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Sunday earworm: This song's to blame when parties get out of bounds



I might have actually made it all the way through the '80s without hearing Party Out of Bounds by the B-52's. It was only by the oddest of circumstances I caught it in the spring of 1985. 

As longtime readers might recall, performing in lip synch competitions was a big deal for the high schools in Pinellas County in Tampa Bay. That spring, my friends and I won our school's show "performing" Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. As part of the honor of winning, you performed your number again at lip synch shows at other local high schools. And so it was one Friday night when we found ourselves at Pinellas Park High School waiting to go on stage when a group of neon-clad students "playing" glow-in-the-dark paper instruments got up to perform Party Out of Bounds, the B's 1980 tune that was a hit only the dance charts.

We were awestruck - both at the song we'd never heard and their incredibly creative adaptation - so much so that we were equally dumbfounded when the group was booed off the stage at the end of the tune. We immediately went over and flooded the group with praise, which hopefully helped ease the sting of thei rude reception. The song has stuck with me ever since. I'm not sure what become of those poor kids after 31 years, but one thing's for sure: The other kids at Pinellas Park HS had zero taste in music. 

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