Over at H.E. Ellis, she’s been celebrating her 100th post with 10 lists of top 10’s. In one of them, she mentioned the song “Goodbye Horses” being forever rendered creepy by the movie The Silence of the Lambs. Now, it’s not a particularly good song, really, but it got me thinking about songs that, because of a particularly association, inspire a totally irrational response.
For example, I had a job many years ago that I hated. Hated. Oh my God, I hated that job. I needed something for extra money and it fit my schedule, but anyone who ever came in to the store (whose name I won’t say, so I’ll make up something impossible to decode), was greeted with, “Hi, welcome to Beer Fun Slimports, I’m only working here because I’m doing post-grad work to get my teaching license and this fits my busy schedule and it’s within walking distance of my apartment. Normally I wouldn’t even shop here, like, ever. How can I help you?” So, they had a 60-minute loop of music that played all day, every day, and to this day if I hear “Walking In Memphis” I immediately get twitchy and mad and want to throw someone through a window. Not a good song, but a benign song, and one that shouldn’t inspire window hurlage.
Then there’s The Ronette’s “Be My Baby.” Even if you don’t know the song off hand, you probably recognize it from either Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets or Dirty Dancing, depending on your, you know, inclination. This is a great song. A just dead, solid pop song, and that drum beat at the beginning is fantastic. Yet it makes me so sad. Why? It’s not a sad song. To the best of my recollection, The Ronettes did not beat me up, ever. It was not playing when Heather McDonald broke up with me; nothing was playing. Nothing to hide the sounds of my heart shattering. WHY, HEATHER?! WHY WHY WHY??!! Well, I’m MARRIED now and I’m VERY HAPPY and I am a BIG-TIME BLOGGER. I’m HUGE. AND I’M RESPECTED IN MY FIELD AND I STILL HAVE MY HAIR.
Sorry. What was I saying?
Oh, right, I was introducing this week’s Weekly Question of the Week question! Maybe it’s because the emotional response is off-kilter, maybe it’s inappropriate hate, maybe it’s any other bizarre response, but What songs provoke a completely irrational response from you?