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Guest Billy Russo, June 21, 2019 in Music
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It's not a problem anymore, but I wanted to share an earworm I had recently that had a bit of an eerie background to it.
For weeks and weeks, I've had this melody in my head. Usually the cure is simply listening to the song, but this grows complicated when you don't know the song. It's usually no big deal, because eventually your subconscious takes over and you wind up playing enough of the song in your head for you to tangibly search for it. I must get them a few times a year, aside from the more casual ones that are easily solved by pulling up your music library or Spotify to cleanse yourself. However, this was much bigger - all I had was a melody, and it started thanks to a song by LFO called Track 14. I knew I'd heard that opening melody somewhere before, or at least something similar to it, enough for me to latch onto it and hum it. I first thought it was a cheeky sample, but after an evening of digging I came up with nothing, other than a curious connection to Prince. I'm a huge fan of his, so I knew that wasn't it because I'd have recognised it.
Weeks trickled past. Every now and again it would play in my head. At first I didn't even know what instrument was playing it. I had narrowed it down to either woodwind or brass, or strings, real or synthesised. This didn't narrow my search any. In fact, it made it worse. The more words you throw into a search engine, the more off-course you tend to stray. It took me to a quiz where you could see what vegetable you'd be. I got parsnip.
Yesterday I had had enough. I hopped on the GTAF Discord and in desperation, I recorded my own voice humming it. I shared it, and unfortunately nobody could help. This humming must have unlocked part of the code, because I immediately decided to open my music library and manually trawl it, hoping the sight of album artwork might jog my memory. I didn't have to look far, because it turns out the melody was from an EP called El Producto by Australian sample titans The Avalanches. The song was called "Rolling High" and while it brings me some relief to share it here (the timestamp is 1:40 if you even give two knobs of goat sh*t at this point) but something still didn't feel right. Sure, this was the song that I was thinking of... but it also wasn't. There was more to it.
Almost immediately after hearing it properly, I knew. I f*cking knew it. It was "Trans Europa Express" by Kraftwerk. Further relief crept over my skin like a fine ooze. I was finally free.
Not five minutes after, I saw the news that one of the founding fathers of the group Florian Schneider had died. It seemed like such a tragic coincidence that the day I resolve this earworm which had dominated an entire month or so was the day one of the men responsible for it shuffled off this mortal coil.
This song is one of the few songs from a talent show that actually made me sit up and take notice. I always have a little moment whenever I hear it start up, and the chorus... wow. Just beautiful.
Every purple time it plays from my random playlist.
Cause I watched the trailer for A Most Violent Year.
Ever since yesterday.
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