Thursday, July 31, 2008

[stan] 1:15 p.m. - Song

Song: You Are
Artist: Lionel Richie

Why: Another one on the radio at work.


[stan] 12:45 p.m. - Song

Song: Tarzan Boy
Artist: Baltimora

Why: Another one on the radio at work.

I still think of the Listerine commercial that brought the song back from the dead and put it back on the charts.


[stan] 12:35 p.m. - Song

Song: If You Leave
Artist: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Why: Another one on the radio at work.

Incidentally, my wife has informed me that we will be watching Pretty in Pink this weekend because of this one. I can't remember if I've ever seen it because I’ve generally stayed away from films with either “Pretty” or “Pink” in the title.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

[stan] 5:13 p.m. - Song

Song: Making Love Out of Nothing at All
Artists: Air Supply (1983) and Bonnie Tyler (1995)

Why: No reason. Incidentally, this song was written by Jim Steinman, who also wrote "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and several Meat Loaf hits, including "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)", which are, of course, basically the same songs.


[nicole] 6:15 a.m. - Song

Song: (Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection
Artist: Nelson

Why: I actually went to bed with this song in my head, and it was still there when I woke up. I really don't know what triggered it, but it did trigger a conversation about Ricky Nelson.

In case you don't remember, or don't know, Ricky was the son of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson of "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet". Ricky Nelson was also mentioned in the original film version of The Parent Trap, from the scene where Susan's posters are blown off of the wall by the storm:

Sharon McKendrick: Who's that?
Susan Evers: Are you kidding? Ricky Nelson?
Sharon McKendrick: Oh, your boyfriend.
Susan Evers: I wish he was! You mean you've never heard of him? Where do ya come from? Outer space?
*Quote reference:


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

[nicole] 6:30 a.m. - Song

Song: Sussudio
Artist: Phil Collins

Why: Well, I had "A Groovy Kind of Love" in my head already, so another Phil Collins song was a natural transition. Odd that it was this one, though.


[nicole] 6:15 a.m. - Song

Song: A Groovy Kind of Love
Artist: Phil Collins

Why: I kept confusing a line of this song with a line from Tommy Page's "I'll Be Your Everything".


[nicole] 6:00 a.m. - Song

Song: I'll Be Your Everything
Artist: Tommy Page

Why: I actually woke up with this one in my head, so I have no idea what started it. However, it did lead to this song.

In case you don't know, Tommy Page was a one-hit-wonder back in the early 90s. His big hit, "I'll Be Your Everything", was a success mostly because of the backing and background vocals of three members of New Kids on the Block.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

[stan] 6:45 a.m. - Word

Word: Fonoimoana

Why: It's just one of those silly sounding names I heard a few years ago, and I don't really know why it's repeating itself right now. It's kind of like Will Ferrell's character in Elf, when he goes to his dad's office and meets a coworker named Francisco...Francisco...Francisco.

Eric Fonoimoana is a professional volleyball player who won the gold medal in the 2000 Olympics. I first read about him in the mid-90's in Volleyball Magazine (yes, there is such a thing, and I was even a subscriber!)


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

[jana] 11:50 p.m. - Song

Song: Thank God I'm a Country Boy
Artist: John Denver

Why: I have absolutely no idea.


[stan] 5:15 p.m. - Song

Song: Silent Night
Artist: Mahalia Jackson, remixed by 46bliss for Old Navy's 2004 Christmas CD, Jazzy Jolly

Why: Christmas music? Seriously? I got nothin'. No "Christmas in July" jokes, please.


[stan] 7:51 a.m. - Song

Song: Sugar, Sugar
Artist: The Archies

Why: Literally, it was the brown sugar I put on my oatmeal this morning. That's it.

When I was a kid I thought this was a weird song. A few years ago, however, I bought the soundtrack of the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" (which I never watched, though someday I want to), and this song was on it. Once I really listened to its bubblegum poppiness, it really hooked me. Even though The Archies were just as fictitional as The Monkees and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

I totally recommend that soundtrack, by the way. There are many excellent songs on there. Just the seamless transition between The Chords' "Sh-Boom" and Bobby Darin's "Under the Sea" is worth the price of the CD.


