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

suddenly last summer by the motels -- at CVS

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Sunday, 5 May 2019 01:18 (one month ago) Permalink

"want you back" by haim in a walgreens earlier tonight (by the standards of this thread the entire haim discography should be considered obscure)

dyl, Sunday, 5 May 2019 03:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Obscurities of The Future!

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 5 May 2019 03:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Apropos of nothing, but I made a DQ run earlier this evening and heard "Enola Gay" there again.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 5 May 2019 03:56 (one month ago) Permalink

R.E.M. "Radio Free Europe" in the Sprouts market tonight.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 6 May 2019 09:09 (one month ago) Permalink

JD McPherson: "Precious" and Chris Hillman: "Here She Comes Again" at Jack-In-The-Box.

Tom Petty: "A Face In The Crowd" at Fry's.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 20:29 (one month ago) Permalink

JJ Cale & Eric Clapton: "Ride The River"
Yo La Tengo: "Friday I'm In Love"
10,000 Maniacs: "Candy Everybody Wants"

All at Jack-In-The-Box.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:36 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm right by a jack-in-the-box and tempted to poke my head inside and see what's playing. But then I remembered that I've already made a mental note that this Jitb plays only the worst music.

rip van wanko, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Level 42's "Lessons in Love" at Publix.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:51 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.mixcloud.com/TOLKIENBLACK/cvs-bangers/

akm, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 17:25 (one month ago) Permalink

I had lunch at IHOP the other day. Usually at this one it's straight Top 40 Muzak, but for reason that day it was smooth Contemporary R&B fuck jams. I Shazam'd these two:

Glenn Lewis: "Make Love"
Jazmine Sullivan: "Let It Burn"

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 17 May 2019 18:09 (one month ago) Permalink

"for some reason"

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 17 May 2019 18:09 (one month ago) Permalink

My local Dairy Queen must use an OMD Pandora channel for Muzak, because I dropped in for an Orange Julius and heard both "Sailing On The Seven Seas" and "Pandora's Box" in the 15 or so minutes I was there.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 20 May 2019 23:07 (one month ago) Permalink

the litany of middle America chain retail outlets you patronize is impressive

husserl gang (rip van wanko), Monday, 20 May 2019 23:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Glenn Lewis: "Make Love"
Jazmine Sullivan: "Let It Burn"

Interesting/unfortunate thematic progression there, chronology-wise

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Monday, 20 May 2019 23:09 (one month ago) Permalink

i hear "let it burn" on the radio still every so often. it's recent enough that despite not being a hit outside its format i wouldn't call it obscure at all

dyl, Monday, 20 May 2019 23:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Chicago: "Alive Again" at Fuddruckers

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 25 May 2019 01:30 (one month ago) Permalink

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tandoor vittles (unregistered), Monday, 27 May 2019 17:41 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Donald Fagen’s “What a shame about Me” at
Coney Island

calstars, Monday, 27 May 2019 18:58 (four weeks ago) Permalink

That's actually the Dan, from Two Against Nature. That's going Deep!

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 27 May 2019 19:07 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Sheryl Crow: "Summer Day"* and Spoon: "Can I Sit Next To You" (live) at Jack-In-The-Box.

*Feel like I hear this alot in the wild, a Lenny Kravitz-y flop single from her Soul Music album.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 21:34 (four weeks ago) Permalink

heart, 'nothin' at all' at gourmet fresh

mookieproof, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 22:42 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Los Lonely Boys: "Diamonds" at Taco Bell.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 June 2019 20:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

“Starlight,” by Taylor Swift, in CVS.

(This track was not one of the seven (7) U.S. singles from Red.)

Theodor Adorno, perhaps the greatest philosopher alive today (morrisp), Friday, 7 June 2019 03:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Robert Forster: "2541" and Elton John: "Grey Seal" at Jack-In-The-Box.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 18:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Earlier today in Morrisons: 'Too Much Time' by Captain Beefheart

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 18:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Little Feat: "Two Trains" and Eric Clapton: "Bad Love" at a pizza place.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 14 June 2019 02:31 (one week ago) Permalink

The Stampeders: "Sweet City Woman" at Walmart.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 16 June 2019 03:27 (one week ago) Permalink

is that obscure at this point? sad if so, wonderful single. as with "beach baby" way upthread my brain refuses to accept that anything featured in the sounds of the seventies TV commercial could possibly be obscure twenty-five years later....

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 16 June 2019 13:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Well, I'd say it's fairly obscure. I never heard it much as an Oldie (same goes for "Beach Baby"). It just kind of faded away?

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

i buy that - pretty much all early 70s light pop bands/songs, however big, have ended up without a radio home for a while now. see also the three dog night thread. CVS and movie soundtracks might be their only hope.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 16 June 2019 21:06 (one week ago) Permalink

I’ve definitely heard “Sweet City Woman” on the radio in the past decade, and many more times in the decade before that.

thewufs, Sunday, 16 June 2019 21:28 (one week ago) Permalink

I’ve heard it on the radio many times over the last 2-3 years, largely due to discovering a better-than-average oldies station. But I didn’t know the name of the song (or band) until just now.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 16 June 2019 22:03 (one week ago) Permalink

pretty much all early 70s light pop bands/songs, however big, have ended up without a radio home for a while now

I heard Olivia Newton John's "If You Love Me Let Me Know" in a pizza restaurant yesterday and was thinking about this. Olivia and Anne Murray were huge in their day, yet I don't hear that kind of soft pop much any more.

confusementalism (Dan Peterson), Monday, 17 June 2019 14:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Anne Murray isn't exactly party music, so why would you play it in a pizza place?

