Obscure Singles Heard at CVS

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

I like Afterburner but yeah outside of "why am I hearing Sleeping Bag at CVS?" insanity I don't know why anything from it would make regular rotation on rock radio now

― da croupier, Thursday, October 11, 2012 2:32 PM

I tweeted this a few days ago. Recently:

Duran Duran - Do You Believe in Shame
Michael Penn - This and That

the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 October 2012 18:50 (eight years ago) link

Semisonic: All About Chemistry

50 Shades of Greil (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 11 October 2012 18:56 (eight years ago) link

Grocery store, not CVS, but "Echo Beach" by Martha and the Muffins.

Baked. And yet so soupy. (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 11 October 2012 19:03 (eight years ago) link

Not a CVS but I recently heard "I Am The Slime" by Zappa when I was getting my hair cut

chr1sb3singer, Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:19 (eight years ago) link

once heard the entirety of they might be giants' flood on the walmart radio station.

balls, Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:24 (eight years ago) link

jesus buddy were you waiting for an oil change or something?

there is no dana, only (goole), Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:24 (eight years ago) link

ie it wasn't some worker blasting flood thru the store pa, it was the corporate radio station piped into walmarts coast to coast for some reason doing a 'showcase' on flood.

balls, Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:25 (eight years ago) link

haha i think (dear god i hope) it started soon after i arrived and i may have indeed lingered to take it in, hear 'twisting' for the first time in however many years, take half an hour to decide whether or not i want poptarts, etc. something very fucked about hearing this blasting at walmart though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zNoxjUUyec

balls, Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:28 (eight years ago) link

hahaha that's better than what I was guessing, which was "Your Racist Friend"

The Owls of Ja Rule (DJP), Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:29 (eight years ago) link

I heard Cracker's cover of "Shake Some Action" in CVS just two nights ago.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:32 (eight years ago) link

Others:

Boz Scaggs - Miss Sun
a-ha - The Sun Always Shines on TV
Tyler Collins - Girls Night Out
Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away

the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:34 (eight years ago) link

Huh I heard echo beach at Barnes & noble last week.

we fed him, now he's an 8 million pound troll all over our board (Hunt3r), Thursday, 11 October 2012 23:47 (eight years ago) link

weirdest one i remember was "change your mind" by neil young while i was standing in line to get painkillers a few years ago. must've been a radio edit. felt appropriate.

tylerw, Friday, 12 October 2012 00:37 (eight years ago) link

Michael Penn - This and That
also, this song is so classic

tylerw, Friday, 12 October 2012 00:38 (eight years ago) link

Heard "Let's Hang On" which was a minor Top 40 for Barry Manilow at a Rite Aid once.

jetfan, Friday, 12 October 2012 02:27 (eight years ago) link

Sunrise by Duran Duran at Papa Ginos a month or so ago.
Why would THAT happen?

mr.raffles, Wednesday, 17 October 2012 03:21 (eight years ago) link

lite rock cover of Catch the Sun by Doves @ my bank

suggest butt (Pillbox), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 04:19 (eight years ago) link

"Heaven's on Fire" by KISS was playing on at least two separate occasions at the CVS by my college

not an obscure single really but jarring in the soft-rock context, heard "More Bounce to the Ounce" at the local grocery store a few months ago

no love spud webb (fadanuf4erybody), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 04:36 (eight years ago) link

REM - "All The Way To Reno"

da croupier, Wednesday, 17 October 2012 15:53 (eight years ago) link

ie it wasn't some worker blasting flood thru the store pa, it was the corporate radio station piped into walmarts coast to coast for some reason doing a 'showcase' on flood.

― balls, Thursday, October 11, 2012 5:25 PM (6 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

That is exceptionally weird and now I want to listen to that album which I haven't done in years.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 15:55 (eight years ago) link

It's not obscure but I was euphoric when I heard Amy Grant's "I Will Remember You" yesterday.

the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:09 (eight years ago) link

was picking up prescription for antidepressant at walgreens and they were playing "i wanna be sedated." no lie.

andrew m., Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:13 (eight years ago) link

heard velvet underground - oh! sweet nuthin' at walgreens last week

Anime Mann (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:16 (eight years ago) link

Sugar Ray's "Chasin You Around" at Met Foods. The second single off In Pursuit Of Leisure, the album after the last one anyone cared about

da croupier, Sunday, 28 October 2012 13:52 (eight years ago) link

not obscure but heard like a 10-minute Tool deep cut in a 24 hour kroger once. it was weird because there was usually just soft rock & r&b playing there

turds (Hungry4Ass), Sunday, 28 October 2012 16:07 (eight years ago) link

a couple visits to shop rite ago i heard the 12-inch edit of "she's always in my hair"

charlie the luna (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Sunday, 28 October 2012 16:10 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

I'm just gonna use this thread for obscure songs heard in any retail setting:

Roxy Music - 2HB in Noodles and Company yesterday.

