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I'm going to start 991, an emergency hotline for people who have the hiccups. "Oh my god!" I'll scream at the people who phone in. "A killer is calling from inside your house!!"

I'm also going to start a support line for People Who Do Not Currently Have A Song Jammed Into Their Head. It will just play this, 24/7.

Posted on September 10, 2007 to Great Ideas


Placebo - Running Up That Hill

Posted by: Matthew on September 12, 2007 11:25 AM

That's a nice cover that preserves and updates the melodic hauntingness of the original, though it omits the pounding energy that drove Kate Bush's classic. Jig of Life is another from her Hounds of Love album that I often had on repeat in my noodle.

Posted by: James Kyle on September 12, 2007 11:44 AM

Remakes! Why'd it have to be remakes?*

*Apologies to Indiana Jones.

Posted by: Nathan on September 12, 2007 11:50 AM

Meh. That song doesn't do it for me. It's always the annoying ones like 'More Bounce in California' by Soul Kid Number One.

God I wish that song would leave my head.

Posted by: Modern Polymath on September 12, 2007 12:17 PM

I don't have the nerve to listen to the song.

Posted by: Davey on September 12, 2007 3:24 PM

That's Placebo, yes? I rather like it.

I do enjoy covers in general, though. I've never really liked Kate Bush's music all that much, but perhaps I will go find that song and compare the two. What's the title of the track?

Posted by: effika on September 12, 2007 3:55 PM

Let's see, if I don't have anything nice to say . . .

"Placebo" is aptly named.

Posted by: juliloquy on September 12, 2007 7:04 PM

Unfortunately I've had "Smack that" in my head for days and this isn't powerful enough to overtake it. Any suggestions for that?

smack that, all on the floor,
smack that, give me some more,
smack that, 'till you get sore
smack that, oooh.

Posted by: Michelle on September 13, 2007 6:15 AM

Michelle (re: "any suggestions"):

If it were me, I would seriously be considering amputation.

Posted by: junior on September 13, 2007 7:05 AM

Placebo? I liked the music but not the guys voice.

I am afraid I will have Kate Bush singing "runnin up that road" In my head all day. Maybe I can get Ministry to cure it for me.

Posted by: Wayne on September 13, 2007 7:10 AM

Hmm, Placebo's version is much more haunting and less powerful than the version I know done by Within Temptation... it's a little nerdy souding 'cause of the nasal voice, but I still like it.
Btw, I love your emergency hiccup hotline idea, fantastic!

Posted by: Heather on September 13, 2007 7:54 AM

Oh, come now! Everyone knows that when you're on hold you have to hear "The Girl from Ipanema", preferably one of those versions where a large chorus hums the words.

Posted by: Mary on September 13, 2007 8:15 AM

I'm still singing this one from a few months back:

My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps

Posted by: Anon on September 13, 2007 8:19 AM

What's worse is when you have the lyrics to the song stuck in your head wrong. Thanks to that infernal ipod nano commercial all I have looped in my head lately is "One, two, three, four - I declare a thumb war....." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8Z-DIAthbM

Posted by: HDC on September 13, 2007 8:58 AM

Good song. Sadly, however, it failed to become stuck in my head.

Posted by: IronOre on September 13, 2007 11:43 AM

Your song doesn't work. It just can't drive this one from my mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXSMZdfVS7o

Posted by: Alcari on September 13, 2007 12:39 PM

Endomusia - having a song stuck in your head.

P.S. I have chronic hiccups. Sux0rs.

Posted by: Beckto on September 13, 2007 1:12 PM

I've had the China Grove guitar solo in my head non stop since the day I first heard it back in 1973...that's what I'm talkin' about.

Posted by: Nada Adan on September 13, 2007 1:49 PM


Posted by: Jon F on September 13, 2007 2:10 PM

My nomination for currently most earwormish song is this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=51V1VMkuyx0

It was dangerous for me to just go get the link to paste. I'm reconsidering setting my clock radio to the horrid beep alarm it has instead of leaving it on the radio due to my fear of this song, even.

Posted by: anony on September 14, 2007 2:29 AM

I actually put together a streaming playlist full of earworms just for those occasions when you do things like this to me.

Everyone else, listen at your own risk.

Posted by: Jon on September 14, 2007 12:59 PM

this song just is boring. I've actually completely forgotten now that it's stopped.

Posted by: emily on September 14, 2007 11:24 PM

I love placebo and hadn't heard that cover by them, but I must say it really doesn't stick in the head that well.

Posted by: kim on September 14, 2007 11:54 PM

The universal brain-clogging song in my world is "Afternoon Delight."


You know you're humming it RIGHT NOW.

Posted by: Kim on September 15, 2007 11:08 AM

Afternoon What?

Posted by: jenkins on September 16, 2007 8:33 AM

Of course the all-time antidote to a song stuck in the head is:

Posted by: Marco on September 16, 2007 11:22 AM