What music does your local supermarket play?

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The Co-Op on Thirlstelane Road in Northampton had a CD that contains, amongst others, "Real Gone Kid" by Deacon Blue, and "My Definition (Of A Boombastic Jazz Style)"

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 9 July 2005 20:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

And as I just posted, Dom, my supermarket plays fuckin' Soho.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 9 July 2005 20:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

As I was checking out today, "Don't Worry Be Happy" piped in over the speakers. I could hardly believe it.

Jeff Reguilon (Talent Explosion), Saturday, 9 July 2005 21:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

did you cease worrying, and become happy?

m0stly clean (m0stly clean), Saturday, 9 July 2005 21:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Asda I was in the other week was playing Syd Barrett. I freaked the fuck out.

Taste the Blood of Scrovula (noodle vague), Saturday, 9 July 2005 21:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I never notice the music now, but when I worked overnight shifts at Tom Thumb on occasion, it was heavy on poppy Lilith Faire fare. Sixpence None The Richer's "Kiss Me" and "There She Goes" at least every hour for eight hours at a go, but I still love them both.

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Saturday, 9 July 2005 21:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

my supermarket used to play that OMD song from pretty in pink.

Grell (Grell), Sunday, 10 July 2005 22:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Big Y in Hadley is pretty much the usual -- with perhaps an extra dose of AM pop and Tears for Fears, which is fine with me.

Zed Szetlian (Finn MacCool), Sunday, 10 July 2005 22:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The crack-ho Publix up the street from me never plays anything. Or at least I'm not aware of the music. The Publix in the other direction, though, always plays a mix of early Eighties music, from The Police to Sade to Talking Heads.

Ian Riese-Moraine: that obscure object of desire. (Eastern Mantra), Sunday, 10 July 2005 22:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I once heard The Zombies' "Time of the Season" at the A&P

That One Guy (That One Guy), Sunday, 10 July 2005 22:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I heard "The Globe" by BAD2 in my supermarket today and got all misty.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 10 July 2005 22:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I thought you'd only visit supermarkets that played Killing Joke, Alex.

(You'll be happy to know, though, that I heard "Give Me The Reason" at CVS Pharmacy two weeks ago)

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Sunday, 10 July 2005 22:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Find me the supermarket that plays the `Joke and I'll shop there.

True story: in Autumn of `93 I was in the Food Giant in Seattle, WA and they were playing Pearl Jam's "Porch". At that very milisecond, Grunge died.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 10 July 2005 22:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I just heard "Orgasm Addict" at my local Whole Foods. No one seemed to notice...

rogermexico (rogermexico), Sunday, 10 July 2005 23:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i swear i hear phil collins' "Easy Lover" every time i go to Cala in SF

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Monday, 11 July 2005 01:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I work at a very preppy specialty market (just for the summer) and mostly its soft ballad type stuff- celine dion, bad bad elton john, boyband songs. some beatles and zombies thrown in the mix make it bearable. however, one day a few weeks ago they were playing the clash, blondie, talking heads and whatever else in that vein all day. a rare forey into less suicide inducing satelite radio, though short-lived.

alice, Monday, 11 July 2005 03:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Every time I went Shop'n'Save in Portland, ME, I heard "Is She Really Goin' Out With Him".

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Monday, 11 July 2005 03:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think it's one of those "jammin' oldies" formats. A fair amount of Stevie Wonder and Prince.

Hurting (Hurting), Monday, 11 July 2005 03:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Last time I was paying any attention they played Africa (Toto) going into New York Groove (not the original). New York Groove sounded *great* in a supermarket.

dlp9001, Monday, 11 July 2005 03:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Thine market of which one could consider to be "super" is in the habit for playing ye olde Top of the Fourty, which may or may not be an unexciting event!

Esteban P. Buttez, Monday, 11 July 2005 04:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

you sound gay when you talk that way

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Monday, 11 July 2005 04:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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I apologise if those words were offensive to your person as I fear they may be to a lady as yourself.

Esteban P. Buttez Esq., Monday, 11 July 2005 04:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


Gear! (Ill Cajun Gunsmith) (Gear!), Monday, 11 July 2005 04:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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They play a lot of Steely Dan at my Cala. Its always depressing to learn the "truth" that SD is elevator music etc. Once I heard Man Eater too, which was cool.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Monday, 11 July 2005 04:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I live near BiRite, this little independent grocery in S.F., and they play a pleasant variety of stuff ... the Sea & Cake, Postal Service (no point in lamenting their overplayedness), old Motown, M.F. Doom's 'Special Herbs' comps ... I walked in the other day and "Planet Rock" had just started playing. Practically became a dancefloor.

