I totally got out of this habit while I was traveling in Asia. Some of you are probably saying "Good! Don't start up that nonsense again." Well, screw you! I reserve the right to put any crap I want on this blog.
And to those who are partial to the earworm – as always, feel free to share your own!
I remember hearing Big Country's "In a Big Country" back when it came out, and my sister and I were totally blown away by it. The band came out of nowhere (and disappeared just as quickly, at least from our North American shores) with a great high-energy song with guitars that sounded like fricken' bagpipes! What's not to like about that?
I grant that, while the song is still great, it hasn't aged well. Like most '80s tunes, it needed an update.
Enter Ha HaTonka. I recently heard their cover of this classic, and it's been stuck in my head. The tempo drops substantially, but they incorporate a mandolin – so there's still a vaguely celtic feel to it. It's a solid cover. Check it out.