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 (eleven years ago) link

Semisonic: All About Chemistry

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

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

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

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

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

REM - "All The Way To Reno"

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

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

Anime Mann (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:16 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) link

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

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

https://soundcloud.com/hennessyyoungman/cvsbangers

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

haha thank you, a classic

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

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

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

haha otm

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

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

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

Beatles "Nowhere Man" in a Harris Teeter, which is obviously far from obscure, but it did make me think about how rarely I hear the Beatles in stores or eateries despite being hugely popular across generations. Is it too expensive to license or something?

Lee626, Thursday, 22 February 2024 06:15 (two months ago) link

Probably just too old? If I'm hearing them in the wild, it's almost always alongside other '60s/'70s music.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 22 February 2024 06:28 (two months ago) link

...and if it's not, then it's one of the big hits mixed in with other Pop hits through the ages.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 22 February 2024 06:39 (two months ago) link

Lee Dorsey: "Do-Ri-Mi"
Gary US Bonds: "Dear Lady Twist"
The Cadillacs: "Nag"
Bob & Earl: "The Harlem Shuffle"
The Toys: "May My Heart Be Cast Into Stone"

All at Dairy Queen

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 24 February 2024 21:03 (one month ago) link

Wow, love that last one… I only know it from the One Kiss box

Sony's Sports Walkman Universe (morrisp), Saturday, 24 February 2024 21:39 (one month ago) link

good dq

a single gunshot and polite applause (Hunt3r), Sunday, 25 February 2024 02:41 (one month ago) link

The Cadillacs and the Toys are so associated with one song each for me, impressed you'd hear something different in a public setting.

clemenza, Sunday, 25 February 2024 02:49 (one month ago) link

Was The Cadillacs song “Naggy Nag”(?) i’m listening to it now… It sounds like a rip-off of “Yakety Yak”?

Sony's Sports Walkman Universe (morrisp), Sunday, 25 February 2024 03:12 (one month ago) link

(Looks like The Cadillacs also did “Buzz Buzz Buzz,” but I guess the Hollywood Flames version must be the most well-known…)

Sony's Sports Walkman Universe (morrisp), Sunday, 25 February 2024 03:14 (one month ago) link

(to be clear, the main Cadillacs song I knew was “Speedoo”)

Sony's Sports Walkman Universe (morrisp), Sunday, 25 February 2024 03:17 (one month ago) link

Looking harder, I think this was the Halos' original version of "Nag". I googled it at the time and came up with the Cadillacs.

Ah, looks like that’s a different song (interestingly, this fellow J.R. Bailey was in both the Halos and the Cadillacs)

Sony's Sports Walkman Universe (morrisp), Sunday, 25 February 2024 04:41 (one month ago) link

Huh, looks like the Halos were also the guys backing up Curtis Lee on “Pretty Little Angel Eyes.”

Sony's Sports Walkman Universe (morrisp), Sunday, 25 February 2024 04:47 (one month ago) link

..."Who Put The Bomp..."!

Bass Singer Arthur Crier's grandson is Keith Sweat!

"Who Put The Bomp..." too!, I meant.

The employees in the costco tire department were cranking the shit out of "break my stride" the other day

joygoat, Monday, 26 February 2024 17:59 (one month ago) link

soemthing about those synths and that driving beat made it a popular one on the 80s nights at the local club here, like people would yell during it

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Monday, 26 February 2024 19:04 (one month ago) link

have always felt that somewhere in 1983 electric avenue was supposed to choke out break my stride for fucking EVER, but somehow bms survived and here we are.

a single gunshot and polite applause (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 27 February 2024 01:08 (one month ago) link

Wilder ended up producing No Doubt.

If you gotta blame somebody.

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 27 February 2024 01:37 (one month ago) link

“the sound” by the 1975, at rite aid

ivy., Tuesday, 27 February 2024 16:55 (one month ago) link

The right aid imo

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 27 February 2024 17:02 (one month ago) link

Dionne Warwick - “you’re gonna need me” in Home Depot

brimstead, Tuesday, 27 February 2024 23:58 (one month ago) link

need her in home depot right now, been sitting in aisle 6 for ten minutes

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 28 February 2024 16:11 (one month ago) link

Favourite coffee shop, right now: "Radio Free Europe." (LZ's "Rock and Roll" before that, but I hear that a lot.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 28 February 2024 18:13 (one month ago) link

I hear "Losing My Religion" constantly out in the world, making me dislike a song I've always disliked even more. I never hear "Radio Free Europe."

clemenza, Wednesday, 28 February 2024 18:15 (one month ago) link

Sting: "Love Is The Seventh Wave" at HEB

I heard "Field of Gold" at Home Depot recently.

Sent me back to those months working at Liquor Depot in 1994. How that one, Billy Joel's "The River of Dreams" and Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" just rotated with each other, over and over and over and over again. Certain songs that when I play them back in my head, I only hear them through shitty retail P.A. speakers.

