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Weekend Earworms: ’90s Nonsense

An estimated 98% of us experience earworms. Despite the annoying times that we can’t get a chorus or a hook of an overplayed pop song out of our heads, getting a really good earworm stuck can be one of the best things ever.

We here at Nerdist are dead-set on bringing you those types of songs, if only for the weekend. We’ll be scouring the internet for the best earworms we can shove into your meaty brains!

Alright, this may be the most annoying installment of Weekend Earworms. I’d say that I’m sorry but i have to confess that I wholeheartedly LOVE the songs below. They are awful, annoying, and painfully catchy ’90s dreck, and I know every single word to each of them because as I’ve proven time and time again, I love terrible music. It’s really strange that I get a music column. I’m pretty sure I’m being Punk’d.

Every now and then I get into some weird deep dives of ’90s stuff (as evidenced in previous editions) and these few all float somewhere to the top and stick with me. There’s no easy way to transition into these so let’s begin with…

Del Amitri – Roll To Me

I know, I’m ashamed of me too, but I can’t help but love this song. The only thing I hate about 1995’s “Roll To Me” by Del Amitri is the fact I can’t find any decent version of the nightmare-fueled video for it, in which the band was man-babied. What’s “man-babied”, you say? It’s when a grown man’s head is placed on the body of a child and the results are as disturbing as they are hilarious.


Image: Vevo

What’s potentially more horrifying than the image is the song’s message. In it, a man sings to a woman who’s clearly just gone through a–or a string of–bad breakups, and he’s attempting to jump from the friend zone to another type of zone (I’ve been informed I have exhausted my allotted uses of the phrase “Bone Zone”). Worse yet, the woman in question doesn’t appear to have solicited the singer’s help or attention. The song’s message is pretty much, “Hey girl, you know how your love life has sucked for a long time, well, you haven’t dated me yet, so how bout it?” There’s nothing in the song that claims she’d be better off with him or anything. He’s simply reminding the woman of her recent relationship failures and stating that he’d be down to “talk the whole night through” if only she’d roll to him.

It’s tough for me to hear Del Amitri and not instantly think of this next one.

The Refreshments – Banditos

Thankfully it serves as a palate cleanser for the creepiness of “Roll To Me”. As with most of the music I get to share in these articles, The Refreshments are a band that I believe deserve more praise. 1996’s “Banditos” is a song some may remember as their one and only “hit”, and rightfully so, for the fairly nonsensical lyrics and the video’s pure 90’s aesthetic. Odd thing is, this might be their second most popular song considering most everyone–or at least those who would frequent–have heard the King of the Hill theme song.

Alright, I’m better than this. I’ve gotta go deeper. 90s stuff that no one would remember. I have to impress the few people who match my same level of nonsense musical knowledge. If you’re out there, thanks for reading, whoever you are. Ooh! That’s it!

Geggy Tah – Whoever You Are

Geggy Tah had a very short-lived earworm lifespan way back in 1996 with this track, and it’s sad to say their album “Sacred Cow” was not so great. Even my young impressionable middle-school mind couldn’t find anything to love about the rest of the tracks on it. The lead singer does sound a bit like Kermit the Frog so there’s that.

For the sake of keeping this article relatively concise, I’ll wrap things up, but know that there will be more ’90s nonsense soon enough. I picked these 3 songs out of the list of about two dozen, and it was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do this week. It was basically my Sophie’s Choice, but with considerably lower stakes.

I want to know what songs come to mind when you listen to these. Like muscle memory, each song lead to another, so let me know where your ’90s music map leads you in the comments below!

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Blake Rodgers writes for Nerdist from Chicago, IL, where he lives happily with his Guinness World Record for High Fives. You can be his pal by following him on Twitter (@TheBlakeRodgers)

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