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 (nine years ago) link

Semisonic: All About Chemistry

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

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

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

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

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

REM - "All The Way To Reno"

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

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

Anime Mann (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:16 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) link

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

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

Heard "Emerge" Fischerspooner at a Florida water-park

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

https://soundcloud.com/hennessyyoungman/cvsbangers

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

haha thank you, a classic

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

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

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

haha otm

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

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

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

I wish it were obscure!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 31 May 2021 21:00 (six months ago) link

XP "Super Special Two-For-One Sale On Headbands! Boppa Lula Only Today!"

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 31 May 2021 21:03 (six months ago) link

we got to move these
digiorno's pizzas
we got to move these chef boyardeeeeeees

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Monday, 31 May 2021 21:26 (six months ago) link

“Walk of Life” was playing in the grocery store earlier, and I was enjoying it so much I felt a flash of annoyance when someone cut through on the PA to make an announcement.


Reminds me of when I last heard Talking Heads’ “And She Was,” in a supermarket in Lincoln, NE two years ago. It particularly struck me because the first time I’d heard the song was in a record store in Omaha 34 years earlier. My grooving to this Nebraska/Heads synergy was harshly interrupted by “PHARMACY, CALL ON LINE 2. PHARMACY, LINE 2.”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 00:11 (six months ago) link

I feel like Byrne would appreciate that.

like a d4mn sociopath! (morrisp), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 00:34 (six months ago) link

True story.

peace, man, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 11:23 (six months ago) link

While pumping gas at a Holiday station in rural upper Michigan today I heard Alphabet Street and Electric Avenue back to back which felt very out of place and amazing simultaneously

joygoat, Friday, 4 June 2021 03:16 (six months ago) link

Relevant...

Huge riffs in unexpected places: When I was walking into @LiveCasinoPHL around noon today, "Rock Bottom" by @UFO_rockband came over the sound system! A few hours later they played "Gypsy" by @uriah_heep!

Almost made losing that huge pot with top two against middle set worth it.

— Brian O'Neill (@NYC__Native) June 10, 2021

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 10 June 2021 01:34 (five months ago) link

Waiting for Somebody - Paul Westerberg

― how's life, Saturday, August 13, 2016 6:41 AM (four years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Just got Dyslexic Heart.

peace, man, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 13:55 (five months ago) link

L'Trimm - "Cars That Go Boom" at the garden center

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 19:32 (five months ago) link

the pods that go bloom

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 17 June 2021 11:59 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Lately I feel like I have heard the Kurt Vile version of Box of Rain in grocery stores at least a couple times.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 15:09 (four months ago) link

I’m a bar/restaurant where I just heard 311 “Down” for the first time in about two decades, and I can report that it still slaps

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 13, 2021

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 22:21 (four months ago) link

yesterday I walked past Five Guys in Cambridge, they were playing Jimmy Olsen's Blues by the Spin Doctors, then they played a song I didn't know but which was identifiably by The Nation of Ulysses.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 22:24 (four months ago) link

Five Guys is usually pretty good for eclectic Rock muzak.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 22:36 (four months ago) link

i heard "The Sound" at Vons the other day, i don't think i have heard any 1975's songs in the wild before.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 02:32 (four months ago) link

Yeah, I heard "Kick out the Jams" at a Five Guys once.

I realized what it was before noticing if the "motherfucker" was included but my bet is it was not.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 03:55 (four months ago) link

ALL THE WAY receives only toppings in black, Motherfucker

aging goth couple™ (morrisp), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 04:08 (four months ago) link

"It takes five seconds, five seconds of decision, five seconds to pick your mix at the Coke Freestyle machine!"

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 04:52 (four months ago) link

Kroger had "All Star" playing last night (foisting it on workers twice an hour should be a crime) but I would swear it was remixed or something to be even peppier and more upbeat.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 06:33 (four months ago) link

^^This might not be it, but I read some time ago in Rolling Stone that Smash Mouth had to rerecord parts of it when it to RockBand because the digital multitracks had become corrupted*; iirc, among other things they had redo all the drums as those tracks had all disappeared.

*This was part of a larger article about the vulnerability of digital masters being discovered as more and more tracks from the then-recent past were getting licensed in 5.1 mixes for film and games.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 15:04 (four months ago) link

Of course, it's really probably a "Top 40" radio mix that ultimately didn't have the legs or availability of the regular version.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 15:08 (four months ago) link

DJ MILF's All Whistling and Turntable Work Mix (3:55)

I honk along darkened Bobo-doors (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 15:20 (four months ago) link

<AS HEARD ON MTV'S ROAD RULES>

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 15:35 (four months ago) link

"All Star (Upbeat Version)" by Smash Mouth

pplains, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 19:09 (four months ago) link

"All Star (Clean-Up On Aisle 12 Dub)" by Smash Mouth Ft. DJ Kroger Signature

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 19:32 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en1uwIzI3SE

xzanfar, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 19:34 (four months ago) link

The Hib-Tone Radio Free Europe at Trader Joe's. I dutifully bought an extra bag of Scandinavian Swimmers.

campreverb, Sunday, 18 July 2021 04:16 (four months ago) link

Not obscure or CVS, but our local Giant plays Ex's and Oh's by Elle King probably 1 in 5 times I go there. That song puts me into rough headspace, which has only grown worse since I looked her up and learned that she is Rob Schneider's daughter.

peace, man, Sunday, 18 July 2021 11:40 (four months ago) link

Extended remix of Tom Tom Club's cover of "Under the Boardwalk" in Wawa.

