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 (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

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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

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

mookieproof, Friday, 22 November 2019 22:15 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 (one month ago) link

Good Lord.

pplains, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 13:21 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

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

pplains, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 20:24 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

The Replacements: "I Will Dare" at Randall's.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 21:18 (one month ago) link

Love Will Tear Us Apart at a Smith's grocery store

"Third of the Storms" Jazz (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 12 December 2019 02:06 (one month ago) link

Gorillaz: "On Melancholy Hill" at Target.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 12 December 2019 15:39 (one month ago) link

Speaking of incongruous music at CVS .

Alex in NYC, Thursday, 12 December 2019 15:55 (one month ago) link

Pfft, I mean, yeah. Anyone can tell you that while Walgreens is your place for ambient and trance, their industrial section has been pilthy for years.

pplains, Thursday, 12 December 2019 16:43 (one month ago) link

There's a CVS I'm in sometimes that has $5.99 CDs like that. IIRC, according to their barcode stickers, they date back to 2006-8. Mostly catalogue stuff: Diana Ross' Diana; Robin Trower's Bridge of Sighs; The Rod Stewart Album.

They've also got a batch of new release DVDs that are just as old--Indiana Jones & The Crystal Skull for $25.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:04 (one month ago) link

My local supermarket, back when I lived in Western Mass, had a small, cheap CD section in the late '00s. One day I found two -- TWO! -- John Coltrane live discs that I'd never see nor heard of before. They were kinda bootleg-looking, and presumably recorded from radio broadcasts, but one had what instantly became one of my all-time favorite Coltrane pieces.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:21 (one month ago) link

I Heart Radio's Christmas music channel, playing in the halls here at work, just played Squeeze "Christmas Day."

References to Morecambe and Wise will mean nothing to 99% of the people here.

Hideous Lump, Friday, 13 December 2019 16:09 (one month ago) link

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

...and again at Lowe's.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 13 December 2019 19:27 (one month ago) link

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

Hideous Lump, Friday, 13 December 2019 19:34 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

David Crosby - "Hero"

100 Percent That Grinch (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 22:49 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 weeks ago) link

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

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 28 December 2019 17:50 (three weeks 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 weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

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

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

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

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 14:05 (five days ago) link

Crowded House - Fall at your feet - community centre bathroom

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

fastball "you're an ocean" - taco bell

dyl, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 03:41 (four days ago) link

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

― Larry Elleison (rogermexico.),

Wow!

calstars, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 03:44 (four days ago) link

heard Prince's "Strollin'" just yesterday!

papa stank (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 03:44 (four days ago) link

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

papa stank (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 03:45 (four days 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 (yesterday) link

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

papa stank (Neanderthal), Saturday, 18 January 2020 05:12 (yesterday) link


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