Living in Florida, it always struck me that the Publix near me would play a muzak version of the Lightning Seeds' "Pure" ... not sure it was a song needing lightening ...

Dare (Dare), Monday, 11 July 2005 06:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

My local Gristede's plays either "classic" muzak (instrumental version of "Oops I Did It Again" w/string section)or soundtracks to live concert DVDs that are simulcast on a giant split-screen by the escalator at the entrance to the basement store. In permanant rotation: Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel & Whitney Houston. Recent addition: Norah Jones. As I was ascending the escalators the other AM, the individual screens began shifting from sweaty close-ups of Norah to pictures of raw meat. What a segue!

I swear they played a Muzak instrumental of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" here a few years ago, but maybe I had an acid flashback.

m coleman (lovebug starski), Monday, 11 July 2005 09:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Perhaps the Moog Cookbook version of Smells Like Teen Spirit? :)

Hans Veneman (veneman), Monday, 11 July 2005 10:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Gristede's on West 4th near Christopher seems to play an album at a time: usually something like a Luther Vandross, old Mariah Carey, or Michael Bolton CD.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Monday, 11 July 2005 15:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

does this count? I went into the art supply store yesterday and Nico had just started singing 'all tomorrow's parties'. Would've been more surprising in the grocery store, but I'll take it.

Jeanne (Tim Ellison), Monday, 11 July 2005 15:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I heard my local megamart playing New Order's 'Regret' not too long ago. I thought it was very strange and exciting.

righteousmaelstrom (righteousmaelstrom), Monday, 11 July 2005 15:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

When I used to sell portraits at Wal*Mart, they'd play "Feels So Good" every day at 1:37 p.m. I would always come real close to crying at that moment.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Monday, 11 July 2005 16:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Our store has generic satellite channels, whenever they select the newer hits one it just about drives me insane. I don't know who most of the artists are but they spin the same tunes over and over. Last week it was on the 70's station and luckily the opening strains of "Sister Golden Hair" paid off in America and not Janet Jackson.

The best song I ever heard over the soundsystem there was either Duran Duran's "Save A Prayer" or XTC's "King for a Day."

zaxxon25 (zaxxon25), Monday, 11 July 2005 17:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've heard Love's "Alone Again Or" in the Price Chopper around here and oddly it fits right in.

Also, lots of McCartney/Wings.

Colin O, Monday, 11 July 2005 17:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Berkeley Bowl does not play music.

Nevada Lime (nordicskilla), Monday, 11 July 2005 18:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't know what it is, but every other time I go into any buffet place I hear The Sundays - "Here's Where the Story Ends" -- not that I mind at all, but it's really weird to hear it when you've got all these rather countrified Southerners around you with their fried chicken and okra and catfish fillets for dinner.

Ian Riese-Moraine: that obscure object of desire. (Eastern Mantra), Monday, 11 July 2005 18:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 10 September 2005 04:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Today I heard Huey Lewis "Hip to Be Square" followed by Belinda Carlise "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"; so I guess Patrick Bateman is the music programmer.

late adopter, Saturday, 10 September 2005 04:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the old acme always played what my gf referred to as the suicide mix - lots of don mcclean and other depressing and awful early 70s shmaltz. the newer store started off playing a really cool mix of 60s pop/soul/r&b and you'd even hear the occasional nuggets selection. but now it's always "boogie nights" for some reason. not necessarily a bad thing.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Saturday, 10 September 2005 06:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, but ENTER SANDMAN????

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 10 September 2005 07:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The last time I went into Publix I heard Everything But the Girl and Sixpence None the Richer. Ah, 1996...

Ian Riese-Moraine: Let this bastard out, and you'll get whiplash! (Eastern Mantr, Saturday, 10 September 2005 15:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 11 September 2005 07:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 11 September 2005 07:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I heard "Whip It" at the supermarket today!

kate78, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 04:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wham! Club Tropicana, back in Durty juRZ.

sturt banton (burt_stanton), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 04:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

I DID whippits in the supermarket today.

Everything is Highlighted (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 04:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

Was that part of a torts assignment?

sturt banton (burt_stanton), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 04:39 (ten years ago) Permalink


milling through the grinder, grinding through the mill (S-), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 05:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

I once heard "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

kate78, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 05:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

At an IGA in central Florida.

kate78, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 05:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Hungry Heart" by The Boss, which almost made me laugh out loud when I realized what it was. Some "Cure" recently. "Heaven is a Place On Earth" too.

