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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) link

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

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

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

Heard "Emerge" Fischerspooner at a Florida water-park

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

https://soundcloud.com/hennessyyoungman/cvsbangers

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

haha thank you, a classic

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

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

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

haha otm

goole, Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:39 (six 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

4 hours later, I Heart Radio just played Squeeze again.

Hideous Lump, Friday, 13 December 2019 19:34 (three months ago) link

i heard a goddam andrew thomas kompakt pop ambient deep cut at half price books, it was weird

brimstead, Friday, 13 December 2019 23:35 (three months ago) link

David Crosby - "Hero"

100 Percent That Grinch (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 22:49 (three months ago) link

have just heard julia fucking holter in the dentist's office. hell yes.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 18 December 2019 00:43 (three months ago) link

Father John Misty: "Total Entertainment Forever" at Taco Bell.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 19 December 2019 19:45 (three months ago) link

“Really Sayin Something” Bananarama and FB3 in the Xmas return line at Kohls.

and i approve this message (Hunt3r), Friday, 27 December 2019 16:02 (three months ago) link

Scritti Politti "Perfect Way" in At Home: The Home Decor Superstore

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 28 December 2019 17:50 (three months ago) link

Hope you and your teen friends played along to an 80s montage of wackiness, like wearing lampshades, playing throw pillows like drums with spatulas and "framing" each other.

pplains, Saturday, 28 December 2019 22:44 (three months ago) link

Ran into either a curated playlist or Pandora channel for Morris Day at Dairy Queen:

"Color of Success"
"The Walk"
"The Character"
"The Oak Tree"

And some other stuff before something switched for:

The Spinners: "Love Don't Love Nobody"

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 3 January 2020 01:21 (three months ago) link

Richie Valens: "Bony Maronie" at KFC.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 6 January 2020 20:22 (three months ago) link

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: "Stop" at Pepperoni's.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 19:09 (two months ago) link

The Shadows of Knight's "Gloria," followed immediately by Joe Cocker's "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" at the supermarket yesterday.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:11 (two months ago) link

"Don't try to live your life in one day" by Howard Jones at a local farm-market kind of place (which I had forgotten existed) followed by "Transmission" by Joy Division (which I had not forgotten about but was confused to hear in that setting).

"Thunder Island" at a fresh thyme market which I had to google because I've heard it many times but had no idea who did it and apparently the same guy wrote the theme song to the Office

joygoat, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:38 (two months ago) link

...and was also the lead singer for somewhat obscure 60s/70s rock bands Spirit and JoJo Gunne.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 21:00 (two months ago) link

“Someday, Someway,” by Marshall Crenshaw, at Target.

Don’t yell ‘Judas!’ in a crowded theater (morrisp), Saturday, 11 January 2020 06:31 (two months ago) link

Ghost: “He Is” at McCarran International Airport, Terminal D

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 14:05 (two months ago) link

Crowded House - Fall at your feet - community centre bathroom

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 02:06 (two months ago) link

fastball "you're an ocean" - taco bell

dyl, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 03:41 (two months ago) link

Ghost: “He Is” at McCarran International Airport, Terminal D

― Larry Elleison (rogermexico.),

Wow!

calstars, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 03:44 (two months ago) link

heard Prince's "Strollin'" just yesterday!

papa stank (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 03:44 (two months ago) link

wasn't a CVS though, it was a Target!

papa stank (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 03:45 (two months ago) link

Ghost: “He Is” at McCarran International Airport, Terminal D

― Larry Elleison (rogermexico.),

Wow!


lmao I don’t know what an aural double-take looks like but I def did one

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 18 January 2020 04:11 (two months ago) link

Is it possible the music player person didn't know who the "He" was

papa stank (Neanderthal), Saturday, 18 January 2020 05:12 (two months ago) link

INXS: "Listen Like Thieves" at McDonald's.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 19 January 2020 13:50 (two months ago) link

At Pennsy Food Hall next to Madison Square Garden, prior to a Billy Joel show, amongst a steady stream of big '70s hits by Stevie Wonder & Paul Simon, came E.L.O.'s "Last Train to London."

Hideous Lump, Monday, 27 January 2020 05:02 (two months ago) link

A twofer at Safeway today...
First, Semisonic's lesser known, but just as good "Closing Time" followup "Singing in my Sleep"

Secondly, Counting Crows' "Einstein on the Beach (For An Eggman)".
I don't think I'd heard it in a good 15 years, yet that "The world begins to disappear" hook was still etched deep inside my brain.
Strangely, I always thought this was one of their biggest hits as I recalled hearing it played frequently on the radio years after its initial release. But after quick googling, it looks like it was a brief #1 on modern rock at the time which didn't cross over in the slightest to any other format. The single's page on RateYourMusic has 0 reviews and 20-something ratings. Even on Spotify, it doesn't seem to make it even into their top 30 most played songs. "Mr. Jones" alone has roughly 150x more plays than "Einstein on the Beach"....

gregorianpants, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 10:16 (two months ago) link

"Singing In My Sleep" has become quite the supermarket jam.

