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

(guess it would be "mum" in the UK though, huh)

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:37 (five months ago) link

I never understood why “dot cum” wasn’t the exclusive domain suffix for porn sites.

Guys don’t @ me because I tazed my own balls alright? (hardcore dilettante), Sunday, 28 February 2021 18:56 (five months ago) link

because porn is harder to misspell

sarahell, Sunday, 28 February 2021 19:06 (five months ago) link

whenever i see white rice in the supermarket or something i hear lou reed sing "white rice" to the tune of "white light", with the same immediacy as the opening bar, and it always makes me laugh

maelin, Monday, 1 March 2021 13:58 (four months ago) link

White rice/white meat

Huh. When I see white rice my head goes to Grandmaster Flash.

White... riiice... Vision dreams of passion / and all the while I think of you

chillin' like Emperor Maximilian (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 1 March 2021 18:43 (four months ago) link

when I see white rice, my head goes to the your terrible ideas thread and the one about "rice that is brown"

sarahell, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 01:14 (four months ago) link

guided by voices:

issa rae don't worry / if the road's a little worn
it's a cold and filthy chasm / that we're traveling on

orifex, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 19:01 (four months ago) link

Magwitch, they call him Magwitch

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 5 March 2021 01:04 (four months ago) link

Property Needs Assessment --> Self-Obsessed and Sexee by Sonic Youth

Property Needs Assessment all the way

(all the way)

sarahell, Friday, 5 March 2021 05:49 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

kind of a stretch but my spouse is the chair an academic department committee that everyone just calls "AC" and whenever she mentions it I get this image stuck in my head, often another of our colleagues face in place of the puncher because they look sort of similar

joygoat, Friday, 19 March 2021 14:33 (four months ago) link

Whenever I order sushi my brain starts singing, "weel may the eel roll, the eel roll, the eel roll."

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 00:29 (four months ago) link

popular Netflix docuseries: Murder Among the Mormons ----> "Welcome to the Jungle"

sarahell, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 05:35 (four months ago) link

Walgreens vaccine to the tune of 'Christine Sixteen'

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 13:40 (three months ago) link

Hey to the tune of Pixies hey, every time...

JimCarrey, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:44 (three months ago) link

My daughter’s partner began singing “chicken steak” taking with Caribou’s “Odessa” tonight & it will forever be burned in there

Chicken steak
Chicken steak
Chicken steak
Chicken steak
Chicken steak
Chicken steak
Who knows what she’s gonna bake?

"The Pus/Worm" by The Smiths (hardcore dilettante), Friday, 16 April 2021 04:23 (three months ago) link

Just now read a thread title and musically translated it into

Fender, Jazzmaster
Boom boom boom boom

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:10 (three months ago) link

Shatt al-Arab
and you're to blame
you give the Gulf
a bad name

I said maybe, you're gonna be the one that shaves me (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:08 (three months ago) link


sarahell, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 16:04 (three months ago) link

Peaky Blinders, to the tune of “Kinky Reggae”

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 May 2021 01:05 (two months ago) link

"better than bullion" to the tune of "kooler than Jesus"

sarahell, Sunday, 2 May 2021 07:49 (two months ago) link

Stevie Williams
Coming from the body heat

(the one with 3 L's) (Willl), Sunday, 2 May 2021 08:56 (two months ago) link

"Cut my life into pieces
As per my last email"

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Sunday, 2 May 2021 09:19 (two months ago) link

"The Muppet Babies" to the tune of Muse's 'Plug In Baby':

The Muppet Babies
Crucify my enemies

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 2 May 2021 10:08 (two months ago) link

Chorus of That Don't Impress Me Much to the tune of the chorus of Higher Love by Steve Winwood

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Sunday, 2 May 2021 11:18 (two months ago) link

The Muppet Babies
Crucify my enemies

irl lol!

kinder, Sunday, 2 May 2021 15:41 (two months ago) link

After getting indian food yesterday -

Every thing was fine down here
What you call it here, call it what you will here
Way down down down in this onion kulcha

joygoat, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 19:28 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I want to Timothée
I want to Chalamet

— Noah Garfinkel (@NoahGarfinkel) May 28, 2021

bookmarkflaglink (Darin), Saturday, 29 May 2021 16:09 (two months ago) link

"Timmy Mallett" to the tune of Wiz Kalifa's 'Black And Yellow':

Uh huh, you know what it is
Timmy Mallett
Timmy Mallett
Timmy Mallett
Timmy Mallett

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 6 June 2021 07:23 (one month ago) link

George Michael's 'Too Funky' - the first line "Hey, you're just too funky for me" replaced with "I hope you saved some turkey for me".

