Like a Broken Record

Sounds Like, Plays Like, is Like A Broken Record


By Doug Boilesen 2012*

"Sounds like a broken record" - See Dictionary of Phonographia


The Broken Record, Victor Record 25210-A. Recorded: December 14, 1935


The Broken Record - Novelty Fox Trot - The B.B.C. Dance Orchestra, 1936

LISTEN Courtesy of Radionostaliga


Ka-Chunk - Remedy for stuck in a groove, Garfield ® by Jim Davis, 1985


"I love you Like a Broken Record Plays"

In his music video Eric Hutchinson sings the phrase "and I love you Like a Broken Record Plays..." from his 2012 record "Watching You Watch Him"

Howdy Doody tells Flub-a-Dub "you sound like a broken record"

Howdy: "Oh now Flub-a-Dub, what's this Omaha ha ha ha business, you sound like a broken record, Omaha ha ha ha ha ha ha..."

Flub-a-Dub: " ha ha ha ha, boy I'll show you Howdy ha ha ha ha, "I'll break records alright, but it will be in the voting!" - April 2, 1952 Howdy Doody Show (que to 8:40)

After Howdy sings a song about Nebraska, Flub-a-Dub sings a song about Nebraska emphasizing Omaha.

Husker Football has opponents spinning...

For HuskerNation, here's a quote from the October 20, 1996 football game between Nebraska vs. Texas Tech football game when the ABC television announcer described Husker running back DiAngelo Evans as follows:

"He was turning around like a record on a turntable."


Sanders..."sounded like a broken record."

The Democratic Debate, February 11, 2016 - PBS

Sanders..."sounded like a broken record"

One of our favorite phonograph language legacy's in the English language was heard again in USA Today's report the day after the February 11 Democratic debate summarizing Winners and Losers of the debate with this comment for Senator Sanders under the Loser's category:

"Sanders, at times during that first hour, sounded like a broken record -- citing millionaires and billionaires and Wall Street to explain almost anything he was asked."

The "sounded like a broken record" even had its own link to Tweets on this topic, e.g.,


Rory McIlroy: I sound like a broken record but I'm close to finding form.

Courtesy News Letter - By The Newsroom Wednesday, 12th July 2017

"Rory McIlroy admits he sounds like a broken record as he insists he is close to finding the form to "salvage" his injury-hit season."


"I sound like a broken record, so why not become a record?"

This article was written by Kim Hart in the August 28, 2006 Washington Post about a Pilates trainer, Sarah Christensen, that put her workout guides on MP3 players.

"The idea struck Christensen, of Fairhaven, Md., after she lost her voice teaching 10 hours of Pilates a day. Then her husband gave her an iPod." "I had no idea how to even use one of those things," said Christensen, 50, who took up Pilates to unwind after selling her laser-manufacturing company five years ago. "And then it dawned on me: I sound like a broken record, so why not become a record?"


Courtesy Brian Gordon


That broken record is still spinning

Nov. 9, 2012 By BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star

1. That broken record is still spinning

Number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9. Ö Apologies. The White Album suddenly flashed to mind. Hereís why: Penn State is plus 9 in turnover margin, tops in the Big Ten. Nebraska is minus 9 in turnover margin, last in the Big Ten. The positive number 9 for Penn State is one big reason the Nittany Lions have rolled to a 4-1 record in the Big Ten when many outsiders were counting them out. The negative number 9 for Nebraska is one big reason the Huskers had to rally from double-digit deficits in three Big Ten games that probably didnít need to be that close. Certainly, talk of turnover troubles is one that has spun like a broken record around here.

Taylor Martinez, courtesy of Lincoln Journal Star /Eric Gregory


Shatel: NU stubs its toe again; sounds like a broken record

Tom Shatel / World-Herald columnist Oct 26, 2013 in Omaha World-Herald headline reporting the Nebraska 2013 football game loss to 2013 Minnesota.


Like a Broken Record - TIAA-CREF

Like a Broken Record, Time Magazine, advertisement, December 28, 2015


Record gets stuck...

USA Today December 15, 2013 by Nanci Hellmich

Holiday Stress calls for an attitude adjustment

"If you let your mind wander too much, it always turns negative" and will get stuck on the negative.

Hellmich writes in this article about stress:

When the mind is wandering, it is unguarded. It's on autopilot, thinking about relationships or unresolved issues, which Amit Sood, author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living, .calls "the open files. It's like a (vinyl) record that gets stuck and repeats the same sound over and over again."



What's That?

FoxTrot by Bill Amend, December 10, 2013


A Broken What?

A Broken What? ©2007 Debbie Ripath OHI



Record Breaking Heat - stuck

Adam Zyglis, 2012, (The Buffalo News)


What's a Record?

Dennis the Menace, December 12, 2013, North America Synd. (Courtesy


The Broken Record - stuck in its groove

Tim Campbell, 2014 (Source Daily Free Take-out)


You Sound Like a Broken Record. A What?

FoxTrot by Bill Amend, June 4, 2017


My Anxiety is Like a Broken Record

Broken Record by gemma correll - Prints available for purchase


Gun Control Broken Record

Gun Control Broken Record, Randall Easton/Easton, CT March 26, 2021 (Courtesy USA Today)



A Broken Record

A Broken Record by Daniel Medina ©2022 (TK Editorial Cartoons)



By, 2022


You Sound Like a Broken Record. A What?


Mt. Pleasant by Rick McKee & Kent Sligh (Courtesy The Augusta Press, July 30, 2022)



FUMBLES - Like a Broken Record

HUSKER FOOTBALL by Amie Just, The Lincoln Journal, October 31, 2023


MERRITT BEASON. "Every match, itís like a broken record: Beason came to play."

HUSKER VOLLEYBALL by Amie Just, The Lincoln Journal, December 10, 2023