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) 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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) link

Temple Of The Dog: Hunger Strike

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

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

ahahahaha

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

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

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

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

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

ahahaha

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

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

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

(there are probably better ways to fill that in)

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

WHAT

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

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

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

I feel the lunch, baby

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

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 (eleven months ago) link

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 (ten months ago) link

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

flappy bird, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 04:43 (ten months ago) link

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

sarahell, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 18:29 (ten months ago) link

three months pass...

https://img.discogs.com/3oSqTlLZ-QFFPVjEgUuJapyIro4=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(40)/discogs-images/R-7032799-1432192692-7771.jpeg.jpg

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
K-19!

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

lol

peace, man, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 16:54 (seven months ago) link

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 (five months ago) link

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 (five months ago) link

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 (five months ago) link

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 (five months ago) link

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

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:20 (five months ago) link

xxp - PG Tips has a totally different association for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTam9BJJq9w&t=17

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:29 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTam9BJJq9w&t=17

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:30 (five months ago) link

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

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:33 (five months ago) link

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

sarahell, Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:38 (five months ago) link

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 (five months ago) link

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 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

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

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/960x540/p01bqhrp.jpg

Darin, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 16:07 (four months ago) link

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

sarahell, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 16:10 (four months ago) link

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

MaresNest, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:52 (four months ago) link

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

flappy bird, Friday, 10 May 2019 18:31 (four months ago) link

Just picked up an early Dick novel

https://borgdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/world-jones-made-e.jpg

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEuWE_pm5O4

mick signals, Friday, 17 May 2019 15:12 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Don't cry
Don't raise your eye
It's only

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/98/Teenage_caveman.JPG

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:59 (two months ago) link

Bam-Bam O'Riley

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:02 (two months ago) link

https://youtu.be/M3qoqkKCK3M?t=1689

Screamin' Jay Gould (The Yellow Kid), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 16:35 (two months ago) link

It’s not that inexplicable — but when I see the word “Panama” (like on my TV right now, where soccer is playing), my head plays the obvious tune

Consider the coconut (morrisp), Thursday, 27 June 2019 02:13 (two months ago) link

d'oh... i got introduced to teenage caveman by that MST episode so i've certainly seen that Tom Servo riff, but forgotten it. and hear i thought i was on the cutting edge of dad song joke humor.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 27 June 2019 13:24 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

I was recently pouring vodka into a water bottle, so as to bring it someplace where it was technically not allowed, and I explained to my wife that it was stealth vodka.

We both immediately shouted STEALTH VODKA! in a Fred Schneider style

Rumspringsteen (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 17 August 2019 11:55 (four weeks ago) link

lol

☮ (peace, man), Saturday, 17 August 2019 17:00 (four weeks ago) link

A+

sarahell, Sunday, 18 August 2019 16:17 (four weeks ago) link

My cabin had a problem with an ermine that kept getting in, but we could never find and catch it. One day my boyfriend was over and his car was parked out front, and my cousin spotted a tiny ermine disappearing under his car. So she came in and reported, "John, there's a baby ermine underneath your car."

John: What?
Cousin: There's a baby ermine underneath your car.
John: WHAT?
Cousin (patiently): Underneath your car, there's a baby ermine.

Cousin and I looked at each other, had an epiphany, and simultaneously sang "Underneeeeaaaath your car, there's a baby ermine!" to the tune of Shakira's "Underneath Your Clothes."

Lily Dale, Thursday, 22 August 2019 09:41 (three weeks ago) link

I don't know why, but my horrible brain has recently started torturing me with:

Here I am!
Rock you like I'm Herman Cain!

Auld Drink of Misery (zchyrs), Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:45 (three weeks ago) link

On a similar note, I keep singing "Joe Biden" to the tune of KISS's "Black Diamond"

Darin, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:59 (three weeks ago) link

loooool

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 22 August 2019 19:15 (three weeks ago) link

TaskRabbit to the tune of "Phat Rabbit."

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 25 August 2019 02:18 (three weeks ago) link

I started using a cpap machine this summer for sleep apnea, and mentally refer to it as the "apnea machine". When I put it on before bed now I hear Paul Westerburg saying, "how do you say good night to an apnea machine?"

joygoat, Monday, 26 August 2019 14:19 (two weeks ago) link

Jordan Henderson will all be there
Mane Salah Firmino, what a scene

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 26 August 2019 14:41 (two weeks ago) link

How do you mend
A broken poptart

FUCK YOUR POTATO (Neanderthal), Monday, 26 August 2019 15:52 (two weeks ago) link

It’s totally problematic
Whenever you’re around
Problematic

Pointer sisters voice

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 28 August 2019 15:56 (two weeks 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, November 30, 2008 2:33 PM (ten years ago

when I read that Robert Mugabe died the other day, I thought of this

sarahell, Saturday, 7 September 2019 21:10 (one week 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, November 30, 2008 2:33 PM (ten years ago/

when I read that Robert Mugabe died the other day, I thought of this


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

bendy, Sunday, 8 September 2019 00:42 (one week ago) link

♫ Octa octa,
gimme the news,
I've got a bad case
of loving you ♫

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 09:37 (five days ago) link

*Octo octa obv

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

i'd make bolognese for ya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR6iYWJxHqs

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

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

It summons Thompson Twins.

https://youtu.be/APyl6Cnbfzw

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


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