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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

Temple Of The Dog: Hunger Strike

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

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 30 November 2008 02:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink


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

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

Ivan, Sunday, 30 November 2008 22:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

adamj, Monday, 1 December 2008 07:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

thread is everything i wanted it to be and more.

uәʇɹɐƃu!әʍ ˙ƃ ʎәu!Ⴁʍ (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 1 December 2008 07:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

"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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink


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

omg "I'll tumble dry ya" - laundry is never going to be the same!

Doctor Casino, Monday, 1 December 2008 16:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

"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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

On seeing a chinchilla in a city farm: "Chinchilla! Who got the keys to my bima?"

chap, Monday, 1 December 2008 23:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 00:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

(there are probably better ways to fill that in)

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 00:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

"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 (nine years ago) Permalink


k3vin k., Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

k3vin k., Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

I feel the lunch, baby

mottdeterre, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

There Will be Blood, sung to the tune of "She Will be Loved"

reggaeton shark (salsa shark), Sunday, 7 December 2008 17:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

No more lock the taskbar, I know, I know, it's serious ...

sarahell, Friday, 6 October 2017 06:06 (four months ago) Permalink

"Smiling Pizza," neighborhood pizzeria

Smiling Pizza
Smiling Pizza sometimes they don't tell the truth
Smiling Pizza, Smiling Pizza tell lies, and I got the proof

Josefa, Friday, 6 October 2017 06:20 (four months ago) Permalink

Every time I see a review for this show that i know nothing about:

Because I'm Nathan for You but I'm not that Nathaaaan.

Frederik B, Friday, 6 October 2017 09:16 (four months ago) Permalink

See, it happened again: There was a headline on reading "Surgery remove's Ohio snake's toxic, swollen venom gland" and I was all "toxic swollen venom gland, doo dah, doo dah . . ."

― Οὖτις Δαυ & τηε Κνιγητσ (Phil D.), Thursday, November 6, 2014 3:13 PM (two years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

"Sadly, toxic algae blooms, doo dah, doo dah"

how's life, Friday, 13 October 2017 11:57 (four months ago) Permalink

Oh, Camptown Races is another great one.

looser than lucinda (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 13 October 2017 12:46 (four months ago) Permalink

Often when I get myself some green tea, I'm getting it with Greensleeves playing in my head. It's best whenever it's the Leonard Cohen version.

And if I have anything with old cheese (slice, salad, whatever), it tends to go on Simon & Garfunkel's Old Friends. "Old cheese. Old cheese. Great on a toast made of fine wheats." or similar.

Valentijn, Friday, 13 October 2017 13:11 (four months ago) Permalink


illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 13 October 2017 13:14 (four months ago) Permalink

--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"

someone on fb posted a picture that included a visible package of Tillamook County Smokers .... I had the Michael Jackson song stuck in my head for at least 30 minutes non-stop

sarahell, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:05 (four months ago) Permalink

basically, it's not just my inexplicable phrases/songs -- I end up with other people's as well

sarahell, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:07 (four months ago) Permalink

for some reason I started hearing that to the tune of "big rock candy mountain"

mh, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:08 (four months ago) Permalink

oh but I had a new one last night! -- "Windows Defender" to the tune of "Ghetto Defendant" by The Clash

sarahell, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:09 (four months ago) Permalink

it was like some deep subconscious Manchurian Candidate thing, as I had not heard or even thought about that song for at least 20+ years

sarahell, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:11 (four months ago) Permalink

good one

mh, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:15 (four months ago) Permalink

"Take your card and your cash will follow" En Vogue style.
― thomasintrouble, Sunday, 17 July 2016 01:33 (10 hours ago)

Yes, me too every time

― TARANTINO! (dog latin), Sunday, July 17, 2016 11:50 AM (one year ago)

This one always gets me too.

emil.y, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:17 (four months ago) Permalink

I do wonder if the entirety of Combat Rock can be inspired through regular use of Windows (pre-Windows 10 - R.I.P. lock the taskbar)

sarahell, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:25 (four months ago) Permalink

Ha! Speaking of the Clash...

Spanish Bombs - Oh my car is on

kornrulez6969, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:29 (four months ago) Permalink

Recently been infected by a Steely Dan one - "Breaaaaaaaad - it will come back to you." and "Caaaaaake, it will come back to you.", works with loads of words, it really is a sickness.

barbarian radge (NotEnough), Wednesday, 25 October 2017 20:45 (four months ago) Permalink

leeeet's clean the theat-er agaaaaaaaain
leeeet's clean the theat-er agaaaaaaaain

― difficult listening hour, Tuesday, November 1, 2016 12:17 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 10:30 (three months ago) Permalink

At some point, I started hearing Iggy's shouted chorus in 'Down in the Street' as 'DEWALT! DEWALT!' and now my brain always tries to turn the song into a commercial for power tools.

Winky Carrothers (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 12:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Or I guess I should say, for the purposes of this thread, that I always find myself singing 'Down in the Street' when I use my drill.

