Andy Richter, best known as sidekick to Conan O'Brien on his several late-night shows, recently asked an interesting question on Twitter:
Was there a song when you were a kid that terrified you ever time it came on the radio? Mine was Fly, Robin, Fly fsr— Andy Richter (@Andy Richter)1545540445.0
The very idea of being frightened of a song is a bit baffling to me, but the song "Every Breath You Take" by The Police always seemed super creepy to me. What was really creepy was the people who thought it was a beautiful love song. Don't get me wrong, I love the song, but it's about a stalker.
The responses to Richter's question ranged from the understandable to the bizarre.
This was another one for me. I remember staying in a cabin at a state park and this came on the radio in the room… https://t.co/VdXvxAFUDV— Andy Richter (@Andy Richter)1545594181.0
@AndyRichter The Night Chicago Died. That shit was apocalyptic.— Chris Padgett (@Chris Padgett)1545622462.0
@AndyRichter Hotel California. That song is the reason that I was terrified of hotels when I was a small child.— Breeeee ツ (@Breeeee ツ)1545629297.0
@AndyRichter My sister had a Disney album...I still get the chills when I hear “We are Siameeese if you pleeease” https://t.co/1z9nisFmAZ— pollyanna (@pollyanna)1545630268.0
@AndyRichter I’m the Leader of the Gang by Gary Glitter. Actual photo taken of me at my grandad’s retirement party… https://t.co/Wnneab0Ixn— Lindsey Kelk (@Lindsey Kelk)1545623547.0
@AndyRichter Eleanor Rigby. "Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door." My family alternately teased me… https://t.co/p767JNg0yr— Substantia Jones (@Substantia Jones)1545622563.0
@AndyRichter The Sound of Silence always creeped me out as a kid. https://t.co/kMjT9ODSGP— Sheri Keven (@Sheri Keven)1545632940.0
@AndyRichter Riders on the Storm. Creepy as a Flannery O'Connor short story.— Judy W (@Judy W)1545633455.0
@mcdonaldcomedy @AndyRichter Okay this is the weirdest thing but Sweet Dreams terrified me too!!— Azure (@Azure)1545623601.0
Sex Pistols were evidently a common fear.
@AndyRichter The very idea of the Sex Pistols.— Carl Newman (@Carl Newman)1545575987.0
@ACNewman @AndyRichter As a kid, I always assumed the Sex Pistols’ music was just terrifying noise like zombies bea… https://t.co/vbF6tHsI1K— Brian Stack (@Brian Stack)1545576336.0
It seems Queen is pretty universally terrifying too.
@AndyRichter Though I love the song now, Bohemian Rhapsody. Something about "Mamaaaa, just killed a man. Put a gun… https://t.co/tqykIEAcNU— Nicolette B (@Nicolette B)1545575810.0
@NicoBerthelot @AndyRichter My 7 yr old cried at this the other day when he actually listened to the lyrics properl… https://t.co/LUm4O4FobD— Nikki-Dee (@Nikki-Dee)1545645024.0
Everyone has different taste in music, and it seems that includes fears!