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

Semisonic: All About Chemistry

50 Shades of Greil (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 11 October 2012 18:56 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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

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) 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 (six years ago) link

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

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

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

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

REM - "All The Way To Reno"

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

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

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

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

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

Heard "Emerge" Fischerspooner at a Florida water-park

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

https://soundcloud.com/hennessyyoungman/cvsbangers

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

haha thank you, a classic

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

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

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

haha otm

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

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

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

I'm not even sure I knew that 'Sunday Morning' was a single, but I honestly don't think I've heard it since the last time I listened to Tragic Kingdom 20+ years ago. Until today, that is.

Sly Bradbury's The Marion Cobretti-cles (Old Lunch), Thursday, 27 June 2019 11:48 (one month ago) link

At CVS, specifically.

Sly Bradbury's The Marion Cobretti-cles (Old Lunch), Thursday, 27 June 2019 11:49 (one month ago) link

I was surprised to hear "I Am Not a Robot" at a coffee shop in Asheville, NC yesterday but that probably doesn't count cause offbeat music is kind of the coffee shop shtick.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 27 June 2019 12:38 (one month ago) link

I feel like "Sunday Morning" quickly became the consensus "secret best song on the album" pick, among nearly everybody who bought Tragic Kingdom. With diamond-certified sales, it's understandable some of those people became algorithm-programmers for the CVS muzak providers, but I get and share the surprise at 90s alt-rock deep cuts making the cut.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 27 June 2019 13:23 (one month ago) link

not that obscure, but i still wasn't expecting to hear the sundays' 'here's where the story ends' in a cvs

1:17 PM (five months ago)

I hear that Sundays song in retail situations frequently, always a treat.

― spastic heritage, Sunday, January 20, 2019 7:05 PM (five months ago)

I heard 'Can't Be Sure' at Walmart a few days ago. slightly more unexpected considering that it didn't even chart in the US

tandoor vittles (unregistered), Saturday, 29 June 2019 21:09 (one month ago) link

xp I worked part-time at a retail clothing chain in the early/mid-2000s, and “Sunday Morning” frequently appeared on the monthly in-store playlist.... I grew to like/appreciate the song a lot.

Consider the coconut (morrisp), Saturday, 29 June 2019 22:05 (one month ago) link

probably posted this before - I don't shop at basic clothing store Next very often, but when I do, I nearly always hear 'I don't want control of you' by Teenage Fanclub.

kinder, Saturday, 29 June 2019 23:00 (one month ago) link

Joe Jackson "You Can't Get What You Want" inside a Friday late-night grocery store.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 02:26 (one month ago) link

A trip to my dentist and his Sirius light rock station usually offers up at least one obscurity, between the Elton John and Fleetwood Mac. This morning was "Beautiful" by Gordon Lightfoot (#58 on Billboard's Hot 100, #30 Easy Listening in 1972.) I had only the vaguest memory of this one.

confusementalism (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:10 (one month ago) link

JD MacPherson: "Lucky Penny" at Jack-In-The-Box.

Also heard "It's Bad You Know" there for like the third or fourth time.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 17:31 (one month ago) link

Dwight Twilley: "Girls" at Chuy's.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 17:43 (one month ago) link

...and The Modern Lovers: "Roadrunner".

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:06 (one month ago) link

...and Peter Godwin: "Images of Heaven"

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:48 (one month ago) link

Oh man, I love that song... and only ever encountered it on VH1 Classic, back when that was a thing.

stan by me (morrisp), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:49 (one month ago) link

Nilsson: Me and My Arrow in deirdorfs or beetborts or whatever the stl supermarkets are called.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 23:05 (one month ago) link

Wow, great tune

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 23:56 (one month ago) link

Jason Mraz: "Sleep All Day" at Kroger.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 13 July 2019 21:47 (one month ago) link

Gap Band: "Sweeter Than Candy" at Walgreens.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 22 July 2019 18:16 (one month ago) link

I didn't even know that one! Late career, from a movie soundtrack, and no pop chart action.

confusementalism (Dan Peterson), Monday, 22 July 2019 19:50 (one month ago) link

...and it has a brief rap break!

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 22 July 2019 20:04 (one month ago) link

R.E.M., “Fall On Me” at Chipotle.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 22 July 2019 22:43 (one month ago) link

Buy some guac and add some guac
And sell the guac, yeah sell the guac

the last Berry La Croix in the work fridge (morrisp), Monday, 22 July 2019 22:52 (one month ago) link

Chipotle? More like, "Falls Out Of Me" an hour later, amirite?

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 22 July 2019 22:53 (one month ago) link

lol'ing at my desk

the last Berry La Croix in the work fridge (morrisp), Monday, 22 July 2019 22:54 (one month ago) link

Lol on me.

pplains, Monday, 22 July 2019 23:00 (one month ago) link

Beastie Boys: "Paul Revere" at... WALMART.