Winky Carrothers (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 12:12 (three months ago) Permalink

When I use my drill I invariably sing "I... found... my... DRILL, on Blueberry Hill."

what if a much of a which of a wind (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 12:47 (three months ago) Permalink

It keeps coming back to this:

I almost forgot this one, whenever I see Fujiya and Miyagi's name, I sing it to "Kokomo"

Fujiya, Miyagi, oooh i wanna take ya

― Whiney G. Weingarten, Sunday, January 11, 2009 9:17 AM (eight years ago)

My drill is a Makita, so I sing, Makita, Miyagi, ooh i'm gonna drill ya ... to the tune of Kokomo

sarahell, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 15:59 (three months ago) Permalink

At work a few years back we were ordering a lot of Wagamama’s when working late. To this day, their Amai Udon makes me go “amai udon - amai - amai udon” to the bridge melody of Livin’ Joy’s Dreamer.

bamboohouses, Thursday, 2 November 2017 09:03 (three months ago) Permalink

haha, I'm now gonna be doing this too

kinder, Thursday, 2 November 2017 12:54 (three months ago) Permalink

You can probably guess what song materialized as I wrote 'November rent' on the Memo line of the check.

Vas the deferens? (Old Lunch), Friday, 3 November 2017 13:50 (three months ago) Permalink

kinder, Friday, 3 November 2017 18:21 (three months ago) Permalink

Getting a rental car at the Denver airport today, there were four traffic islands between lanes where you had to wait for shuttle buses, labeled island 1-4.

I’ve had “island number three, that is what we are” in my head since.

joygoat, Friday, 3 November 2017 23:42 (three months ago) Permalink

agh I just read a tweet about Denver airport then read this thread

kinder, Saturday, 4 November 2017 00:01 (three months ago) Permalink

Upland bog
But to get there is an uphill slog

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 4 November 2017 21:01 (three months ago) Permalink

Casual Pants --> American Band

sarahell, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:16 (three months ago) Permalink

Moist (vreeeeeeet)
Towelette (vrooooot)

Sushi and the Banchan (Spectrist), Thursday, 16 November 2017 09:52 (three months ago) Permalink

"Fried Egg I'm In Love" to the Cure song

thomasintrouble, Thursday, 16 November 2017 12:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Also my cat is called Moey so we sing

"I can call you Moey,
and Moey when you call me,
you can call MIAOW"

thomasintrouble, Thursday, 16 November 2017 12:15 (three months ago) Permalink


how's life, Thursday, 16 November 2017 14:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Bloomberg has this little 2-factor authentication gadget for their terminal, the B-B-B-B-B Unit!. Four five years on, still in my head.

Siegbran, Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:00 (three months ago) Permalink

awwwwww call MIAOW! <3

sarahell, Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:58 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...


I've spent a good chunk of today going


mag gerwig! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 17:38 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm in the target market for that comment, and lol

mh, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 19:23 (two months ago) Permalink

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty. The humour is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewer’s head. There’s also Rick’s nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into his characterisation- his personal philosophy draws heavily from Narodnaya Volya literature, for instance. The fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these jokes, to realise that they’re not just funny- they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Rick & Morty truly ARE idiots- of course they wouldn’t appreciate, for instance, the humour in Rick’s existential catchphrase “Wubba Lubba Dub Dub,” which itself is a cryptic reference to Turgenev’s Russian epic Fathers and Sons. I’m smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Dan Harmon’s genius wit unfolds itself on their television screens. What fools.. how I pity them. 😂

And yes, by the way, i DO have a Rick & Morty tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It’s for the ladies’ eyes only- and even then they have to demonstrate that they’re within 5 IQ points of my own (preferably lower) beforehand. Nothin personnel kid 😎

To the tune of Carly Simon's "Anticipation" --> EX FO LI AAAAATION - IS MAKIN' ME FLAKE.

ian, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 19:27 (two months ago) Permalink

for the past month or so:

"roy moore, juan peron, toscanini, dacron"

Stupor Fly, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 01:37 (two months ago) Permalink

To 'Vogue'?

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:26 (two months ago) Permalink

This doesn't really work for this thread, but just walked into The Strand Bookstore and started mentally singing Roxy Music's "Do The Strand."

Burru Men Meet Burryman ina Wicker Man (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:40 (two months ago) Permalink

There's some (unused) boxes of LED wire at work, and I can't pass them without it triggering "LED, LED wire, stay close to meeee"

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Now singing “Sweet Baby James” to the tune of “Sweet Lady Jane.”

Steely Rodin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 December 2017 13:53 (two months ago) Permalink

And, of course, this: Songs That Reference Carry On Films Somehow

Steely Rodin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 December 2017 13:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Call me by blondie

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 23 December 2017 23:08 (two months ago) Permalink

LeFrak Center (ice skating rink) in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Aaaaaah... Frak out!
LeFrak... c'est chac!

Josefa, Saturday, 30 December 2017 19:47 (one month ago) Permalink

one day when I was reading the rimming thread I thought of the song by Spanky and Our Gang and now forever, "I'd Like to Get to Know You" goes...

well Id like to lick your butthole
if I could

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Sunday, 31 December 2017 16:56 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I like Wolves In The Throne Room but I always end up singing their name in my head to the song Bernard sings in Black Books "cows in the morning 1-2-3 upland at them with a STICK!"

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 12:34 (one week ago) Permalink

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