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Stephen King can't get these '80s songs out of his head



Toni_basil Earworms  -- or songs that you can't get out of your head no matter how hard you try -- are the worst. (Of course, you can always use the patented Stuck in the '80s cure: Sing the theme to TV's A-Team. It rarely fails.)

Entertainment Weekly features a column by author Stephen King, who this week professes that he's haunted by several earworms from the '80s. Here are the culprits:

MICKEY (Toni Basil): Yeah, that one makes sense. A brutally brain-burrowing ditty. I'm sure Toni herself would issue a sweeping apology if she wasn't still rolling around in the royalties.

TAINTED LOVE (Soft Cell): This one gets me too, but it's not necessarily Soft Cell's version. It's Dan Aykroyd singing it on Remulak in 1993's Coneheads. [See the clip]

RELAX (Frankie Goes to Hollywood): Really? Seriously, of any potential earworms, this one didn't exactly burn up the radio dial. I can think of only two ways you'd hear this song too much. Either King just scored a vintage copy of Welcome to the Pleasuredome on vinyl, or he's watching Zoolander too much on cable. [See the clip]

So what are the worst '80s earworms? Leave a comment and I'll build an uber-list for the blog. My personal ones: Always On My Mind by the Pet Shop Boys (which is also what people hear when they call my cell phone), Grey Matter by Oingo Boingo, Take It On The Run by REO Speedwagon. (Heard it from a friend whoooo, heard it from a friend whooo ... aaaargh!)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:45pm]


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