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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen years ago) link

Temple Of The Dog: Hunger Strike

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

(there are probably better ways to fill that in)

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


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

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

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

I feel the lunch, baby

mottdeterre, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:24 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 2 October 2021 15:10 (one year ago) link

Morrissey is a Racist = Sheena is a Punk Rocker

bookmarkflaglink (Darin), Saturday, 2 October 2021 22:33 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link


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

MERV-13 to the tune of "Dancing Queen"

sarahell, Friday, 8 October 2021 17:35 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

"kwisatz haderach" to the tune of "get back, honky cat"

I also have a stove box in the garage with everything written in english/spanish/french; whenever I see 'estufa' I hear guy picciotto singing it at the beginning of 'exit only'

joygoat, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 21:42 (one year ago) link


Sunt eu picasso...

(from the Numa Numa yay song)

kinder, Monday, 8 November 2021 19:41 (one year ago) link

Whenever I see an album by Julian Bream, classical guitarist:

Julian Bream
Bream boat queen
Queen of all my dreams

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Sunday, 14 November 2021 04:21 (one year ago) link


Wamsutta, wamsutta, bam a lam
Wamsutta, wamsutta, bam a lam

sarahell, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 03:40 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Hot takes -> "Hot Freaks", GBV

Circle Sky Pilot (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 23 December 2021 19:46 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

gaslighting -> “Nightclubbing”

Presenting the Fabulous Redettes Featuring James (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 15 January 2022 12:30 (ten months ago) link

Things that I say to the tune of “Eminence Front,” Part I

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 29, 2022

west elm girls (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 29 January 2022 04:22 (ten months ago) link

Not the same thing, but when I think of PJ Harvey's line "Little fish, big fish, swimming in the water" I follow it with "Come Mr tallyman, tally me banana."

nickn, Saturday, 29 January 2022 07:50 (ten months ago) link

Brisk Money
Put your Filas on

Tapioca Tumbril (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 January 2022 21:47 (ten months ago) link

"Bomb calorimeter" makes me hum "Ein Keloheinu."

Moniker? I barely know 'er! (SlimAndSlam), Sunday, 30 January 2022 13:06 (ten months ago) link

whenever i cook white rice the first thing i hear is lou reed shouting "WHITE RICE" like the intro to white light.

maelin, Sunday, 30 January 2022 17:37 (ten months ago) link

Verizon admonishments to pay online -- "your bill is just a click away" --->> chorus of Gimme Shelter

sarahell, Monday, 31 January 2022 05:52 (ten months ago) link

I can Creames Fartpoop
if I can't hold you tonight

he's very big in the region of my butthole (Neanderthal), Thursday, 3 February 2022 14:38 (ten months ago) link

I will too often find myself wandering around the apartment singing "I don't know where my phone is...." to the tune of that Nelly Furtado songs, which is double bad 'cos now I can't find my phone and I'm singing a Nelly Furtado song........
― m0stlyClean, Thursday, September 3, 2020 6:31 PM

oh see mine is "I want to know where phone is, I want you to show me" dunno if that's worse
― sarahell, Friday, September 4, 2020 7:15 AM

"Where is my phone" for me is sung to the tune of "Where is my Mind?"
― tater totalitarian (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, September 4, 2020 8:41 AM (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink

No no guys, it's to the tune of 'Where is the Love?'
― emil.y, Friday, September 4, 2020 8:52 AM

Today I found myself doing a Dylan / "Tight Connection" thing: "Has anybody SEEN my phone? Has anybody seen MY phone?..."

False Pretenses Lad (morrisp), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 21:59 (nine months ago) link

I sing "Here I go again on my phone" to the tune of Whitesnake a lot

frogbs, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 22:09 (nine months ago) link

I’ve been known to say to myself “Got phone… in pocket,” à la the Pretenders’ “Brass in Pocket” (which feels like an extremely dorky thing to do).

False Pretenses Lad (morrisp), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 22:23 (nine months ago) link

Cuz I've got one phone in my pocket
And the other one is giving a peace sign

imam and apple pie (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 10 February 2022 13:40 (nine months ago) link

Dem party bullshit always makes me hear the Doors:

She's a


Debbie Wasserman Schultz!

