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 (seven years ago) link

Semisonic: All About Chemistry

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

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

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

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

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

REM - "All The Way To Reno"

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

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

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

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

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

Heard "Emerge" Fischerspooner at a Florida water-park

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

https://soundcloud.com/hennessyyoungman/cvsbangers

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

haha thank you, a classic

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

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

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

haha otm

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

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

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

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Dear Prudence

― Austin, Friday, June 17, 2016 2:27 AM (three years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Hong Kong Garden

☮ (peace, man), Monday, 21 October 2019 13:24 (one month ago) link

Cool! At this rate, maybe someday Siouxsie's "Lord's Prayer" will hit the in-store playlist.

A breezy pop-rock feel fairly typical of the mid-'80s (Dan Peterson), Monday, 21 October 2019 14:36 (one month ago) link

Baby Huey & The Babysitters: "One Dragon Two Dragon" at Jack-In-The-Box.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 16:47 (one month ago) link

Cool! I was just reading about them in Aaron Cohen's (brilliant, essential) Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 18:21 (one month ago) link

Queen: "Radio Ga Ga" at IHOP.

I also heard this odd, like underdub of the not obscure at all "Brown-Eyed Girl". Felt a little slower, more acoustic, and I don't think it had all the full-ham Van at the end (the "bit-by-bit-by-bit part). Definitely had the rest of the original vocal parts and backing. Checking the newest Bang Masters box on Spotify, I see there's the original stereo mix, a mono edit (probably the censored 45 mix), and then some blocks of earlier takes, which it kind of sounds like it was harvested from.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 25 October 2019 01:25 (one month ago) link

Listening further, I see that it was probably Take 6, the first full take. One of the things that was throwing me is that electric guitar part isn't quite there yet, and isn't as prominent in the mix. Also the drum and bass breakdown part appears here after the last verse instead of before it. The full-ham Van bit is also present and accounted for.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 25 October 2019 01:40 (one month ago) link

Gary Wright - "Love is Alive"

Not super obscure or forgotten, but I also don't think I've heard it in 30+ years.

A breezy pop-rock feel fairly typical of the mid-'80s (Dan Peterson), Monday, 28 October 2019 16:57 (one month ago) link

i played it on my wzbc show a few months ago. a jam

maura, Monday, 28 October 2019 20:25 (one month ago) link

It's a goodie.

Rivingtons: "Papa Oh Mow Mow" on outdoor Muzak at a shopping complex.

Modest Mouse: "Dashboard" at Which Wich.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 28 October 2019 20:40 (one month ago) link

"White Light/White Heat" at Trader Joe's this morning.

Fetchboy, Monday, 28 October 2019 20:46 (one month ago) link

^^The only way that could have been more on-brand was if it was the Ralph Stanley version.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 28 October 2019 20:54 (one month ago) link

There's a great sample of "Love is Alive" backing "Wordz of Wizdom" by 3rd Bass, but even that was 30 years ago. (xposts)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwvMgZfsD3Q

A breezy pop-rock feel fairly typical of the mid-'80s (Dan Peterson), Monday, 28 October 2019 21:29 (one month ago) link

I remember hearing this when it came out and thinking, "Dammit, I've heard this somewhere before. Did she do this in Rufus too?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2fqonY1EuI

pplains, Monday, 28 October 2019 21:47 (one month ago) link

Fruitful day for this kind of stuff.

"Planet Rock" at HEB.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 28 October 2019 23:19 (one month ago) link

Wait, you live in Texas?

Ferlinghetti Hvorostovsky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 01:04 (one month ago) link

H-Town Baby!

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 01:09 (one month ago) link

"planet rock" will never be considered obscure hence you not having to mention the artist

dyl, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 02:07 (one month ago) link

HEB got the tunes!

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 02:11 (one month ago) link

Rolling Stones: "Respectable" at Wendy's, this location drawing from an extensive (mostly hits) Stones playlist during my visit.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 31 October 2019 20:49 (one month ago) link

Paul Anka’s swing-band “Eye of the Tiger” at Ace Hardware.

... (Eazy), Thursday, 31 October 2019 21:54 (one month ago) link

Dire Straits: "Water of Love" at Randall's.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 1 November 2019 20:21 (one month ago) link

band in the subway is playing srv"s 'mary had a little lamb'

mookieproof, Friday, 1 November 2019 22:14 (one month ago) link

Sparks & Jane Wiedlin: "Cool Places" at Which Wich.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 3 November 2019 19:18 (one month ago) link

Fleetwood Mac: "Songbird" and Van Morrison: "These Dreams of You" at P. Terry's.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 10 November 2019 23:09 (three weeks ago) link

Buncha deep cut '60s stuff at Freddy's:

Spanky & Our Gang: "Sunday Will Never Be The Same"
The Grass Roots: "Things I Should Have Said"
Hollies: "I Can't Let Go"
Byrds: "He Was A Friend of Mine"
Canned Heat: "Rollin' and Tumblin'"
Buffalo Springfield: "On The Way Home"

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 23:25 (three weeks ago) link

“Never Anyone But You” by the Clientele at Bartell Drugs.

JoeStork, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 03:01 (three weeks ago) link

i dig it.

and i approve this message (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 03:10 (three weeks ago) link

QOTSA: "My God Is The Sun" and Buzzcocks: "Ever Fallen In Love..." at Five Guy's.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 17 November 2019 16:42 (two weeks ago) link

Right now in the supermarket: the Band’s version of “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu,” followed immediately by James Brown’s “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 17:16 (two weeks ago) link

Was it The Band? I couldn't find a version by them (on Spotify). It seems like a natural for them to have covered.

Camera Obscura: "Happy New Year" on the Holiday Muzak at HEB

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 21 November 2019 06:04 (two weeks ago) link

For me, it's been brit bands as of late that really stood out...

