Songs heard while shoppin'

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Positively Fourth Street

dell (del), Monday, 12 July 2010 01:24 (twelve years ago) link

There's a produce store here called Stanley's that plays almost nothing but 80s new wave/post punk stuff (Squeeze, Police, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc.).

orchestral manure in the dark (corey), Monday, 12 July 2010 01:30 (twelve years ago) link

"Mr. Crowley"

litel, Monday, 12 July 2010 01:36 (twelve years ago) link

what kind of place did you hear mr. crowley at?

dell (del), Monday, 12 July 2010 02:16 (twelve years ago) link

Probably Jo-Ann.

orchestral manure in the dark (corey), Monday, 12 July 2010 02:24 (twelve years ago) link

what kind of place did you hear mr. crowley at?

Whole Foods

litel, Monday, 12 July 2010 03:53 (twelve years ago) link

heard lindstrØm+prins at american apparel once

Whiney G. Savagegarten (LOLK), Monday, 12 July 2010 04:32 (twelve years ago) link

everytime I go to Stop'n'Shop it's either 'Josie' or 'Peg'

I was singing along to "Peg" in Home Depot the other day and getting a few strange looks.

kkvgz, Monday, 12 July 2010 10:53 (twelve years ago) link

Probably Jo-Ann.

oh, I was thinking Linens 'n' Things.

I had to restrain myself from emphatically pointing my finger at customers innocently pushing their carts down the frozen foods aisle while I was lip syncing to Positively...

dell (del), Monday, 12 July 2010 18:24 (twelve years ago) link

Local shopping centre plays a long list of songs on a loop, but it always seems to be Springsteen's 'Dancing In The Dark' that's playing, especially when I'm in the men's room and looking in the mirror when the song gets to the line "check my look in the mirror". Happened twice this fortnight so far.

ninjas and lasers and gold and (snoball), Monday, 12 July 2010 19:31 (twelve years ago) link

I heard a live version of "Hello Cowgirl in the Sand" yesterday when I was shopping in an Italian gourmet food store, and I thought: this is really a depressing song, and no wonder I don't listen to Neil Young more, as good as he is. And I thought they really shouldn't be playing that song. I was tired and my allergies were bothering me, which was making me extremely emotionally hyper-sensitive. Let's all think about loss and disappointment and raw pain while we are trying to find something nice to carry home and eat.

― Rockist Scientist, Sunday, 1 July 2007 01:00 (3 years ago)

dell (del), Monday, 19 July 2010 03:56 (twelve years ago) link

everytime I go to Stop'n'Shop it's either 'Josie' or 'Peg'

― No one is too good for this album; it is better than all of us. (herb albert), Sunday, July 11, 2010 11:53 PM (1 week ago)

I was singing along to "Peg" in Home Depot the other day and getting a few strange looks.

― kkvgz, Monday, July 12, 2010 5:53 AM (6 days ago)

Heard "Peg" in TeaGschwendner the other day.

Heard Stevie B's "In My Eyes" in a thrift shop yesterday.

abstract sand patterns, representing water (corey), Monday, 19 July 2010 04:28 (twelve years ago) link

today, Wild Cherry's 'Play That Funky Music'

ninjas and lasers and gold and (snoball), Monday, 19 July 2010 18:01 (twelve years ago) link

supermarket
BARBARA STREISAND- THE MAIN EVENT/FIGHT
RICK JAMES- GIVE IT TO ME BABY

thrift store
LUTHER VANDROSS- A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME
(a woman who was singing along and saying stuff like "mmm, god rest his soul!")

dell (del), Saturday, 24 July 2010 16:35 (twelve years ago) link

that Stevie B song is a new one to me

dell (del), Saturday, 24 July 2010 16:39 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

MORE MORE MORE- Andrea True Connection

dell (del), Thursday, 26 August 2010 10:00 (twelve years ago) link

Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama' - in a shopping centre in the deep south... of England

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Friday, 27 August 2010 09:21 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

Heaven on the Seventh Floor- Paul Nicholas

dude (del), Saturday, 16 October 2010 13:44 (eleven years ago) link

I was pretty surprised to hear "I Know There's Something Going On" by Frida in Safeway recently.

kkvgz, Saturday, 16 October 2010 13:49 (eleven years ago) link

that's pretty cool

i think they've done studies showing that people buy more asparagus when exposed to swedish pop music

dude (del), Saturday, 16 October 2010 14:21 (eleven years ago) link

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1109/532194935_3969dbbd70.jpg
(there's an uncropped version of this picture with a sign in Swedish that Babelfish's as 'Green Objects', which I suppose includes asparagus)

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Sunday, 17 October 2010 09:06 (eleven years ago) link

i find that picture to be strangely alluring

dude (del), Monday, 18 October 2010 02:20 (eleven years ago) link

In a shopping mall: Coolio's 'Gangsta's Paradise'

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Friday, 29 October 2010 12:26 (eleven years ago) link

In Sainsbury's: 'Bad Moon Rising Lyrics' by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 4 November 2010 13:34 (eleven years ago) link

duh and the music was playing as well, of course...