At first I thought it was employees blasting it in the warehouse, but there was a "Walmart Radio" bumper afterwards.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 26 July 2019 05:26 (four weeks ago) link

Did they helpfully guide you to the wiffle ball bats in aisle 9?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 26 July 2019 05:31 (four weeks ago) link

Cops got your gun? See Aisle 12!

pplains, Friday, 26 July 2019 13:37 (four weeks ago) link

i was getting some groceries and heard Television's "See No Evil" in the middle of a mix of more expected supermarket music like Justin Timberlake and Post Malone, a nice little surprise

— Al Shipley (@alshipley) July 26, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 26 July 2019 18:57 (four weeks ago) link

Television - See No Evil, at Walgreens.

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^^^ hahaha, what the hell?! Lock thread.

― Little Latin Lupe Feebfiasco (Dan Peterson), Thursday, June 4, 2015 1:06 PM bookmarkflaglink

It sounded pretty good. Peppy, kinda "indie." Went well with the hair care products.

― Doctor Casino, Thursday, June 4, 2015 1:08 PMbookmarkflaglink

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Friday, 26 July 2019 21:11 (four weeks ago) link

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Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Friday, 26 July 2019 21:11 (four weeks ago) link

Spoon, “Don’t You Evah,” at Nordstrom Rack.

the last Berry La Croix in the work fridge (morrisp), Saturday, 27 July 2019 02:32 (four weeks ago) link

It's hardly CVS, but the local family diner is playing tracks from the Portishead s/t album, and I'm finding it extremely incongruous.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 23:43 (three weeks ago) link

New Order's "Age of Consent" at Whole Foods.

"Bizarre Love Triangle", I would have expected. Maybe even "Blue Monday", if they had the edgier Sirius station on. But "Age of Consent" brought a smile to my face.

enochroot, Thursday, 1 August 2019 02:10 (three weeks ago) link

And the shopper next to you was all, "Oh, I haven't heard this R.E.M. song in years!"

pplains, Thursday, 1 August 2019 12:43 (three weeks ago) link

Adult Alternative motherlode at Jack-In-The-Box:

Pretenders: "Show Me"
Crowded House: "Weather With You"
Collective Soul: "No More No Less"
10,000 Maniacs: "Few and Far Between"

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:08 (two weeks ago) link

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings: "100 Days, 100 Nights" at FedEx Office.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:08 (two weeks ago) link

Not obscure, but my Foodtown hit me with a stealth Michael McDonald three-fer last night:

Steely Dan - Peg
Doobie Brothers - What a Fool Believes
Carly Simon - You Belong to Me

Which makes me wonder once again where they get their music--no algorithm would have come up with that.

Hideous Lump, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 14:36 (one week ago) link

Once went to a restaurant where the playlist was weirdly similar to my wife's main playlist. We asked about how they chose the music and they told us they usually just choose a sing they like and then dial up the Spotify radio for that song. Maybe you encountered something similar.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 14:44 (one week ago) link

Eisley: "Golly Sandra" at James Coney Island.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 15 August 2019 21:42 (one week ago) link

R.E.M. - "Carnival of Sorts" at the coffee shop

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Thursday, 15 August 2019 23:47 (one week ago) link

Not to be the obscurity police, but isn't early REM pretty on-brand for a coffee shop?

enochroot, Friday, 16 August 2019 01:07 (one week ago) link

Valid question. When I heard it, this thread was the first thing I thought of. Like, deep cut for 2019. Can't remember what came on next, but def was not thread-worthy.

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Friday, 16 August 2019 02:00 (one week ago) link

There should be an alternative thread to this where we say "I heard 'More Than a Feeling' at Sufficient Grounds!"

pplains, Friday, 16 August 2019 13:09 (one week ago) link

Friend & Lover: "Reach Out Of The Darkness"
Hollies: "Here I Go Again"
Moody Blues: "Question"

All in almost that order at Goodwill.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 19 August 2019 19:50 (six days ago) link

Almost because there was possibly a non-obscure album track snuck in between somewhere?

TS: “8:05” vs. “905” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 19 August 2019 19:53 (six days ago) link

The not-obscure enough "She's About A Mover" came after the Hollies.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 19 August 2019 19:55 (six days ago) link

Talking Heads: "(Nothing But) Flowers"* and Elliott Smith: "Waltz #2 (XO)" at Jack-In-The-Box.

*Actually have this a lot whilst out and about over the years.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:18 (five days ago) link

Madonna’s “Deeper and Deeper” sounds good early in the morning at Whole Foods.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:45 (four days ago) link

Rolling Stones: "Heart of Stone" & (Young) Rascals: "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" at Goodwill.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 24 August 2019 22:37 (yesterday) link


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