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Old May 3, 2021, 07:57 PM   #1
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Headphones Earworms

No, not the lil monsters from The Puppet Masters-- Why You Can't Get a Song out of Your Head . . .
These relentless tunes play in a loop in up to 98% of people in the western world. For two-thirds of people they are neutral to positive, but the remaining third find it disturbing or annoying when these songs wriggle their way into the brain’s memory centers and set up home, threatening to disrupt their inner peace.
Normally, mine are positive, but, afaik, by coincidence I've landed on "Huey Newton (live at Austin City Limits)" by St. Vincent and "Just From Chevron," by Dirty Projectors, two beautiful but haunting and slightly depressing songs.

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Old May 4, 2021, 04:37 AM   #2
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The pain is real

With 5 grandkids and all those kids shows always on, the stupidest things get stuck with me. It's maddening I tell ya
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another classic is "misheard lyrics". We've all been there, right?
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Old May 4, 2021, 12:42 PM   #4
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When I saw The Wrath of Khan as a kid, I was scared to death those little earwigs were like miniature versions of the critters Khan put the larvae of into crewmember's ears.


That's what the thread title made me think of.


I'm glad it isn't that.


I get wedding songs stuck in my head. I swear most every wedding has the same playlist. With all the music out there, can't we be original? No? *sigh*
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I get wedding songs stuck in my head. I swear most every wedding has the same playlist. With all the music out there, can't we be original? No? *sigh*
The last one I went to, ~ three years ago, was 80's dance music. There is some great 80's music, but a lot of the dance music was cheesy af.

I forgot about Kahn's little critters. That's what I meant. Puppet Masters was slugs on the back. Oooh la la, Julie Warner . . . sigh.
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For me it's usually the soundtrack for Yoshi's Island. Most of the time when I've got a tune in my head, and I think "What is that song from?, it's Yoshi's Island.


Also sometimes Donkey Kong Country.


Oh, and of course I get these stuck in my head all the time:
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This song, from a ride that closed in 1986, is STILL stuck in my head, and I'll randomly start whistling bits of it.


The theme song to this show will haunt me until the day I die. I'm sure of it.


A pop song from 1983 that occasionally gets stuck in my head.


Wham and Slayer mashed up makes for a helluva an earworm.
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If you had an Atari ST, this probably haunted your dreams.





And this will haunt the rest of your day.

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To further conceal his intentions from telepaths, Reich visits a songwriter, Duffy Wygand (spelled "Wyg&" in the text) who teaches him a deceptively simple jingle:

Eight, sir; seven, sir;
Six, sir; five, sir;
Four, sir; three, sir;
Two, sir; one!
Tenser, said the Tensor.
Tenser, said the Tensor.
Tension, apprehension,
And dissension have begun.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Demolished_Man

On Babylon 5, the show's creator, JMS made no bones about his tributes to that novel, even naming Walter Koenig's character after the author, Alfred Bester.

https://tenser.typepad.com/tenser_sa..._of_expla.html

A longer quote there.

Quote:
In the book's future, telepaths exist. Espers provide a variety of commercial services, and also work for the police, preventing and investigating crimes. A businessman named Ben Reich wants to commit a murder and he wants to get away with it, but he knows the espers will catch him. He needs a way to shield his thoughts.

Reich visits a friend of his named Duffy Wyg& (Bester indulges in a lot of typographic cleverness—there's another character named @kins). She owns a company called Psych-Songs that writes jingles. He asks her what's the most catchy, persistent tune she's ever written—the kind that get stuck in your head.

"Oh. Pepsis, we call 'em."

"Why?"

"Dunno. They say because the first one was written centuries ago by a character named Pepsi. I don't buy that. I wrote one once..." Duffy winced in recollection. "Hate to think of it even now. Guaranteed to obsess you for a month. It haunted me for a year."

"You're rocketting." [nice futuristic space lingo, there]

"Scout's honor, Mr. Reich. It was 'Tenser, Said The Tensor.' I wrote it for that flop show about the crazy mathematician. They wanted nuisance value and they sure got it. People got so sore they had to withdraw it. Lost a fortune."

"Let's hear it."

"I couldn't do that to you."

"Come on, Duffy. I'm really curious."

"You'll regret it."

"I don't believe you."

"All right, pig," she said, and pulled the punch panel toward her. "This pays you back for that no-guts kiss."

Her fingers and palm slipped gracefully over the panel. A tune of utter monotony filled the room with agonizing, unforgettable banality. It was the quintessence of every melodic cliché Reich had ever heard. No matter what melody you tried to remember, it invariably led down the path of familiarity to "Tenser, Said The Tensor." Then Duffy began to sing:

Eight, sir; seven, sir;
Six, sir; five, sir;
Four, sir; three, sir;
Two, sir; one!
Tenser, said the Tensor.
Tenser, said the Tensor.
Tension, apprehension,
And dissension have begun.

"Oh my God!" Reich exclaimed.

"I have some real gone tricks in that tune," Duffy said, still playing. "Notice the beat after 'one'? That's a semicadence [sic]. Then you get another beat after 'begun.' That turns the end of the song into a semi-cadence [sic], too, so you can't ever end it. The beat keeps you running in circles, like: Tension, apprehension, and dissension have begun. RIFF. Tension, apprehension, and dissension have begun. RIFF. Tension, appre—"

"You little devil!" Reich started to his feet, pounding his palms on his ears. "I'm accursed. How long is this affliction going to last?"

"Not more than a month."

Reich is able to successfully use the song as a primitive mind-shield whenever a telepath wants to peep into his thoughts, but during his time as a fugitive he comes to be haunted by it. Wherever he goes, he's got a voice in his head singing Tension, apprehension, and dissension.... That's just good writing.
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Lol, I just remembered a favorite one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGcMtgQPqAM
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