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 (nine years ago) link

Semisonic: All About Chemistry

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

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

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

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

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

REM - "All The Way To Reno"

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

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

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

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

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

Heard "Emerge" Fischerspooner at a Florida water-park

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

https://soundcloud.com/hennessyyoungman/cvsbangers

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

haha thank you, a classic

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

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

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

haha otm

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

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

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

Not a chain store, so maybe not within this thread's purview, but the new locally-owned ice cream shop was playing Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight by Spinal Tap yesterday.

peace, man, Monday, 14 March 2022 10:20 (three months ago) link

not obscure, not a cvs, but they played Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting for the Man" at my physical therapist's this morning

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Friday, 18 March 2022 00:13 (three months ago) link

"Fade Into You" was playing as I got a tooth drilled into this morning, and then the JJ Cale version of "Cocaine." It was a little weird, but then again, I remember when "Blackwater" by the Doobies played when I was getting a radiation treatment.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Friday, 18 March 2022 00:23 (three months ago) link

wow the latter is extra nightmarish

mookieproof, Friday, 18 March 2022 00:25 (three months ago) link

It's an odd gambit— doctors and dentists have always told me that a lot of people bring their favorite music to these appointments and just put on their earphones, but I've never wanted to associate music I like with dire medical procedures, so I always deal with what they're playing over the speakers. I think once in radiation, I asked them to turn off "American Pie" for personal reasons.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Friday, 18 March 2022 00:50 (three months ago) link

Back in my oncology days, I'd listen to Blonde Redhead or Steely Dan on the iPod. Nice n' sterile.

Last time I had a crown put in at the dentist, he was playing some Black Crowes channel. I felt filthy afterwards.

pplains, Friday, 18 March 2022 01:04 (three months ago) link

The Southern Harmony & Dental Companion

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 18 March 2022 01:16 (three months ago) link

lol.

More like Hotel Drillness.

pplains, Friday, 18 March 2022 02:04 (three months ago) link

Well-played, sir.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 18 March 2022 02:25 (three months ago) link

this is 100% true. When my partner was going on for heart surgery, in the waiting room the radio was playing some song that kept saying "I will fix your heart" (or maybe "i can fix your heart"). I never figured out of it was intentional or not but it seemed like "live" radio iirc

kinder, Friday, 18 March 2022 10:32 (three months ago) link

"Shake Your Hips" (Rolling Stones) at a San Diego Zoo snack bar.

Please don’t take / My time change away (morrisp), Tuesday, 22 March 2022 22:48 (three months ago) link

Shake Your Hippos

peace, man, Wednesday, 23 March 2022 00:11 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Neko Case: "Bad Luck" in the lobby of a Sleep Inn.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 24 April 2022 16:17 (two months ago) link

Paramore: "Hard Times" and Sheryl Crow: "Hole In My Pocket" at Dairy Queen.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 24 April 2022 23:38 (two months ago) link

Ben Kweller: "Magic" at Walmart.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 25 April 2022 01:30 (two months ago) link

Which reminds me that one of the Pop Conference presentations is about retail soundscapes, specifically those at Walmart. Hopefully this thread is in the citations.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 25 April 2022 01:50 (two months ago) link

my friend just heard the sundays “here’s where the story ends” in cvs

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 April 2022 16:25 (one month ago) link

it made her day. would make mine too

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 April 2022 16:25 (one month ago) link

I've heard "Here's Where the Story Ends" quite a lot in the wild, still catches me offguard.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 5 May 2022 15:33 (one month ago) link

xp That’s cool… I had a side job at the Gap for a few years in the early 2000s, I was definitely interested in the playlists.

Hops: Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe (morrisp), Thursday, 5 May 2022 16:08 (one month ago) link

Martha & The Vandellas: "You've Been In Love Too Long" at Cheddar's.

Going Back Where I Belong by Sugar Pie De Santo at the non-Starbucks coffee chain I went to a couple days ago (but I cant recall name of it).

The Hon. Christian Sharia (R - MO) (Hunt3r), Thursday, 5 May 2022 23:14 (one month ago) link

Everything from "Mama I'm Coming Home" by Ozzy Osbourne to "The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes" at my blue-collar, mixed-culture Kroger.

pplains, Friday, 6 May 2022 23:34 (one month ago) link

Speaking of retail playlists, the monthly ones from The Row can be pretty great. Obscurities and album cuts.

deep luminous trombone (Eazy), Saturday, 7 May 2022 00:07 (one month ago) link

Hib-tone version of "Radio Free Europe" at Dairy Queen

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Monday, 9 May 2022 19:17 (one month ago) link

When you’re getting dinner in Portland and a song you used to goth out to at the legendary City Nightclub comes on thirty-six years down the line pic.twitter.com/HwptOybvB1

— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) May 10, 2022

This barely fits the thread - but I was pumping gas a few weeks ago, and a promotional interview with "up & coming" singer Maeta (whom you may know from the rolling r&b threads) came on the pump's screen. I've never encountered her anywhere but my own little listening world, so it was pleasantly jarring.