― how's life, Monday, July 25, 2016 6:12 AM (five years ago)

i actually think of this on a semi-regular basis ... so today, to that same Doors song ...

she's a


genderqueer lesbian frog

sarahell, Sunday, 13 February 2022 05:13 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Ritorna, Madonna

to Whiney's favorite .... Kokomo

the new Fujiya Miyagi

sarahell, Monday, 14 March 2022 16:56 (eight months ago) link

That ain't no Portrait of a Lady
No portrait of your baby, your woman, your friend
That ain't no Portrait of a Lady, no way
But maybe it's a way for us to end

Doctor Casino, Monday, 14 March 2022 19:56 (eight months ago) link

this is the POWER OF THE DOG (to the tune of this is the rhythm of the night)

mia wasikowska, mia mia wasikowska (to the tune of mr. dobbalina)

na (NA), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 17:41 (eight months ago) link

You can find me In the Cut

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 18:02 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

leche de coco to the first 5 notes of the funkytown melody

circles, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 02:57 (six months ago) link

Oooh, I love the way you love the way you love me
There's nowhere else I'd rather be (la-di-la-di-liee-eee-eeeye)
Oooh, to feel the way I feel with your arms around me
I only wish that you could see-eeee The Spy Who Loved Me (Loved me)
Woah-ooh-oh-oooh-oh, The Spy Who Loved Me

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 12:52 (six months ago) link

three months pass...

"The Story of a Canceled Teen" to the tune of "Owner of a Lonely Heart"

sarahell, Monday, 22 August 2022 00:10 (three months ago) link

I sing “I’ve been learning to troll” to the opening line of “Mama Mia”

Ward Fowler, Monday, 22 August 2022 06:03 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I know when that hotline bling
It can only mean one thing

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 13 September 2022 17:42 (two months ago) link

Goodbye, Suzy Creamcheese
Who could hang a name on you?

an incomprehensible borefest full of elves (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 14 September 2022 23:45 (two months ago) link

Ask any Honda owner who's often left alone all by herself

brimstead, Wednesday, 14 September 2022 23:59 (two months ago) link

When I walk my dog, he likes to kick and scrape with his back paws after he, well, poops. Which is a problem if I'm on somebody's lawn. And then one day I had a certain playlist on. So now in these situations, I like to croon quietly to myself--

No diggity (I got to bag it up)

gucci meme (theStalePrince), Thursday, 15 September 2022 01:49 (two months ago) link

(reading laundry care instructions)

“Tumble dry LOW, LOW, LOW, LOW…”

mosh pit insurance agent (morrisp), Thursday, 15 September 2022 02:17 (two months ago) link

Every time my partner says "darling", I think (and sometimes say) "we're up against it." Which is a problem, because darling is my partner's go-to when addressing me.

The thing is, I don't even like 'Major Leagues' that much. But it's lodged in my head somehow.

The Ghost Club, Thursday, 15 September 2022 06:26 (two months 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, December 3, 2008 9:23 PM

A big lunch one for me is "break for lunch" => Break 4 Love by Raze

Alba, Friday, 16 September 2022 12:20 (two months ago) link

Can’t remember if I posted these above, but I do the same thing with “Armenia” for “America” (God Bless Armenia, etc) and — the coup de grace — “asshole” for “angel”:


an incomprehensible borefest full of elves (hardcore dilettante), Friday, 16 September 2022 14:26 (two months ago) link

the floor is guava (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 16 September 2022 16:55 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

"time blindness" to the chorus of "Sky Pilot"

sarahell, Wednesday, 9 November 2022 19:53 (three weeks ago) link

An ADHD anthem for the ages.

an incomprehensible borefest full of elves (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 10 November 2022 01:55 (three weeks ago) link

Did we do “Musk” -> “Tusk” yet?

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 00:14 (one week ago) link

Hard to see this on the shelf without a Dead Boys tune running thru my head:

"Mick Wall at Kerrang!" (morrisp), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 00:19 (one week ago) link


Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 00:20 (one week ago) link


Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 01:59 (one week ago) link

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