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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

Temple Of The Dog: Hunger Strike

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

(there are probably better ways to fill that in)

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


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

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

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

I feel the lunch, baby

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

domo arigato, D0m P4ssantino

hippie lady from california who loves that god (unregistered), Monday, 25 July 2016 23:41 (one year ago) Permalink

it's the little old lady, D0m P4ssantino

hippie lady from california who loves that god (unregistered), Monday, 25 July 2016 23:42 (one year ago) Permalink

D0menico P4ssantino
P4ssantino, that is where I'll be
D0menico P4ssantino with me

hippie lady from california who loves that god (unregistered), Monday, 25 July 2016 23:44 (one year ago) Permalink

another one bites the dust?

it's time to catch the bus

mh, Tuesday, 26 July 2016 14:02 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

(At about 1:20 mins) The chorus of this

to the tune of

Take that, Creed

sbahnhof, Friday, 12 August 2016 22:39 (one year ago) Permalink

was washing fever-sweaty bedclothes yesterday while singing "the secret life of ammonia"

le Histoire du Edgy Miley (difficult listening hour), Friday, 12 August 2016 22:40 (one year ago) Permalink

The Winston Wolf/Harvey Keitel Direct Line advert where the guy has a bathroom leak that he's tried and failed to fix.

Keitel: "So, you've got an uncontrollable leak?"
Me: "I've got an uncontrollable leak
He's got an uncontrollable leak
I've got an uncontrollable
It's got style, it's got class
So strong, I can't let it pass
I gotta tell you all about it
I gotta scream and shout it"
Mrs aldo: "Shut the fuck up"
Me: "Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah"
Mrs aldo: "I'm leaving"

Horizontal Superman is invulnerable (aldo), Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:07 (one year ago) Permalink

This morning:
"Anti-matter? (Shattered)"

I Don't Sound Like Nobodaddy (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 25 August 2016 13:47 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

"Pepperidge Farm" >>> "Paper In Fire"

Silence, followed by unintelligible stammering. (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:30 (one year ago) Permalink

My kid has a book called "i dreamt I was a dinosaur" that has lines like "here is sammy stegosauraus busy foraging for food / he likes kay camarosaurus but she's in a grumpy mood" and it's impossible for me to read it without it sounding like the Nails "88 lines about 44 women"

joygoat, Thursday, 22 September 2016 18:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Also just now, at the laundromat (in what must be a spiritual successor to "I'm Doin' Laundry" upthread):

Add the bleach! Add the bleach!
Get out those fuckin' stains!

Silence, followed by unintelligible stammering. (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 22 September 2016 18:54 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Trump towers just a sign of the power
Of loving you, oh baby

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 25 October 2016 14:22 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Most days I have cause to sing...

I'm ah kitty in a box,

I'm ah kitty in a caaaaaaaardbooooard box

MaresNest, Tuesday, 25 October 2016 14:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 1 November 2016 10:17 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

How does it feel to be
out of the pineapple

how's life, Monday, 21 November 2016 20:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So not gonna happen
Not gonna happen
So not gonna happen

how's life, Tuesday, 27 December 2016 15:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Infuriatingly, this prompt, when I'm stepping away from the desk for lunch

gets mashed up with "Rock This Town" by the Stray Cats: "We're gonna lock this computer/lock it inside out/etc."

how's life, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Whenever I see the words Pop Secret, I always prefix them with a 'gimme gimme' in my head.

I Dream of Juice (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:54 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Jasper Johns,
What's that flower you have on

Star Star City Slang (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

My mom was visiting and made one of her old standby vegetarian recipes. Once again I found myself singing "couscous tacos" to the tune of "Zoot Suit Riot."

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Graham Lambkin - The Personality

i usually think of the Davy Crockett song ("king of the wild frontier") when i hear the cello here.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lol @ "gimme gimme pop secret"

pretty firmly linked to Arrested Development in my mind but that's great

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I now have the phrase "take a knee" going through my head to the tune of "take on me" and I need it to stop.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Kind of the reverse of this scenario, but a thing that's been happening a lot lately is 1) I hear a two-syllable word or phrase, 2) I then sing '(two-syllable word/phrase), baby (two-syllable word/phrase)' to the tune of 'Love Shack'. Like I say, this is happening a lot. Maybe I should see a neurologist.

Gewgaws for Meemaw (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Shana Tova to the tune of Cuyahoga by R.E.M.

sarahell, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The 'ramblechat' jingle from the Adam Buxton podcast morphs into Now That We've Found Love by Third World when it gets to the 'blah blah blah' bit...

MaresNest, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 21:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp oh no

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 22:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My dog takes one of these daily and we keep the box on top of the fridge, so whenever I get anything from the fridge I end up with ACID REDUCER, I'M NO LOSER stuck in my head

joygoat, Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:39 (one week ago) Permalink

It's been almost nine years since this thread started, and the sight of a midget now always prompts "girlfriend in a coma" -- the other day it was "Midget with a Smoothie" (this was a different midget than the previous years' midget with a trashbag)

sarahell, Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:48 (one week ago) Permalink

sarahell is in my brain, as this is pretty much me 900% of the time. I am an amateur collector of phrases that can be sung to the tune of "Girlfriend in a Coma."

When my children were babies it was "baby in a diaper I know, I know, it's serious."

Recent other examples:

Gerbil with a carrot I know, I know...

Penguin in the men's room...

Robot with a migraine...

Ninja with some hummus...

P as in pterodactyl (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:57 (one week ago) Permalink

just now: Cat that looks like Hitler, I know, I know ...

sarahell, Thursday, 5 October 2017 19:05 (one week ago) Permalink

great thread

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Thursday, 5 October 2017 19:05 (one week ago) Permalink

I do this with times and "Slave to the Rhythm."

Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Grace Jones. Eight Twenty Seven.


El Tomboto, Friday, 6 October 2017 00:30 (one week ago) Permalink

"lock the taskbar" is also timeless, shame on microsoft

El Tomboto, Friday, 6 October 2017 00:32 (one week ago) Permalink

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

sarahell, Friday, 6 October 2017 06:06 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (three days ago) Permalink

Oh, Camptown Races is another great one.

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


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

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

mh, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:08 (three days 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 (three days 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 (three days ago) Permalink

good one

mh, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:15 (three days 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 (three days 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 (three days ago) Permalink

Ha! Speaking of the Clash...

Spanish Bombs - Oh my car is on

kornrulez6969, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:29 (three days ago) Permalink

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