default theme song for when someone plants a song in your brain

Damn I wish I had a good default song. You know how it goes, someone inadvertently ruins your day by saying something selfish and stupid along the lines of “I can’t get this horrible Milli Vanilli song out of my head!”  Then you spend the rest of the day trying to get said Milli Vanilli song out of YOUR head. Okay I don’t know any Milli Vanilli songs. But you get the idea.

The key to having a default song is it has to be something you don’t mind playing over and over in your head. Like anything Rolling Stones, Blondie, or Dylan.

I advise against Abba songs.

I love Abba and they are my favorite band to clean my house to, but any one of their songs OVER AND OVER can be trying. I dare you to find an Abba song that over and over wouldn’t be horrible. I know Muriel (in Muriel’s Wedding) listens to “Dancing Queen” over and over, but she was disturbed and came from a broken home, besides being Australian at the time. To wit she rejected the super hot olympic swimmer she had married. What, was she insane? Nah. He was maybe gay. And maybe she was too. She ended up with her super hot roommate played by Rachel Griffiths. Were they more than friends? Who knows.  We never got a sequel.

But I diverse.

I take back Dylan too. “Tangled up in Blue” could be very annoying to hear over and over in your head, especially if you get the totally weirded out unrecognizable version from the late 90’s.  I went to a concert of his on a triple bill with Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison at Anaheim Stadium in 1998.  Great concert! But my date got me stoned and the whole stadium was pulsating.  Please note getting stoned is not my usual drug of choice (more like wine and/or tv) so I was put off guard.  I did love Dylan’s look in the white suit, but trying to remember lyrics to that or any Dylan song will forever be tangled up for me.

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,”  though a great tune to crank out if they ever ask you at an audition last minute to sing, is a very bad choice for a default song.

I think the next time someone plants a song in my brain (like Alex has done to me via her  facebook status with the Beck lyrics “Two turntables and a microphone”) I will stick with my faithful standby of “Call Me” by Blondie. It makes me think of the movie American Gigolo and how cute Richard Gere was then. It also reminds me of senior year in high school and ditching school to go to the beach. Yes, I am older than you think.  Wish I could remember more than “Call me!  On the line, call me, call me any any time.  Call me!  I love (something something) …. when you’re ready we can share the wine.  Call me.”

I am going to my high school reunion next week and am more than a little freaked out. I can and cannot think back that far.   I hope they play some Blondie.  That will help bring me back.  Blondie, The Go Go’s, Stones, David Bowie, Bruce and Oingo Boingo.

I bet any of them has some good default songs.

What’s YOUR default song?  Mind if I steal it? I am sick of “Call me” already.


About furryosity

I am a writer, actor, artist and storyteller. I was a stand-up comedian for a bit but gave it up in pursuit of storytelling, a format that is more suited for my rambling communication style. As a child I was afraid of animals probably because my mother was afraid of them messing up the house. Needless to say we never had pets except fish. I won a goldfish at the school fair by throwing a ping pong ball into a little bowl with a fish in it. After this traumatic beginning my goldfish aptly named Poppy would try and pop out of the bowl, which is how she ultimately met her demise. I currently live with two beautiful cats, Babaloo and Gremlin, and a plethora of lamps, couches and nesting tables in my mid-century modern furnished apartment in West Hollywood, California.

Posted on July 9, 2011, in high school. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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