Wednesday, March 07, 2012

That song is stuck in my head...


Not a real deep post today, just a random question. Do any of my more cerebral folks know why certain songs get stuck in your head? Especially if you haven't heard them in a while? Where do they come from and how do we make them go away?

Yesterday it was Color me Badd's I Wanna Sex You Up. How very New Jack of me.

This morning I woke up with The Jackson's Blame It on The Boogie on repeat in my head.


By the way, my sister used to have this kickstep dead to rights. Could not tell BougieSis she was not getting her boogie on! So... Does anyone know what causes this? What's stuck in your head this fine Wednesday?

42 comments:

TinaTina said...

This morning (and last night too) it's been the theme song to Bill Cosby's "Picture Pages" show that used to come on during Captain Kangaroo/Nickelodeon in the 80s. I blame it on Bounce TV's "Fat Albert" marathon last night that triggered this random childhood memory. Ugggh, now Fat Albert and "Hey, hey, hey" is stuck in my head. Thanks a lot, Chele...lol :o/
http://youtu.be/FWg0U3fi7sE

Ms_Toni said...

I don't know what causes it but I've had Clumsy by Fergie stuck in  my head for a few days now. I don't know what causes it but it's a blessing and a curse...

TrulyPC said...

I think it happens to me when I need a pick me up.  The last two songs that were on repeat for me were "I'm coming out" and "Off the Wall".   It really does help and I don't know why.

CaliGirlED said...

I love I Wanna Sex You Up!!! Color Me Badd Unsung?

Don't think I had one today, but sometimes I literally open up my eyes to a song in my head. Where did that come from? TV off, no radio. *shrugs*

lessie brown said...

This morning it was "Parting Gift" by Fiona Apple. Right now it's "Love Interruption" by Jack White (*swoon*).

blackprofessor said...

You can't tell me that Michael Jackson wasn't fine!!!  It's a shame that he didn't know it but he looks good enough to eat in this video (as I fan myself). 

I think some songs are connected to certain memories consciously and unconsciously. When we hear the songs, they spark the memories or the memories spark the songs.  I have had "Lover for Life" by Whitney Houston stuck in my head for the past week or so.  I forgot about this song but heard it on the radio last week and have been singing it since.   

diamond life said...

Well thanks to you - I wanna sex you up is stuck in my head now. No idea why this happens.

Trey Charles said...

For the Love of You - and I can't remember who sings it.

BklynBajan said...

I refuse to click on that video otherwise the song will get stuck there.

Thanks to BL yesterday I've been listening to various James Ingram songs. So many favorites that I haven't listened to in a while. I hit a high note in the shower this am (notice I didn't say the high note) :). Enjoy the day BL!

tishatweets said...

I haven't the slightest idea when it's out of the blue like that. There's usually some indicator for me, though. In the mornings it's usually the last song I heard before I got out of the car. Throughout the day it could be triggered from something I saw or remembered. At night...I reserve comment. LOL

Anyway, what's stuck in my head right now is the instrumentation in the last minute or so of Robert Glasper's "The Consequences of Jealousy."

JoycelynC said...

 Isley Brothers I believe.  Well that is the version that popped into my head when I read this. 

CaliGirlED said...

 I wanna be living for the love of you. Right?

CaliGirlED said...

 Need to hear more about that "At night" trigger! *snickers*

thinklikeRiley said...

Spent two days last week with LL's classic "Mama said knock you out" in my head.
Walked around with my fist balled up daring someone to try me.
Good times.

Trey Charles said...

Yeah. Did Whitney do a version?

Jasmine Girl said...

Those 'fros in the Jackson video are life giving.

Man's World said...

Tito's jacket tho...

rhenewal said...

I think it has something to do with the idea of White Noise (that constant background noise that acts as the soundtrack to our lives which we generally don't notice). Since we don't recognize it, a lot of the time, we don't realize that a certain song was playing during x event, or when we met y person. Our memories then become connected to those songs, and when we think on that event or person, we subconsciously think of those same songs. 

