Getting a song stuck in your head can be frustrating, like when it’s ‘Writing to Reach You’ by Travis. But sometimes, getting a song stuck in your head can be amazing, like when it’s ‘Rock Lobster’ by the B-52s.
How do songs get stuck in your head anyway? I can tell you how this one did. I was listening to the audiobook of Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part One – the audiobook is split in to two parts just like the third movie will be. It’s nice that they pay attention to parity in audio/visual media). When I heard the line “and then I hid behind a rock. But it wasn’t a rock…” I screamed at the top of my voice “IT WAS A ROCK, LOBSTER!”
I was on a 7 mile run at the time.
Ever since then I’ve had Rock Lobster by the B-52s stuck in my head and it has been glorious.
In returning to the subject of why songs get stuck in your head, despite my reasoning above, science disagrees.
This article on How Stuff Works claims that it is actually the result of ‘earworms’, and not the Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
“No, they’re not parasites that crawl into your ear and lay musical eggs in your brain,” says the article, which I think you’ll agree makes the whole thing even more disappointing.
But returning to the subject of Rock Lobster, the best thing about Rock Lobster is that it’s so long. It’s also, essentially, the same 3 and a half minute song played twice…
It might actually have been the same song played about 4 times come to think of it.
This was confirmed when I worked in a warehouse for a record store once and I picked a B-52s album to play on the CD player and someone told me off for putting Rock Lobster on repeat.
Also, it turns out Philip Seymour Hoffman has died too, that’s Hunger Games ruined then. Thanks, Phil. Just kidding, RIP PSH, you were the best at using your ejaculate as blu-tack.