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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

haha otm

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

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

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

Gary Wright: "Got The Feelin'" at Randall's

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 23 February 2019 04:48 (one month ago) Permalink

ok where do you live, because i'm not sure i believe you anymore

mookieproof, Saturday, 23 February 2019 04:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Houston-area, many of these come from places in the western 'burbs.

I had to Shazam that Gary Wright, initially thought it was some '80s Rod Stewart thing.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 23 February 2019 06:15 (one month ago) Permalink

hmm

mookieproof, Saturday, 23 February 2019 06:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Mark Lindsay: "Arizona" at Walmart.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 24 February 2019 03:10 (one month ago) Permalink

yesssssss

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 24 February 2019 13:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Guns N' Roses
"Welcome to the Jungle"
Appetite for Destruction
Geffen Records, 1987

KROGER
Dec. 8, 2018 | 2:34 pm CST

― pplains, Saturday, December 8, 2018 5:20 PM (two months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

THIS JUST HAPPENED AT MY USUAL KROGER.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 1 March 2019 02:05 (one month ago) Permalink

i know that song is unlistenable noise, but it's really not that unusual to hear it in a public place. even my city's dull, generic classic hits station that plays virtually the same playlist every single day will spin it

dyl, Friday, 1 March 2019 02:44 (one month ago) Permalink

BUT IN KROGER.

STANDING IN THE CAT FOOD AISLE NEXT TO SOME LADY WHO WAS 37 WHEN THAT SONG CAME OUT.

WE BOTH HEAR A MAN SCREAM OVER THE P.A. "BRING YOU TO YOUR KNEES! I'M GONNA WATCH YOU BLEED!"

HER MOUTH OPENS IN HORROR. THE LIDS ON THE CAT FOOD TINS START RIPPING OPEN BY THEMSELVES, RAZOR BLADES SLICING THROUGH THE AIR.

pplains, Friday, 1 March 2019 03:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Christine McVie - "Love Will Show Us How" at Walgreens

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 2 March 2019 07:00 (one month ago) Permalink

I just heard ‘Change Of Heart’ from Cyndi Lauper’s 2nd album in a shopping plaza in upstate NY. But I was surprised to see that it made it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987.

christopher.ivan, Saturday, 2 March 2019 17:57 (one month ago) Permalink

this is one of my favorite threads

⅋ (crüt), Saturday, 2 March 2019 18:54 (one month ago) Permalink

White Town: "Your Woman" at Kroger.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 4 March 2019 22:39 (one month ago) Permalink

brand new heavies 'dream on dreamer' at CVS

mookieproof, Monday, 4 March 2019 23:59 (one month ago) Permalink

kylie minogue "slow" at the grocery store

(apparently it was a big hit in australia and europe but in the usa it barely charted and i literally never heard it on the radio)

dyl, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 03:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Bananarama: "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'" at Jack In the Box.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Belle & Sebastian: "The Blues Are Still Blue" at Which Wich.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 9 March 2019 21:56 (one month ago) Permalink

X: "Los Angeles" and Mothers of Invention: "Hungry Freaks, Daddy" at Freebirds

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:53 (one month ago) Permalink

RL Burnside: "It's Bad You Know" at Jack In The Box.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:19 (one month ago) Permalink

U2: "Instant Karma!" at Jason's Deli.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 18 March 2019 22:26 (one month ago) Permalink

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

When I moved to the US from UK 10 years ago I heard that EVERYWHERE! In shops. Not on radio or anything.

kinder, Monday, 18 March 2019 22:43 (one month ago) Permalink

^^Same thing w/"French Navy".

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 18 March 2019 23:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Olivia Newton-John's "Twist of Fate" at Wal-Mart.

Do we deserve a second chance
How did we fall into this circumstance
We weren't so straight and narrow
This is much more than we deserve

Irradiated Rosary Beads (I M Losted), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 11:09 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Neko Case: "Man" at Jack In The Box.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:06 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Hilary Duff: "So Yesterday"* & The Band: "The Shape I'm In" at Randall's

Also heard the not as obscure but still totally random Hard Rock selection of "Jailbreak" by Thin Lizzy (Maguire)

*I think this is another one of those tracks that just lives on in in-store audio networks.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:53 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I was working "in radio" when "So Yesterday" was released; I still think about it randomly sometimes (and yes, I think I've also encountered it sporadically in supermarkets, etc. over the intervening years).

What's that Phish song that goes "Bag it, Tag it"? (morrisp), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 20:05 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Slade: "Run Runaway" at Wendy's

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 22 March 2019 19:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sir, this is a Wendy's

What's that Phish song that goes "Bag it, Tag it"? (morrisp), Friday, 22 March 2019 19:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Slade: "Run Runaway" at Wendy's

― a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, March 22, 2019 2:08 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I heard that at Kroger too. Seems like we were just talking about it.*

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*"we were just talking about it" = I was talking about it somewhere on ILX.

pplains, Saturday, 23 March 2019 02:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Such a weird song and video

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 23 March 2019 02:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"These guys wrote 'Cum On Feel the Noize'?"

pplains, Saturday, 23 March 2019 02:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I encountered the video on MTV as a child, and was completely baffled as to why they existed, having no awareness of anything that occurred in music in the 70s.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 23 March 2019 03:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Hollies: "On A Carousel" at Goodwill.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 24 March 2019 21:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sweet: "Little Willy" at HEB.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Robin Trower: "Day of The Eagle" at Randalls

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 29 March 2019 21:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Jason Collett - “These Are The Days” at Whole Foods

john. a resident of evanston. (john. a resident of chicago.), Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sheena Easton's "Telefone" at the same WalMart.

William Wants a Doll (I M Losted), Monday, 1 April 2019 04:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Delta 5: "Mind Your Own Business" at Freebirds.

While there I also heard "On The Run" by Pink Floyd, which sounded really odd out of context.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 19:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Pink: "Feel Good Time" at HEB. First thought it was "Fresh Garbage" due to the sample.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 5 April 2019 01:32 (one week ago) Permalink

oh damn yeah, i haven't heard that in the wild since approximately the week it came out

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 5 April 2019 02:10 (one week ago) Permalink

I just heard Nelson's "Love and Affection" in Shoppers Drug Mart (Canadian equivalent of CVS), which made me think that music really does not die anymore. Also, it sounded like decent power pop. What does Tim think?

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Saturday, 6 April 2019 23:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Kinks: "This Time Tomorrow" at Jack-In-The-Box.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 16:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Franz Ferdinand: "Do You Want To" and Mooney Suzuki: "New York Girls" at Kroger.

No one has thought about the Mooney Suzuki in at least ten years, not even members of the Mooney Suzuki.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 02:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Huey Lewis & The News: "It's Alright" at Walmart.

Used to hear it all the time in stores back in the mid-'90s, and I was today years old when I discovered it came from a Curtis Mayfield tribute album and not from the band's first covers album as I'd previously thought (matters were confused by that LP featuring a modest hit version of "But It's Alright").

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 11 April 2019 20:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Beck, "Sissyneck" at Nordstrom Rack.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 13 April 2019 12:30 (five days ago) Permalink

The Sundays - This is where the story ends - Bed Bath & Beyond

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 07:03 (two days ago) Permalink

I hear that at a lot of stores these days

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 12:15 (two days ago) Permalink


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