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 (eight years ago) link

Semisonic: All About Chemistry

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

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

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

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

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

REM - "All The Way To Reno"

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

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

Anime Mann (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:16 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (six years ago) link

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

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

Fran Healy has a beautiful voice

brimstead, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 20:44 (seven months ago) link

That’s his name right?

brimstead, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 20:44 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

Sunday morning at a Washington, DC Walmart: Re-Flex, "The Politics of Dancing."

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Monday, 15 June 2020 00:38 (four months ago) link

Half Price Books was playing “Let Me In” by The Sensations while I was browsing today. Great obscure oldie.

Album Moods: Rambunctious; Snide (Dan Peterson), Monday, 15 June 2020 03:00 (four months ago) link

I was at a Half-Price some time ago, where I heard the Peter Noone version of "Oh! You Pretty Things".

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 15 June 2020 03:15 (four months ago) link

Checking a note on my phone, I see I heard "Your Imagination" by Hall & Oates and "That Girl Could Sing" by Jackson Browne at Beck's Prime last month.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 15 June 2020 03:21 (four months ago) link

I did not know there was such a thing!

Album Moods: Rambunctious; Snide (Dan Peterson), Monday, 15 June 2020 03:22 (four months ago) link

Xp

Album Moods: Rambunctious; Snide (Dan Peterson), Monday, 15 June 2020 03:22 (four months ago) link

I think it was one of Noone's first singles after leaving the Hermits.

https://www.zeroto180.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Peter-Noone-45b.jpg

This pic is in the Hunky Dory CD booklet:

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/90/52/d8/9052d8addc7788716f36ce868492249d.jpg

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 15 June 2020 03:40 (four months ago) link

lol wow.

love "Let Me In" - a favorite on the Chess Records rock-n-roll compilation I grew up with. Wee-ooh!

Doctor Casino, Monday, 15 June 2020 11:29 (four months ago) link

At our local deli / supermarket my daughter and I were disconcerted to hear Harvey Danger "Flagpole Sitta" - fans of Peep Show will understand

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 15 June 2020 11:44 (four months ago) link

My sister told me she heard "Kid Charlemagne" at Walmart today.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 18 June 2020 03:21 (four months ago) link

Clean this mess up here in Aisle 28,
Those tube socks and the bait.
Just get it all out of here.

pplains, Thursday, 18 June 2020 03:32 (four months ago) link

Is There Cash On The Card?
Yes, There's Cash On The Card!
Then I Think I'll Treat Myself To This King-Size Candy Bar

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 18 June 2020 04:17 (four months ago) link

*i know it do not qualify as obscure in at all a strict sense but i smiled and dug*

Sweet “Little Willy” at Floor and Decor.

i suspect all the other fucking olds buying tile knew it. but only maybe.

inveterate practitioner of antisocial distancing (Hunt3r), Sunday, 21 June 2020 00:42 (four months ago) link

Nine Days: "Absolutely (The Story of A Girl)" at Kroger.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 21 June 2020 22:54 (four months ago) link

In my FB memories today I see I posted 9 years ago about hearing "Airbag" by Radiohead at Carl's Jr.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 5 July 2020 21:35 (three months ago) link

in the next world war
in a jack-knifed Jack In The Box

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 5 July 2020 21:58 (three months ago) link

Duran Duran "My Own Way" at Petco

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 12 July 2020 17:59 (three months ago) link

obviously not obscure, but for a while there i was hearing 'come on eileen' every time i went into cvs. now it's 'ride like the wind'

mookieproof, Sunday, 12 July 2020 20:49 (three months ago) link

For me it was "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" or "Mad About You". Also within that time frame that was happening I was stuck at a Kroger for a couple hours one time and heard both "Heaven Is..." AND "Circle In The Sand", so (for awhile anyway) Belinda Carlisle made the world go round.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 12 July 2020 22:12 (three months ago) link

Just bought a new cat litter box to the tune of Nik Kershaw’s ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’ at Petco!

christopher.ivan, Monday, 13 July 2020 00:15 (three months ago) link

obviously not obscure, but for a while there i was hearing 'come on eileen' every time i went into cvs. now it's 'ride like the wind'

― mookieproof, Sunday, July 12, 2020 3:49 PM bookmarkflaglink

Heard that at CVS yesterday! If you heard someone doing the Michael McDonald parts from the greeting card aisle, that was meeeeeeee!

pplains, Monday, 13 July 2020 00:21 (three months ago) link

wish someone would play the Saxon version of the latter.