Style Council's "You're the Best Thing" in Walmart. Not TOTALLY obscure, but pretty damn close (Just googled: #76 Hot 100, #31 Adult Contemporary, moderate MTV play at the time). Always cool to hear a bit of Weller over here though...

Oasis' "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" in a Target (not even released in America as a single iirc?).

Stereo MC's "Step it Up" at a Whole Foods.Not super strange, but it's always been hugely overshadowed by the previous smash hit "Connected" and I assumed mostly forgotten. The average person would probably recall them as as one hit wonder here, if they remembered them at all. (Also googled this: #16 Alt, #30 pop radio, #56 Hot 100, minor MTV play)

Also, I recall walking into a Gap store once and hearing some sort of drum 'n' bass/jungle/breaks type tune.... in 2000s suburban America... That was pretty cool.

gregorianpants, Thursday, 21 November 2019 07:19 (two weeks ago) link

My local gym's playlist has had a few anomalies as well. Mostly just the typical uptempo, current pop and rap but there's been some awful 2000s stuff in there that I had managed to block out of my memory until recently, like the the nu-metal "remix" version of Ludacris' "Get Back" for one.

Bizarrely, Genesis' "Taking it All Too Hard" and Scorpions' "Wind of Change" I've heard several times as well. Not exactly "pump up" music.

I also used to go to this gym which just used some dude's iTunes/ripped CD collection over the speakers, which included U2's Best of 1990 - 2000. So every now and then you'd get stuff like "Even Better than the Real Thing", "Mysterious Ways", and "Beautiful Day" come on shuffle (recognizable uptempo pop hits; good gym material), but you'd also get stuff off of Zooropa or "Miss Sarajevo" which is like Bono mumbling over Eno/Edge/Flood ambient washes + a minute Luciano Pavorotti opera section (definite vibe killers; bad gym material).

gregorianpants, Thursday, 21 November 2019 07:41 (two weeks ago) link

I think that Oasis track was a US single, it's just that America had long stopped caring (Charles Aaron or somebody wrote it up in Spin along the lines of "Another god-like Gallagher ballad, America shrugs--Wake Up Kids! Do you really want to hear Nickleback at yr Prom!").

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 21 November 2019 07:46 (two weeks ago) link

If it was, I never heard it played anywhere and it certainly never charted. I remember it being in a movie or something though at some point though, I believe.

And that's saying something because even during that era of Oasis' new millennium nadir, I recall even their comeback track "Go Let It Out" from the year prior getting rotation on both MTV and MTV2 (and Liam Gallagher going on TRL to befuddle Carson Daly for all of 2 minutes) as well as my local modern rock station spinning it in between all the Drop D-tuned angst. Granted, it was completely forgotten after a couple months, but still...

"Stop Crying" is a decent tune. In an alternate timeline, '02 era Coldplay probably could have turned it into a smash. But it's little wonder why it flopped in the states. Poor vocal performance from Liam, substandard arrangement, probably little promotion for an out-of-touch band with tons of baggage/negative press that had flopped over and over for the past 5 years running.

gregorianpants, Thursday, 21 November 2019 08:13 (two weeks ago) link

toad the wet sprocket 'in my ear' at . . . cvs

mookieproof, Friday, 22 November 2019 22:15 (two weeks ago) link

Charles Aaron or somebody wrote it up in Spin along the lines of "Another god-like Gallagher ballad, America shrugs--Wake Up Kids! Do you really want to hear Nickleback at yr Prom!

How did Aaron find meaning in his life after the War on Scrunge ended?

FODMAP of the reef (morrisp), Friday, 22 November 2019 22:20 (two weeks ago) link

Citizen King: "Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out)" at Randall's.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 22 November 2019 22:24 (two weeks ago) link

Was it The Band?

What I noticed first, before recognizing the tune, was Levon's voice, and a guitar that sounded similar to Robertson's. But I can't find anything in a cursory Google search, so...maybe it wasn't the Band, or maybe it was one of Levon's solo projects or something. It was definitely Levon singing, though. I'm like...98% sure.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 22 November 2019 23:55 (two weeks ago) link

Listening now, that Oasis song would be good to hear at a Prom.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 24 November 2019 04:18 (one week ago) link

Obscure Singles Heard At Proms

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 24 November 2019 04:20 (one week ago) link

Stevie Nicks: "Every Day" at CVS.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 28 November 2019 03:50 (one week ago) link

richard marx & donna lewis "at the beginning" at the grocery store

(second time i've heard it there in the past couple years or so so maybe it's actually being heard more than i think)

dyl, Thursday, 28 November 2019 07:45 (one week ago) link

John Anderson: "Somebody Slap Me" at Kroger.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 05:47 (two days ago) link

Good Lord.

pplains, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 13:21 (two days ago) link

His last Top 25 Country Hit, from 1997

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QzqV28LdJ8

It's stuff like this that makes you wonder just how deep the barrel is that their Muzak people are drawing from.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 18:24 (two days ago) link

SHURAV DHAKAL
5 years ago
This plays at my local #Kroger everyday!
it's now stuck in my head

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 18:34 (two days ago) link

rhonda h
4 years ago
OMG! I work at Kroger. It is played at my store too! When we hear it my co workers say "Just slap him already so he shuts up." lol

KRDsonic
KRDsonic
4 years ago
@rhonda h I work at Kroger too and it plays in our store too. It's such a weird song D:

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 18:35 (two days ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/TKwNBFp.gif

pplains, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 20:24 (two days ago) link

Social Distortion: "I Was Wrong" at a pizza joint.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 6 December 2019 03:34 (eighteen hours ago) link

...and "Kinky Afro" by Happy Mondays.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 6 December 2019 03:46 (seventeen hours ago) link


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