I’ve always been the type of person who could absolutely love a song, cranking the radio anytime it comes on… until I’ve heard it too many times, then it starts to grate on me. I’m sure I’m not alone in that sense – and that’s why asked folks on Twitter what’s been driving them crazy lately.
What song has been stuck in your head to the point of driving you crazy lately?
– Ken Elrick II pic.twitter.com/E2B4wtarlJ
— The Wolf 101.5 FM (@thewolfca) May 14, 2016
I’ll get to your responses a little further down, but first, I want to talk about the song that’s probably been driving me the most crazy lately – and it’s my own fault. I would not describe myself as a bandwagon Blue Jays fan. I’ve watched and cheered for the Jays since I was a young child, and have fond memories of running the bases at SkyDome as a boy, and chugging the odd $12 stadium beer as an adult. But I would be lying if I said the great play of the Jays last year didn’t get me more excited about baseball than I have been in years – I’m sure that’s also the case for many folks. Whether or not that was the reason I decided to go pick up MLB The Show 16, I couldn’t say. I had been looking for more games to add to my quite limited selection of PS4 games, and with the baseball season about to start (when I picked it up), it seemed like perfect timing.
That Josh Donaldson was on the cover probably helped my decision just a little bit…
Now like many modern games, The Show 16 features a soundtrack of songs that are pretty popular right now… And at the top of the list is the main theme: The Struts‘ Could Have Been Me. A popular tune (that’s been featured on The Wolf quite a bit lately), and a fitting theme for the game that allows you to focus on your path to the majors – living your dream, essentially.
A great song, yes, but when you hear it multiple times in the same hour while just trying to play a video game, and then hear it when you go to work too… Well it can start to drive you a little bit crazy!
There’s another song in the soundtrack that I still really like, but could go for a while without hearing it again after playing The Show for the last month: Sam Roberts Band‘s – We’re All In This Together.
Even when I hear the first few notes of the intro now, all I can think is “Sweet, it’s time to play baseball.”
Something similar happened with I picked up NHL 13 a few years ago for PS3, and quickly got too acquainted with the playlist. Again, popular songs at the time that I could do without hearing for a while after playing that game constantly – like The Offspring‘s Days Go By…
Monster Truck‘s Seven Seas Blues (which I find hard to get tired of)…
The Arkells‘ Whistleblower…
And hey! Peterborough’s own Thousand Foot Krutch even had a song on the NHL 13 soundtrack: Light Up The Sky
Like I said, none of these are bad songs – but when you’re exposed to something that’s pretty good over and over and over again, even great songs can start to get on your nerves.
It kinda makes me miss the days when instead of using the hottest songs available at that moment, video games would have original compositions for their music. One of my favourite examples goes back 15 years beyond NHL 13 to the first video game I ever got ridiculously addicted to: NHL 98. Looking at it now, it’s pretty sloppy compared to where technology has gone… But it had a soundtrack that just won’t quit, even now, almost 20 years after it came out!
Not only was the intro great, but the menu music was also pretty awesome. Sometimes I would just leave it at the menu for a while so I could listen to the music while doing other stuff.
Pardon me, I’m just having a little nostalgia-gasm over here in the corner by myself.
Right around that same time, F-Zero X was released for the Nintendo 64 – and as far as video game music goes, it has some of the best. It may sound VERY 90’s – because, well… it was the 90’s – but it still stands up to my speed-metal sensibilities.
Now… on to the songs that you folks have had stuck in your head. I’m guessing these aren’t from video games, and for that, I would imagine most of you folks who have gotten back to me so far have made better choices on how to spend your free time… Anyway, here goes!
@thewolfca Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness … nothing better than working on the house with some loud soul music going on!
— Chris J-Boy Williams (@Jayboy_Williams) May 14, 2016
Sounds like a soulful Saturday to me!
Another great choice – a tune we’ve been featuring during evenings on The Wolf lately!
@thewolfca don’t let him go,,,REO speed wagon
— Kerry Gilders (@KGilders) May 14, 2016
Is it bad that I don’t think I’ve heard that song before today? To be fair, it was released a few years before I was born…
I’ve had this one stuck in my head before too, after seeing Wayne’s World! I also learned everything I’ve ever known about Milwaukee from Alice Cooper in that film.
What songs have YOU had stuck in your head lately? Feel free to tell me in the comments!