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

ahahahaha

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"
and
"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:

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

dad a, Monday, 1 December 2008 15:50 (eleven years ago) link

ahahaha

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... http://farm1.static.flickr.com/23/29589361_c80f1d9834.jpg?v=0 ...my 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
etc.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:15 (eleven years ago) link

WHAT

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

http://istor.indyarocks.com/trphotos/NoShakeyShakey1206254587.jpg

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

had to drive co-worker to a meeting in suburbs that involved taking highway 238 ... i warned him I would get the Misfits stuck in my head ...

We're on 238
We're on 238 ...

he was warned

sarahell, Saturday, 5 September 2020 02:04 (one month ago) link

On a recent camping trip someone used a Jetboil to make coffee and I had Jet Boy, Jet Girl stuck in my head for quite a while.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 5 September 2020 02:14 (one month ago) link

I absolutely do that with any number that ends with 38

My kid is hardcore into Pokémon lately and I get a bunch of their names set to tunes in my head.

Besides the obvious Siouxsie pronunciation of pikachu, I hear Stevie Nicks or Gene Simmons saying “golduck woman” and Stephen Malamus yelling “not here babe...torchic!”

joygoat, Saturday, 5 September 2020 15:11 (one month ago) link

My Bloody valentine
dead rotting valentine
you made me rip out your heaaaaaaaaaaaaart

Neanderthal, Saturday, 5 September 2020 15:29 (one month ago) link

Whoa, Antietam
We could make it together

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 01:40 (one month ago) link

Gonna see the Rona
Got a ticket for the Bay City Rona

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 01:56 (one month ago) link

Don’t think I’ve ever looked at the menu of an Indian restaurant without singing “Vindaloo!” to the tune of ABBA’s “Waterloo.”

Can Butch Vig not do "dynamimcs"? (morrisp), Saturday, 12 September 2020 00:43 (one month ago) link

totally owned by the actual lyrics of "I Just Wanna Have Something To Do" for me

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 12 September 2020 00:49 (one month ago) link

OTM

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 September 2020 16:49 (one month ago) link

Here’s your ticket
Hear the drummer get triptych

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 September 2020 00:08 (one month ago) link

Or substitute on the first line instead of you prefer

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 September 2020 02:43 (one month ago) link

whenever i see last posted by ilxor "One Eye Open" I get "I'm Not Losing Sleep" by Julian Cope stuck in my head for at least 30 minutes

sarahell, Friday, 18 September 2020 05:38 (one month ago) link

“Born Under Punches”/The Jerk
“Take a look at these cans!”

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 September 2020 04:02 (one month ago) link

Lol, nice.

This is still a problem for me.

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

Whoa-oh here she comes
Watch out boy, she'll raise your boat
Whoa-oh here she comes
She's an airbladder

📺👁️ (peace, man), Saturday, 26 September 2020 13:16 (one month ago) link

Me dealing with a constipated dog that I was walking last week had an rewrite of the Shoop Shoop song in my head.

"Is it in the street?
Oh no, that's just some sticks
Is it by his feet?
Oh no, that's melted Twix
If you wanna no
The dogg didn't go
It's still in his butt"

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Saturday, 26 September 2020 13:35 (one month ago) link

oh my God, that's super-relevant to my life right now.

📺👁️ (peace, man), Saturday, 26 September 2020 16:09 (one month ago) link

*ugly kid joe voice* "10 things I still hate about you!"

(needs a "still" to work, in my head)

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Saturday, 26 September 2020 16:34 (one month ago) link

We watch a lot of Dodger games in my house and whenever Kike Hernandez comes to bat my wife sings “Kike, do you love me?”

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 27 September 2020 01:20 (one month ago) link

it's a good day for you to learn alt-0233

Thoia Thoing, Maryland (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 27 September 2020 02:24 (one month ago) link

Ha - sorry. Kee-kay.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 27 September 2020 02:55 (one month ago) link

I read right past that and wondered why he was coming to beat your wife.

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 27 September 2020 03:32 (one month ago) link

"It's your turn..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LED83F8tW10

calstars, Sunday, 27 September 2020 10:59 (one month ago) link

I was vaguely thinking of making spaghetti carbonara for dinner.

Now my head is like, "going to carbonara in my mind."

Can't you see the bacon

velcro-magnon (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 27 September 2020 18:28 (one month ago) link

lol

in my mouth, it's paaasta carbonaara

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 27 September 2020 18:49 (one month ago) link

Someone in my social media orbit posted something about how the way to deal with pandemic isolation plus winter isolation is to "think like a Norwegian."

