Friday, September 09, 2005

Make it stop..

A little gift from me to you. Today's annoying song playing on a loop in my head (and in the head of the poor girl sitting opposite me since I mentioned it to her) is "Uptown Top Rankin" by Althea and Donna. There. Now you too can sit there sort of tunelessly humming it for the rest of the day.

Apparently these things are known as earworms. So now you know.

Enjoy.

19 Comments:

Blogger Urban Chick chimed in with...

for me, today, it's 'jolene' by dolly parton )but that was self-imposed)

ok, sorry, won't visit now for another three hours so as to benefit your site meter

*twiddles thumbs and wonders what to do now*

yatuhe = japanese term of abuse meaning 'you suck at yahtzee'

09 September, 2005 11:43  
Blogger car01 chimed in with...

Ah, but I don't know this "Uptown Top Rankin" song you speak of, so no earworm for me - hah!

yblbjl: Jewish jelly

09 September, 2005 12:04  
Blogger Stef the engineer chimed in with...

Argh. Now I'll be saying "ting" instead of "thing" all afternoon. I'll try thinking of a "deflection" song: Desmond Decker - The Israelite. Oh yes! Wake up in the morning, slaving for bread...
exit humming

apdgk: Bugs Bunny's favourite refrain, two days after being hit in the mouth with a cricket bat.

09 September, 2005 12:12  
Blogger Swifty chimed in with...

I know what you mean, but in this instance, as I don't know the tune, your efforts are wasted on me. Ha!

09 September, 2005 12:27  
Blogger Fifi chimed in with...

The annoying thing about that song (now it is my head. Thanks Sis) is that it's hard to tell what the words actually are. Hence "love is all I bring, teng a bing bing pon pom ling" and "no top no style...I simply roots...".
Now I am going to spend the rest of the day trying to recall the correct, top rankin' lyrics, and failin'. Ay.

09 September, 2005 12:43  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

and this from my white middle-class sis who knows every word of "White Lines" by Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel. Shame on you. innit.

09 September, 2005 13:11  
Blogger Stef the engineer chimed in with...

Oh dear. Far too much free time at work!

Wonderful example of Jamaican patois it is too.
Apparently.

(helbg: Outer level of the Inferno reserved for those who spend more on Chanel accessories than their children)

Uptown Top Ranking [Gibbs,Thompson,Forest,Reid]

See me in me heels and ting
Dem check sey we hip and ting
True them no know and ting
We have them going and ting
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots

See me pon the road I hear you call out to me
True you see mi inna pants and ting
See mi in a 'alter back (i.e in 70's backless top)
Sey mi gi' you heart attack
Gimme likkle bass, make me wine up me waist
Uptown Top Ranking

See mi in mi Benz and ting ( i.e. Mercedes)
Drivin' through Constant Spring
Them check sey me come from cosmo spring
But a true dem no know and ting
Dem no know sey we top ranking
Uptown Top Ranking


Shoulda see me and the ranking dread
Check how we jamming and ting
Love is all I bring inna me khaki suit and ting
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots

Watch how we chuck it and ting
Inna we khaki suit and ting
Love is all I bring inna me khaki suit and ting
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots

Nah pop no style, a strictly roots

(Intermezzo)

Love inna you heart dis a bawl out fe me
When you see me inna pants and ting
See me inna 'alter back
Sey me gi' you heart attack
Gimme likkle bass, make me wine up me waist
Uptown Top Ranking


See mi pon the road and hear you call out to me
True you see me in me pants and ting
See me inna 'alter back
Sey me gi' you heart attack
Gimme likkle bass, make me wine up me waist
Gimme likkle bass, make me wine up me waist
Love is all I bring inna me khaki suit and ting
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots

You shoulda see me and the ranking dread,
check how we jamming and ting
Love is all I bring inna me khaki suit and ting
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots

___________________________________________
transcribed by -Richie, Nicci Talbot, Filthy Rich - a news:rec.music.reggae

09 September, 2005 13:41  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

goes on a bit, doesn't it?

oiydkavh: cry that goes up when the crowd at the barmitzvah discovers that the youngest cousin has made off with the yblbjl

09 September, 2005 13:54  
Anonymous Other Half chimed in with...

You 2 girls are so 'street' aren't you. Bet your crew is down with the bangin' chunes !!!!!!

09 September, 2005 14:02  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

i think you'll find that last comment is on the list of banned vernacular.

yoiyg: the noise shaggy makes when the ghost pirate appears in the rigging

09 September, 2005 14:05  
Blogger Urban Chick chimed in with...

oh gawd, now i have a 'white lines' earworm ('and all the while i think of you...')

not being terribly rocknroll, it was only last month that i discovered it was about cocaine...

doh

rtxjmo = i swear to god i've heard this word in a gangsta rap song, definitely the 'j'mo' bit

09 September, 2005 16:24  
Blogger Urban Chick chimed in with...

OR i heard it on a south london pirate radio station when trying to find heart 106.2

one or the other...

09 September, 2005 16:26  
Blogger elvira black chimed in with...

I'm with Stef the Engineer on the Israelite.

This is great. It's always comforting to have a name to attach to your secret, shameful affliction. And it's like a virus--all you have to do is mention it to a fellow sufferer, and you can both be in agony for hours, even days. Governments could probably overthrow entire regimes with this tool.

I loved that article link. That's so true for ad jinglesl too. Sometimes I don't even know or care what they're advertising, but the stupid little tune gets stuck in there. Ad people must make zillions figuring out new ones.

09 September, 2005 16:37  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

washing machines live longer with calgon....

sljpaou: the noise made when doing finger-rayguns

09 September, 2005 16:42  
Blogger Geoff chimed in with...

'My life is brilliant'.

No matter how many times I repeat it it won't go away. Just that line.

It's been in there for the past 3 months.

And it won't go away.

10 September, 2005 12:30  
Blogger Who is this Dave? chimed in with...

Have you read what Stef the Engineer has written about us?

It's OK if I mention other people's bogs, isn't it? Just not my own.

So it wouldn't be right for me to say that I mention both Stef and you in today's entry. So I won't.

11 September, 2005 07:32  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

geoff - is that from a song or are you doing life-affirming positivity exercises?

11 September, 2005 17:29  
Blogger Geoff chimed in with...

1st line of James Bloody Blunt.

I bet he's just reached no.1 in Spain.

11 September, 2005 20:22  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

curse the blunt. rhymes rather fortuituously tho....

11 September, 2005 22:44  

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