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August 11, 2008



So have you bought anything good on ebay recently?

I like 'Careless Whispers'. Good song.

Andy Vance

I'm gonna sit at the welcome table, gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days


Have you read The Fortress of Solitude? The boy in that thought "Play That Funky Music White Boy" was evil, too, for a different reason.


I feel a little evil telling people this, but the most evil song ever stuck in my head was "Tom's Diner" by Susan Vega.

The trouble is, you can sing just about anything to that tune and my inner monologue ended up to the tune of Tom's Diner for several days.

Sorry about that.

The Modesto Kid

Yeah, "Tom's Diner" has featured highly throughout the years on my list of tunes I would rather not be humming.

Most of my earworms nowadays seem to be songs I'm happy to be thinking about and humming, which I attribute to listening obsessively, over and over again, to songs that I'm happy to be thinking about. Well that and virtuous living.

Nick Fagerlund

You know, Radio Lab had a whole short thing about head-stickers recently, and one of the callers offered a thing which I can only describe as a magic spell (third-level charm against earworms?) and which hasn't failed me yet: Roll with the offending song for a few bars, then just pick a note and... hold.

For a minute or two, if need be. It's kind of an amazing feeling. The racket just... stops.

(Some restrictions apply, void where prohibited, YMMV, WFM.)

The Modesto Kid

Nick: I tried your method this morning (while my branes were infested by the execrable "How will I know if he really loves me" of W. Houston), and I couldn't really get it to work. Whenever I was holding a note, stretching it and stretching it, I just couldn't get my mind off what the next note would be. I fell back to my standby method of thinking about a Robyn Hitchcock tune (today "A Skull, a Suitcase, and a Long Red Bottle of Wine") and that took the unwanted melody right away.

R. Stanton Scott

You obviously have never heard the FreeCreditReport.com jingle. No song will so insidiously weave itself into your concious, and no thing of any kind--even Darth Cheney--matches its evil.

The Modesto Kid

So the past few weeks I've been having a bad run of earworm of the song "How Will I Know if He Really Loves Me", by whatever popular songstress that song is by; this because Google has decided my site should be one of the top hits for queries like "How do you know if you really love someone", which a lot of people seem to think Google will be able to tell them.

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