(That's a convenience store for those of you outside the U.S.)

Hideous Lump, Friday, 30 July 2021 16:59 (four months ago) link

You usually find wawa under the boardwalk.

pplains, Friday, 30 July 2021 19:31 (four months ago) link

Disappointingly, there is no WaWa in Mahwah, New Jersey.

Hideous Lump, Friday, 30 July 2021 20:29 (four months ago) link

sounds like a TMBG track

“Love Me,” by Justin Bieber, at Dollar King.

Malibu Cheer Chants Forensics (morrisp), Wednesday, 4 August 2021 03:34 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.spin.com/2021/08/gin-blossoms-alt-rock-saviors/

At a time in my life when the grocery store’s overhead PA system was my lifeline, Gin Blossoms were my alt-rock radio saviors — raining down hard truths about lust masquerading as love as I sat on a milk crate, turning cans so all the labels faced the same direction, always English side out

...

“Hey Jealousy” is a song best heard over a tinny in-store PA, where you can only grasp the high-end of the guitar and the vocals. Many, many years later while test-driving a 2009 Toyota Tacoma, the salesman suggested I turn on the radio to get a feel for the overpriced stereo he was trying to upsell me. “Hey Jealousy” came on immediately, and it felt different with the full range of woofers and tweeters — dulled, despite the broader dynamics, like eating your mom’s homemade pasta in your youth and then years later going to the Olive Garden. Something was lost in the translation.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 19 August 2021 15:18 (three months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Tegan & Sara: "Walking With A Ghost" at James Coney Island.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 16 September 2021 18:21 (two months ago) link

Jethro Tull: "Teacher" at Northern Tool

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 16 September 2021 19:15 (two months ago) link

FB memories reminded me of one of my absolute weirdest pairing of song and restaurant, which happened just a few weeks before this thread was started:

Stone Roses: "Breaking Into Heaven"...at FUDDRUCKERS.

I think the version they played didn't have the intro.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 23 September 2021 05:23 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Swing Out Sister "Waiting Game" at the grocery store just now.

New York Review of Wooks (swim), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 20:02 (one month ago) link

I heard "Waiting Game" at Publix last Saturday.

Today: Breathe's "Say a Prayer."

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 20:04 (one month ago) link

Red Right Hand by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Party City.

Presumably part of some seasonal Halloween playlist. I should have stuck around to see what else they had on, but I just dropped in real quick for a Moana piñata.

― ☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, October 2, 2019 7:50 AM (two years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Had to go in there last week and got the theme song from Demons (1985), which was definitely part of a Halloween playlist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYFP-777t-c

peace, man, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 20:19 (one month ago) link

Ha I heard Killing Moon at Party City a couple of weeks ago

tobo73, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 20:32 (one month ago) link

I had to go to two different Walmarts on Sunday, and--while I heard nothing very obscure--I was a bit delighted that all that I could hear them playing on muzak was '68-'80 R&B. It was like 'Walmart's Soulful Sunday' or something.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 21:41 (one month ago) link

I heard "Waiting Game" at Publix last Saturday.

"Breakout" at Home Depot today!

New York Review of Wooks (swim), Monday, 25 October 2021 21:42 (one month ago) link

“Borrowed Time” by Parquet Courts in Trader Joe’s

JoeStork, Monday, 25 October 2021 21:52 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

"just another dream" by cathy dennis at a pricey health food store/juice bar in south pasadena

donna rouge, Friday, 12 November 2021 23:37 (three weeks ago) link

Target’s got De La Soul’s “Me Myself and I.”

... (Eazy), Sunday, 21 November 2021 21:27 (two weeks ago) link

Jo Boxers: "Just Got Lucky"
The Hooters: "All You Zombies"

At Denny's.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 27 November 2021 14:24 (one week ago) link

I like the fact that I will first hear hit songs from seven years ago in a fabric store three years from now.

— Rachel Lichtman (@rachelichtman) December 5, 2021

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 5 December 2021 18:27 (yesterday) link

Also relevant:

Everyone in CVS when “Steppin’ Out” came on pic.twitter.com/GhiAndT61L

— Rachel Lichtman (@rachelichtman) May 19, 2021

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 5 December 2021 18:35 (yesterday) link


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