Your Late Night Ear Worm- Where’s My Umbrella Edition

Heard this two days ago in the grocery. It was faint at first, while I was checking out the avocados, then when I walked down the spice aisle, I knew what I was hearing:

It’s been banging around my over-sized cranium for two days, and after thirty minutes of fruitless attempts to sleep tonight with this song playing over and over again, I thought I needed to share. There’s just something haunting about the female vocalist singing “All I know—we’ve got to change what’s happening, Something good could happen.” Unlike most ear worms I want to get rid of, I just love this song for some reason, but I felt I needed to share so I could sleep.

I’m a giver like that, you know.

Also, too:

Ahh, Athens, GA. One of the best 5 days of my life. Up there with Madison, WI, and Austin, TX.

40 replies
  1. 1
    Daaling says:

    B52’s did most of their creative work under the influence of Acid apparently. Some people like Cole don’t need acid to have wierd thoughts floating around in their head.

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    Billy K says:

    “Love Shack?” Really?

    Trolling your own blog – HARD – again…

  3. 3
    tweez says:

    Further proof that light-hearted doesn’t equal light weight

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    kdaug says:

    Went to a game dev beer night tonight wearing my FEED shirt.

    First thing, walking in, a girl says “I love that shirt”.

    Twenty minutes later, coming out of the can (had to pee when I got there), another random stranger guy shouts “Nice shirt”.

    At the end of the evening, sitting around drinking and talking, the girl (I’d never met) next to me says “OK, that’s a cool shirt” or something like that.

    I told her it was kind of a Rumplestilskin thing, and that if she could tell me the name of the cat, she’d get all my gold (or at least I’d buy the next round).

    Tunch’s fans are legion.

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    piratedan says:

    saw them on a split bill out in Carrville, it was them, the db’s and Pylon. Pretty sure I tossed on somebody’s shoes that night from too much pogoing and cheap beer.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I will always have a soft spot for the B-52s. Even “Rock Lobster.”

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    coin operated replicant says:

    FSM protect us. If an alien species receives this as their first transmission from Earth, we’re all screwed.

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    Steve V says:

    Song for a Future Generation will always be my favorite B-52’s song. Dance This Mess Around gets honorable mention. All that Love Shack stuff came when they became more top-40 friendly. But still, such a joyous band and a precious part of my youth. Sigh.

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    brandon says:

    What do you mean, “even” Rock Lobster? That’s actually a hell of a song.

    Also Mesopotamia.

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    piratedan says:

    @Steve V: i was always partial to Planet Claire myself, but yeah, you could sense their joy from cut to cut on the vinyl.

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    freelancer says:


    Some people like Cole don’t need acid to have wierd thoughts floating around in their head.

    Cole might consider having his own “weird-down”.

    But then he would shut down this blog and we’d have to hang somewhere else. The horror.

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    russell says:

    Kilkenny Cats at the 40-watt, sometime in October 1986.


    “Dance This Mess” gets my vote for pick of the litter.

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    dollared says:

    @Steve V: Yes! SFAFG is the perfect essence of the 1980s. “Hello I’m Suzie and I’m a Pisces. I like chihuahuas and chinese noodles!”

    But I like “Butter Beans” too.

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    dollared says:

    And for the B-52s, I saw them one stoned August night in 1979, the only night I’ve ever spent drinking in Georgetown.

    Never had heard of them before. WTF were those women in beehive hairdos doing dancing up on stage? It was just a few weeks before the yellow album came out. Then it all made sense.

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    Steve V says:

    Wanna be captain of the Enterprise? Sure, why not? :-)

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    williamc says:

    Ah Athens, GA. Best 5 years of my life. At one point you get really tired of all the kids and the constant partying and THE DRINKING, so much drinking…

    I never wanted to go to college in the South, but being poor limits one’s options. I think I made the right choice. No where else in America would you run into a situation in which Michael Stipe tries to steal your boyfriend while out barhopping on your first week on campus and three years later attempt to steal YOU from your boyfriend while you both are both attending an art-house French porno flick.

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    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    just for fun, i wanted to see what would come up if you searched this site for the title to this song jane’s getting serious

    wow, the post that came up was trippier than going from metal to the b52’s then real punk.

    also the greatest remaining flaw in this blog is that no post has ever been properly titled “jane’s getting serious”, given all that has gone on.

