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 (five years ago) Permalink

Semisonic: All About Chemistry

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

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

tylerw, Friday, 12 October 2012 00:38 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

suggest butt (Pillbox), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 04:19 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

REM - "All The Way To Reno"

da croupier, Wednesday, 17 October 2012 15:53 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

Anime Mann (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:16 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:20 (four 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 (four 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 (four years ago) Permalink

Heard "Emerge" Fischerspooner at a Florida water-park

Mark G, Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:14 (four years ago) Permalink

https://soundcloud.com/hennessyyoungman/cvsbangers

, Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:21 (four years ago) Permalink

haha thank you, a classic

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

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

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

haha otm

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

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

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

I have heard "Don't Pay the Ferryman" and "House of Stone and Light" at Safeway.

Also Vienna Teng's sublime "Harbor."

bone thugs & prosody (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 25 March 2018 01:06 (four months ago) Permalink

#favoritethread

calstars, Sunday, 25 March 2018 01:22 (four months ago) Permalink

Black Sabbath: "Supernaut" at P.Terry's (Austin burger chain)

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 6 April 2018 04:06 (four months ago) Permalink

...and Pink Floyd: "Fearless"

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 6 April 2018 04:32 (four months ago) Permalink

Heard Heartbeat by Annie again three years after the last time I heard it in the same store, which somehow makes it even weirder.

how's life, Friday, 6 April 2018 10:04 (four months ago) Permalink

Blues Image: "Ride Captain Ride" at Kroger

― ...some of y'all too woke to function (C. Grisso/McCain)

That was a big one when we first started getting oldies format radio stations in California in the mid-'80s.

timellison, Friday, 6 April 2018 19:23 (four months ago) Permalink

Just heard Lightning Seeds "Pure" in Safeway. I was done shopping but stayed till the end.

bone thugs & prosody (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:58 (four months ago) Permalink

"Baker Street" at a weed dispensary followed by "tall cool one" at a grocery store.

BrianB, Friday, 6 April 2018 22:33 (four months ago) Permalink

So I started a new job this week working at a Goodwill retail store and the musical choices are. . . interesting. Most of the time, it's totally nameless/faceless EDM pop garbage, but there's random 70's tune that will occasionally pop up.

― Austin, Friday, May 13, 2016 12:34 AM (one year ago)

I spent ≈ 45 minutes at Goodwill today, and these were some of the songs I heard:

The Smiths - How Soon Is Now
The Smiths - This Charming Man
Duran Duran - Save A Prayer
New Order - The Perfect Kiss
The Ocean Blue - Between Something and Nothing
Depeche Mode - But Not Tonight

..along with some other stuff in the same vein that I didn't recognize/remember. does Goodwill normally divide its programming into themed playlists (by era or style)? they seem to love '80s new wave/janglepop/synthpop, judging by my experience and Austin's posts itt

the yolk sustains us, we eat whites for days (unregistered), Saturday, 14 April 2018 03:29 (four months ago) Permalink

The Rembrandts - "Just the Way It Is, Baby" at Vons.

naus, Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:48 (three months ago) Permalink

man i love that song. that early 90s pre nirvana “modern rock” period had some gems

maura, Sunday, 22 April 2018 23:40 (three months ago) Permalink

Reel Big Fish: "Sell Out" at Kroger.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 3 May 2018 22:24 (three months ago) Permalink

...and Len: "Steal My Sunshine" (which actually kept me in the store for a few minutes).

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 3 May 2018 23:44 (three months ago) Permalink

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by st Etienne at save on

done and dusted (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 00:01 (three months ago) Permalink

"One More Try" by Timmy T at London Drugs. This was #1 in 1991 but it feels obscure today.

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Friday, 4 May 2018 04:44 (three months ago) Permalink

John Mellencamp: "Play Guitar" at Jersey Mike's Subs

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 May 2018 16:43 (three months ago) Permalink

The Band: "The Unfaithful Servant" at Kroger.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 May 2018 02:56 (three months ago) Permalink

Steve Miller: "Space Cowboy" at Kroger (who've stepped up their lesser known tracks game)

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 10 May 2018 04:32 (three months ago) Permalink

Not really obscure but I heard "Wishing Well" in a taqueria yesterday. That song still slays.

let's not talk about the gincident (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 10 May 2018 12:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Correct

Hunt3r, Thursday, 10 May 2018 13:20 (three months ago) Permalink

Sonic Youth: "100%"
Sleater-Kinney: "Turn It On"
Wilco: "I'm A Wheel"
Sly Stone: "I Get High On You"

All at Freebirds

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 19 May 2018 20:15 (three months ago) Permalink

Junior Murvin Police & Thieves (but at Apple store, so I figured I’d get more select stuff- but i’ve not heard that in any public space outside of shows).

