Musical Playlisticle Monday

Welcome to Musical Playlisticle Monday, where I think of a topic and then come up with a list of five songs that I associate with that topic. It’s based upon a link-up that I used to participate in called “Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesday”.  Although this is not an official meme or link-up, you are welcome to play along if you like. (If there enough interest, I could turn this into a link-up in the future.)

The topic for this week’s “playlisticle” is the dreaded “earworm”. And earworm is a song that gets stuck in your head and torments you by playing in an infinite loop until you either crack or you get something else stuck in your head.

I’m actually very prone to earworms. Sometimes, the only way to get rid of the earworm infestation in my head is to play the song in question until I stop thinking about it.

I apologize if I torment you. However, I find that exorcising earworms to be very therapeutic. And if you feel you must, you are most certainly free to rid yourself of your own earworms in the comments.

 

1. “Dominique”-Sœur Sourire (1963)

This song has received somewhat of a revival, thanks to the TV show American Horror Story: Coven, but I remember hearing this played on the radio a lot in the early 1970s, when I was a very young child. That’s the thing about radio back then: they didn’t stop playing songs because they were old. As a result, I knew quite a few Sixties songs before the age of 5.

I know that this song caught my ear because it was sung in French and to my young years, it sounded like gibberish. This is one of those songs that would get stuck in my head over the years, and because no oldies station actually played it, I began to wonder if I had an imaginary song stuck in my head.

 

2. The Rapper-The Jaggerz (1970)

This song used to get stuck in my head a lot when I worked in a cheese factory after I graduated from high school. It got stuck there because I worked on a line that wrapped cheese in shrink wrap and sealed it on a flat iron.

Now mind you, this drove me nuts and made those long work days excruciating because the whole song would not play in my head.  It was the chorus….”Raaaaaaaaper, Rapper Rap, They Call Him The Rapper…” 

3. Una Paloma Blanca-George Baker Selection (1975)

Another song from my childhood. This is one of those songs that had different people recording different versions, but the George Baker Selection version is the one I remember the most, mostly because of the background singers and their Dutch accents.

 

4. Crazy Horses-The Osmonds (1974)

Long after the 1970s faded into history, the chorus of this song would get stuck in my head and it drove me nuts. When I found this video on You Tube, the demon was exorcised. I had a vague recollection of this song from both hearing it on the radio and from the brother’s performance of this on the Donny & Marie show.

I love the pimp-tastic 1970s outfits and the textbook display of “white people dancing”. 😉

In case you were wondering, “crazy horses” refers to automobiles.

 

5. Beans in My Ears-Serendipity Singers (1963)

I have a K-Tel compilation album called Dumb Ditties to thank for this song getting stuck in my head. I didn’t have the album but I remember the commercial to this day. Here it is, if you’re curious or need to jog your memory.

After watching this, you can understand why that song got stuck in my head. There were others from this commercial that also got stuck in my head.


Do you agree with my five picks? Disagree? How would your list look? Let me know in the comments. (Don’t post links to You Tube videos or WordPress will think you are spam and either chuck the comment or throw it over to moderation.) If you have a blog and want to play along, post your list of summer songs on your blog and leave a link to the post in the comments.

There is a catch: you have to explain why you chose that song. Yep.

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Musical Playlisticle Monday

I used to participate in a link-up called “Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesday”. You were given a theme each week and you had to come up with a playlist of five songs that were based upon your interpretation of that week’s theme.

Since I’m a music fanatic and I miss making up these Twisted Mix-Tapes, I thought I would do my own version of a “twisted mix-tape”: The Musical Playlisticle. After all, these are modern times and we now make playlists instead of mix-tapes.

Anyhoo, let’s get on with the rest of this post.

This week’s list topic is “Summer”. Of course, we’re now into the month of July. Independence Day has just passed and many people are taking their vacations. It’s time to get out your chair, your favorite summer read, your music player and take it easy…

For my list, I’ve chosen five songs that are about summer, were hits during the summer, or songs I always associate with summertime.

1. “Summer”-War (1976)

While I do remember hearing this song back in the day, I can’t say that, at the tender age of six, I could actually appreciate this song. This just oozes “summer”–it’s laid back and, even if you weren’t a teen-ager until the 1980s (like me), it does evoke memories of summers when you were younger and didn’t have a care in the world.

2. “Star Wars Theme (Disco Version)-Meco (1977)

In 1977, there were two very big pop culture phenomena: disco and the movie Star Wars, or as we refer to it now Episode Four: A New Hope. Back then we just called it Star Wars because it was the only Star Wars movie that existed.

Hell, I still call it Star Wars. I’ve been calling it by that name for the past 37 years. Why should I stop now?

Anyhoo, people cashed in on both phenomena. If you weren’t watching cheesy Star Wars based musical numbers on your favorite variety show, you were watching cartoons that were space/Star Wars-derived.

Disco was everywhere. They even tried to market it to kids, which in hindsight (particularly after seeing the movie 54) probably wasn’t such a good idea.

Meco decided to cash in on both Star Wars and disco. Hence, this song.

They say that hindsight is 20/20. We should have been afraid, very afraid because this song was a portent of things to come, such as The Star Wars Holiday Special, Episodes 1,2, & 3 and Jar Jar Binks.

3.  Black Hole Sun-Soundgarden (1994)

I cannot hear “1994” and not think of this song. It was everywhere that summer, but unlike the fate of many songs that receive heavy airplay, I never got tired of this one.  Love the song to this day. I will be a sassy 90 year old woman in an assisted living facility jamming out to Soundgarden.

The glassy-eyed, brainwashed people in the video are still kind of creepy.

4. Let’s Go Crazy-Prince (1984)

I wanted to include at least one song from my teen years, so I reached back about thirty years to 1984. I spent most of the summer of 1984 at my aunt and uncle’s house babysitting my younger cousins. I liked it there because I got to do things that I normally couldn’t do at home. Plus at that time, the cable company in New London, WI did not yet carry MTV, but the cable company in Milton, Wisconsin did.

I was a music video junkie and that was my fix.

1984 was a phenomenal year for music, and having to pick one song was difficult because there were so many of them.  I decided to with Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy from the movie Purple Rain.  While this is not the official music video, this is a live performance from the Billboard Music Awards in 2013 and the performance shows why Prince is such a musical icon, genius and enigma.  This is also one of my favorite songs from that album. I did own a copy of Purple Rain on vinyl. It was before the days of parental advisory stickers, which is why I was able to ask for and get a copy for Christmas. 😉

And last but not least…

5. Beautiful Sunday-Daniel Boone (1972)

I included this song because it sounds like summer. Plus I have this endearing love for early 1970s cheeseball pop music, mainly because I have hazy memories of hearing those songs when they were actually popular. I was under the age of five and my musical tastes weren’t all that refined back then.


Do you agree with my five picks? Disagree? How would your list look? Let me know in the comments. (Don’t post links to You Tube videos or WordPress will think you are spam and either chuck the comment or throw it over to moderation.) If you have a blog and want to play along, post your list of summer songs on your blog and leave a link to the post in the comments.

There is a catch: you have to explain why you chose that song. Yep.

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