I hear that sometimes Satan wants to defund police (Neanderthal), Monday, 13 July 2020 01:39 (three months ago) link

Burger place w/a CSNY Pandora yielded:

Led Zeppelin: "That's The Way"
CSNY: "4+20"
Cat Stevens: "Oh Very Young"

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 19 July 2020 22:50 (three months ago) link

booker t + the mg's — 'time is tight' in stater bros

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 20 July 2020 03:20 (three months ago) link

Chvrches: "Get Out" at Kroger.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 August 2020 22:29 (two months ago) link

have just heard 'space age love song' by a flock of seagulls in stater brothers and it reminded what an absolutely gorgeous song it is.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 6 August 2020 00:46 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

The wonderful Incapable by Roisin Murphy at Argos, Silverburn, Glasgow

the article don, Friday, 28 August 2020 08:35 (two months ago) link

10-ish years ago, I was getting an MRI to confirm whether or not I had a brain tumor (yes, benign pituitary adenoma). They let you listen to the radio station of your choice on headphones made of plastic tubes like they use to have on airplanes. I put on WFMU and, as a good omen, the first song was Buzzcocks' "Harmony in My Head."

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 29 August 2020 06:53 (two months ago) link

Glad you recovered, um, Hideous Lump.

pplains, Saturday, 29 August 2020 13:47 (two months ago) link

amazing story. hilarious and heartwarming. thank you for sharing.

my contribution for today: overheard a mother mildly complaining to her daughter about having to wear a mask in the grocery store on wednesday afternoon. daughter (i'm guessing 12-13) says something like, "well mom, wearing it is for everybody's health." cue the impressions "keep on pushin." i just started laughing because it was so perfect.

this is one of the most underrated threads on ilx, imo.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 29 August 2020 15:30 (two months ago) link

yeah wow HL, that's amazing. and glad it's turned out okay!

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 29 August 2020 16:19 (two months ago) link

i once worked in an office building in a shopping center with piped-in music, and when I stepped outside after my last day they were playing "Good Riddance" by Green Day

trapped out the barndo (crüt), Saturday, 29 August 2020 17:31 (two months ago) link

I hope Skid Row's "Get the Fuck Out" plays when I leave mine

pass the cur's dossier (Neanderthal), Saturday, 29 August 2020 17:42 (two months ago) link

Hospital for heart surgery (not for me), radio playing a song with the chorus 'I will mend your heart'.

kinder, Saturday, 29 August 2020 18:23 (two months ago) link

As a side note, the name "Hideous Lump" predated the tumor. So it's not gallows humor, just a dark coincidence.

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 30 August 2020 06:53 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

"the fez" by the dan at home depot.

BrianB, Sunday, 13 September 2020 23:12 (one month ago) link

a couple of weeks ago i heard "hey nineteen" playing at a mccormick and schmicks i was walking past.

visiting, Sunday, 13 September 2020 23:24 (one month ago) link

that was at least a hit! "the fez" is a darned good one for this thread tho.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 13 September 2020 23:55 (one month ago) link

"The Fez" is indeed impressive

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 14 September 2020 02:24 (one month ago) link

Stop and Shop in Glen Cove, Long Island is playing Pure by the Lightning Seeds (obscure enough this side of the pond).

Deflatormouse, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 01:17 (one month ago) link

"heartbeat" by taana gardner heard at trader joe's.

visiting, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 03:50 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

"Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones after the medical clinic put my call on hold - "It's not easy facing up, when your whole world is black"

aworks, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:30 (one week ago) link


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