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

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 (two months ago) link


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

"Drawn Into the Flight Path of Sounds" --> every time I see this thread title, I sing it to "Caught up in the rapture of you" from that Anita Baker song

sarahell, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 18:54 (two months ago) link

The "defenestrate them all" thread is to the tune of The Winner Takes it All.

a hallan shaker loon (dowd), Thursday, 19 August 2021 05:58 (two months ago) link

Some antibiotics say they can be taken with or without food so of course then I’m tricked into singing U2.

Alba, Thursday, 19 August 2021 11:20 (two months ago) link

xp - that thread title always gets me into "Defenestrate them all / no mercy shown / heaven knows it's got to be this time ..."

sarahell, Saturday, 21 August 2021 03:09 (two months ago) link

My kids' Cheerios box says "You Oat-A-Know" on the back.

And I'm like:

Well I'm here!
To remind you!
Of the oats they put in your cereal!

Robert Cray-Cray (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 28 August 2021 13:22 (one month ago) link

Kostas Tsimikas to the tune of What's New, Pussycat?

Piedie Gimbel, Saturday, 28 August 2021 13:29 (one month ago) link

lol @ last two

kinder, Saturday, 28 August 2021 13:35 (one month ago) link

Nunslaughter's latest album is called Red is the Color of Ripping Death

and all I can hear is Nick Hexum singing

whoa oh
red is the color of ripping death
whoa oh

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Saturday, 28 August 2021 13:47 (one month ago) link

Asiago cheese.

When I see it I have to sing (internally, I'm not a monster) "Ohhh asia-a-go, obá obá obá" (Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 "Mas Que Nada," and I had to google the lyrics to get the obá obá obá.)

nickn, Monday, 6 September 2021 21:25 (one month ago) link

Lol, good one

What Does Blecch Mean to Me? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 6 September 2021 21:27 (one month ago) link

Dear Evan Hansen to the tune of Kaleidoscope's "Dear Nellie Goodrich." Makes it way more tolerable to hear about Dear Evan Hansen.

the adventures of pavlo and schrödis (geoffreyess), Monday, 20 September 2021 16:14 (one month ago) link

Been playing Lego and I have a.... Brick Separator

(Smooth Operator, obviously)

kinder, Monday, 20 September 2021 18:32 (one month ago) link

When I'm feeling stressed I start singing "im gonna get stressed / and de-pressed" to Roxette's 'Dressed For Success'

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 20 September 2021 21:07 (one month ago) link

It started with Holloway Road, which of course is v close to "Holiday Road", but now my brain has been doing this for every sign with "road" on it in London, no matter how tortured the meter. Halp!

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 10:01 (one month ago) link

I used to walk by Harriet Street in Pittsburgh all the time in the early 90s, and it seemed like it should be the hook of some wet indie song, perhaps obliquely about getting your 7" put out by Harriet Records, "I want to live on Harriet Street". There's also Sarah Street in another part of town, but that didn't inspire the same jangly guitar sounds in my head.

Citole Country (bendy), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 14:21 (one month ago) link

Chic - "Dance, Dance, Dance (Gyoza, Gyoza, Gyoza)" (when I'm making gyoza)

the adventures of pavlo and schrödis (geoffreyess), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 20:48 (one month ago) link

sometimes people on Twitter write "get in the bin" and I imagine it sung to the tune of Sparks' "Get In The Swing"

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 21:58 (one month ago) link

When I'm feeling stressed I start singing "im gonna get stressed / and de-pressed" to Roxette's 'Dressed For Success'

Nice. When I'm exceptionally stressed it's "TIME TO HAVE STRESS!!!" to Mad Cobra's "Flex (Time to Have Sex)".

swim, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 22:03 (one month ago) link

When taking the trash out on a rainy night (or when finding that someone else is throwing something out that would've been a great find if it wasn't already soaked): "sometimes it rains on trash night" to "Sometimes it Snows in April".

swim, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 22:07 (one month ago) link

Upon returning home and being met at the door by my cat: "Cat! / Savior of the universe! / Cat! / She'll save every one of us!" to Queen's "Flash".

swim, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 22:39 (one month ago) link

When I sing the diarrhea song I always replace "feel something burst" with "feel like Fred Durst"

you had me at "giallo" (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 22:42 (one month ago) link

oh no

(fred schneider voice) we can be heroes, just for one DAY

— blaine capatch (@blainecapatch) September 22, 2021

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 22:41 (one month ago) link

One of my facebook friends just posted, "I wish I knew why I was on this plane," and my brain has been singing the beginning of "Half Past France" ever since.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:59 (one month ago) link

There is a meme going around with a picture of Billy Idol that says "It's a nice day for a... light sweater" and the ln "It's a nice day for a... CARDIGAAAAN."

