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We All Scream for New Ice Cream Song

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We All Scream for New Ice Cream Song

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We All Scream for New Ice Cream Song

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New Yorkers flock to a Mister Softee ice cream truck in August 2006. Stephen Chernin/Getty Images hide caption

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New Yorkers flock to a Mister Softee ice cream truck in August 2006.

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Enter the Contest

You can e-mail your entry to info@suite405.com.

Hear the Songs

Balinese Softee by Nina Katchadourian

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Ice Cream Beatbox by Adam Matta

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Ice Cream Bounce by Anton Glamb

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Ice Cream Happy Kone by Brian Dewan

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Ice Cream Ice Mix by R. Luke DuBois and Lesley Flanigan

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Ice Cream Truck by Dax VanAlten

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In New York City, summer has a theme song: the loud, distorted and high-pitched jingle of Mister Softee ice cream trucks.

But as the weather warms up, a pair of Brooklyn artists is asking whether the trucks could serve up something sweeter.

Jeffrey Lopez and Lauren Rosati are holding an online competition — called the Ice Cream Headache — to come up with a better ice cream song.

So far, they have received 40 remakes and remixes of the Mister Softee theme — ranging from a Balinese take on the song to one rendered entirely by a human beatbox. The contest closes on May 5.

On Memorial Day weekend, the winning songs will blare from a rented truck as contest organizers drive around the five boroughs — serving ice cream all the while.

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