Earworms– A Spooky Movie Song   3 comments

Whenever I put together a new edition of our Earworms Special Feature, I start by trying to figure out why the song suddenly popped into my head. I think today’s candidate started bouncing around between my ears when I read that someone is considering making an updated version of the original Ghostbusters movie.

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But even though the 1984 film’s theme song began running through my head, it didn’t seem quite right somehow – earworm wise. I thought about it, then listened to the #1 hit record of the song generated by Ray Parker, Jr., watched the movie trailer (below) but nothing seemed quite right.

Finally I figured it out. We had an Atari computer back in the early 1980s, and we also had the Ghostbusters computer game. As near as I can recall, the theme song played during the game but even after the game was over the music would continue to play endlessly — or at least until you stopped it. That’s my earworm.

Atari Ghostbusters (Excerpt)

raycdRay Parker, Jr. – “Ghostbusters”

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3 responses to “Earworms– A Spooky Movie Song

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  1. Boy, if I did a column on earworms every time I had one I wouldn’t have time for anything else. Fortunately, I didn’t have that game so Ghostbusters isn’t a problem for me.

  2. Wonder if there’s a treatment for an infestation of earworms? Hmmm. . .might involve a straight jacket.

  3. Xanax in .5 mg doses every four hours should do moderate ear-worms some sleep time.

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