My life, in general, is a big game of ‘Hey, It’s That Guy,’ which occasionally makes the afternoons go faster.  Of late, I’ve been enjoying ‘Bonanza’ or, as I call it, the adventures of Trapper John, Pa Ingalls, Commander Adama and Hoss.  (Sadly, the late Dan Blocker passed away during the series, and the only other thing I’ve ever seen him in was a Three Stooges short from the fifties.)  Either way, the big takeaway from watching Bonanza is that the theme song will stick in your head FOR DAYS after any given viewing, especially if you know the words.  (If you don’t, you can always rent Rodrigo’s fave-rave crap film, ‘The Pest,’ and hear them as sung by the always-energetic John Leguizamo.)  The same is true for a few other shows, and even a decade later I’ll occasionally find myself humming the haunting theme tune to ‘The X-Files.’

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) got a right to pick a little fight, asking:  What’s the most pernicious ear worm in all of pop culture?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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12 Comments

  1. Dan
    January 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    without a doubt, the star wars cantina song. all i have to do is hum those first 7 notes (“doot-doot, doot-doot, doo-doo-doooo”) and everybody around me will hate me for a straight week because it simply will not go away.

    and now you all hate me because it just got stuck in your head too. SHARE MY PAIN, MAJOR SPOILERS

  2. Hannah
    January 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm — Reply

    There is an old movie called Rio Bravo, which stars John Wayne and Dean Martin. In this movie Dean Martin sings a song called My Rifle, My Pony, and Me. It’s stuck in my head right now, and probably will be for a couple of days now…

  3. Oldcomicfan
    January 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm — Reply

    I’d have gone with “Sugar Baby Love” from the Anime “Little Snow Fairy Sugar” but it has been replaced by the “Dumb Ways to Die” song. Glad to know I’m not the only Rio Bravo fan.

  4. Rob
    January 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm — Reply

    Basically every episode of Phineas and Ferb. *Dooby dooby dooby, Agent P!*

  5. January 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    The Song That Never Ends

  6. Frank
    January 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm — Reply

    Daa-O Daa-o Daylight come and me wan’ go home.

  7. Ron
    January 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm — Reply

    It’s a toss up between Gangnam Style and the Mortal Kombat theme.

    Also, Matthew, Dan Blocker was in a movie with Frank Sinatra; Lady In Cement. It’s shown on TCM every so often.

  8. Vorpal
    January 13, 2013 at 12:42 am — Reply

    I gotta go with the X-men theme song from the 90s cartoon.

    My girlfriend, however, simply starts whistling the original Scooby-Doo theme.

  9. Dan Hunter
    January 13, 2013 at 6:14 am — Reply

    Bah Weep Grahna Weep Nini Bong (or however you spell it!)

  10. Oldcomicfan
    January 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm — Reply

    Trapper John? I got to admit that I missed the fact that Adam Cartwright and Trapper John was played by the same actor – probably because I never watched Trapper John M.D.

    • January 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm — Reply

      Yep. Pernell Roberts played Trapper John in his own series, although Elliot Gould originated the role in the movie, and Wayne Rogers played him in M*A*S*H.

  11. AllenBT
    January 14, 2013 at 9:13 am — Reply

    The James Bond theme!

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