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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

Temple Of The Dog: Hunger Strike

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

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 30 November 2008 02:09 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

ahahahaha

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

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 (twelve years ago) link

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"
and
"Edwin Shir-ley"

sonofstan, Sunday, 30 November 2008 22:09 (twelve years ago) link

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

Ivan, Sunday, 30 November 2008 22:31 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

adamj, Monday, 1 December 2008 07:19 (twelve years ago) link

thread is everything i wanted it to be and more.

uәʇɹɐƃu!әʍ ˙ƃ ʎәu!Ⴁʍ (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 1 December 2008 07:22 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

"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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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:

Pajamas
Pajamas
I'm in pajamas with you
Pajamas pajamas pajamas pajamas pajamas pajamas pajamas
And I hope you like pajamas too
Oh-oh-oh

dad a, Monday, 1 December 2008 15:50 (twelve years ago) link

ahahaha

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

omg "I'll tumble dry ya" - laundry is never going to be the same!

Doctor Casino, Monday, 1 December 2008 16:37 (twelve years ago) link

"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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

On seeing a chinchilla in a city farm: "Chinchilla! Who got the keys to my bima?"

chap, Monday, 1 December 2008 23:07 (twelve years ago) link

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

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 00:05 (twelve years ago) link

(there are probably better ways to fill that in)

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 00:06 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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... http://farm1.static.flickr.com/23/29589361_c80f1d9834.jpg?v=0 ...my dad would usually annoy my mom by singing "Briiidge - to the USA!" Springsteen-style.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 09:50 (twelve years ago) link

"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
etc.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:15 (twelve years ago) link

WHAT

k3vin k., Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:21 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

k3vin k., Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:24 (twelve years ago) link

I feel the lunch, baby

mottdeterre, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:24 (twelve years ago) link

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

http://istor.indyarocks.com/trphotos/NoShakeyShakey1206254587.jpg

Edward III, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:34 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

There Will be Blood, sung to the tune of "She Will be Loved"

reggaeton shark (salsa shark), Sunday, 7 December 2008 17:25 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

when I was a kid everybody talked about Ozzy's "Crazy Train", but I didn't think I'd heard it before (turns out...I actually hadn't).

so I heard "Have a Cigar" by Pink Floyd and when they said "riding the gravy train" I thought they said "riding the Crazy train" and I wasl ike "why do people think this is a classic heavy metal song, wtf, there's an organ in it"

he said that you son of a bitch (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 18:31 (three months ago) link

"i'll send an extra crisp to the world" is A+

honk honk honkin' on Bobo's door (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 18:52 (three months ago) link

Sammy Hagar
Let me slip away on you
Sammy Hagar
You’ve seen better days

Guys don’t @ me because I tazed my own balls alright? (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 11 February 2021 00:33 (two months ago) link

"monkey of cheekiness" to the tune of slayer's "altar of sacrifice"

massaman gai (front tea for two), Friday, 12 February 2021 06:44 (two months ago) link

Not mine, but I stumbled on this account the other day and had a good laugh.

Cecil County Circuit Courthousehttps://t.co/p9n0YrVrul pic.twitter.com/CBfyGRxmr0

— Wiki Titles Singable to TMNT Themesong (@wiki_tmnt) February 24, 2021

Mingus (Joni Mitchell album)https://t.co/yDkIHUuF96 pic.twitter.com/Q7IYxgTzqb

— Wiki Titles Singable to TMNT Themesong (@wiki_tmnt) February 23, 2021

British Journal of Nutritionhttps://t.co/rB7jBgdrXa pic.twitter.com/XdV6n5qdQa

— Wiki Titles Singable to TMNT Themesong (@wiki_tmnt) February 21, 2021

peace, man, Thursday, 25 February 2021 12:22 (two months ago) link

that's amazing

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 25 February 2021 12:32 (two months ago) link

reminds me of the "Devon County Council"/"Everybody Dance Now" thing I still think about a lot

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 25 February 2021 12:32 (two months ago) link

Twitter with a blue check
Twitter with a blue check
Twitter with a blue check on

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:12 (two months ago) link

When I hear the chorus of Lady Gaga's Poker Face, my brain always sings "come on Barbie let's go party" instead of "she's got me like nobody"

J. Sam, Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:26 (two months ago) link

Me too - I think it's fairly common, weirdly

kinder, Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:27 (two months ago) link

Ah, I should have googled that. I feel less alone now!

J. Sam, Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:33 (two months ago) link

TMNT is total trochee fixation

Apologies for lame "obligatory relevant xkcd" but here

display names are for n00bs (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:30 (two months ago) link

well that's a new word for me

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:31 (two months ago) link

^ found the non-English major

display names are for n00bs (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:35 (two months ago) link

Sigourney Weaver, I believe you can get me through the night

display names are for n00bs (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 27 February 2021 19:33 (two months ago) link

Whenever the phrase “pooper scooper” is uttered (which happens from time to time), it is sung to the tune of the obvious ABBA song.