[stan] 6:07 a.m. - Song

Song: Ronnie's Rap (links to YouTube)
Artist: Ron & the D.C. Crew

Why: Wow, this one's really obscure. I honestly have no idea what dislodged it from the recesses of my memory.

I remember hearing this in 1987, before I had any idea what was going on in the world of politics (actually, I still don't). But it was funny to listen to a Ronald Reagan impersonator do a rap on the radio, because rap was still relatively new and impersonating Reagan was funny at the time. Here's a sample of the lyrics:

I'm the Big Gipper, don't mess with me...
I'm the baddest rapper this side of D.C.
With my best girl Nancy as my spouse,
rappin' to you from that big White House

Well, I get up in the morning, and I have some toast,
and Nancy and I take a ride up the coast.
I'll sign a bill, then take a nap
This is what I call my Presidential Rap!
I have discovered that novelty songs like this one (which actually hit the charts and peaked at #93) are hard to find links to on the Internet. I can't actually verify that the YouTube link even works, since it's blocked where I'm posting from.


Monday, July 21, 2008

[nicole] 12:15 p.m. - Song

Song: We Didn't Start the Fire
Artist: Billy Joel

Why: I've been listening to the album all morning.


[stan] 10:31 a.m. - Location

Location: Rocky Butte, Portland, Oregon

Why: Just another one of those random memories, I guess. I do remember a few years ago there was one summer that I went up there quite a bit so I could climb up the rock walls. They were slightly slanted, so it was pretty easy to climb them without needing any special gear, which I couldn't have afforded, anyway.

I practiced climbing the walls one afternoon when until I slipped and fell all the way to the bottom, scraping my palms and slightly injuring my right rotator cuff on the way down. I don't think I ever climbed those walls after that.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

[nicole] 4:35 p.m. - Song

Song: No Such Thing
Artist: John Mayer

Why: It really doesn't matter. It's John Mayer. He doesn't need a reason to be in my head.


[stan] 8:41 a.m. - Phrase

Phrase: "Just pieces of the puzzle"

Why: I have had this on my brain all morning, and I just now remembered it was a line from Zoolander, which Nicole and I watched last week.


[stan] 6:30 a.m. - Songs

Song: I Am in Love With You
Artist: Darrell Evans

Song: Forever
Artist: Chris Tomlin (sung by Montavilla Baptist Church)

Why: Occasionally, two or more songs will simultaneously be playing in my head. How, though? Well, my brain finds a way to just mix the songs together, perhaps using the music from one and the sung words from another. These two fit together nicely.

(I've only heard "Forever" performed and sung in two churches - and in my head, I was hearing the worship team from Montavilla, not Full Faith Church.)


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

[stan] 4:25 p.m. - Song

Song: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Artist: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

Why: Just another one on the radio.


[jana] 8:20 a.m. - Song

Song: Morning's Here
Artist: Friends (I don't know who the guy is)

Why: Because if you have to wake up, it's pretty much the best morning song there is. Although, to be honest, I think if someone actually woke me up by singing it, I wouldn't be as happy as Joey is in the video clip above. I'd respond a little more like this.


[stan] 6:45 a.m. - Song

Song: Sweet Georgia Brown
Artist: Brother Bones & His Shadows

Why: As I was typing a comment on Katie's Facebook page this morning, I happened to use the term "globe-trotter". So of course I thought about the Harlem Globetrotters....


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

[stan] 4:52 p.m. - Song

Song: It Must Have Been Love
Artist: Roxette

Why: Once again, it was on the radio at another desk. This is how a lot of songs get lodged in my brain cracks, hearing them from someone else's distant radio. And I've noticed that a lot of songs are not new ones but 80's and 90's songs. I think this is because of years of overexposure coupled with the fact that I rarely if ever listen to Top 40 radio anymore. I'd bet that I wouldn't recognize 80% of the artists and 95% of the songs on the Billboard Hot 100, though I might be surprised.


[stan] 2:41 p.m. - Location

Location: Denton, Texas, right about here

Why: Who knows.


[stan] 10:11 a.m. - Song

Song: All I Want for Christmas Is You
Artist: Mariah Carey

Why: That's the question I keep asking myself, and also the sweet baby Jesus.


