Wikipedia defines “earworm” as “a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind after it is no longer playing”. I had that the other day with a piece of music from a retro game that I could not remember the source of. All I could remember was that it was probably a Commodore 64 game.
I got out a virtual piano and figured out the notes, playing it over and over, trying to jog my memory. I looked through lists of Commodore 64 games, trying in vain to connect this little ditty in my mind with an actual game.
I felt like Al Bundy in Married… With Children trying to recall the song “Anna (Go to Him)”. Hmm hmm hiiimmm…
The best feeling in the world happened after a good hour or so trying to think of it. With absolutely no help from the internet or any other source, I managed to remember where it came from.
The theme from Pitfall II: Lost Caverns. It was an Atari 2600 game as well, but I remember it (and played it, and beat it) on my Commodore 64. The tune was burned so deeply into my brain from playing it at that time, it stuck into some unused, cobweb-filled crevace of my mind and finally unstuck itself while leaving its identity behind.
Man, that drove me nuts. Go play Pitfall II.