Earworms 21 January 2019


Good morning everyone, hope you’re ready to get ahead this week, with your wonderful selection of songs about hats. If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to [email protected] together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be Castles – chateaux, palaces, fortresses … convince me that your choice fits. In the meantime, many thanks to all contributors this week, especially severin, for the above clip.

Beck – Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat – Ravi Raman: not much to tell is there? Famous song and well-known singer…

The Streets – Fake Streets Hats – afictionhabit: I’m a big fan of Mike Skinner and his posse. This is the last track on The Streets’ 3rd album “The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living”. And there’s a story to go with this song (lifted from Wikipedia): “The final track, “Fake Streets Hats”, is about an incident that happened during the 2004 edition of the Belgian Pukkelpop festival, where a drunk Mike Skinner openly protested against the handing out of white hats with “The Streets” written on them, because he thought they were fake, and thus illegal merchandise. The hats actually were a gift from his label, Locked On.” Mike Skinner also sees the song as a personal reflection on plagiarism in general.

Mountain Goats – Wizard Buys A Hat – shoegazer: Inevitable Mountain Goats offering.

Prince – Raspberry Beret (extended 12 inch version) – afictionhabit: It’s Prince. That is all.

Donovan Woods – How Much Is That Hat – tincanman: Do we need another breathy, sensitive singer-songwriter? Probably not. But any time I try to cull him from my iPod, I just can’t. He kinda gets his hooks into you.

Etta James – You Can Leave Your Hat On – severin: It is possible that I am not the only person to send in the Randy Newman song this week. But Etta’s role-reversing version is pretty wonderful. Except for the bit where she can’t think of a good substitute for “dress” to rhyme with “yes, yes”. So the poor chap has to take off that “mess”. Why was he wearing it in the first place? We may never know.

Al Bowlly with Ray Noble and his Orchestra – My Hat’s On the Side of My Head – severin: He’s happy. He’s in love. He’s walking on the tip of his toes and his hat’s on the side of his head. That must be how you make it last. I wondered what I was doing wrong.

Kinks – She’s Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina – tincanman: Brother can you spare a dime … so I can buy a hat and at least look like I’m well off. Ray getting to the heart of things, as usual.

Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened by a Hat?) – Riverside – AliM: Progressive rock band from Poland. This song is just so “me”. From their 2015 album “Love, Fear and the Time Machine.”

Swarathma – Topiwalleh – Ravi Raman: Title track of their 2012 album. Topi being the cap made famous by Nehru and one that’s popular with politicians trying to project the common touch. “Put their hands on their heads while striking stomachs that are empty … Wear red on their foreheads though their blood is black” and more in this vein.

Bob Dylan – Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat – MaggieB: The most famous hat song I can think of. It was part of the concert that got Bob Dylan called “Judas”. Manchester Free Trade Hall,17 May 1966.

Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
Fake Streets Hats
Wizard Buys A Hat
Raspberry Beret (Extended 12″ Version)
How Much Is That Hat [Widow]
You Can Leave Your Hat On (Single Version)
My Hat’s On The Side Of My Head
She’s Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina
Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened by a Hat?)


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