I live in Atlanta. If you go to the Ansley Mall part of town all the stores are playing classic disco and cheesy modern dance music. The stores in East Atlanta play Grown Folks Radio, which plays the most badass grocery-store music I have ever heard. Classic funk and r&b.

Adam Bruneau, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 05:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

Richard Butler was a bit jarring after Stevie Wonder.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 15 March 2013 04:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Today I heard ”California Stars” by Wilco and ”Wild Wild Life” by Talking Heads

ums (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 15 March 2013 04:14 (five years ago) Permalink

1,2,3,4 by Feist

how's life, Friday, 15 March 2013 15:38 (five years ago) Permalink

I keep hearing Erasure at Shaw's. It's awesome.

go to party leather (ENBB), Friday, 15 March 2013 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Store I go to now keeps playing this song about how great "American Pie" is. Horrid.

The Jacket Bastard (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 16 March 2013 03:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Avril Lavigne - "Complicated"
+ some song baout "shining like a diamond"?? idk

underused emoticons I have gotten confused (bernard snowy), Saturday, 16 March 2013 03:32 (five years ago) Permalink

now I'm home listening to cat power like Shit, why didn't I get some beer??

underused emoticons I have gotten confused (bernard snowy), Saturday, 16 March 2013 03:33 (five years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Was just in a little claustrophobically hip co-op and when I heard the music playing I thought: what is it with all this music from recent years that sounds just like 1981? But then it turned out to be Joy Division, on further listening.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 7 January 2014 21:19 (four years ago) Permalink

"Transmission," live.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 7 January 2014 21:19 (four years ago) Permalink

i heard "cosmic dancer" by t-rex in a walgreen's recently that was kinda weird

ilx snitch (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 7 January 2014 23:03 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I'm compiling songs and notes for mix CDs to be played in a retail hell (Dollar General, where my daughter works). I'm shooting for stuff that sounds bubbly and poppy, but subtly confounds retail-environment expectations. The objective is to create the subconscious effect "I want to simultaneously spend all my money here and riot in the streets." Any suggestions?

Background: I had made her a chronological Beatles comp several years ago, which she took to work when she started at DG last year. She reported back that other employees would see the name "Beatles" on the disc, think "yay, pop!" and play it, and be freaking out a bit by the end because it had "Helter Skelter" and "She's So Heavy" on it.

Alvarius B. Goode (WilliamC), Friday, 25 April 2014 19:24 (four years ago) Permalink

just make it all stevie wonder

j., Friday, 25 April 2014 19:26 (four years ago) Permalink

when you open any of the dairy cases at my local co-op, you hear death metal

How dare you tarnish the reputation of Turturro's yodel (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 25 April 2014 19:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Posted it on the Eagles thread, but Kroger was playing the Tom Waits original of "Old '55" last weekend.

pplains, Friday, 25 April 2014 23:37 (four years ago) Permalink

Huh! That's the sort of thing I'm thinking of. Playlists of generally upbeat pop/rock (though never quite the song you'd associate with that artist) with the occasional labor/organizing song or drug song like "Minnie the Moocher."

Alvarius B. Goode (WilliamC), Saturday, 26 April 2014 00:10 (four years ago) Permalink

today at the co-op i heard "happy". Its always played in there when I go in. Its always played in the shopping mall in the town centre too.

۩, Saturday, 26 April 2014 00:13 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I just heard "Love Will Tear Us Apart" in the Smith's near me, which has pretty low-income and heavily Hispanic demographic (with a good sprinkling of Native Americans and African Americans). I regularly see guys with face tattoos in this store.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 5 August 2015 01:53 (three years ago) Permalink

my supermarket plays nothing but bonnie raitt's 'have a heart' over and over

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 August 2015 05:32 (three years ago) Permalink

That's Bonnie Raitt?

pplains, Wednesday, 5 August 2015 14:08 (three years ago) Permalink

Well I'll be damned. Always thought that was some 90s songstress like Shawn Colvin or Natalie Martika.


pplains, Wednesday, 5 August 2015 14:11 (three years ago) Permalink

mostly 80s hits

too young for seapunk (Moodles), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 14:59 (three years ago) Permalink

mine doesn't play any but if it did it would be garbage

j., Wednesday, 5 August 2015 15:14 (three years ago) Permalink

Surprisingly varied! I heard the National and Boz Scaggs and Frankie Beverly last week.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 15:16 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

"see no evil" by television heard at fred meyers today.

