Tampa Bay Newspapers
9911 Seminole Blvd.,
Seminole, FL 33772
Phone: (727) 397-5563
Fax: (727) 397-5900
Submit News
  9911 Seminole Blvd. Seminole, FL 33772       Ph. 727-397-5563   View TBN's FREE e-Edition today!  
Click here to learn more
Viewpoints Facebook Twitter
Tom Germond
Help needed to get rid of earworms
Article published on
  Print E-Mail
I’m not sure I should be telling you this.

Some unidentified paranormal types have been playing head games with me.

Generally speaking, I try not to dwell on strange coincidences, especially when they involves the kind of music that makes me wretch, aka disco. However, a recent experience involving an old hit song called “More, More, More” has given me the willies.

The song, which hit No. 1 on the disco charts in 1976, was performed by the late Andrea True, who also was known as a porn star.

The lyrics aren’t risqué by today’s standards. And they’re shorter than a quarterback’s cadence over the center.

Here’s the chorus – if you want to call it that:

More, more, more

How do you like it, how do you like it

More, more, more

And now I can’t get the words out of my head.

A couple of months ago on a Sunday afternoon as I was driving along Gulf Boulevard, I heard the song playing on my satellite radio.

More, more, more.

Jeez, I haven’t heard that annoying atavistic wailing in 20 years, I told myself.

I remember that an ex-girlfriend, who we’ll call Melinda, used to like hearing the tune on the radio. We were in our early 20s.

“They’re playing our song, Tom.”

“Right you are, dear,” I said. I was an expert at conciliatory lying.

I think I’ve only heard “More, More, More” about three times since the disco era.

About 15 minutes after I heard the song a few week ago, I stopped into a restaurant. I hadn’t been seated for 15 minutes when blaring through the speakers was Melinda’s song again: “More, more, more.”

I told the bartender that I’d just heard the song on my car’s radio.

“That’s weird,” she said.

Twice within 30 minutes. Aliens? The raven? It’s like déjà vu all over again.

I started wondering whatever became of Melinda. Did she become an artist? Is she married? Does she still listen to “More, More, More?”

Not going to call her. She might ask me some annoying questions, such as what my credit score is.

And that would be more, more, more than I can handle.

I heard the song about a week ago, too.

Take me where you want to

Just get the cameras rolling

Get the action going

Now I’ve done it.

More, more, more

How do you like it, how do you like it

More, more, more

Why is this disco dirge stuck in my head?

Time to consult the Internet. Experts refer to such songs as earworms, which are similar to parasites that get stuck in your head and cause a brain itch, “a need for the brain to fill in the gaps in a song’s rhythm.” That’s according to the “How Stuff Works.”

“Unfortunately, like with mosquito bites, the more you scratch the more you itch, and so on until you’re stuck in an unending song cycle,” wrote Stephanie Watson, an author.

Advice from the Internet know-it-alls to get rid of the song is not much help.

“Very consciously, turn the song down to a whisper volume in your head. If it gets louder again, keep turning it down.”

Didn’t work.

“Try Prozac.”

The thought depresses me.

Other advice is to choose another song with repetitive lyrics. That’s kind of scary, too.

Let’s start with Eric Clapton

I shot the sheriff. But I did not shoot the deputy.

Sorry Eric, not working.

Having my baby

What a lovely way of sayin’

How much you love me

Makes me ill. Now I’ve done it. All kinds of hideous songs are running rampant in my noggin,’ thanks to my freak experience with “More, More, More.”

“I’m Henry the VIII I am, Henry the VIII I am, I am.

Wears thin, too.

“More, more, more.

Damn earworms.

Having my baby.

I have a feeling it’s going to be a long night.

Bring on the Prozac.

Tom Germond is executive editor of Tampa Bay Newspapers. Send him an email at tgermond@tbnweekly.com.
Article published on
Copyright © Tampa Bay Newspapers: All rights reserved.
Printable Version E-mail article
Featured Print Advertisers
Florida Center for Back & Neck Pain
Dr. Greg Hollstrom
11444 Seminole Blvd.
(727) 393-6100

Web site        View Ad
Custom Couture of Tarpon Springs
208 East Tarpon Ave.
Tarpon Springs
(727) 238-7194

Web site        View Ad
Abbey Carpet & Floor of Largo
13120 66th St. N.
(727) 524-1445

Web site        View Ad
Flooring America
9012 Seminole Blvd., Seminole
(727) 397-5509
100 Patricia Ave., Dunedin
(727) 733-1356

Web site        View Ad
Oakhurst & East Bay Medical
13020 Park Blvd., Seminole
(727) 393-3404
3800 East Bay Dr., Largo
(727) 539-0505

Web site        View Ad
Tampa Bay Newspapers
Online Advertising
For information, e-mail
Online Services Directory
Tampa Bay Newspapers
9911 Seminole Blvd.,
Seminole, FL 33772
Phone: (727) 397-5563
Fax: (727) 397-5900
Submit News