19:23 (one month ago) link

Lol I love the randomness of that... but did "African Herbsman" somehow get mixed up in it?

Josefa, Saturday, 5 December 2020 19:29 (one month ago) link

This is the inverse phenomenon, but thinking of John Bonham singing from other thread reminded me that I can never, ever hear “Out On The Tiles” w/o the little song he wrote that Page based the riff on:
I’m out on the tiles
I feel a little better, now I’ve had a pint of bitter and
I’m out on the tiles

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 5 December 2020 19:36 (one month ago) link

Wait where is this Bonham singing discussion?

that is how it crumbles cookiewise (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 5 December 2020 21:20 (one month ago) link

really about John Paul Jones singing in Zeppelin thread

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 5 December 2020 21:37 (one month ago) link

Most car license plate holders that have the name of the dealership at the bottom I sing to "Werewolves of London" because many do scan:

Honda of Oakland
Audi of Berkeley
Putnam Toyota

though enough of these do fit the Werewolves of London rhythm, my brain ends up hurting when I take note of one that does not fit because I will try and make it fit?

sarahell, Saturday, 5 December 2020 22:32 (one month ago) link

I just tried and all of these work, also I think I’m stuck w this now

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 5 December 2020 23:03 (one month ago) link

a-ooooooo, Honda of Oakland


Doctor Casino, Sunday, 6 December 2020 04:22 (one month ago) link

I love that

Politically homely (jim in vancouver), Sunday, 6 December 2020 23:58 (one month ago) link


Wash away my troubles
Wash away my shame
I'm on the road to chang-e-log

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 8 December 2020 16:25 (one month ago) link

assembling a dresser and the manual has instructions for the chest and then the drawers, including a diagram for "drawer parts" -- Hole / Doll Parts

I am/
drawer parts/
drawer right/
drawer left

I am/
drawer top/
drawer knob/
drawer back

I'm missing the drawer screws
missing the drawer screws
what should I do??

sarahell, Tuesday, 8 December 2020 18:43 (one month ago) link

Every time I see Sanjay Gupta on CNN, I get the Pixie's Subbacultcha stuck in my head.

And look at Don Lemon in a funny kind of way, what you call it
When you look at the guy in a curious kind of way
You know when you SANJAY GUPTA.

Darin, Thursday, 10 December 2020 02:40 (one month ago) link

I made a thread for my werewolves of london issue:

Thread for Car Dealership Names on License Plate Holders that Can Be Sung to the Melody of Werewolves of London

sarahell, Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:03 (one month ago) link

Nvidia RTX series GPUs, which we are installing at work, keeps bringing the Sweet Sixteen album art into my brain... yay.

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Tuesday, 15 December 2020 21:56 (one month ago) link

"She's a eggbreaker,
love taker,
cruel baker run this prison like a man.
Eggbreaker, love-taker,
won't you cut my shoes for free.
Eggbreaker, Brubaker..."

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 11:34 (one month ago) link

He came from the glory
*clap clap*
He came from the glories of Swindon

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 12:22 (one month ago) link

I must've read the phrase 'keep refrigerated' hundreds of times before yesterday but now that I've inexplicably read it in the style of the Offspring I don't know that I'll ever read it the same again.

You will notice a small sink where your sofa once was. (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 13:11 (one month ago) link

heh it is the true heir to the "Refrigerate After Opening" to Jello Biafra's delivery of the phrase "Holiday in Cambodia"

sarahell, Wednesday, 16 December 2020 17:51 (one month ago) link

I will often say the word "Oolong" in manner similar to the ULLAA sound from Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds.

MarkoP, Sunday, 27 December 2020 06:19 (four weeks ago) link

This barely fits the thread—but in “Absolutely Sweet Marie,” when Dylan sings, “Well, I got the FEEEVER,” I always think he’s gonna finish with: “...for the flavor of a Pringle!”

Qui-Gon's Noble End (morrisp), Sunday, 27 December 2020 06:47 (four weeks ago) link

Car Dealership Names on License Plate Holders that Can Be Sung to the Melody of Werewolves of London

I have a similar issue with Burien Chevrolet, which always starts Thunder Road playing in my head.

Lily Dale, Sunday, 27 December 2020 06:48 (four weeks ago) link

The painting "Little Red Note: Dordrecht" popped up on my screensaver the other day, and my brain started singing "Little Red Dordrecht, you're movin' much too fast." But I'm not sure if that counts because I had to drop a word to make it work.

Lily Dale, Sunday, 27 December 2020 06:53 (four weeks ago) link


sarahell, Tuesday, 29 December 2020 19:34 (three weeks ago) link

Every time I see a DeWalt power tool I sing their brand name to the tune of 'Down on the Street'.

Telly Salivas (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 29 December 2020 19:51 (three weeks ago) link

Thanks to Nigella Lawson, I have spent a good chunk of the day singing "microwave" to the tune or "Rico Suave"

Totino's Fortnite Training Room (DJP), Tuesday, 29 December 2020 19:54 (three weeks ago) link

I, I want you

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 January 2021 20:08 (two weeks ago) link

"Beef Bourgignon" to 'Carol of the bells'

kinder, Friday, 8 January 2021 23:02 (two weeks ago) link

QAnon to the tune of Rhiannon, how do I make it stop?

kites aren't fun (NickB), Saturday, 9 January 2021 18:37 (two weeks ago) link

“will Q ever win?”

All your life you've never seen / a president treated more unfairly

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Sunday, 10 January 2021 23:44 (two weeks ago) link

Timothee Chalamet, to the tune of "sur le pont d'Avignon"

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 02:05 (one week ago) link


Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 10:47 (one week ago) link

someone i work with is named 3mm4 c0nn33ly and every time i say her name i have to stop myself from making it sound like a darts announcer going 'ONE hundred and EIGH-TEEE!!'

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 10:48 (one week ago) link

haha, Lily's one is great too

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 11:24 (one week ago) link

'Q Anon' always sets off the 'and on and on and onnn...' bit of Don't Stop Believin' for me - which is distressing as I see it about 10 times a day at the moment.

(the one with 3 L's) (Willl), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 11:48 (one week ago) link

I am dying at "Micro! Wave!"

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 14:09 (one week ago) link

Won’t pick it up
Take them lights away

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 January 2021 00:08 (one week ago) link

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