German Disco Songsmith (Dan Peterson), Monday, 13 January 2014 22:18 (seven years ago) link

The other week in Morrisons they were playing 'If I Could Talk I'd Tell You' by the Lemonheads (a #39 smash in 1996).

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 16:18 (seven years ago) link

Heard the Kinks' "Juke Box Music" in a grocery store a couple of years ago. Barely a hit in the US in 1977, never played on "classic rock" radio.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 15 January 2014 17:51 (seven years ago) link

lol i heard donna lewis's flop second single "without love" in a cvs once

dyl, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 18:22 (seven years ago) link

Heard "For What It's Worth" by The Cardigans in the grocery store the other day.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 15 January 2014 18:30 (seven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

not that obscure really but heard dennis deyoung's "desert moon" followed by madonna's "this used to be my playground" on KRGR kroger radio last night, the algorithm was feeling some super intense nostalgia apparently

balls, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:06 (seven years ago) link

Thought this was a revival of this thread: albert hammond, "it never rains in southern california"

The Crescent City of Kador (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:07 (seven years ago) link

Not obscure, but I really enjoyed hearing Scritti Politti at CVS yesterday.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:20 (seven years ago) link

I heard the song 'On the Beach' by Neil Young at the grocery store once.

Austin, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 23:46 (seven years ago) link

Heard "Couple Days Off" by Huey Lewis & The News last night at Whataburger.

...out of that weakness, out of that envy, out of that fear.. (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 13 February 2014 03:17 (seven years ago) link

Heard "Emerge" Fischerspooner at a Florida water-park

Mark G, Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:14 (seven years ago) link

https://soundcloud.com/hennessyyoungman/cvsbangers

, Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:21 (seven years ago) link

haha thank you, a classic

raggett neds of your summer dress (The Reverend), Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:44 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Jack In The Box is good for these. Today it was "Wild Wild Life" by Talking Heads, and last time a couple weeks ago I heard "Canary In A Coalmine" by The Police.

Interior. Ibiza Bar (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 26 March 2014 21:07 (seven years ago) link

It's not obscure but I was euphoric when I heard Amy Grant's "I Will Remember You" yesterday.

alfred i'd start straight up bawling

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:04 (seven years ago) link

I heard that really sterile, generic, terrible ballad by "Sergio Mendes" from the 80s...."Never Gonna Let You Go"...in a Zaxby's.

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:06 (seven years ago) link

whenever i'm in cvs i hear "shattered dreams"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:06 (seven years ago) link

I heard Jack Wagner's "All I Need" and Richard Marx's "Hazard" once in an Albertsons during a 4 hour shift. I remain convinced that they had not changed their Muzak since my childhood.

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:09 (seven years ago) link

and whenever I hit the "from this empty heart" falsetto several mothers in the cold medicine section scowl

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:10 (seven years ago) link

hahaha. I can't help not singing along to that tune either. that or "All I Need is a Miracle".

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:11 (seven years ago) link

haha otm

goole, Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:39 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Shopping for pencils and invisible tape at CVS this morning I heard "Soul Drifter" by Lindsey Buckingham!

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 15 April 2014 14:49 (seven years ago) link

^^^^ I've heard it at CVS too

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 April 2014 14:49 (seven years ago) link

Manu Dibango - "Soul Makossa," in H.E.B. yesterday (though for some reason, in that store, the only place you can usually hear the music without straining your ears is in the restroom)

xhuxk, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:16 (seven years ago) link

for what, making them upset in a Walgreens?

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 December 2020 15:41 (six months ago) link

I still don't know how/why Badfinger (or whoever controls their copyrights) didn't sue Joe Jackson.

― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, December 7, 2020 9:26 AM bookmarkflaglink

Ha, I was just about to add "Same with 'Day After Day'!" to IML's post.

pplains, Monday, 7 December 2020 16:26 (six months ago) link

It feels borderline for this thread, but it was definitely weird to hear Elton John’s “Can’t Stay Alone Tonight” in a grocery store during the lead up to Christmas.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Sunday, 13 December 2020 00:51 (six months ago) link

It counts...a definite subset of this whole thing is "Album Cuts Off Recent-ish Releases From Legacy Artists".

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 13 December 2020 05:50 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Out of all the Blondie tracks, this is the ONLY one I knew before hand would be a hit. The original is amazing and we were in a position wherein I knew if we released a decent version it would succeed.
I had no idea I'd be hearing it in CVS forty years later https://t.co/cCqhrpT8b1

— Chris Stein (@chrissteinplays) January 31, 2021

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 1 February 2021 01:04 (four months ago) link

"Flying High Again" by Ozzy Osbourne

"Midnight Blue" by Lou Gramm

"She's A Lot Like You" by The Cars

In that order.

pplains, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 00:02 (four months ago) link

i been a baaaad baaaad boy

Wrong Screamed Barney (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 2 February 2021 01:59 (four months ago) link

Billy Joel "Leave a Tender Moment Alone" at the dentists office.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 8 February 2021 19:19 (four months ago) link

more like "leave a tender molar alone" amirite

pplains, Monday, 8 February 2021 19:40 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Playing just now at the Home Depot - Charlotte Sometimes (?!)

epistantophus, Thursday, 4 March 2021 00:23 (three months ago) link

that is amazing, i don't think i have ever heard that song out in the wild before.

Bee OK, Thursday, 4 March 2021 00:33 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Not at all obscure, but as I stepped on the stair machine at a local gym where the majority of my gym mates are black women, "Brown Sugar" by the Stones was playing.

Cancel "Orangina", Please (I M Losted), Saturday, 10 April 2021 13:09 (two months ago) link

gay people love to tell you what song from 2002 was playing at CVS

— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) April 20, 2021

peace, man, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:04 (one month ago) link

god "brown sugar" reeeeeally needs to disappear

might beat my all time worst gym playlist experience with "Tears in Heaven"

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:54 (one month ago) link

I would be tempted to use weights as a discus to throw at someone's head if I heard that Clapton while working out

P-Zunit (Neanderthal), Thursday, 22 April 2021 00:44 (one month ago) link

The first three lines from Modern Love hit pretty hard when heard in a Lowe‘s

— Holy Mountain (@Holy_Mountain) April 22, 2021

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 22 April 2021 17:32 (one month ago) link

Playing just now at the Home Depot - Charlotte Sometimes (?!)


This is fabulously waldeinsamkeit... just picturing this beautiful atmospheric song echoing through the giant space amongst towers of building materials and stuff

brimstead, Thursday, 22 April 2021 19:57 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Us3: "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" at Fuddruckers

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 6 May 2021 19:59 (one month ago) link

wait

why are you at Fuddruckers

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 6 May 2021 20:00 (one month ago) link

Because it was there.

(FWIW, it wasn't my pick, and based on today I probably won't be back soon.)

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 6 May 2021 20:05 (one month ago) link

probably have not eaten at a Fuddruckers since 1999 or so, but i have fond memories of the steak fries and especially the shakes. bear in mind i was a teenager at the time so my palate was not super sophisticated even when it came to evaluating fries and shakes.

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:00 (one month ago) link

I spent just about every Saturday night with my folks b/w 1984 and 1990 at Fuddruckers.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:05 (one month ago) link

the Fuddruckers near me now is basically you walk up to a kiosk and put in your order electronically, you can see some of the people making your burger but it wasn't like that big clear glass window most Fuddruckers had in the 80s. and you can order like Bison burger and shit now

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:06 (one month ago) link

It def feels like a heavy piece of 1980s culture that somehow has persisted as an actual place instead of a meme.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) stan (morrisp), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:13 (one month ago) link

their milkshakes were legit good!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:22 (one month ago) link

Oh, I loved it as a kid. I can still smell that smell

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) stan (morrisp), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:28 (one month ago) link

Their hot dog bread was the most...generous I'd ever seen. I'm sure it had more calories by itself than the side o' beef on display behind the glass.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:29 (one month ago) link