[nicole] 9:53 a.m. - Song

Song: Electric Youth
Artist: Debbie Gibson

Why: I actually have no idea. It just jumped into my head. And while looking for the links for this post, I discovered there is a camp in California called Camp Electric Youth, founded by none other than Debbie Gibson (who now insists that everyone call her Deborah.) It is "geared towards serious young performers ages 7 - 17." Why, oh why, didn't they have one of these camps when I was a kid?


[jana] 8:31 a.m. - Song

Song: Jesus, Take the Wheel
Artist: Carrie Underwood

Why: There is no logical reason why this song should be in my head. I haven't heard it on the radio in a while, nor have I listened to the album recently. And it started once I got to work, not while I was driving. I do have to say that it's a good song, even though it's not my favorite from that album.


[nicole] 7:07 a.m. - Song

Song: Trashy Women
Artist: Confederate Railroad

Why: Stan and I talked about the word 'brazen' this morning, and this song came to mind. It has been in my head since.


Monday, July 14, 2008

[stan] 4:42 p.m. - Song

Song: Walking in Memphis
Artist: Marc Cohn

Why: Oh, this one's hilarious. I had a different song stuck in my head a while ago, but I wasn't able to post about it. I didn't know the name of it, but the singer kind of sounded like Marc Cohn. When I finally got a chance to post this, I had forgotten the song altogether (Hooray!) but I still planned on posting about it because I am a moron. So, I started playing "Walking in Memphis" in my head, hoping that it would remind me of the other song, and yes that's clear proof that I am insane, but it never came to me. And now "Walking in Memphis" is stuck.


[nicole] 11:55 a.m. - Song

Song: God Gave the Song
Artist: Sharon Haygood, written by Bill & Gloria Gaither

Why: I was thinking about the prodigal son, and for some reason when I thought of the father running to his son, it made me think of this song.


[stan] 11:52 a.m. - Song

Song: Hold On
Artist: Wilson Phillips

Why: Nobody ever said I had to like the song that's stuck there. (I liked it once, in 1990. And I mean once.) In this case, I thought I heard it coming from the radio at another desk, and my brain latched onto it, stupid Wilson Phillips song-grabbing brain. Ever notice how distant music seems way louder once you recognize it?

Someday somebody's going to make you want to turn around and say goodbye. Yeah, it's this song, and I am ready to say goodbye.


Sunday, July 13, 2008

[stan] 6:11 p.m. - Song

Song: I Know You Know ("Psych" theme song) [links to the mp3 file]
Artist: The Friendly Indians

Why: Excitement over buying the second season of Psych! Also, anticipation of the third season premiere this Friday night (which we'll have to record and watch after the weekend).


Saturday, July 12, 2008

[stan] 6:52 p.m. - Song

Song: Carry On Wayward Son
Artist: Kansas

Why: Just finished watching Anchorman. It was the song from the ending credits.


Friday, July 11, 2008

[nicole] 10:50 a.m. - Song

Song: No Life Without Wife
Artist: Aishwarya Rai, Namrata Shirodkar, Meghna Kothari, and Peeya Rai Chowdhary as the Bakshi sisters in the film Bride & Prejudice

Why: After watching the movie last night, and blogging about it today, what else can I expect?


[nicole] 9:57 a.m. - Song

Song: That's How You Know
Artist: Amy Adams, as Giselle in Enchanted

Why: I was trying to ask Stan what he wanted to do for lunch, and I did that thing where I try to ask a question, but don't know what interrogative word to use. So, I scrolled verbally through the rolodex of those words, and when I walked away from him I was singing (and signing) "That's How You Know."


[stan] 7:31 a.m. - Song

Song: Mr. Blue Sky
Artist: Electric Light Orchestra

Why: Hard to miss. This song is on the movie trailer or soundtrack of every major motion picture produced in the last five years. Along with Smash Mouth's "Rock Star". I'm just saying.


[stan] 6:10 a.m. - Song

Song: Unwritten
Artist: Natasha Bedingfield

Why: I have never intentionally listened to this song. Perhaps it was one too many accidental viewings of those hair care product commercials (or maybe it's mascara, I don't pay that close of attention), or the fact that it just seems to show up everywhere.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

[jana] 10:21 p.m. - Song

Song: More Where That Came From
Artist: Dolly Parton

Why: This song is playing on the July 2008 Target commercial, and it's catchy to a fault. There's a part near the end of the commercial where she starts into this almost wordless yodel-y vocal part (when I type it, it just looks like "Ee ee ee eee ee ee ee eee," but it's actually much more complex than that). Anyway, ever since I first heard the commercial yesterday, it has been popping in and out of my head.


