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Begone Foul Song

Daily Prompt: Earworm – What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD  or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?

I speak here of a song so foul, so insidious, that all who hear it are lost forever!

With that rather melodramatic start, I actually don’t have time to speak for long as I only get 45 minutes for lunch, but I couldn’t let this one pass me by.

I am, of course, referring to that “song” in the film Gremlins. It goes a little like this:

“na na na NA na na, na na na NA na na, na na na naaa na na na na na naaaa”.

Okay, it doesn’t go a lot like that. There aren’t any words so it’s hard to write down. I’d upload a video except I don’t have video-uploading capabilities, and there’s probably all sorts of copyright issues anyway. For those of you who have seen Gremlins, I think it forms part of the starting/closing titles, and is also “sung” by the Gremlins themselves during the film. The film was on over Christmas (as it often is) – I recorded it and watched it some time in January.

This song is so insidious, it has latched into my brain and won’t let go. This song ain’t for shifting. In fact, I believe it has actually burned new neural pathways into my grey matter – only an F-MRI scan will tell us for sure (maybe – neurologists please correct me on this – can we pull music directly from a person’s brain or is that still under development?).

I hear it in the shower, I hear it in bed, I hear it in the car. I have to turn up my stereo to drown in out.

“And next up on X Factor auditions, it’s draliman with his rendition of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’!”

“Thanks.” (Clears throat.) “na na na NA na na no wait, can I start again, thanks.” (Clears throat.) “Somewheeeere over the raiiiinbow, na na na NA na na oh bugger, forget it.”

I’d actually almost gotten rid of it, and then this Daily Prompt came along and it all came flooding back. Thanks for that, Daily Prompt 🙂

  1. Serena
    April 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    hahaha! I’m so sorry about that, sounds like the Gremlins have invaded your brain – glad I never heard that tune but reading how you wrote it I think it must sound a bit like the Batman theme?


    • April 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Ha ha, yeah it could be the Batman theme when written down, couldn’t it! It’s actually a cloyingly perky tune which drags you in with its seeming innocence – avoid 🙂


  2. Gilraen
    April 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Mine is manamana by the muppets. Just somebody mentioning the word and it is there for weeks on end. Yep I said it myself now – and it is there!


    • April 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      The Muppets certainly do have some catchy tunes!


  3. February 21, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I can’t think for the life of me what song this is! I watched Gremlins when it first came out but not since. Darn you, Ali, I’m going to have check this out now to satisfy my curiosity. I hope it doesn’t stick in my head…. 😉


    • February 22, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Nooo, don’t do it 🙂
      It’s the theme music but the cinema scene where they “sing” along is the bit you want.


      • February 22, 2015 at 9:42 am

        Haha! I need to know now! I’m going to search for it today.


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