Twisted Mixtape Tuesday BathTub Time Machine: Ear Worms of the Seventies

Jen Kehl

What IS Twisted Mixtape Tuesday, you ask?  TMT (I’m abbreviating it because I’m lazy and so I can say “TMT, It’s DYNOMITE!  TMT, it’s out of sight!  Oi!) is the brainchild of Jen Kehl, head mixmistress and ultimately cool person.  Each week she tells us what to do and we do it.  This week is the second week of music from the 70s, and she has commanded us minions to share more great tunes from the era.

Since last week I shared the music that I love from the decade, this week there are a few earworms from back then that I feel obligated to mention.

KHANAn ear worm is NOT one of those things that they put in Chekov’s ear in Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan.  Rather it is one of those songs that gets in your head and no matter what you do you CAN’T GET IT OUT!

(We had a baby bunny in our yard once that kept nibbling on our garden.  We named him Khan simply for the comedic value of my husband standing out in the backyard yelling “KHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!”  This has nothing to do with anything in this post.)

American Pie-Don McLean

Have you ever driven your Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry?  This 1971 song is about the day that music died-when Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959.  I’d hear this song and it would be in my head FOREVER.  Then Weird Al came out with HIS version a few years ago and that stuck even worse!

Use Me-Bill Withers

Talk about a song that festers in your brain…

Copacabana-Barry Manilow

I guess when I was little I knew every word to this song.  It’s probably the only Barry Manilow song I will admit to liking.  It gets in your BRAIN, man!

In the Summertime-Mungo Jerry

I honestly had never seen this group perform until I saw a clip on TV somewhere, probably “I Love the 70s”-the clip I saw had the most stoned piano player I’d ever seen.  I don’t even know how that guy was sitting up.

Sundown-Golden Lightfoot

My husband is a huge Gordon Lightfoot fan.  I knew the song, but I didn’t  know who the guy was until after I was married.

I needed this one last week...

I needed this meme last week…

Next week is the 80s.  Know what that means?  As a child of the 80s, I will be breaking the rules and posting waaaaaaaay more than five songs per post!  You have been warned.

Don’t forget to click on the cool looking cassette tapes to see other 70s fabulousness.  And then when you’re done, if you want some funny in your life, check out the Humor Me Blog Hop!  All humor, all the time!  I’ll be back cohosting that very hop next week, same time, same station.


Another punny earworm…

53 thoughts on “Twisted Mixtape Tuesday BathTub Time Machine: Ear Worms of the Seventies

  1. I definitely shake my fist at the sky every time I hear “Hotel California.” Or read a reference to it. So, thanks for that.

  2. 1st: Love your Pic at the bottom… Ha!!! 2nd: I really like the “Destination” map… That is too cool!!! 3rd: Mungo Jerry is pretty Freaky looking… Ha!!!

    American Pie is such an Anthem… Nice, Slu

    Enjoyed. Have a great week.

  3. Barry Manilow. Here at the Copa….Enough Said. You are so right…tune is in your head until “Bye Bye Miss American Pie…” and I am so glad I did not ever hear Weird AL’s version! This is such a fun link up but it would seriously take me 45 hours to do one post as good as this!

    Thanks for just a fun smile post!

  4. Nice group of songs. Brings back many memories. I once worked at a radio station (WZEW, Mobile, Al) that played American Pie from 4 pm on a Friday to 12 noon on a Saturday non-stop in protest of a rumor of the new station owners doing a format change. Drove the listeners crazy, but made a lot of newscasts … and stopped the format change! Great job!

  5. loved the grid thing! I have actually come around to liking ‘Pie’, having not been that much of fan when it first came out. Wasn’t that into the acoustic music… catchy…

    Mungo Jerry… is it true that he is Sly Sylvester’s half brother?

  6. Crap. Now I’m going to be conga-ing around the house singing “Her name was Lola…” all freakin’ day. Great list though and I died laughing at the Han Solo pic.

  7. Love your destination list and American Pie has to be one of the best songs in the history of time. I remember the first time I heard it. Music is power. OMG to Weird Al. This collection of songs is poifect, pal!

  8. Ear worms- ha! And I can pretty much never listen to that Barry Manilow song ever again- or any of this other’s. So as for Gordon Lightfoot- he did The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, right? I can’t listen to that one either- when I was a student teacher (music) my 7th graders did this whole unit on that song. It makes me want to stab myself in the ear when I hear it now.

  9. I learned all the words to “American Pie” at camp one summer. I had no idea it was a “real” song and on my way home I heard it on the radio. I about died! LOL! As always, I love you song choices and will be adding a few to my running playlists. 🙂

  10. I was trying so FREAKIN hard to not actually listen to any of those songs as I added them to the YouTube playlist but IT DIDN’T WORK! Now I am stuck with stupid “In the summertime dee dee dee dee dee dee” stupid earworms.
    HOWEVER. Awesome list, and I know the words to about 15 Barry Manilow songs I am sorry to say.
    Dude, this isn’t funny, now my son is like “what’s in the summer time dooodle oodle oh doh” This will never end.

  11. You have single handedly, Sadderbutwisergirl, listed songs that for sure attacked your brain and planted tentacles. (I like the “ear worm” thing) Very top 40 radio in the day….but those songs drove me crazy! Think I’m with Stephanie except I’d have to stab myself in the eye LOL

  12. You have single handedly, Sadderbutwisergirl listed songs that for sure attacked your brain and planted tentacles. (like the “ear worm” thing) Very top 40 radio in the day….but those songs drove me crazy! Think I’m with Stephanie except I’d have to stab myself in the eye LOL

  13. I’ve always said my entire musical taste consists of guilty pleasures. I now know it’s earworms that I like. I love American Pie and I feel like I should be familiarizing myself with the rest, ASAP. They are probably all my new favourite songs! 🙂

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  15. That “In the Summertime” song is such a total ear worm. And I didn’t know the guy’s name was Mungo Jerry! That’s hilarious. Barry – oh my gawd Barry. Yes, I saw him in concert twice. With my grandmother and mother. How UN-cool is that?? Sshh…don’t tell. It’s our little secret.

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  17. Oh, how I love me some Barry Manilow!!! And American Pie – thanks for giving me that earworm present for the day.

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