Today at Five Guy's:

Lynyrd Skynyrd: "Double Trouble"
The Clash: "Janie Jones"
Franz Ferdinand: "Right Action"

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 10 February 2020 21:27 (one month ago) link

Ben Lee: "Catch My Disease" at Kroger.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 13 February 2020 20:47 (one month ago) link

"ring the alarm" by tenor saw at chipotle, notable because i think i heard it there like many years ago. they still got it.

in a mellow, balmy way (Hunt3r), Friday, 14 February 2020 04:30 (one month ago) link

The Cult “Wild Flower” at Nordstrom Rack

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Friday, 14 February 2020 19:16 (one month ago) link

I thought I had posted this before, it was quite a while ago I heard The Slits' version of "Grapevine" at Chipotle. There's definitely some hipsters programming the music there. xp

A perfect transcript of a routine post (Dan Peterson), Friday, 14 February 2020 20:02 (one month ago) link

I was quite surprised to hear "Wrong Impression" by Natalie Imbruglia at my local grocery store in Atlanta, GA.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Friday, 14 February 2020 21:09 (one month ago) link

Oldies at McDonald's, seemingly the most obscure being The Dixie Cups: "People Say" & Eddie Cochran: "Cut Across Shorty".

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:15 (one month ago) link

Maybe not too obscure, but definitely inappropriate on an unseasonably warm Saturday morning: "Don't Cry Out Loud" by Melissa Manchester at the Strack and van Til (local very nice yuppie) supermarket.

Here I Sit, Buns a FleXor, Givin' Birth to Another... (I M Losted), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 11:28 (one month ago) link

Also, "Wildfire", where there came a killing frost while buying gardening supplies at the Ace Hardware. That song makes me want to stick my head in an oven. It did in the seventies.

Here I Sit, Buns a FleXor, Givin' Birth to Another... (I M Losted), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 11:29 (one month ago) link

Hillary Duff: "So Yesterday" at Kroger.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 5 March 2020 04:51 (one month ago) link

Ariana Grande - “Baby I” at Trader Joe’s.

Panic! At The Costco (morrisp), Saturday, 7 March 2020 18:45 (one month ago) link

Travis: "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" at Which Wich.

I also went to this big outdoor flea market, and amongst the radio stuff, Hip Hop, and Tejano being blasted in booths, I heard "Blue Jeans" by Lana Del Rey.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 9 March 2020 04:13 (four weeks ago) link

I kind of wish I lived in a place where Travis was obscure

kinder, Monday, 9 March 2020 18:16 (four weeks ago) link

(That wasn't supposed to sound like a dig at you C.G/McC!)

kinder, Monday, 9 March 2020 18:16 (four weeks ago) link

Haha

Come to America then, where we only know them as Jim & Pam's favorite band!

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 9 March 2020 18:43 (four weeks ago) link

It does cross my mind from time to time about how some CVS obscurities are actually huge records overseas.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 9 March 2020 18:44 (four weeks ago) link

weird, i was thinking about "why does it always rain on me" the other day. it got like, two or three weeks of trial airplay on US alternative radio and cracked the top 40 of a couple of airplay charts, but was really out of step with the direction pretty much any american radio format was headed at the time. i can my remember my mom doing mocking, voice-cracking impressions of the sad-sack chorus.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 03:01 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah, and we already had Matchbox 20 to deal with.

The Crusaders: "Street life" at Schlotzsky's.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 20:28 (three weeks ago) link

Fran Healy has a beautiful voice

brimstead, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 20:44 (three weeks ago) link

That’s his name right?

brimstead, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 20:44 (three weeks ago) link

When I was 17 I visited some relatives in England and my uncle took me to a dark dank rock club somewhere.. I was crestfallen when ALL the fucking bands sounded like matchbox 20/eve 6 etc is was horrible

brimstead, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 20:46 (three weeks ago) link

Fran Healy is his name.

One of the other Travis dude's is married to Kelly McDonald.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 20:50 (three weeks ago) link

On further research, I see it was the bass player, and they've been separated since 2017.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 20:53 (three weeks ago) link

Jeff Healy Band: "Stuck In The Middle With You" (yeah, that one) at Randall's.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 20 March 2020 01:55 (two weeks ago) link


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