new noise, Wednesday, 6 January 2016 04:06 (two years ago) Permalink

I heard "Fairytale of New York" at McDonald's! Was legit shocked (what with "cheap lousy faggot", "old slut on junk" etc)

radiohead OK computer coca cola co KO (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 6 January 2016 04:16 (two years ago) Permalink

My new supermarket seems to always be playing "Bizarre Love Triangle." Maybe they just throw it on when I walk in?

kate78, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 20:12 (two years ago) Permalink

I heard "Fairytale of New York" at McDonald's! Was legit shocked (what with "cheap lousy faggot", "old slut on junk" etc)

― radiohead OK computer coca cola co KO (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 6 January 2016 04:16 (1 week ago)

I heard it at least twice in public areas in the runup to Christmas. It doesn't really shock anyone here in the UK as everyone's heard it.

My local Sainsburys doesn't play music. Perhaps I should be thankful.

prunetracy, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 23:05 (two years ago) Permalink

of my two local supermarkets - which belong to the inauspiciously named chains "Buy-Low" and "No-Frills" - one plays a pop mix ranging from the almost contemporary back to the 70s but at a very low and unobtrusive volume so it's hard for me to remember any tracks they play, though "hurt so good" by john cougar mellencamp was definitely playing the other day. the other plays a louder and exclusively 80s mix - yesterday: phil collins' "two hearts", baltimora "tarzan boy", and Madonna "borderline" - which I really enjoy.

Cuombas (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 13 January 2016 23:15 (two years ago) Permalink

wow you guys have cool supermarkets. mine seems to actively hate it's patrons and seems to play music design to make people gtfo.

here's the last track I heard just an hour ago:



Darin, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 23:45 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Enjoyed hearing Al Stewart "Year of the Cat" at CVS the other day.

Moodles, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

Well where else would you have heard it?

pplains, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

It's certainly no Walgreens track

Moodles, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:47 (nine months ago) Permalink

Had to make a quick stop at a WalMart Neighborhood Market last night, and was greeted by the jammy solo section of "Working Man" by Rush as I walked in. This was made more bizarre by the fact the other two songs I could I.D. afterward were Sam Smith and No Doubt.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

i get my hair cut at great clips and in indianapolis that meant they played the pop radio station - pretty much the last place where i would actually hear chart pop. now that i'm in portland the great clips plays "because the night" and beck's "loser".

bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:59 (nine months ago) Permalink

toni basil - mickey

heart - crazy on you

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 7 January 2018 21:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Kroger was playing the Tom Waits original of "Old '55" last weekend.

― pplains, Friday, April 25, 2014 6:37 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

And nearly four years later, I heard it again in the soup aisle!

I mean, I hear the melody to that one or "Downtown Train" and automatically assume it's the more well-known cover.

pplains, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

The supermarkets usually don't play music around here. But I once visited one that played Imagination - Lights and music. This was obviously a great moment.

haudrum, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

Or music and lights rather

haudrum, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

I was out of the UK from 2002-2016 and, among the many changes, supermarkets stopped playing music. What I would give to hear a nice bit of muzak again.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 21:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

I know I posted this on some thread somewhere, but it's always good for a re-up.


Supporters Fear Dan's Post Will Lack The Edge They Love (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

At this moment the fucking full Parachutes album by fucking Coldplay

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

I am genuinely enjoying listening to this, thanks DP.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

It's been the soundtrack to my workday a few times. It definitely creates a melancholy, gauzy memory of my youth (the tape hiss helps!)

Supporters Fear Dan's Post Will Lack The Edge They Love (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

I heard Radio Free Europe at Whole Foods last night.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

I go to my supermarket as little as I can now because "Come Together," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Comfortably Numb," "Imagine," "Mrs. Robinson," and literally no more than a single 74-minute CD worth of songs that are on every-wedding-band-ever's shortlist have been on shuffle for two years and counting. If I had to work there I'd put corkscrews in my ears.

mick signals, Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

"love will tear us apart" at fred meyers.

new noise, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 21:43 (seven months ago) Permalink

I was sat in the cafe in Sainsbury's, Didcot today and heard tracks by Talk Talk and Grizzly Bear.

djh, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 21:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

I’m standing in the checkout line at Ralphs right now. They play mainstream vocal pop.

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 21:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

Today we had "Within You Without You" and I was so pleasantly shocked

mick signals, Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:24 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Elvis, "Hound Dog", last night, sounded fuckin' great.

Kanye O'er Frae France? (Tom D.), Saturday, 5 May 2018 12:35 (five months ago) Permalink

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