Bob Dylan's iconic Ray Ban sunglasses (morrisp), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 20:31 (one month ago) link

Whoa -- Caron Wheeler's "Livin' in the Light."

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 20:44 (one month ago) link

xp

It's not so strange to hear Siouxsie in a restaurant in Portland. If he were shopping at the Hawthorne Fred's, that might be a different story. It's still a possibility though.

righteousmaelstrom, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 21:01 (one month ago) link

Doing an errand this morning at CVS/Target, they played 00s-style club bangers by Daft Punk, Justice, Boys Noize, Deadmaus etc. Two upset women walked by me, one of them saying “I’m tired of this car-commercial shit music.”

— Steady State Sounds (@StateSounds) May 14, 2022

mookieproof, Saturday, 14 May 2022 18:17 (one month ago) link

Just heard Portishead’s “Glory Box” in Trader Joe’s (I haven’t heard that song in over 20 years).

Bob Dylan's iconic Ray Ban sunglasses (morrisp), Saturday, 14 May 2022 18:35 (one month ago) link

Dinosaur jr start choppin at westin dia public restroom

The Hon. Christian Sharia (R - MO) (Hunt3r), Friday, 20 May 2022 21:25 (one month ago) link

Heard "I'm in love with the Other Woman" on a classic rock station out of Beaumont Texas driving home today. Knew the tune was stumped for an hour or so until I got to the next place I stopped and could pull out my phone to look it up that it was Ray Parker Jr. Cool tune. Awesome playlist on that funky station, they also literally went back to back from Sabbath's "Iron Man" to Olivia Newton John's "Magic", which I also had not heard in a couple decades. It's a cool tune too.

The Artist formerly known as Earlnash, Sunday, 22 May 2022 05:00 (one month ago) link

If he were shopping at the Hawthorne Fred's, that might be a different story.

Heard "See No Evil" by Television there once!

Kim Kimberly, Sunday, 22 May 2022 16:18 (one month ago) link

"Don't Cry out Loud," a live version by Joe Longthorne (!), blasted out of flat window I happened to be walking past, with the entire room singing along.

I don't know the song, or Joe Longthorne beyond his cheesy reputation, but I found it to be a strangely affecting piece of bombastic kitsch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0yvXmSmZxQ

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 23 May 2022 15:24 (one month ago) link

went back to back from Sabbath's "Iron Man" to Olivia Newton John's "Magic"

What in the ...

pplains, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 23:30 (one month ago) link

“Don’t Cry Out Loud” is a great song and I appreciate that strange man for trying it. Melissa Manchester’s version is obviously definitive

Josefa, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 23:51 (one month ago) link

"Longthorne was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to charity."

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 24 May 2022 23:53 (one month ago) link

and he just keeps giving

Josefa, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 00:03 (one month ago) link

Music best heard in a charity shop

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 25 May 2022 00:04 (one month ago) link

Animals: "Boom Boom" at Freebirds

Cool

Once Were Chemical Brothers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 30 May 2022 02:27 (three weeks ago) link

Not obscure, really, by my local Trader Joe's recently did something I've never heard in a supermarket before - back-to-back songs by the same artist.

"Time After Time" --> "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough."

Moniker? I barely know 'er! (SlimAndSlam), Sunday, 5 June 2022 15:55 (two weeks ago) link

Dave Mason ft. Michael Jackson "Save Me" at Rexall's

Stephen Bishop "Save it for a Rainy Day" at Giant Food

Nick Drake's "Northern Sky" at Lidl

Head East's "Love Me Tonight"* at a Sonoco convenience store.

(note: "Love me Tonight" was a bigger hit than "Never Been Any Reason")

Lee626, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 09:40 (two weeks ago) link

I didn't know there were still Rexall's in the US (apparently there's an unrelated Canadian Rexall's)

Josefa, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 14:19 (two weeks ago) link

I don't think there's any more real parent company, but older Rexall franchises are allowed to keep the name and several (including the one I was at in Virginia) still do for the name recognition. Alot like the Howard Johnson's restaurants whose last store finally closed last week, although the HoJo support system was long gone before that and the food tasted nothing like the old chain restauarants did.

Lee626, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 14:33 (two weeks ago) link

Puns I had missed: "Rexall" is a contraction of "RX-all" - as in, we have all your prescriptions.

Lee626, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 14:35 (two weeks ago) link

I was about to be gobsmacked, but the internet has differing opinions:

The "Rex" in the name was derived from the name of Ellen M. Regis, who developed "Rexall remedies" and from whom the company purchased the mark.

The name Rexall (meaning “king of all”) was chosen for the group of products for what later became the United Drug Company.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 7 June 2022 15:24 (two weeks ago) link

"Tell Me Something Good" by Rufus at Vons. It sounded amazing.

Bee OK, Sunday, 19 June 2022 21:11 (six days ago) link


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