Speaking of inappropriate music, I heard this at Walgreen's. Because when I'm picking up medication for a serious medical condition, I need to hear this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0UXsl_5fdA

Bunny Boiler Alert (I M Losted), Monday, 17 June 2019 15:20 (one week ago) Permalink

i don't have any good hand-wavy social theory explanation as to why, but music that was considered adult contemporary at the time of its release tends to have a poor shot at ending up on classic hits stations decades later, i think. such stations are starting to mine the 90s for material in recent years, and even at-the-time modestly successful alt rock hits seem to be much more likely to get onto the playlists than veritably major successes by, say, celine dion. it's like our cultural memory refuses to allow some of these songs to remain representatives of the era they partly defined. (either that or there's unacknowledged bias among those who program such stations. perhaps both.)

dyl, Monday, 17 June 2019 15:23 (one week ago) Permalink

lol. Olivia was sandwiched between "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" and some other Motown hit, which made it stand out even more, but that was also the way pop radio sounded in the mid 70s. xp

confusementalism (Dan Peterson), Monday, 17 June 2019 15:26 (one week ago) Permalink

totally spitballing here but could these shifts also be demographic in nature? i'm not sure exactly who made up celine dion's buying audience in the 90s, certainly it would have included some teens (especially after titanic obv), but i imagine she was mostly selling to adults, who have maybe now aged out of the big target demographics for whoever is still advertising on radio?

which maybe wasn't quite the case for the easy-listening artists of the 70s, who i think sold plenty of records to silent-majority 25-year-olds (not necessarily hepcat party-goers - - - - let's say young parents), who were still game to hear those songs in dentist's offices in 1995. maybe?

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Monday, 17 June 2019 15:43 (one week ago) Permalink

the demographics matter, sure. but i'm talking about even the big adult contemporary smashes that went the full distance in crossover. you didn't get toward the top of top 40 stations' playlists unless you had a sizable fanbase of 20-somethings and even teenagers. this is a very different situation to, say, later-career michael bolton hits, which still saw acceptance at adult contemporary stations but little outside that niche.

like, "my heart will go on" was my brother's favorite song on the radio at the time it was out -- he was 9, and his favorite music was otherwise almost all rock. today you're far more likely, at least in my city, to hear eve 6's "inside out" or harvey danger's "flagpole sitta" on a classic hits station than ANY celine dion song, including "my heart will go on". dion's situation is quite comparable, imo, to that of anne murray and john denver and such.

dyl, Monday, 17 June 2019 17:13 (one week ago) Permalink

I was watching this Nat King Cole clipshow on PBS last night, and they showed that he was having high Top 40 songs into the early '60s, which reminded me that you never really those songs, or Sinatra, Dino etc. hits from that era on Oldies radio.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 17 June 2019 17:22 (one week ago) Permalink

<Really HEARD>

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 17 June 2019 17:24 (one week ago) Permalink

My local oldies station has an all-Sinatra show, broadcast weekly. And I've heard Nat King Cole, Jerry Vale and Roger Whittaker ("The Last Farewell") a few times. And Fabian. And Sly And The Family Stone and Curtis Mayfield and Badfinger. It's a weird station, but I dig it.

In fact, I just wandered over to their site to see what they've played today, and there's Jerry Vale! And Anne Murray!

http://www.albanymagic.com/

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 17 June 2019 17:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Huh, that reminds me of this Oldies station my Aunt used to have on her Warner Cable. A typical six song run would be like "Love Is Blue"-"Jailhouse Rock"-"Call Me" (Chris Montez)-"I Can't Help Myself"-"Soul Finger"-"Daytripper".

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 17 June 2019 17:51 (one week ago) Permalink

there's Jerry Vale! And Anne Murray!

And Bobby Goldsboro! Some oldies get lost to time because they really were terrible.

confusementalism (Dan Peterson), Monday, 17 June 2019 18:17 (one week ago) Permalink

good post dyl, i buy all that. there's a whole canon of idk, "VH1 Music" that's vanishing from the wild perhaps.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Monday, 17 June 2019 18:37 (one week ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/70GionJ.png

pplains, Sunday, 23 June 2019 00:58 (three days ago) Permalink

Bonnie Raitt: "Used To Rule The World" at Jack-In-The-Box.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 18:19 (yesterday) Permalink

Bee Gees, "You Win Again" at Old Navy.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 18:27 (yesterday) Permalink

^^^ I did not know this song, and assumed it was a Hank Williams cover.

confusementalism (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 18:32 (yesterday) Permalink

A chart-topper in several European countries, but peaked at only #75 in the US... I first heard it thanks to Tom Ewing's "Popular" column at Freakytrigger.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 18:47 (yesterday) Permalink


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