And I would just like to say thT I approve of this meme and I am incorporating these into my lifestyle

Because I am sheep



Habemus poptimism (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 24 September 2021 21:51 (four weeks ago) link

"I wish I knew why I was on this plane,"

"No one said that this jet was easy / did that no one ever take a jet this hard?" to Jawbreaker's "Ashtray Monument".

swim, Friday, 24 September 2021 23:27 (four weeks ago) link

The Elton song Are You Ready for Lunch? is popular in my brain.

Alba, Saturday, 25 September 2021 12:40 (three weeks ago) link

I've had the Four Tops' 'Bernadette' stuck in my head for like the last day and a half except at some point it morphed into 'Burn To Death' so that's what I just keep hearing over and over now

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Sunday, 26 September 2021 03:17 (three weeks ago) link

xp, "Ready for Lunch" is a Bad Company jam.

Habemus poptimism (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 26 September 2021 11:48 (three weeks ago) link

lol i picked up "Burn to Death" off a misheard-lyrics site circa 2005 and it absolutely defines the song to me. terrifying.

I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 26 September 2021 13:04 (three weeks ago) link

lol, yeah, I hope it hasn't permanently ruined the song for me (e.g. that thing where I can't not hear Falco sing 'hot potatoes, hot potatoes').

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Sunday, 26 September 2021 13:08 (three weeks ago) link

Van Halen's "Hot for Treacher" is an all time favorite, the well known classic about Roth's fetish for fish n chips

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Sunday, 26 September 2021 13:44 (three weeks ago) link

Whenever these are around, I sing the name like the Pixies’ “Caribou”:

juristic person (morrisp), Sunday, 26 September 2021 17:14 (three weeks ago) link

Van Halen's "Hot for Treacher" is an all time favorite, the well known classic about Roth's fetish for fish n chips

lol i'm just going to take it all the way to being a boastful metaphor concerning his rock-star success: "I've got it made, I've got it made, I've got it made - I'm Arthur Treacher." sort of an "i think i'm Big Meech, Larry Hoover" type thing, but fast-food fish-n-chip related.

surprised to learn there is exactly one Arthur Treacher's establishment left. also that "Arthur Treacher" was a successful British actor whose affiliation with the company was kept vague. i think i'd always figured he was like ColoneL Sanders, or possibly Captain D.

I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 26 September 2021 17:31 (three weeks ago) link

lol wow. I never ate there either - just walked by one in the mall many times as a then fish-hating youth.

oh wow he was Constable Jones in Mary Poppins!

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Sunday, 26 September 2021 18:28 (three weeks ago) link

I think it’s “Got it bad, got it bad…” etc though admitttedly Roth’s accent makes it sound kinda funny

Josefa, Sunday, 26 September 2021 18:34 (three weeks ago) link

it is, but I misheard it as "made" the first time and have never entirely shaken it.

I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 26 September 2021 19:29 (three weeks ago) link

I wanna take you to a fig bar! Fig bar! Fig bar!

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 2 October 2021 15:10 (two weeks ago) link

Morrissey is a Racist = Sheena is a Punk Rocker

bookmarkflaglink (Darin), Saturday, 2 October 2021 22:33 (two weeks ago) link

I've just seen Perry Anderson's name on the homepage and sung it to the tune of 'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)' by Metallica.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 16:28 (two weeks ago) link

“I’m in the Meal Deal” to the tune of We’re in the Money or, sometimes I’m Every Woman.

Alba, Friday, 8 October 2021 02:14 (two weeks ago) link


Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Friday, 8 October 2021 09:17 (two weeks ago) link

To the tune of ZZ Top's 'Velcro Fly"

"Do the Remko Scha"

licorice in the front, pizza in the rear (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 8 October 2021 17:01 (two weeks ago) link

MERV-13 to the tune of "Dancing Queen"

sarahell, Friday, 8 October 2021 17:35 (two weeks ago) link

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