Monday, October 01, 2007

waiting for a song to get the hell outta my head...


not an obsession or anything that i've become addicted to by any means, but i find myself spending some time now and then--usually when i should be writing--checking things out on youtube. like ebay, i am just amazed sometimes at what you can find there. i mean, yes, much of it is kids posting their every skateboard mishap and mentos/diet coke experiment (and yeah, those CAN be fun, we really need 389 versions of the same exact thing...?), but it is also an incredibly extensive library of...welll, you name it! there's a great little blair-witchy, homemade video under "mothman video". some cool stuff under ufo's and chupacabra. lectures and interviews and i have yet to be able to stump it by typing in some obscure music video that was only ever seen by me when it was only aired once ever. i have searched for funny comedy bits and bloopers, scenes from film and tv alike, and even some stuff that i DIDN'T want to see!

(i say that i've yet to stump it and that's not exactly true as i'm looking for a blooper that i saw on tv a afew years ago of a sportscaster in new mexico or arizona or someplace who can't stop laughing when the cameraman trips just before they're about to go on air...)

here's what got me though--
you know how you get a song stuck in your head...okay, we've all been there and it happens to me fairly frequently *. there are ways to beat that, to switch songs (my pal, jeff, told me that neil diamond's "coming to america" is the ultimate cure--but then you're stuck with that...)
we all get songs stuck in our heads.

now, with the advent of itunes, i can usually cure it by going in and buying the song.
it usually works.
the other day i got this song stuck in my head and it just wouldn't go away.
it's an old 80's song--which is almost always okay--although it was never one that i loved at the time. it was a little too...fluffy for me. i didn't own the album. we didn't play it in my band.
and yet it's very melodic and catchy and it's insinuated itself into the back of my mind where it will rise to the surface from time to time and get stuck in my head without ever hearing it or having it mentioned.
i thought that if i went to itunes and bought it, it would go away.
but it happens to be one of the rare tunes that itunes does NOT have in it's library.

and so i went to youtube.
and they had it!

(and it is SO 80's--could probably be in the running as one of the most 80's videos ever.)

so once i found that, i started looking and typing in EVERY song i could think of, every mtv classic--or semi-classic--that i could think of. youtube had them all!

so now that i've told you all that and digressed all around the subject, i ask you...

what's the best music video?
what's YOUR favorite?
is it on youtube?

sorry, that's just where my head's been at the past week or so.
and i thought i'd share.
if i have now gotten some song stuck in YOUR head, well, i apologize.

smell ya later!

* i also have what i call my default song.
do you have one of those?
when i'm working around the house or going about a mindless type chore, i'll find myself whistling just to break the silence--or the monotony. and it's always the same song--the sax intro to dire straits "your latest trick". beautiful sax solo, beautiful tune--i love it.
unless i can't get it out of my head...


Walt said...

Moon Martin?

renecarol said...

So what was the song?

I do that all the time. I go to youtube and watch music videos of songs that I like. Everything is on youtube its awesome. I get songs stuck in my head but I suppose the songs change based on the mood that I'm in.

Brian said...

For fans of sequential story telling, there can be only one favorite music video.

"Take Me On," by A-ha.

And it is on youtube.

Rich Faber said...


That's crazy... THAT was the song stuck in my head when I read your post!

And yeah, I do like that video... ;-)


PS: I'm pretty sure one of those images Todd posted is from the A-ha video. Todd...?

Matt Wieringo said...

You beat me to it, Brian. That was my choice for best video too. But then, I didn't have MTV growing up and didn't get to see many videos until college when we accidentally got free cable. I remember Guns 'n' Roses' "Paradise City" video but I was watching the premiere the first time I saw my ex with her new boyfriend. Not a good association. So "Take On Me" it is.

As for default song, I'm embarrassed to admit it's the "Hampster Dance" song which is just a speeded-up version of a song from the Disney cartoon ROBIN HOOD. Suzanne and I used to be addicted to the Hampster Dance site and I've had it stuck in my head for going on ten years now.

Brian said...

You are correct, Rich, I didn't notice till you mentioned it, but the third picture in the post is from "Take On Me."


I watched the video again on youtube and it still stands up as a great little story.

Anonymous said...

"Take On Me" - Definitely one of my favorites since the very first time I saw it (on MTV).
Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" is also up there with the whole animation thing and all.

Christian D. Leaf said...

"Chocolate Rain" by Tay Zonday like a mutha. Loop it on Youtube and bask in its glory.

Adam Hutch said...

I was always partial to the "Land of Confusion" video. What's better then Reagan in a Superman costume riding a Triceratops?

I always have a hard time with these things, cause I want to just say, "Any video off of American Idiot," but I'm gonna stick with my original answer.

Unknown said...

Have we heard what the song is yet? Todd, are you trying to keep us from the answer, in fear that we will use the information in diabolical fashion?

Matt's comment about the Hamster Dance reminded me of the Chaarlie Brown version of Outkast's "Hey Ya". Linked here:

Too fun!!!

Heywood Jablomie said...

Yeah inquiring minds wanna know! What's the song? haha I hate when I have songs get stuck in my head cuz they're usually really annoying ones. Or like what happened from Friday's post I had the Tetris song stuck on my head. That's what I usually have stuck in my head are themes from video games. But my default is usually the main theme from Conan, I'm always bouncing that one around. As for a fave video? I don't think I really have one, but anything from a little band named GWAR does usually gets me going.

Scott Weinstein said...

I didn't have MTV growing up, as my parents wouldn't get cable. So, I'm bad at the video game. There was Friday Night VIdeos on NBC. But, that didn't burn it into my brain.

I usually have to say Thriller was my favorite video