Obscure Singles Heard at CVS

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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 (six years ago) Permalink

Semisonic: All About Chemistry

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

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

balls, Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:24 (six years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:32 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

tylerw, Friday, 12 October 2012 00:38 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

mr.raffles, Wednesday, 17 October 2012 03:21 (six years ago) Permalink

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

suggest butt (Pillbox), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 04:19 (six years ago) Permalink

"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 (six years ago) Permalink

REM - "All The Way To Reno"

da croupier, Wednesday, 17 October 2012 15:53 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

Anime Mann (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:16 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

dyl, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 18:22 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:20 (four years ago) Permalink

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

Austin, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 23:46 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

Heard "Emerge" Fischerspooner at a Florida water-park

Mark G, Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:14 (four years ago) Permalink

https://soundcloud.com/hennessyyoungman/cvsbangers

, Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:21 (four years ago) Permalink

haha thank you, a classic

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

haha otm

goole, Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:39 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

Diamonds and Pearls.

how's life, Friday, 7 September 2018 11:03 (one month ago) Permalink

"Bang and Blame" at Chipotle. Maybe they hired the CVS programmer.

Pesto Mindset (Eazy), Saturday, 8 September 2018 18:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Ugh, that’s the worst r e m

calstars, Saturday, 8 September 2018 19:52 (one month ago) Permalink

It’s a good single

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Saturday, 8 September 2018 20:53 (one month ago) Permalink

"Half a Mile Away" - Billy Joel album cut at Kroger.

pplains, Saturday, 8 September 2018 22:48 (one month ago) Permalink

damnnnn

got the scuba tube blowin' like a snork (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 9 September 2018 01:04 (one month ago) Permalink

I like this thread because it re-contextualizes song titles for me into these absurdist alternate realities where the original song title was actually "Nothing Else Matters at Wendy's" and "Bang and Blame at Chipotle."

del griffith, Sunday, 9 September 2018 01:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Lost in the Supermarket at the Supermarket

Chesapeake Bae (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 9 September 2018 15:28 (one month ago) Permalink

That’s a pretty hip supermarket!

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 9 September 2018 16:02 (one month ago) Permalink

When I walked into Trader Joe's this morning they were playing "Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles" by Captain Beefheart. When I left a half hour later they were playing David Bowie's "Sound And Vision." In between I heard at least one T.Rex song but not a well-known or popular one; I just recognized Bolan's voice. A strange morning at the grocery store.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 9 September 2018 16:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Not that surprising though given it’s a TJ’s

calstars, Sunday, 9 September 2018 19:14 (one month ago) Permalink

"See No Evil" by Television heard at Five Guys this evening.

visiting, Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Boz Scaggs: "What Can I Say?"
Barenaked Ladies: "It's All Been Done"
Queen: "Play The Game"

All at Whataburger

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 17 September 2018 21:56 (one month ago) Permalink

"Real Gone Kid" by Deacon Blue heard at Goodwill. Obscure in the US?

visiting, Monday, 17 September 2018 22:07 (one month ago) Permalink

VU's "Lisa Says" at Peet's Coffee.

Pesto Mindset (Eazy), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:09 (four weeks ago) Permalink

^nice one

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:13 (four weeks ago) Permalink

KLF's Justified and Ancient (Stand by the JAMs) at IKEA

(though looking it up, it made it to 11 on the Hot 100, so not actually obscure?)

circles, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:35 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Neil Sedaka “Laughter in the Rain” at a taco shop in San Diego.

timellison, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 01:22 (four weeks ago) Permalink

“State Farm (Extended Version),” by Yaz(oo), at Chipotle just now

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:09 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Chipotle plays some good sh*t

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:11 (four weeks ago) Permalink

They’re in the middle of a wild punk-funk block... I’ve been trying to use Siri to ID the tracks, but she only knows some of them. NP: “The Mirror,” by someone called Damaged Bug

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:14 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Now it’s “Huff & Puff,” by Just a Band(?)

I realize some of these who? artists are probably in the realm of stuff that’s chiefly licensed out for commercials etc.; but it sounds pretty great played loud at lunchtime. Whoever puts these mixes together is on-point.

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:20 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, I heard The Slits' version of "...Grapevine" in Chipotle once, alongside something that sounded like "Radio Clash" but wasn't. If that programming is coming out of Chipotle corporate HQ, I'm impressed.

Freddy "Boom Boom" QAnon (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 21:44 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Chipotle just moved their headquarters from Denver, Colorado to Newport Beach, California and maybe that has something to do with it?

