Saturday, October 21, 2006

Most of My Brain

One day this week (I can't remember what day, the reasons for which I will explain), I was driving home from school blasting the radio, singing along when I realized the reason why I can't remember my relatives birthdays, any of the Presidents besides Washington, Lincoln, Kennedy, and Clinton, and how to do simple algebra is because most of my brain is occupied with remembering the lyrics to 80s pop songs.

For example
"I hear the secrets that you keep, when you're talking in your sleep."

"My Sherona. My, my, my, my Sherona. My, my, my, my, my. Whoo!"

"Wake me up before you go-go, 'cuz I'm not plannin' on goin' solo. Wake me up before you go-go. Take me dancin' tonight. I wanna hit that high!"

"You're too shy-shy, hush hush I know why. Too shy-shy. Hush Hush."

"In the shower, I'm afraid to wash my hair. Cuz I might open my eyes and find someone standing there."

"Imagination never lets us take blame."

"Black cars look better in the shade."

"'Cuz there is something about you, baby, so right. Wouldn't be here without you, oh oh, tonight."

Did I mention I saw Rick Springfield on an infomercial selling an 80s compilation CD?
I thought: "I wanna tell her that I love her but the point is probably moot."

Also, this doesn't qualify as pop exactly, but I found myself singing it in the car today.
"Out of luck, out of love. Got a photograph, picture of."

And can anyone tell me when Depeche Mode became Classic Rock?

A free 80s mix tape to anyone who can name the sources of the lyrics above.
I will probably forget (soon) your names in order to make room for more song lyrics. I apologize in advance.


val said...

I am so happy that this happens to you as well. I downloaded "Call Me!" by blondie to be my ringtone... thinking I was full of irony... and then, I just realized I was OLD!! You, at least, managed to get a PHD before your brain turned to 80's mush.

Turn it down now, Voices Carry.

ErinAlice said...

Oh great!! It is now official, we are related! I too have a brain that is full of useless 80's and 90's lyrics as well as trivia that does me no good, except for holiday games of Trivial Pursuit. Okay so here are the answers-I think:
Talking In Your Sleep by the Romantics
My Sharona by The Knack
Wake Me Up by Wham!
Too Shy by (Yes this true) Kajagoogoo
Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell
Okay I can't find the others...look on the following website like I did and you can find out the answer to all your lyrical 80's questions.
this was probably started by somebody just like us...
glad you got Def Lepard in there-they rock!!

Counterintuitive said...

Most of your lyrics sent a cascade of notes and music into my head (thanks for the blast from the past) but I couldn't come up with any of them on my own; yet the freed up space isn't remebering presidents, birthdays, or algebra. I might as well have 80s lyrics floating around.

Dr. Write said...

Here's another good one from the 80s music website

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

(Rick Astley)

Dr. Write said...

And another that I sang this week:
You've gotta be
Cruel to be kind in the right measure,
Cruel to be kind it's a very good sign,
Cruel to be kind means that I love you,
Baby, you've gotta be cruel to be kind.

Dr. Write said...

And one more question:
What's the Band that was like the Romantics but wasn't the Romantics, and had a song out around the same time as "Talking in Your Sleep"?
Help me, please.

Nik said...

Oh, you're just mean. I have all of these songs stuck in my head now including the Talking in Your Sleep song. But of course I've no idea who sings it.
I love that Rick Springfield line though. I'll try to keep Jesse's Girl going instead of My Sharona.

ErinAlice said...

ARe you talking about Always Something There to Remind Me? That is by Naked Eyes or Tainted Love by Soft Cell? I hate that I know that.....I need help.

ErinAlice said...

Hey I heard a great one today,

Shootin' at the wall of heartache,
Bang, bang
I am a warrior
I am a warrior
and victory is mine..

Anonymous said...

oh god. while you were all listening to that, i was listening to really bad country music, riding my horse and fantasizing about meeting robert redford (the electric horseman). Favorite song from the time: I'm just a common man, i drive a common van, my dog ain't got no pedigree"

(does this explain my late blooming phase...which I'm just finished)

la sevillana

ErinAlice said...

Hey what about Run DMC? I was listening to them today. I love them. Great lyrics:

This speech is my recital,
I think it's very vital.
To rap a rhyme,
that's right on time
It's tricky!


Money is the key to end all your woes,
your ups and downs your highs and your lows,
When's the last time that love bought you clothes,
it's like that, and that's the way it is.

I grew up on this stuff?? Wow, my whole life now makes complete sense!!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh...tainted love...from the brilliant album non-stop erotic cabaret.

Now, about all that brain space taken up by extraneous musicals? Like, the lyrics from Hair, a show I've never even seen on the stage? "I met a boy called Frank Mills, on September 12th right here in front of the Waverly..."