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 6 June 2021 11:51 (one month ago) link

I swear there was a commercial in the early 90s that was an extreme ripoff of C+C Music Factory with the “everybody dance now” replaced by the words “condition by clairol”.

Anyway I have that commercial stuck in my head it with “pacifico clara” instead

joygoat, Sunday, 6 June 2021 22:23 (one month ago) link

It's always been "Devon County Council" for me

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 7 June 2021 00:44 (one month 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!!'

I have a colleague I won’t name, but it’s hard not to think of his name without it being sung to the tune of Culture Club’s Do You Really Want To Hurt Me.

Alba, Monday, 7 June 2021 00:48 (one month ago) link

“I like that Rick Astley song, ‘Ummagumma’”


“Ummagumma give you up
Ummagumma let you down
Ummagumma run around and hurt you”

"The Pus/Worm" by The Smiths (hardcore dilettante), Monday, 7 June 2021 01:48 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

i always seem to sub one line in sound of silence

"people talking without speaking"


"people pooping without wiping"

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Saturday, 26 June 2021 16:00 (one month ago) link

Why can't you be true?

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 July 2021 17:11 (three weeks ago) link

Came across this line from a W.H. Auden play: "Revolutionary worker/ I get what you mean/ but what you're needing/'s a revolution within," and now my brain can't stop singing it to the tune of Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous."

Lily Dale, Thursday, 15 July 2021 04:20 (two weeks ago) link


aging goth couple™ (morrisp), Thursday, 15 July 2021 04:37 (two weeks ago) link


I honk along darkened Bobo-doors (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 15 July 2021 12:07 (two weeks ago) link

Newport Folk Fest has taken on the tune of Camper Van Beethoven's No More Bullshit in my mind.

peace, man, Monday, 26 July 2021 13:28 (four days ago) link

“Coconut Yogurts” was on the shopping list, and my brain did this v strongly to the tune of “Buffalo Soldier.”

ghost runner on first (morrisp), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 05:17 (three days ago) link

Stolen from Africa
Placed in my shopping cart

trial by wombat (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 11:17 (three days ago) link

Coconut yogurt
Milk-based culture
Fermenting sugars
With Bifidobacteria

Singing: Mmm Danone / Mmm-mm Danone

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 11:32 (three days ago) link

there's a bar I visit
that's Wu-Tang themed and plays nothing
but 90s hip hop.

i love every visit.
and it's not just the usual songs either.
wide variety.

― making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), dinsdag 27 juli 2021 20:10

my new favourite verse of "How Will I Know"

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 18:21 (three days ago) link


making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 18:36 (three days ago) link

On Lok restaurant always puts “California Gurls”into my head.

"The Pus/Worm" by The Smiths (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 19:22 (two days ago) link

someone on social media posted about a project called Alternative Art School

now it is permanently to the tune of Alternative Ulster

sarahell, Thursday, 29 July 2021 02:29 (yesterday) link

Girlfriend is a big John Mayer + Seinfeld fan. Every time Love On the Weekend comes on we sing:

Love on the weekend
Love on the weekend
I’m out there, Jerry
And I’m lovin’ every minute of it

triggercut, Thursday, 29 July 2021 12:15 (yesterday) link

We've had watermelon-feta salad a couple of times this summer which in my head is invariably sung by Harry Styles.

dinnerboat, Thursday, 29 July 2021 16:16 (yesterday) link

Upland bog
We’ve been hiking in an upland bog

"The Pus/Worm" by The Smiths (hardcore dilettante), Friday, 30 July 2021 03:43 (three hours ago) link

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