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September 21, 2004


You know that old Radiohead video where the man is lying on the ground but won't tell anyone why. And then he does and the next shot is everyone lying on the ground around him? I warn you, this post will be like that.

In our house, we've discovered a new, scarily powerful meme. One that can block out all other thoughts, and will go round and round and round and round and round...Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Your head just won't shake it off.

It's contagious too. Like Neal Stephenson's "speaking in tongues" virus from Snowcrash, it's compact and can be easily passed on from person to person. In just three easy syllables.

The classic of it's genre is of course..."Muhnah Muhnah" - the intro to the Muppets theme. But oh, that's small fry compared to this.

The muppets can of course be easily destroyed by - and Mr Jokl knows this well - the theme to Terry and June. Sounds easy, but there's that awkward semitone and it could be almost anything until the main tune comes in. So, powerful stuff, but hard to pass on.

So we come to the winner - no nasty semitones, no hard-to-imitate xylophone/oboe textures, just three simple cheek-flapping "bom" noises.

I'm talking, of course, about the opening notes to the theme from "Curb Your Enthusiasm".

No, surely not, you cry? It's the plinky piano tune and Tom-and-Jerry-style flute/bass drum fills where all the power lies!

All I ask is that you try it for yourself. If you dare. Shall I start you off?


(I did warn you...)

Posted by Tom Dolan at September 21, 2004 10:10 PM

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I was given the Meme Of Evil some months ago by Lee Maguire.

It's one word.

I did warn you.


Posted by: Yoz at September 22, 2004 02:44 AM

Hey, the Terry and June earworm meme is mighty. Nothing stands in the way of it's ability to shake all other earworms from your head.

Trust me. I regularly get childrens playsongs in my head (perils of partners employment) and T&J is the _only_ meme that washes whiter than white.

Posted by: kim at September 22, 2004 01:28 PM

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