  18. 18

    Going to New Orleans tomorrow, bitchez. I’m seeking out beignets, bourbon, and booty! My first time. I can’t wait.

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    JGabriel says:


    saw them on a split bill out in Carrville, it was them, the db’s and Pylon.

    Oh my god. Can I steal that memory from you? I love all three of those bands.

    (ETA: By the way, that’s a manly, deep-voiced “Oh my god” (think Capt. Kirk after losing crew members in a transporter accident), not a girly, squeeish, “OMG”.)


  20. 20

    Now, THERE’s a band that could have used Adrian Belew.

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    freelancer says:


    Sounds awesome! Have a great trip! I’m not as much a music hound as others on this site or in the blogosphere, but for some reason, I just can’t find myself getting behind Jazz. To paraphrase Brick Oven Bill, “Does that make me racist?”

  22. 22

    @freelancer: I like jazz OK, but I’m really going for the food. Nom nom nom.

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    JGabriel says:

    Speaking of the B52s: Cindy Wilson at her most lustworthy:

    I’ll give you fish
    I’ll give you candy
    I’ll give you everything I
    Have in my hand


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    piratedan says:

    @JGabriel: yeah, I kept thinking that the db’s were the ones that were gonna break big, but hey… it was a great show, what I remember of it at least. The southern university independent band loop was hot back then. We had the aforementioned bands, plus groups like Arrogance, The Bad Brains and Four out of Five Doctors that would all make the circuit between DC and Tallahassee.

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    Riilism says:

    B-52’s RULE! Were my teenage years theme music. Once I heard Rock Lobster, I was hooked. Where the hell I heard it is beyond me. MTV? Goodness knows it was never on the radio, which consisted of roughly two radio stations that ran either classic rock (also good) or country (some of which I’ve grown to appreciate). Thank Gawd for Walkman’s and cassette tapes….

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    Steve V says:


    How could I forget about Give Me Back My Man?! Great song. They were a really fun band for a while there.

  27. 27
    piratedan says:

    just because, I haven’t posted a musical link in about a week or so, seemed to fit somehow

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    Raven says:

    Deadbeat Club, Dry County and Roam, for my money, are their best songs. I live about two blocks from where Allen’s was but, sadly, they were already gone when I moved here 27 years ago. They come back from time-to-time and even moved back for a few months when they recorded their last album.

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    Rita R. says:


    And so? Did Tunch help you get lucky? John could use that scenario for T-shirt advertising.

    For me, “Love Shack” will always be the winter of 1989, a long-haired drummer visiting NY from Calfornia, a white Camaro and a tiny little house on Long Island. Sigh.

    Also too, “Rock Lobster” is a classic.

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    stibbert says:

    how ’bout Iggy Pop & Kate Pierson breaking into top-40 w/ ‘Candy’ ?

    but my fave B-52 track is ‘Roam’. ‘cos i want to.

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    RSA says:

    hh, Athens, GA. One of the best 5 days of my life. Up there with Madison, WI, and Austin, TX.

    There’s something about college towns. I spent five years living near Amherst, MA, and if it weren’t for the weather and job prospects I might be there still.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    “Dance this Mess Around” and “Give Me Back My Man.”

  34. 34
    Raven says:

    @RSA: I am still here!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    The B-52s were part of my teenage sound track too. I saw them again a few years back when they played after a Rays game. I was sad when I realized I’d gotten too old and dignified for gatoring…

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    becca says:

    @asiangrrlMN: Galatoire’s food on Bourbon St is beyond sinful and very old school NOLA dining.

    It’s on Bourbon St, if you are so inclined.

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    Hawes says:

    Gee, why would Cole have an earworm that repeats “Static fills my attic”.

    That’s a postmodern earworm.

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    RSA says:

    @Raven: Lucky you! I lived in Sunderland for a year, then in Belchertown, but most of my time was spent in Amherst (on the UMass campus), Northampton, and surrounds. Even today I sometimes make new friends online with people from the area–one conversational topic that comes up is whether the Dead Mall is still in existence, and whether it’s still dead. :-)

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    The B-52s suck almost as hard as Oingo Boingo.

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    Binky Bear says:

    But you know you are old when you are looking at the Weather Channel for your local on the eights and they are playing the new wave hits of the 80s one might have been beat up and called a queer for liking at the time. Depeche Mode bringing you the weather for both masters AND servants.

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