[stan] 8:03 p.m. - Location

Location: Davis, Oklahoma convenience store at exit 55 on I-35

Why: I honestly don't know, but I actually imagine this place from time to time. And it's always accompanied by the image of a limited-edition flavor of Full Throttle energy drink called Nature is One Bad Mother. Which I loved because it was flavored with açai berry juice.


[stan] 2:33 p.m. - Song

Song: Jump Around
Artist: House of Pain

Why: I have no idea, though I can say with certainty that it was in no way prefaced by any thoughts of Mrs. Doubtfire. I read once where this song was based upon "Jump" by kid-rapper group Kris Kross, but except for the common word, I think the two songs sound completely different.

Old geezer moment: The two members of Kris Kross, Chris Kelly and Chris Smith, are now 30 and 29 years old, respectively. Somebody fetch my false teeth!


[stan] 10:33 a.m. - Song

Song: Rock Steady
Artist: The Whispers

Why: It was playing on someone else's radio about a half hour ago, and I just realized it's still in my brain.

And we begin to Rock. Steady. Rockin' till the break of dawn.


[stan] 8:30 a.m. - Location

Location: Tower Records store at Gateway, Portland (now closed)

Why: There used to be a distinct scent in the store's atmosphere. It wasn't a bad scent, just something subtle, probably unintentional, that was unique to that location. This morning at work, I smelled something in a nearby hall that reminded me of that old Tower Records air.


[nicole] 8:18 a.m. - Song

Song: Curbside Prophet
Artist: Jason Mraz

Why: Thinking about John Mayer always leads me to Jason Mraz, and vice versa.


[nicole] 7:22 a.m. - Song

Song: Split Screen Sadness
Artist: John Mayer

Why: I've had several John Mayer songs in my head since I read this blog post last night.


[stan] 7:00 a.m. - Song

Song: Man in the Mirror
Artist: Michael Jackson

Why: No idea why. Whenever I think of this song, I always remember the one time I was listening to it and when Michael whispered, "Make that change," at the end, the DJ followed that up with, "Sure, Michael, here's that change for a dollar you wanted."


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

[stan] 4:32 p.m. - Song

Song: Axel F (from Beverly Hills Cop)
Artist: Harold Faltermeyer

Why: Co-worker with that song as a ringtone. No, wait, not just the song, but the 2005 "Crazy Frog version", which starts with a chipmunked voice of someone babbling like an idiot. Appropriate enough, though she thinks it's just "cute."


[nicole] 3:14 p.m. - Song

Song: A montage of songs from Rent
Artist: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Why: I really don't know. It keeps switching to different song about every two lines of the previous song.


[stan] 12:15 p.m. - Song

Song: Give It Up or Turnit a Loose
Artist: James Brown

Why: It's just the bassline and beat from the song. No reason.


[nicole] 10:55 a.m. - Song

Song: Baby Mine
Artist: Bette Midler

Why: No reason. The version in my head is the one Bette Midler sang in Beaches. Incidentally, this is the song that was in my head on the way back from the restroom.


[nicole] 10:50 a.m. - Song

Song: At This Moment
Artist: Billy Vera & the Beaters

Why: Oddly, I usually get this song in my head when I'm on my way to the restroom at work. Oh, and I generally find myself signing it, too.


[stan] 8:25 a.m. - Location

Location: NE 122nd Ave. & Halsey St., Portland, Oregon

Why: I'm not sure - sometimes this particular intersection just pops into my mind's eye. There's a church right up the street that some of my family attends, and I have had friends who lived somewhat nearby. But I don't know why I sometimes think of that specific place. It's just an oddball thing, I guess.


[stan] 6:45 a.m. - Song

Song: What I Am
Artist: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Why: No idea.


[stan] 5:45 a.m. - Song

Song: Livin' on a Prayer
Artist: Bon Jovi

Why: It's been stuck off and on since my blog post a few days ago.