Ear Worm of the Week

Ear Worms (from the German phrase Ohrwurm) are those songs that weasel their way into your head like uninvited guests and then proceed to stink up the inside of your cranium by playing themselves there over. And over. And over. And over. They’re those songs that just get stuck in your head, and no amount of screaming, pounding, protesting, and banging your head into your desk will get them out. Someone infected with an Ear Worm may find themselves prone to bursting out into the song in inappropriate places, tugging at their ears in fury, and can end up distracted in the middle of conversation (or other important activities) by the continuous snatches of song wavering between their ears. And it’s only a matter of time before, like Darryl Revok, they drill a hole in their forehead to let the voices out.

Thank you TV Tropes for giving a name to this phenomenon. Millions of us suffer from Ear Worm infection; in our cars, our offices, on the internet and in our iPods. Most are vapid pop songs churned out from the bowels of Hollywood & Vine (or the equivalent London address). Of course, each ear worm is distinct to each sufferer, like a virus that mutates to fit your brain chemistry. Some become classics in spite (or because) they inspire you to bob your head, raise your hand or scream (screw?) like you don’t care…or some such.

Some of my reasons bouts with ear worm include the following symptoms:

Questioning whether I am human or am a dancer? I don’t know, I really, really don’t know….

Miss the time when I ruled the world, although I can’t remember when that was. A past life perhaps?

Wonder why the lovers are losing or why my love is spiraling down and out of control. Seems a tad unfair to me.

Or why am I waiting here? Or for.  I hate waiting.

I know the world is stage, but is it a sickly sweet yet bitterly ironic show for everybody else amusement, who don’t realize that they are also part of said show?

Or course kissing a girl is a fun to do, and more so when its your girlfriend kissing another girl! Bet you like that! Then she dumps you for that special somebody that is hot, sexy and female (and not you). Bummer dude!

And the latest ear worm. It involves fireflies, that much I know. Plus a cool retro tune and toys. Maybe you can figure out the lyrics?

So are you suffering from ear worm?

4 comments on “Ear Worm of the Week

  1. When I think of earworms I immediately get a Star Trek: Wrath Of Khan flashback.


  2. Have you ever noticed that it’s only the worst of the ear worms that get stuck in your head, never snatches of good songs? I think someone should have a telethon to find a cure for earworms!


    • Mind you I do like all the songs I link too, but yes the worse earworms gain their notoriety because of how gawdawful they really are.

      I don’t know about a telethon. With any luck they would make an earworm of their own to sell it.



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