"Stuck On You" by Lionel Ritchie another one. That played all summer long at the waterslide, interrupted occasionally by "PURPLE MATS, ALL PURPLE MATS MUST BE RETURNED AT THE FRONT."

pplains, Thursday, 7 March 2024 15:01 (one month ago) link

purple mats is a good band name at least, forgetting the trauma. altho i guess it sounds like a replacements trib act, which would be very risky to perform properly

... 2024-- there's one clear winner! (Hunt3r), Thursday, 7 March 2024 15:08 (one month ago) link

Purple Mats: A Tribute To Prince *And* The Replacements

Is there a count ceiling? That’s almost 1000! Well done.

Just hears Right Place Wrong Time Dr John at King Soopers. I dont know if obscure. But it was backed up by v v not obscure Horse w No Name, then v v v v v not obscure Mr Bluesky (extended mix). I think the ELO lasted 15 mins.

Hmm now Joan Jett. HMfLY

... 2024-- there's one clear winner! (Hunt3r), Friday, 8 March 2024 21:58 (one month ago) link

stars are stars- eatb at torchys

fuck i dont care if it was a single anywhere and i dont care if it’s on torchy’s spotify clone targeting my demo— this owned, i regret nothing

... 2024-- there's one clear winner! (Hunt3r), Thursday, 14 March 2024 18:56 (one month ago) link

Oldies Dairy Queen again:

Impalas: "I'm Sorry (I Ran The Whole Way Home)"
Stompers: "Quarter To Four Stomp"
Buddy Holly: "Well…All Right"

Never heard of that middle one; "Well...All Right" one of Holly's best.

clemenza, Saturday, 23 March 2024 21:40 (four weeks ago) link

I hadn't either. According to the shot of the 45 label in this YouTube, they were an act from the stable of writer/producer Gary S. Paxton of "Ally Oop" and Skip & Flip fame.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n95hdb7RKkI

According to the trivia buffs in the YT comments, a pre-"Monster Mash" Bobby "Boris" Pickett was a Stomper.

Paxton's Wiki page is a trip. Some pearls:

His work throughout this early-1960s period is scattered over various labels, mostly his own, which he seemed to open and close on a constant basis, making regular use of the five studios he owned. Over the years, Paxton built a reputation as an eccentric figure in the recording industry. Brian Wilson was known to admire his talents, and Phil Spector to fear him. His creativity and knack for promotion were legendary, but could also run to excess: once, after a local radio station dismissed one of his records ("Elephant Game (Part One)" by Renfro & Jackson) as "too black", he assembled a protest parade down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, consisting of 15 cheerleaders and a live elephant pulling a Volkswagen convertible. He was arrested after the elephant got scared and began to defecate in the street.

...

On December 29, 1980, Paxton was shot three times by hitmen (allegedly) hired by Vern Gosdin, a country singer he was producing, putting him out of the music world for eight years and nearly ending his life. After the trial, he visited the men in prison and forgave them.

...

Appearing on his gospel album covers in a halo of facial hair and a tall-top cowboy hat, Paxton infused his religious work with the same eccentricity, individuality, and hippie humor that had characterized his 60s material in Los Angeles: acting the role of the Jesus freak, likening himself to "an armpit in the body of Christ", and crafting song titles like "When the Meat Wagon Comes for You", "Will There Be Hippies in Heaven?", "I'm a Fool for Christ (Whose Fool Are You?)", and "Jesus Is My Lawyer in Heaven".

Not exactly obscure, but a bit unexpected: my local Food Bazaar was blasting "Fight For Your Right to Party" a few weeks ago.

obvious, Sunday, 24 March 2024 01:06 (four weeks ago) link

I heard this thing at Publix:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2REh2XpwDo

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 24 March 2024 01:11 (four weeks ago) link

My friend just posted on FB about hearing "Take Your Mama" by Scissor Sisters AT WHATABURGER

WTFBURGER

...and now he just posted about hearing "Had A Dad" at the washateria.

...and now I'm hosting a pub quiz at a BBQ joint, and as I come in they're playing "Parklife"!

*What is going on today?*

Psychedelic Tyme @ Goodwill

Amboy Dukes: "Journey To The Center of The Mind"
Electric Prunes: "Get Me To The World On Time"
Donovan: "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
Zombies: "I Want You Back Again"

And also:

Junior Walker & The All-Stars: "(I'm A) Road Runner"

the good thing- talking heads
at torchys again and it’s v clear i should never list things from this non-cvs again, they have a gen-x streaming svc channel. but it is soooo good lol.

so this is my final torchys listing :-/

schrodingers cat was always cool (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 3 April 2024 21:50 (two weeks ago) link

Streaming channels are perfectly fine. More places use them than one would think.

Buncha OMD at Dairy Queen. Standouts were "Secret" and "Maid of Orleans" (demo).

I'm glad someone out there's playing the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

clemenza, Friday, 12 April 2024 21:53 (one week ago) link

(Plagiarizing a joke I helped originate 31 years ago.)

clemenza, Friday, 12 April 2024 21:54 (one week ago) link

Target:

Bobby Womack: "It's Party Time"

Ace Hardware- 18 Alice Cooper

i need guidance to rate its obscurity, maybe i’m being distracted by how odd it seemed to me.

schrodingers cat was always cool (Hunt3r), Sunday, 14 April 2024 04:28 (one week ago) link


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