The Earworm

darrenhayes-3The term ‘earworm’ emerged in the late seventies and refers to music so memorable that it becomes something of a fixture. I’m sure we’ve all encountered them: the tunes and lyrics dancing in your mind and refusing to stop.

It’s good to talk, and so here’s a little about my latest episode. I was in the car recently when To The Moon & Back by Savage Garden played on the radio. I’m sure I haven’t heard this song since the late nineties, where I remember it being ubiquitous, and quite enjoying it; well, it seems determined to make up for lost time. I’ve given up trying to shake it!

Perhaps an indication of how serious an affliction this is, we have a portrait of lead singer Darren Hayes. A pretty quick one, I hasten to add. He looks a little sterner than I set out – sorry, Darren – perhaps he’s irked I haven’t been listening to him for twenty years – sorry, Darren. Of course, I opted for sunglasses to hide the features and emphasise the aural impact of our subject’s song… and if you’ll buy that, you’ll buy anything! It was a combination of wanting to include shades and not being in the mood for eyes.

This isn’t really a bad thing, of course. I’m so glad that such magnetic melodies exist. Darren has a great voice, one I’m finding both refreshing and headily nostalgic, and I’ll quite happily take this as defence against an impending deluge of Slade, John Lennon and the usual ‘festive’ suspects ad finitum. They’re the ones you need be wary of. No, I’ll stick with Savage Garden, thanks Noddy.

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12 comments
  1. Fabulous portrait Jacob, I listen to the song, I like it! I to enjoyed Darren’s singing voice.

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  2. Bill Fufkin said:

    Nicely done, Jacob…you tricked me. I was sure this was a pastel piece. I can’t remember your song, but then I never have been much in tune with the pop zeitgeist! B

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha, gotcha! 😉 Thank you – it’s the same brush as I’ve been using in the last couple of posts, and it does have a pleasing texture to it. Glad it’s come across!

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  3. Wonderful portrait, Jacob! 😃 But really, if I had to pick a Savage Garden earworm it would have to be Truly, Madly, Deeply! hehe… that one came to mind and now it simply… won’t… leave…

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Charlie! Yes, that one gets its fair share of play on the radio. Truly, madly, deeply catchy!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks and you’re welcome/my apologies as appropriate, JP! It really took me back when I heard it again.

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    • Jacob said:

      Now it’s got me too – and, going by the view count, 900 million others!! Very catchy tune.

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      • dawnmarie said:

        Careful, it gets into your dreams.

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      • Jacob said:

        Oh dear… we’ll see!

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