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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

Heard "Emerge" Fischerspooner at a Florida water-park

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

https://soundcloud.com/hennessyyoungman/cvsbangers

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

haha thank you, a classic

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

Didn't know 99 Ranch had such a big geographical footprint

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 18:25 (two months ago) Permalink

At the point now that I'm not even going to mention hearing "Atlantis" by Donovan at Kroger.

Did make things a little awkward later when the Salvation Army bellringer started kicking the inside of my trunk.

✈️✈️ (pplains), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 18:57 (two months ago) Permalink

Ramones: "Blitzkrieg Bop" sticking out like a sore thumb between the Xmas Classics and A/C Hits at Kroger.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 21 December 2018 02:01 (two months ago) Permalink

lol pplains

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 21 December 2018 03:13 (two months ago) Permalink

“The waiting game” by swing out sister at the Harris Teeter

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 17:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Arlo Guthrie: "Coming Into Los Angeles" and David Gray: "Babylon" at Randall's.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 29 December 2018 02:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Soul Asylum: "Somebody To Shove" and Steve Winwood: "Valerie" at Freebirds.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 01:58 (one month ago) Permalink

10,000 Maniacs: "More Than This" (yes, a Roxy cover by the post-Nat lineup) at CVS.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 23:38 (one month ago) Permalink

General Public: “Where’s the Line” at a Peet’s coffee in Marin

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 5 January 2019 03:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Smash Mouth: "Pacific Coast Party" at Target.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Replacements: "I'll Be You" at Kroger

Paramore: "Hard Times"* at Big Lots

*Too soon?

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:02 (one month ago) Permalink

It's almost two years old.

peace, man, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:10 (one month ago) Permalink

poco’s “call it love” at the cvs in allston

maura, Monday, 14 January 2019 00:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Elvis Costello: "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea" and Smash Mouth: "Story of My Life" at Randall's

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 14 January 2019 21:51 (one month ago) Permalink

I wonder if there's some secret project/conspiracy going on between In-store Audio Network programmers reclaiming Smash Mouth flops.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 14 January 2019 22:09 (one month ago) Permalink

This is a weird one...

Alexi Von Guggenberg: "Are You Happy Now?"

... because it's (A) a Michelle Branch cover (B) from four years ago, and (C) I heard it at Taco Cabana between Latin Pop jams.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Leon Haywood: "It's Got To Be Mellow" at Freebirds.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 18 January 2019 20:26 (one month ago) Permalink

not that obscure, but i still wasn't expecting to hear the sundays' 'here's where the story ends' in a cvs

mookieproof, Friday, 18 January 2019 22:38 (one month ago) Permalink

that's too much!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 19 January 2019 01:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Bob Seger: "Sunspot Baby" at Walmart.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 19 January 2019 03:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Robin Trower: "Lady Love" at Randall's.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 19 January 2019 19:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Big Star “When My Baby's Beside Me” at Trader Joe’s

john. a resident of evanston. (john. a resident of chicago.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Big Star and The Sundays both lovely and unexpected

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:22 (one month ago) Permalink

I hear that Sundays song in retail situations frequently, always a treat.

spastic heritage, Monday, 21 January 2019 00:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Robert Palmer: "Jealous" at IHOP.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 21 January 2019 00:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Fleetwood Mac: "As Long As You Follow"
John Mellencamp: "Key West Intermezzo"
The Cars: "You Are The Girl"*

All at Denny's.

*Seems like I hear this one more often than almost any other Cars out in the wild.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 25 January 2019 03:27 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Pretenders: "Kid" at Jason's Deli.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 25 January 2019 18:28 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Steve Miller: "Wide River" & English Beat: "Save It For Later" at Randall's.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 26 January 2019 22:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Fastball: "You're An Ocean" at Fuddrucker's

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 28 January 2019 02:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Dead or Alive: "Lover Come Back To Me" and Corinne Bailey Rae: "Put Your Records On" at Randall's.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 03:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ime "Put Your Records On" and "You're an Ocean" both quietly entered standard CVS-and-adjacent rotation some time ago, after their respective periods of exile.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 04:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I've noticed that too. Checked wiki and was genuinely shocked the CBR only made #68 Pop (and #64 on the Hot 100). It was inescapable when it was new.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 05:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It peaked at #6 on Adult Contemporary, which maybe is more revealing. I think she was being pushed through VH1 type channels, so it seems totally natural that she'd be soundtracking drug stores in addition to coffee shops and Barnes & Nobles.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 05:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"Beach Baby" by First Class.

I don't come off well (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Steve Winwood: "Freedom Overspill" at Steak & Shake.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i guess "beach baby" is pretty obscure! i think of it as well-known but i think that's only because of its inclusion in the inescapable SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES commercial from the early 90s. i can't remember the last time i ever heard it out anywhere.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Replacements, "I'll Be You" at Target.

Haven't heard it in the wild since 1989. It was released 30 years ago tomorrow!

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

“Beach Baby”! For a hot second it felt like the most exciting song in the world, ever, to me as an as-yet pretty much contextless kid.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 22:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

T.Rex: "Cosmic Dancer" at Kroger.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 3 February 2019 19:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Tom Petty: "Too Much Ain't Enough" at Kroger.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 05:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Showmen: "39-21-46" at HEB.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 11 February 2019 00:53 (one week ago) Permalink

James Brown: "Get On The Goodfoot" and Kinks: "Waterloo Sunset" at Jack-In-The-Box.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 01:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Bryan Ferry: "Kiss and Tell" at HEB.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 14 February 2019 05:23 (one week ago) Permalink

School of Seven Bells, "Ablaze" at LCBO

jmm, Sunday, 17 February 2019 20:30 (five days ago) Permalink

oh that reminds me of the one time i heard "ilu" by school of seven bells (which i first heard via ilm) at a which wich

dyl, Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:27 (five days ago) Permalink

Fleetwood Mac: "Save Me" (their last Top 40, from '90) at Kroger.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:41 (five days ago) Permalink

By now, I shouldn't be surprised, but hearing freaking "Kiss Me On the Bus" by the Replacements at Kroger was crazy.

I mean, if I heard "I'll Be You" I'd be "Well, strange hearing the Replacements at Kroger, but this was a minor Top 40 hit, I guess."

And if heard "Can't Hardly Wait" - like I did a few months ago - I'd be surprised, but again, it might be the band's most notable song, off a major-label album, at that.

But "Kiss Me On the Bus"? I get that Kroger might be hesitant to play a song called "Bastards of Young" over its P.A. system, but I would've expected to hear "Left of the Dial" or "Hold My Life" before KMotB. And yet, I pretty much would not have expected to hear anything from the Bob Stinson era over those speakers.

If I go in there next week and hear "I'M A CUSTOMER", I'm gonna flip out.

pplains, Monday, 18 February 2019 14:29 (four days ago) Permalink

that would be awesome. i too would flip out if i heard "customer" while i was a customer, anywhere but a record store

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 18 February 2019 14:37 (four days ago) Permalink

Camera Obscura: "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken" at Food 4 Less.

Real Compton City G, Monday, 18 February 2019 21:42 (four days ago) Permalink

haha! i've never heard camera obscura but i know lloyd cole's "are you ready to be heartbroken" and that song title cracks me up

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 18 February 2019 22:58 (four days ago) Permalink


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