Bee OK, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 02:09 (four weeks ago) Permalink

VP, Soundscapes

calstars, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 02:14 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I guess it’s time for a moratorium on Chipotle posts — but I just stopped in to pick up dinner, and heard “Falling and Laughing,” by Orange Juice.

growing up in publix (morrisp), Thursday, 20 September 2018 01:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Paul's Westerberg ("Love Untold") & McCartney ("My Brave Face") at Kroger.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 September 2018 04:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ha, I heard My Brave Face at Kroger too. Been in my head for a month now.

pplains, Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Mother Love Bone’s “Stardog Champion” at Five Guys. I forgot that it even existed

joygoat, Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Stevie Wonder: "Do I Do" at the Fed Ex Store.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 13:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

De La Soul's "Buddy" at a Minneapolis airport bar

joygoat, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 14:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

does "do i do" really qualify as obscure

dyl, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 01:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It doesn't seem to me to have had the shelf life of other Stevie hits, and I don't hear it out there that much if at all.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 03:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

If you want to be technical, a lot of what gets posted here--particularly in regards to major artists--are closer to deep cuts than genuine obscurities.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 03:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Boston: "Something About You" at Randall's.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 27 September 2018 05:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

All at Five Guys:

Spoon: "You Got Yr Cherry Bomb"
Foo Fighters: "Next Year"
Steve Miller: "Living In The USA"
Ratt: "Back For More"
Bad Religion: "21st Century Digital Boy"

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 1 October 2018 19:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I really want to know where my little Foodtown gets their music.

"Little Children" by Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas was obscure enough, but then they hit me with this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyxU9jmk21E

"Walk Tall (Like a Man)" by the Cincinnati girl group The 2 of Clubs from 1967. Going by the YouTube comments, this was a pretty big regional hit in the Midwest. I'm now obsessed with this song.

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 04:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Blur "There's No Other Way" at Target.

it's funny as this song was not played on KROQ at the time as this was not a hit in America. MWRS 103.1 was around and did play it in the Los Angeles market.

Bee OK, Saturday, 6 October 2018 04:45 (one week ago) Permalink

meantg, MARS

Bee OK, Saturday, 6 October 2018 04:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Both at CVS:

Evan & Jaron: "Crazy For This Girl"
Steve Winwood: "The Finer Things"

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 7 October 2018 01:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Was walking into Trader Joe's just as Slade's "Get Down and Get With It" was ending.

DEATH PUPPET (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 08:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Gin Blossoms: "Alison Road" at Fuddruckers.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 13 October 2018 18:53 (four days ago) Permalink

'70s Gold at HEB:

Delaney & Bonnie: "Never Ending Song of Love"
Linda Ronstadt: "Silver Threads & Golden Needles"
John Stewart: "Gold"
Bob Welch: "Sentimental Lady"

Had I stayed longer I might have heard "Werewolves of London" or "Magnet And Steel" and completed the "Non-Mac Mac" hits set.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 13 October 2018 23:21 (four days ago) Permalink

Grand Funk Railroad: "Shinin' On" and Elton John: "Little Jeanie" at Walmart Neighborhood Market.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:48 (three days ago) Permalink

The Police: "Driven To Tears" at Jack In The Box

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 15 October 2018 21:03 (two days ago) Permalink

That's when you know the Lord's just fuckin' with ya.

pplains, Monday, 15 October 2018 23:34 (two days ago) Permalink

"Walk Tall (Like a Man)" is a totally awesome discovery, thanks for that!

Freddy "Boom Boom" QAnon (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:31 (yesterday) Permalink

If you're interested, it appears on one of the better Where the Girls Are volumes: https://acerecords.co.uk/where-the-girls-are-volume-6

(pushes thick glasses up on bridge of nose; runs hand thru greasy hair)

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:39 (yesterday) Permalink

That volume ends with "Jilted," one of my all-time fave songs. ALL. TIME. FAVE.

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:40 (yesterday) Permalink

"Walk Tall (Like a Man)" is a totally awesome discovery

I Shazam'ed it several times in the supermarket but came up empty-handed. I just had to hope that "Walk Tall" was the title so I could search my hard drive when I got home.

I've also got a British version by The New Faces on Sequel's Here Come the Girls, Vol. 8 comp, which isn't as good. Strangely, it's titled "(Walk Tall) Like a Man" instead of "Walk Tall (Like a Man)". Also strangely, the 2 of Clubs version sounds very British--I hear a lot of Petula Clark in the vocals.

Together or separately, the songwriters Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss also wrote:

Perry Como "Catch a Falling Star"
Brian Hyland "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini"
The Cuff Links "Tracy"
Simon Dupree "Kites"
Anita Bryant "My Little Corner of the World"
Shelley Fabares "Johnny Angel"
Clint Holmes "Playground in My Mind"
The Detergents "Leader of the Laundromat"
David Geddes "Run Joey Run"
and songs for the movie The Phantom Tollbooth

Hideous Lump, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 01:57 (two hours ago) Permalink


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