I have a Berenstein Bears moment any time someone brings up Fuddruckers, since my family's eating establishment of choice on vacations was Fudpucker's.

pplains, Thursday, 6 May 2021 22:02 (one month ago) link

Such a ridiculous question. I’m vaccinated and when I walk into a grocery store or CVS, I still wear a mask out of respect to my fellow citizen. I also walk into both mostly to hear my songs but that’s another topic. https://t.co/SVKnalkk1q

— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) May 7, 2021

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 8 May 2021 18:21 (one month ago) link

Funny guy (and not just “for a musician”)

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) stan (morrisp), Saturday, 8 May 2021 18:23 (one month ago) link

I like Marx

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Saturday, 8 May 2021 18:51 (one month ago) link

Walk of Life is, at minimum, a top three grocery store song. https://t.co/mkpQkaAj5H

— Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) May 11, 2021

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 17:25 (one month ago) link

Dire Straits are fine, but this is a hard disagree for me

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 17:43 (one month ago) link

Just because BOSE salesmen used CDs of both bands to showcase their speakers doesn't mean that the two bands are in any way equal to each other.

pplains, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 18:01 (one month ago) link

One unique way they are related is that I was first exposed to a ton of their album tracks on store and restaurant Muzaks.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 18:07 (one month ago) link

i heard a good one just yesterday in the grocery store but i've already forgotten what it was

dyl, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 03:26 (one month ago) link

i remember now! it was "shine" by years & years... which i know was a big hit in the uk, but i live in the states so i was v surprised to hear it in the wild like that

dyl, Thursday, 13 May 2021 02:51 (one month ago) link

how can someone even enjoy music if they think “walk of life” is a top 3 anything

brimstead, Thursday, 13 May 2021 03:30 (one month ago) link

dedication, devotion

kinder, Thursday, 13 May 2021 06:39 (one month ago) link

Us3: "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" at Fuddruckers

fuddy fuddy fudd (RUCKY RUCKY)

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 May 2021 19:31 (three weeks ago) link

I dunno, hearing "Walk of Life" in a really bleak Costco in rural Indiana while scanning the bread might just make my day.

Loud Tsu (I M Losted), Thursday, 20 May 2021 23:16 (three weeks ago) link

“Walk of Life” was playing in the grocery store earlier, and I was enjoying it so much I felt a flash of annoyance when someone cut through on the PA to make an announcement.

like a d4mn sociopath! (morrisp), Monday, 31 May 2021 20:45 (two weeks ago) link

I wish it were obscure!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 31 May 2021 21:00 (two weeks ago) link

XP "Super Special Two-For-One Sale On Headbands! Boppa Lula Only Today!"

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 31 May 2021 21:03 (two weeks ago) link

we got to move these
digiorno's pizzas
we got to move these chef boyardeeeeeees

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Monday, 31 May 2021 21:26 (two weeks ago) link

“Walk of Life” was playing in the grocery store earlier, and I was enjoying it so much I felt a flash of annoyance when someone cut through on the PA to make an announcement.


Reminds me of when I last heard Talking Heads’ “And She Was,” in a supermarket in Lincoln, NE two years ago. It particularly struck me because the first time I’d heard the song was in a record store in Omaha 34 years earlier. My grooving to this Nebraska/Heads synergy was harshly interrupted by “PHARMACY, CALL ON LINE 2. PHARMACY, LINE 2.”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 00:11 (two weeks ago) link

I feel like Byrne would appreciate that.

like a d4mn sociopath! (morrisp), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 00:34 (two weeks ago) link

True story.

peace, man, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 11:23 (two weeks ago) link

While pumping gas at a Holiday station in rural upper Michigan today I heard Alphabet Street and Electric Avenue back to back which felt very out of place and amazing simultaneously

joygoat, Friday, 4 June 2021 03:16 (one week ago) link

Relevant...

Huge riffs in unexpected places: When I was walking into @LiveCasinoPHL around noon today, "Rock Bottom" by @UFO_rockband came over the sound system! A few hours later they played "Gypsy" by @uriah_heep!

Almost made losing that huge pot with top two against middle set worth it.

— Brian O'Neill (@NYC__Native) June 10, 2021

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 10 June 2021 01:34 (five days ago) link


You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.