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 4 November 2010 13:35 (eleven years ago) link

I mean, it wasn't some loony on the PA system reading out the words.

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 4 November 2010 13:35 (eleven years ago) link

good, b/c there is a thread elsewhere for those occurences

loose jorts (del), Thursday, 4 November 2010 21:08 (eleven years ago) link

Phil Collins' 'Against All Odds', followed by... 'Sweet Home Alabama' again.

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Monday, 8 November 2010 17:50 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

not shoppin, technically, but rocky raccoon in mcdonald's canal st. and dude is fuckng rocking out to it, man. if there were an upright piano in the restaurant, he would be dancing on top of it, i'm fairly certain

pluperfect (del), Saturday, 27 November 2010 11:36 (eleven years ago) link

Are you on 77, del? Cause that information would definitely be welcome in the Whiney/Beatles thread.

Avatar: The Last SBanner (kkvgz), Saturday, 27 November 2010 12:19 (eleven years ago) link

no, i guess i need to put in a request for access over there... that was a great moment, though . i'm kinda glad i documented it here. years ago i heard alone again or by love in a mcdonald's but that got a much more subdued response

pluperfect (del), Sunday, 28 November 2010 17:31 (eleven years ago) link

I would be surprised like hell to hear either of those in a McD's.

Avatar: The Last SBanner (kkvgz), Monday, 29 November 2010 10:06 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, i certainly thought it was odd

pluperfect (del), Monday, 29 November 2010 18:58 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

Little River Band- Reminiscing
Apollo 100- Joy
Steely Dan- Do It Again

I never cared much for that Steely Dan tune, but man did it ever sound good this evening when I was strutting through the coffee/tea/cereal aisle. And yes, you better believe I was strutting, basket in hand. NO SHOPPING CART FOR THIS WILD-LIVING BACHELOR!!! dAMN STRAIGHt woo-hoooooooooo

Also, pasta was on sale 3 for a dollar.

dell (del), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 02:47 (eleven years ago) link

I Love You Always Forever- Donna Lewis

This woman was walking down the sidewalk this morning talking on her cellphone and I heard her say "Oh really? Well, that's my number one hangover cure-- I have a fatty..." and then poof! She was out of earshot right after that word...so I was left wondering if she meant she chose to smoke a "fatty" to cure her hangovers or if she ate a fatty breakfast. I guess she was probably just advising her friend to eat scrapple.

dell (del), Sunday, 17 April 2011 15:53 (eleven years ago) link

I've heard Camera Obscura pretty much every other shopping trip in the past 18 months in the Bay Area. Doesn't matter what shop, I will hear them somewhere.

Not the real Village People, Sunday, 17 April 2011 18:20 (eleven years ago) link

Not sure if this counts but I always enjoy hearing "My Ever Changing Moods" when it plays occasionally at work.

corey, Sunday, 17 April 2011 19:05 (eleven years ago) link

I like less hearing 10 Jason Mraz songs a day. His music is like that annoying kid you went to high school with who was in all the AP classes and wore sandals with pre-stressed jeans every day of the year.

corey, Sunday, 17 April 2011 19:12 (eleven years ago) link

Not sure if this counts but I always enjoy hearing "My Ever Changing Moods" when it plays occasionally at work.

oh man, i want to work at a place like that

i remember my friend texted me once a few years ago to tell me that she was in macy's and that song was playing!

dell (del), Monday, 18 April 2011 01:38 (eleven years ago) link

no. i lied. i think it was "you're the best thing".

dell (del), Monday, 18 April 2011 01:40 (eleven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

The Lightning Seeds: some unidentified song - they all sound pretty much the same anyway.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 12 May 2011 06:53 (eleven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

the beach boys- do it again

dell (del), Friday, 10 June 2011 04:52 (eleven years ago) link

heard at army surplus store: little honda- the beach boys

dell (del), Saturday, 11 June 2011 13:32 (eleven years ago) link

strawberry letter #23- the brothers johnson

not shopping atm but can hear the not-so-distant strains of someone performing "paparazzi" on a kazoo

dell (del), Sunday, 12 June 2011 23:58 (eleven years ago) link

he won't stop until you love him.

corey, Monday, 13 June 2011 00:08 (eleven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Fleetwood Mac, 'Dreams'

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 15:54 (eleven years ago) link

this, in a thrift shop

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

corey, Friday, 15 July 2011 23:48 (eleven years ago) link

Somebody needs to record a special album for thrift stores and charity shops:

'Yes Of Course I Can Give You Change For A £20 Note'
'Thanks For This Kind Donation Of Betamax Tapes'
'No We Do Not Accept Clothes Covered In Dubious Stains'
'Haggling On A £2 Item Is Perfectly Acceptable In A Charity Shop'
'Just Buy Something Will Ya?'