Hunt3r, Saturday, 19 May 2018 21:29 (three months ago) Permalink

Rod Stewart: "Baby Jane" and Human League: "Fascination" at KFC

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 20 May 2018 22:26 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Christine McVie: "Got A Hold On Me" at CVS

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 7 June 2018 20:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Not obscure, but somewhat surprising: I heard Kacey Musgraves's "High Horse" in Safeway. Not that surprising as it's a current popular song, but it's weird that it was bookended by things like Christopher Cross and Celine Dion.

I guess the "best mix of the 70s, 80s, and today" format lives on in our nation's supermarkets.

hangry like the wolf (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 7 June 2018 20:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Johnny Burnette & The Rock-'n'-Roll Trio: "The Train Kept-A-Rollin'" at Goodwill.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 11 June 2018 19:28 (two months ago) Permalink

"Istanbul" by TMBG at Kroger.

I'm starting to get that this is like hearing "Red Rubber Ball" by Cyrkle in Otasco Drugs in 1985. You think, wow, this is kinda obscure until you realize that everyone's thinking that.

pplains, Monday, 11 June 2018 20:04 (two months ago) Permalink

i'm trying to remember where i recently heard istanbul, and i was amazed by my 14 y/o saying "huh it's tmbg that's weird i love this."

Hunt3r, Monday, 11 June 2018 20:40 (two months ago) Permalink

"There's No Other Way" at Vons.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:12 (two months ago) Permalink

I guess the "best mix of the 70s, 80s, and today" format lives on in our nation's supermarkets.

I once applied for a job with one of those companies that chooses & licenses songs to create monthly music mixes for retail stores, etc. Seemed like it would be cool...

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:53 (two months ago) Permalink

That is cool. Probably pays shit, though.

incel clown posse (naus), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 06:15 (two months ago) Permalink

…And to contribute to this thread, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – "What I Am" at Smart & Final this past Friday. My coworker who is two years older than me (I'm 35) and has only listened to "alternative rock" radio since the 90s did not recall the song at all.

incel clown posse (naus), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 06:21 (two months ago) Permalink

^^Have thoughts on that which I'll save for later/never share.

Van Morrison: "Alan Watts Blues" at the FedEx Store.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:23 (two months ago) Permalink

My coworker who is two years older than me (I'm 35) and has only listened to "alternative rock" radio since the 90s did not recall the song at all.

To be fair, that song (and, for that matter, the band) completely dropped off the airwaves after 1989.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Not in Texas!

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:27 (two months ago) Permalink

The song anyway...

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Interesting! I have literally never heard it on any radio station (or CVS or grocery store) since 1989, throughout the midwest and northeast. Even the "oldies" station here in upstate NY that plays Bon Jovi and "I've Had The Time Of My Life" doesn't play "What I Am."

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:33 (two months ago) Permalink

I heard that one in Kroger too!

pplains, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:57 (two months ago) Permalink

not a pharmacy, but I heard Teenage Fanclub in Next the other day

kinder, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 01:28 (two months ago) Permalink

I just remembered when I moved to the U.S. I heard Camera Obscura in like every single clothes shop I went in

kinder, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 01:35 (two months ago) Permalink

^^Have thoughts on that which I'll save for later/never share.


Share your thoughts!

incel clown posse (naus), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 02:39 (two months ago) Permalink

I will...soon.

The Wonders: "That Thing You Do!" at Kroger.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 19:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I just remembered when I moved to the U.S. I heard Camera Obscura in like every single clothes shop I went in

"French Navy" got a lot of play at Wendy's when it was first out.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 19:48 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I just heard a Muzak version of "Surf's Up" by The Beach Boys at the Palm Springs airport.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:31 (one month ago) Permalink

D’Lacy Hideaway in a supermarket in Miami Platja, Costa Dorada, Spain cheered me up today

the article don, Thursday, 19 July 2018 23:02 (one month ago) Permalink

"Can't Hardly Wait"
The Replacements
Pleased to Meet Me, 1987
Sire Records

Kroger
North Little Rock, Ark.
July 22, 2018 | 8:52 a.m. CDT

pplains, Sunday, 22 July 2018 16:59 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Just heard "You're An Ocean" by Fastball, which I haven't thought about since 2000.

No organ. (crüt), Monday, 23 July 2018 19:15 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Just remembering this now: I was at a Church's Chicken a few weeks ago, and they had this TV running a "Church's Network" channel that runs PSAs, Movie Trailers, and life style stuff. One of the videos was snowboard highlights reel soundtracked by "Dancing To The Beat" by Clarence Murray, a non-charting Southern Soul swinger from 1969 on the SSS label.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 23 July 2018 19:25 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Rodney Crowell & Roseanne Cash: "It's Such A Small World" at Kroger.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 2 August 2018 04:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

“Hesitating beauty “ fucking wilco

calstars, Monday, 6 August 2018 02:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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