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Sunday, 28 February 2021 01:35 (two months ago) link

"take a chance on me"?

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 28 February 2021 03:36 (two months ago) link

"take a dump on me"?

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 28 February 2021 06:13 (two months ago) link

There's a popular trades aggregating site in the UK called Check-A-Trade and the music they use in their jingle is based on the last notes in the William Tell overture (Check-A-TRADE! Check A Trade Dot Com).
But whenever I see the name, I just get the opening chant from "Take A Chance On Me"

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Sunday, 28 February 2021 11:11 (two months ago) link

are the trades free?

sarahell, Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:11 (two months ago) link

I see where you're going with that but sadly not

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:31 (two months ago) link

Check-A-Trade Dot Com
Go tell your mom
Baby, trades are fun
Check-A-Trade's the one

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:37 (two months ago) link

(guess it would be "mum" in the UK though, huh)

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:37 (two months ago) link

I never understood why “dot cum” wasn’t the exclusive domain suffix for porn sites.

Guys don’t @ me because I tazed my own balls alright? (hardcore dilettante), Sunday, 28 February 2021 18:56 (two months ago) link

because porn is harder to misspell

sarahell, Sunday, 28 February 2021 19:06 (two months ago) link

whenever i see white rice in the supermarket or something i hear lou reed sing "white rice" to the tune of "white light", with the same immediacy as the opening bar, and it always makes me laugh

maelin, Monday, 1 March 2021 13:58 (two months ago) link

White rice/white meat

Huh. When I see white rice my head goes to Grandmaster Flash.

White... riiice... Vision dreams of passion / and all the while I think of you

chillin' like Emperor Maximilian (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 1 March 2021 18:43 (two months ago) link

when I see white rice, my head goes to the your terrible ideas thread and the one about "rice that is brown"

sarahell, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 01:14 (two months ago) link

guided by voices:

issa rae don't worry / if the road's a little worn
it's a cold and filthy chasm / that we're traveling on

orifex, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 19:01 (two months ago) link

Magwitch
Magwitch, they call him Magwitch

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 5 March 2021 01:04 (two months ago) link

Property Needs Assessment --> Self-Obsessed and Sexee by Sonic Youth

Property Needs Assessment all the way

(all the way)

sarahell, Friday, 5 March 2021 05:49 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

kind of a stretch but my spouse is the chair an academic department committee that everyone just calls "AC" and whenever she mentions it I get this image stuck in my head, often another of our colleagues face in place of the puncher because they look sort of similar
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3a/EveryoneShouldBeKilled.jpg

joygoat, Friday, 19 March 2021 14:33 (one month ago) link

Whenever I order sushi my brain starts singing, "weel may the eel roll, the eel roll, the eel roll."

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 00:29 (one month ago) link

popular Netflix docuseries: Murder Among the Mormons ----> "Welcome to the Jungle"

sarahell, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 05:35 (one month ago) link

Walgreens vaccine to the tune of 'Christine Sixteen'

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 13:40 (one month ago) link

Hey to the tune of Pixies hey, every time...

JimCarrey, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:44 (one month ago) link

My daughter’s partner began singing “chicken steak” taking with Caribou’s “Odessa” tonight & it will forever be burned in there

Chicken steak
Chicken steak
Chicken steak
Chicken steak
Chicken steak
Chicken steak
Who knows what she’s gonna bake?

"The Pus/Worm" by The Smiths (hardcore dilettante), Friday, 16 April 2021 04:23 (three weeks ago) link

Just now read a thread title and musically translated it into

Fender, Jazzmaster
Boom boom boom boom
https://i.ibb.co/whdYGG3/Suburban-Lawns-insert1.jpg

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:10 (two weeks ago) link

Shatt al-Arab
and you're to blame
you give the Gulf
a bad name

I said maybe, you're gonna be the one that shaves me (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:08 (one week ago) link

A+

sarahell, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 16:04 (one week ago) link

Peaky Blinders, to the tune of “Kinky Reggae”

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 May 2021 01:05 (one week ago) link

"better than bullion" to the tune of "kooler than Jesus"

sarahell, Sunday, 2 May 2021 07:49 (one week ago) link

Stevie Williams
Coming from the body heat

(the one with 3 L's) (Willl), Sunday, 2 May 2021 08:56 (one week ago) link

"Cut my life into pieces
As per my last email"

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Sunday, 2 May 2021 09:19 (one week ago) link

"The Muppet Babies" to the tune of Muse's 'Plug In Baby':

The Muppet Babies
Crucify my enemies

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 2 May 2021 10:08 (one week ago) link

Chorus of That Don't Impress Me Much to the tune of the chorus of Higher Love by Steve Winwood

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Sunday, 2 May 2021 11:18 (one week ago) link

The Muppet Babies
Crucify my enemies

irl lol!

kinder, Sunday, 2 May 2021 15:41 (one week ago) link

After getting indian food yesterday -

Every thing was fine down here
What you call it here, call it what you will here
Way down down down in this onion kulcha

joygoat, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 19:28 (five days ago) link


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