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Saturday, 16 July 2011 08:15 (eleven years ago) link

heard The Sundays in Walgreens... I think it was "Goodbye"?

corey, Saturday, 23 July 2011 15:47 (eleven years ago) link

songs heard while waiting on hold to transfer a call to another company's internal help desk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heW3TziyFLI

Y Kant Max Read (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 28 August 2015 16:19 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Lipps Inc, 'Funky Town'

"Tell them I'm in a meeting purlease" (snoball), Friday, 9 October 2015 21:29 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Chaka Khan, 'I Feel For You'

"Tell them I'm in a meeting purlease" (snoball), Saturday, 24 October 2015 14:14 (six years ago) link

more than a feeling
Magic man

brimstead, Saturday, 24 October 2015 19:49 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Andrea True Connection, 'More More More'

Eins zwei PoliSci (snoball), Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:57 (six years ago) link

Also a weird experience where a busker outside a shopping centre was playing a Bob Marley song, then I walked into the shopping centre and another Bob Marley song was playing over the PA system.

Eins zwei PoliSci (snoball), Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:58 (six years ago) link

I went to a v fancy restaurant last night and they played "Fools Gold" by Stone Roses

cory artangel (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 25 November 2015 13:37 (six years ago) link

The nordstrom at the freehold raceway mall plays a lot of stereolab. I've noticed it a few times

Treeship, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 13:39 (six years ago) link

Also i heard william onyeabor's fantastic man twice in a 24 hour period. Once at luskus, the tasting menu restaurant in the back of torst, and once (the next morning) at a secondhand store in bushwick.

Treeship, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 13:42 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

  • 'Merry Christmas Everyone' by Shakin' Stevens, in Gregg's, while purchasing a pink cylinder tasting vaguely of spices wrapped in a cardboard tube. Very fitting.
  • 'Top Of The World' performed by a violinist busker on the high street, who was Portsmouth Sinfonia level bad.
  • 'Mull Of Kintyre', Wings.

Eins zwei PoliSci (snoball), Wednesday, 9 December 2015 19:50 (six years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Not heard while shopping, but the someone on the local radio station clearly has a sense of gallows humour because the day after Trump won they played D:Ream's 'Things Can Only Get Better' (Labour used it as their campaign song in the 1997 UK General Election).

darling you were wonderful you really were quite good (snoball), Saturday, 19 November 2016 11:14 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

I was walking down the street thinking about 'Finally' by Ce Ce Peniston, when I walked into a supermarket to hear it playing over the in-store radio.

let it go let it go let it go (snoball), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 21:09 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Duran Duran's 'Rio' while in the Co-Op.

2017, how bad could it be? (snoball), Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:46 (five years ago) link

Alesha Dixon's 'The Boy Does Nothing', again while in the Co-Op.

2017, how bad could it be? (snoball), Sunday, 26 February 2017 21:09 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

Co-Op strikes gold again: Suzi Quatro's 'Can The Can'.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Wednesday, 3 May 2017 18:10 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

Buggles' 'Video Killed The Radio Star' and Aretha Franklin's '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' (which reminded me to buy some milk).

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 21 July 2017 11:18 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...
four months pass...

Wings, 'Mull of Kintyre'. It was the UK Christmas #1 in 1977, but I've never heard it played in a shopping centre at all, particularly not as a Christmas song.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Saturday, 16 December 2017 13:58 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

Kate Bush, 'Cloudbusting'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Sunday, 25 March 2018 10:27 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

Peter Gabriel, 'Solsbury Hill'.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Sunday, 23 September 2018 09:52 (four years ago) link

Felt particularly appropriate as I'd just walked nearly two miles in a torrential downpour.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Sunday, 23 September 2018 09:55 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

I've just remembered, when I was in Lisbon, I went for a meal and the kinda hippyish waiter played all sorts of good music but I especially remember he played "Maggot Brain", which was cool.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 November 2018 22:24 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

"Family Affair" in Morrisons. Sweet.

Angry Question Time Man's Flute Club Band (Tom D.), Monday, 1 April 2019 17:29 (three years ago) link

Wizkid’s “Master Groove” blasting out of a shop in the Xiaobei area of Guangzhou. Good times!

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 13:21 (three years ago) link

Morrisons again. "Respect Yourself" by the Staples Singers. They play some good music in that shop.

