Prima Donna Airdate: 07/10/10 ~ The Earworm Show!

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Published on: February 10, 2015
My EARS!  I'm not supposed to get worms in 'em!!!
My EARS! I’m not supposed to get worms in ‘em!!!

That’s right…this show from back in 2010 had an “Earworm” theme…or as I called it “Looping songs”. you know what they are…those songs that you *just* can’t get out of your head no matter how hard you try… Women and men experience the phenomenon equally often, but earworms tend to last longer for women and irritate them more. Researcher, James Kellaris produced statistics suggesting that songs with lyrics may account for 73.7% of earworms, whereas instrumental music may cause only 7.7%.

In a 2006 book by Daniel Levitin entitled This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, he states that research has shown musicians and people with obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) are more likely to suffer from earworm attacks. An attack usually involves a small portion of a song, a hook, equal to or less than the capacity of one’s auditory short-term memory. Levitin reports that capacity as usually 15 to 30 seconds. Simple tunes are more likely to get stuck than complex pieces of music.

Scientists at Western Washington University found that engaging the working memory in moderately difficult tasks (such as anagrams, Sudoku puzzles, or reading a novel) was an effective way of stopping earworms and of reducing their recurrence.

Now that you know what they are, and how to fix ‘em (I mean…for the next time you have one, not right now…right now, play the audio below, k?)

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Part 1:

There’s a tad bit of rambling as I try to ease some of my parental guilt…and right off the bat – it’s an “official show”!!!

Plus…the start of many, many requests/earworm songs from Barbara from Woburn, MA…

Oh..and the start of a lot of chair squeakin’…can’t forget that…


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Part 2:

More earworm/”loopy” songs from:
Steve in Athol
Ronny in the Boston area
Mike in Woburn
…and a “Block O’Mikey”


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Part 3:

In this segment:
…a “Block O’Garrett”…

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Gimme Back My bullets ” is about what…??? Who’s the lady that Tom Jones is singing about?

And who inspired tonight’s theme???
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Part 4:

Earworms from:
Alan in Fitchburg
Brian in Vermont
Gretchyn in Texas

..and tonight’s quiz!

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Part 5:

Hey…who does Technotronic remind you of…?

What songs WON’T be played tonight…?

Jim in Hartford CT gives us the only jingle…

An earworm from Chris in Meridan, Ct….

How about some respect for Bobby McFarren…?

And…MY earworm…!!!!

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And for the capper….one of the Top 10 of the most common ear worms…!!!
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….gee, thanks Disney…

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