The Mother of All Earworms
October 15, 2020 8:15 PM   Subscribe

 
I legit LOLed out loud at Light My Fire.
posted by Capt. Renault at 8:30 PM on October 15 [2 favorites]


🎶 so comrades come rally / and the last fight let us face / the Internationale / unites the human race 🎶
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 8:30 PM on October 15 [3 favorites]


For some reason this reminds me of the comic who sings songs one syllable off (which is mind-bendingly difficult for most people, I think.)
posted by smcameron at 8:33 PM on October 15 [12 favorites]


I thought this was going to be this: Nursery Rhymes and Numbers (with Alan Stewart) - Numberphile Podcast.
posted by zengargoyle at 8:39 PM on October 15






I have occasionally thought about starting an all-Gilligan's Island Theme cover band, only to be hampered by the fact that I am not good at music, I don't know anyone else who would join the band, and it's an awful lot of effort for a cheap gag.
posted by ckape at 9:47 PM on October 15 [4 favorites]


What's the opposite of a Add to Favorites
posted by latkes at 10:31 PM on October 15 [13 favorites]


I'm off to record 'Because I could not stop for Death' on my YouTube channel.
posted by MtDewd at 6:25 AM on October 16 [2 favorites]


I'm pretty sure that being forced to listen to the In a Gadda Da Vita one twice would count as cruel and unusual punishment.
posted by The_Vegetables at 8:28 AM on October 16 [1 favorite]


Can we assume that Gilligans Island is the Platonic song, both melody and lyrics? All other songs are just imperfect forms of it.
posted by njohnson23 at 8:40 AM on October 16 [2 favorites]


I have no musical talent myself so forgive me if this is obvious, but if all these songs work on Gilligan's Island, won't they all work on any one of these songs? Are they reverse compatible?

I get the humor in doing it on Little Buddy's theme song, but, after listening to all of these, I am a little bit numb.
posted by AugustWest at 9:12 AM on October 16


I just went to check if the takedown war against Stairway to Gilligan’s Island was still on. Apparently not. And better yet, there’s a version by Puddles Pity Party!
posted by sjswitzer at 11:34 AM on October 16 [3 favorites]


The Gilligan song is a personal earworm for me because of wildlife.
When you lead hikes in bear and mountain lion country, the one thing you don't want to do is Surprise the megafauna, who don't really want to be around you either. So what do you do to keep a bunch of kids or newbies safe without freaking them out?
"Hey, how many TV theme songs do you know? I bet you can't sing all the words."

Just in case you ever come across a bunch of retired trailhound ladies doing a chorus of The Love Boat, or a troop of tired Scouts on their way back, murmuring 'In West Philadelphia born and raised / on the playground was where I spent most of my days' to stay awake.
posted by bartleby at 1:55 PM on October 16 [3 favorites]


I'm going to sing The Itsy Bitsy Spider version to the babies at work next week. They won't know the difference, but it'll probably drive my coteacher nuts.
posted by kathrynm at 7:23 PM on October 16 [1 favorite]


I have no musical talent myself so forgive me if this is obvious, but if all these songs work on Gilligan's Island, won't they all work on any one of these songs? Are they reverse compatible?

Yep, that's exactly what it means. See for example, from the second via link, Amazing Grace to the tune of Pokemon.
posted by Paragon at 4:34 PM on October 18


I'm off to record 'Because I could not stop for Death' on my YouTube channel.

It's now up on MeFi Music.
posted by MtDewd at 10:21 AM on October 20 [1 favorite]


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