Do you like 70s hard rock with a guitar hero? (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 09:24 (three years ago) link

... and today, The Who, "Magic Bus".

Do you like 70s hard rock with a guitar hero? (Tom D.), Friday, 19 April 2019 16:47 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

Local shopping centre, ironically, Jessie J's 'Price Tag'.

just another country (snoball), Saturday, 28 September 2019 21:05 (three years ago) link

Forgot to mention "One Nation Under a Groove" in Morrisons (again).

Let them eat Pfifferlinge an Schneckensauce (Tom D.), Saturday, 28 September 2019 21:49 (three years ago) link

Delighted to hear Gang of Four in a genteel, single-origin-bags-for-decor, popup cafe.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 28 September 2019 22:05 (three years ago) link

How high are the ceilings in the supermarket?
Do they play music in there?

These are questions I should know the answers to, but genuinely can't answer

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 12:59 (two years ago) link

Fools Gold by the Stone Roses in American Eagle. I had no idea they were at all known in the US.

AlanSmithee, Friday, 11 October 2019 23:21 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

"Teenage Kicks" in Morrisons.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:57 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

7:30am in the Tesco's I often drop in to on my way to work: Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start The Fire'. I reached the self service checkout area just in time to hear William bellowing "BRITISH POLITICIAN SEX!" through the cranked in-store PA system. Just the thing to get people awake on a Monday.
"JFK! BLOWN AWAY! WHAT ELSE DO I HAVE TO SAY!!!"

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 18:40 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama' - in a shopping centre in the deep south... of England

― Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Friday, 27 August 2010 10:21 (nine years ago)

Yep, they're still playing that song.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 29 February 2020 20:11 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Fools Gold by the Stone Roses in American Eagle. I had no idea they were at all known in the US.

― AlanSmithee, Saturday, 12 October 2019 00:21 (five months ago)

'Fools Gold' then straight into Mark Morrison's 'Return Of The Mack'.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 15 March 2020 20:14 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

'Word Up' - Cameo

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 1 November 2020 10:02 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

"The Return of the Los Palmas 7" - Madness
"Fools Gold" - The Stone Roses
"Twist & Shout" - The Beatles
"The One & Only" - Chesney Hawkes (especially weird because I was thinking about this song while walking to the shopping centre only to hear it playing when I walked in)

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 22 May 2021 11:29 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

"Angels" - Robbie Williams (played horrendously out of tune by a busker on saxophone)
"Teenage Kicks" - The Undertones (a different busker playing an acoustic guitar)
"Chelsea Dagger" - The Fratellis
"Sugar" - Maroon 5

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 1 August 2021 11:19 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

May be coincidence, or maybe whoever picks the music for Co-Op in-store radio subscribes to this channel...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfJIgsFHX0Q
...because Lulu's version of 'The Man Who Sold The World' was playing.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 7 November 2021 14:29 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

Songs heard while shoppin' waiting to get your COVID vaccine booster

'Merry Christmas Everyone' by Shakin' Stevens
'Dancing In The Moonlight' by Toploader

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 17 December 2021 18:39 (nine months ago) link

yesterday in the shopping centre, 'Wombling Merry Christmas'

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 25 December 2021 14:56 (nine months ago) link

I was in Saisbury's but this is a very Co-Op kind of track - Bryan Ferry's 'Let's Stick Together'.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 1 January 2022 13:55 (nine months ago) link

It was like seeing a stiff and starchy relative get loose at a Christmas party.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 1 January 2022 13:55 (nine months ago) link

Lol

A Little Bit Meme, a Little Bit URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 January 2022 13:56 (nine months ago) link

six months pass...

Today in the shopping centre: Endor - 'Pump It Up'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfnjX88Va4Y
followed by Majestic x Boney M. - 'Rasputin (2022 Remix)'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8XADglx9z4

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 22 July 2022 19:55 (two months ago) link

Not shopping but sitting in an empty pub in Paisley in the late afternoon and "Simon Says" by the 1910 Fruitgum Company is playing.

Apologies to any lip readers (Tom D.), Monday, 1 August 2022 13:37 (two months ago) link

... "Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day" by Gilbert O'Sullivan. Makes "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da" sound like "Helter Skelter".

Apologies to any lip readers (Tom D.), Monday, 1 August 2022 14:20 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Yesterday I heard...
Tracy Chapman, 'Fast Car' in a shopping centre,
Billy Joel, 'Uptown Girl' in a DIY store,
Craig David, 'Re-Rewind' and Dizzy Rascal, 'Bonkers', both in a computer store.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Tuesday, 6 September 2022 18:12 (three weeks ago) link

Probably the most unexpected one for me was "How to Disappear Completely" at Home Depot.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 6 September 2022 18:56 (three weeks ago) link


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