Until last week I had "Needle in a Haystack" by the Velvelettes, but because I knew I'd be having the building contractor calling me while I was in the office, I changed it to the classic telephone ring.
I had 'Bananaphone' for a little while but it got very old very quickly.
That is pretty much mine also. In the movie "Interview," the woman's phone barked like a dog. If I could find that, I might even buy it.
The other issue is that I have NEVER EVER connected my phone to my computer, and I go back to the Motorola "brick" phones as far as how long I have had one. But I still just use it for a phone and have never used them for anything else.
It's not bad, but I don't like it much. All the rings that came with my phone kind of suck, but I've never been able to identify a song to turn into a ringtone that I would be ok with ringing in all kinds of public situations.
I really wish I could use some of the text/email notification sounds as a ring. They tend to be nice little Ding!s or Plink!s.
My phone is always on vibrate when I leave the house.
When I'm IN the house, however, game on! I discovered last year that I could make my own ringtones by using Verizon's image thing to send "images" to my phone that were actually MIDIs. When I didn't have a job, this became an amazing way to spend time.
Currently on my phone (all original arrangements):
Arrested Development Theme Song (my go-to ring)
Dirty Water by The Standells (Go Sox!)
Take Five by Dave Brubeck Quartet
Heart of Glass by Blondie (The bridge, alternating measures of 4/4 and 3/4 bit)
Chameleon by Herbie Hancock
Pressure Drop by Toots and The Maytals
That last one I actually did in a moment of ridiculous fanboyism. I saw Toots last year and knew I was going to be getting backstage, so I made it in his honor and played it for him. He seemed impressed and slightly confused.
A friend of mine has his set to birds chirping; it's a super-realistic recording that just starts to make you think you're outside and then you realize that wherever you are is unlikely to have birds in it normally so how did those birds get in here anyway and oh, no, wait, it's just his phone.
If I could get that ringtone, I would. It's amazingly attention-grabbing without in any way being annoying.
Mine beeps once and then vibrates, but brodonley's is called "Tropicante!" and sounds like you've been sealed in a crate of bananas in the back of a chicken bus in rural Guatemala or something while being serenaded by the traveling musicians riding on the roof.
brodonley's is called "Tropicante!" and sounds like you've been sealed in a crate of bananas in the back of a chicken bus in rural Guatemala or something while being serenaded by the traveling musicians riding on the roof.
He rides across the nation
The thoroughbred of sin
He got the application
That you just sent in
It needs evaluation
So let the games begin
A heinous crime
A show of force
A murder would be nice of course
...because I ripped the iTunes download of Dr. Horrible to mp3.
Funny, I've been thinking of starting a ringtones thread for about a week, but I never remembered to.
I'm still somewhat fascinated (in a "still thought digital watches are really neat" Douglas Adams sort of way) by ringtones, and cell phones generally and the behaviors associated with them -- from people walking down the street having a conversation with no one, to asking hubby which type of BBQ sauce he prefers from the store aisle, to someone intently reading their text messages while crossing the street. And just the idea that we would have these musical devices that would be so common that you'd get these random bursts of pop music or whatever in any sort of context. When were the first ringtones, anyway? Less than ten years ago, now, right?
Mine, thusly, are a bit of Blondie's "Atomic" currently serving as my wake-up alarm, which I both love and hate to hit snooze on, and for incoming calls, Goldfrapp's "Strict Machine" chorus.
I don't want a ringtone that's something I like so much that after a few weeks or months I'll hate hearing it and thereby ruin the full song for me.
Before I had a real polyphonic phone I had this silly thought that "phone" type songs, say Madonna's "Hung Up", would be witty ringtones. This is in a class with my wanting to associate a burp sound with the disc eject on a Mac lo these many years ago when such first became possible.
Mine plays Amy Winehouse.
However, my neighbor's is set to the Mexican Hat Dance. So whenever they're outside and get a call (often) and don't answer right away (always), my roommate and/or I jump up and start singing "I DANCE I DANCE I DANCE AROUND THE MEXICAN HAT!" in the manor of Homer Simpson.
Mine sounds like a school bell: BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT! BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT! Not by choice, it was the least annoying ring that was actually audible.
The best ring I ever heard was my friend Tzim (the "z" is silent). It was his voice imitating what I presumed to be his mother's voice, in a New York accent. It began quietly: "Tim. Tim. Ya phone is ringin'. Answer da phone, Tim." Then it would bet a little louder: "Hey Tim! Ya phone is ringin'! It's ringin', Tim!" Then it would be really loud: "TIM! TIM! ANSWER DA PHONE TIM! YA PHONE IS RINGIN'!"
wanting to associate a burp sound with the disc eject on a Mac lo these many years ago
I did that! It was 1991 or 1992 or something, we'd managed to borrow something called a "Mac Recorder", and one of the sounds we snagged with it (along with a lot of Twin Peaks quotage) was a heroic belch from my boyfriend.
I then dutifully put the sounds on the brand-new file server I'd just set up at work, to corrupt my co-workers. I made my disk eject burp, and that caught fire. Within a week Macs all over the building were ejecting disks to the sound of my boyfriend burping.
Shortly after that the guy dumped me, and I still had to listen to him burping all day long at work, which was no picnic.
(Also, stilicho, that was when I was a chinet regular, and I know I must have posted something about it. So there's a decent chance you actually picked up the idea from me.)
Mine is the "bell tower" iPhone ring which sounds like, well, bells. On my previous phone, I had a baby laughing hysterically which people always found incredibly cute the first few times but which started to grate on my co-workers after a while.