And of course we all went off on a long mental vacation singing that to the tune of "Walk Like an Egyptian."

zombeekeeper (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 22:54 (one month ago) link

“How I got COVID,” to the tune of “How I Got Over”

She Thinks I Will Dare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 October 2020 23:15 (two weeks ago) link

Could also be “How I Got Rona,” I guess

She Thinks I Will Dare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 October 2020 23:16 (two weeks ago) link

whenever I see this thread I think of that Burger King ad with little people cowboys singing “Buffalo mini sirloin burgers” over a campfire

brimstead, Sunday, 11 October 2020 01:08 (two weeks ago) link

I’m currently reading Yoon Ha Lee’s Revenant Gun, every time I pick it up I start singing the title to the tune of The Who’s “Eminence Front” to myself.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Sunday, 11 October 2020 01:31 (two weeks ago) link

I keep singing rona to the tune of Craig Mclachlan's Mona.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Sunday, 11 October 2020 12:35 (two weeks ago) link

Recent thread gets High Plains Drifter by the beastie boys stuck in my head “read me my rights, as if I didn’t know this / threw me in the tank with TRUMP GOT COVID”

joygoat, Sunday, 11 October 2020 12:42 (two weeks ago) link

Ha, will now start singing Rona to Bo Diddley's "Mona."

She Thinks I Will Dare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 11 October 2020 12:50 (two weeks ago) link

every time I see the word “hotelier” in my head I hear Juvenile saying it

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Sunday, 11 October 2020 14:09 (two weeks ago) link

I feel like it happens w a couple of other words too, but that’s the one that makes me irl lol

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Sunday, 11 October 2020 14:10 (two weeks ago) link

I guess I'm sadly unaware of Bo Diddley's stuff - hadn't realised it was a cover! Thanks James.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Sunday, 11 October 2020 14:14 (two weeks ago) link

“How I got COVID,” to the tune of “How I Got Over”

― She Thinks I Will Dare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, October 10, 2020 4:15 PM (yesterday)

haha now -- 2nd level -- "How I got COVID" to the tune of "Crimson and Clover"

sarahell, Sunday, 11 October 2020 15:53 (two weeks ago) link

A few years back I glimpsed a story on the news where the headline was “Bizarre Manspreading Assault” (presumably, per Google, this one), for some reason my brain immediately inserted that phrase into the scansion of Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open The Door”, and ever since I’ve found myself intermittently singing “bizarre manspreading assault” under my breath to the melody of the Townshend song entirely unprompted by any reminder of manspreading or “Let My Love Open The Door”’s existence.
(I guess I could’ve posted that in this thread at any point since 2017 but this is the first time since then that an instance of the described phenomenon has lined up closely enough with a thread revive for me to a) Remember the thread’s existence and b) Not go “aww, man, I know this has happened to be before, I just can’t think of how or with what song.”)

wowwww

Doctor Casino, Monday, 12 October 2020 00:22 (two weeks ago) link

‘Mats
Wait, they don’t love you like I love you
#OneThread

She Thinks I Will Dare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 12 October 2020 04:19 (two weeks ago) link

Pinky & the Brain obviously already have an iconic theme song, but also: to the tune of "Blame it on the Rain."

Doctor Casino, Monday, 12 October 2020 16:56 (two weeks ago) link

there was a buttermilk culture/in the heart of the refrigerator

brimstead, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 17:47 (two weeks ago) link

♬ "Demonyms spoken in claasss todayyyyyy" ♬

Ilxor in the streets, Scampo in the sheets (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 15 October 2020 11:18 (two weeks ago) link

POLL pots, POLL pots, POLL pots, POLL pots

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 15 October 2020 23:45 (two weeks ago) link

POLL pots, POLL pots, POLL pots, POLL pots

it's the new Oktoberfest Pretzels
they're 2 for 7 bucks
...

sarahell, Friday, 16 October 2020 16:12 (one week ago) link

I mean, as the threadstarter I had absolutely no hopes for it. Turns out Lindelof did the right thing in the end, which I didn't expect in the slightest. Happy to have expectations undone.

― Ned Raggett, Saturday, October 17, 2020 12:53 PM (three hours ago)


”I AM THE THREADSTARTER!”

Guitar Dick (morrisp), Saturday, 17 October 2020 23:06 (one week ago) link

“I AM THE GOD OF THREADSTARTING!”

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2020 23:10 (one week ago) link

lol x2

sarahell, Sunday, 18 October 2020 19:24 (one week ago) link

big RAGGS aka the

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 18 October 2020 20:43 (one week ago) link

The name of a certain lawyer who used to be mayor of NYC to the tune of “Gary, Indiana.” Been doing this since he WAS mayor, I think, don’t believe I posted it before/zingposting.

Spiral "Scratch" Starecase (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 October 2020 06:31 (four days ago) link

We watch a lot of Dodger games in my house and whenever Kike Hernandez comes to bat my wife sings “Kike, do you love me?”

― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, September 26, 2020 9:20 PM (four weeks ago)

At this point in our household, "Randy Arozarena" is always sung to the tune of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Weston-super-Mare, Minehead, Lynmouth, Ilfracome, etc. (SlimAndSlam), Sunday, 25 October 2020 21:42 (four days ago) link


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