Ask me where I got this theory from, and I'm not too certain. It may be from some random class I took in college wherein we read the satirical novel White Noise, by Don DeLillo. Or, more accurately, from the discussions following reading said book.

Mo said...

I have two:

Maze, "the look in your eyes." Men I love that band. I'm ashamed to say that I would date  Frank Beverly in hot a minute. The guy is old enough to be my daddy. *hangs head in shame*

Kem Kemistry. "you are on mind."

bashowell said...

*comes back from adding to playlist* I hate all y'all.

CaliGirlED said...

 Hmmm good question! If she did I bet it's jammin. *goes to utube*

CaliGirlED said...

Here you go:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkS5iTKCNRI

Smooth!!!

Michele said...

I've had Jay-Z's "Can I Get A ..." in my head for weeks.  Finally, I put it on the iPod now I listen to it while running.  I have no idea why.  I never knew "Lotta Prada" and "Aliza and Vodka" rhymed.

CaliGirlED said...

 Chile please, if I EVER met Frankie it would be on!!! Shoooot!

CaliGirlED said...

 LOL!!!

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

I woke up with "N*ggaz in Paris" blasting away in my head. I don't even like the song!

I blame that Fresh Prince mash-up video for this.

Leon X said...

Songs stuck in my head is a phenomenon that happens to me more than I'd like to admit. Yesterday it was Lewis Taylor's "Lovelight." YouTube doesn't have his version. His Robbie Williams' cover.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjzMNxidD_g 

JaymeC said...

The "clinical"  explanation is that your brain likes playing with you. You either 1) Heard the song somewhere and don't realize it and your subconscious is trying to remind you just because it can or 2) You associate that song with with a thought, person, action, feeling, movement, smell, color (anything) and when that thing happens/appears again, the song plays in your mind. A sense memory, if you will. The only way to get rid of it is to replace it with something else. ;-)

Cocoa Winston said...

I blame this blog for the fact that I have James Ingram singing "How do you keep the music playing..." in my head today

Only1DivaC said...

Yes she did. It's on her self titled album, Whitney.

CaliGirlED said...

 "...your subconscious is trying to remind you just because it can."...That's gangsta!

JoycelynC said...

 I think she did because thanks to this post, that version has been in my head all day. 

tishatweets said...

Look here, you! LOL

tishatweets said...

Yessssssss! Cuz "I Adore Mi Amor" was my JAM! LOL

rhenewal said...

My caribbean heritage shows. My current stuck in my head song is Shal Marshall "Motorbike". Youtube it and see if you can prevent yourself from getting instantly hooked.

Sol_dier said...

You know Lewis Taylor!! #Props. 
Dude is a recluse and won't allow his stuff online like prince :-( 

no comment said...

LOL 

GammasWorld said...

Gonna Walk Away was on rotation in my head even before the David Ruffin Unsung ... I.Cannot.Stop.It

SoulaPowa said...

"This Can't Be Life"  Jay-Z and Scarface and Scarface's "On My Block".  I don't know why and I hope it isn't a sign.

Leon X said...

From what I understand he's stopped recording altogether. He closed up shop on his Slow Reality record label years ago. He's surfaced on a track by Deborah Bond. It's on her latest "Madam Palindrome."

C W said...

Wow I didn't know Mike had a video for Blame It on The Boogie!  I wanna afro like that!

Carole Davis said...

I've had "How Would I Know" stuck in my head for two weeks and it's driving me nuts! So I came online and typed in "Whitney Houston song stuck in my head" and found your blog and many more. I stopped counting at 32! I imagine her recent passing has something to do with it, but some of these posts predate that event. I suspect that the main reason these songs get stuck in our heads is that they're designed to do that so they'll be gauranteed hits. It's more psychology in the service of marketing.

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