Songs heard while shoppin'

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Positively Fourth Street

dell (del), Monday, 12 July 2010 01:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Mr. Crowley"

litel, Monday, 12 July 2010 01:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

dell (del), Monday, 12 July 2010 02:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Probably Jo-Ann.

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

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

Whole Foods

litel, Monday, 12 July 2010 03:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

heard lindstrØm+prins at american apparel once

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

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), Monday, 12 July 2010 04:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

that Stevie B song is a new one to me

dell (del), Saturday, 24 July 2010 16:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

MORE MORE MORE- Andrea True Connection

dell (del), Thursday, 26 August 2010 10:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Heaven on the Seventh Floor- Paul Nicholas

dude (del), Saturday, 16 October 2010 13:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

i find that picture to be strangely alluring

dude (del), Monday, 18 October 2010 02:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

loose jorts (del), Thursday, 4 November 2010 21:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah, i certainly thought it was odd

pluperfect (del), Monday, 29 November 2010 18:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

dell (del), Monday, 18 April 2011 01:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

the beach boys- do it again

dell (del), Friday, 10 June 2011 04:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

dell (del), Saturday, 11 June 2011 13:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

he won't stop until you love him.

corey, Monday, 13 June 2011 00:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Fleetwood Mac, 'Dreams'

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

this, in a thrift shop

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

corey, Friday, 15 July 2011 23:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

corey, Saturday, 23 July 2011 15:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

Said it another thread but "Watch the Sunrise" by Big Star in a branch of the Bank of Scotland in Paisley over Christmas

Designated Striver (Tom D.), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 15:48 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

'All Around The World', Lisa Stansfield - instant late 80's shopping centre flashback

Half of these sound like rappers. (snoball), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:45 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

'Harlem Shake'

go cray cray on my lobster soufflé (snoball), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 17:30 (five years ago) Permalink

TK Maxx continues to have surprisingly great music. They were playing Amanda Mair last time I went in.

хуто-хуторянка (ShariVari), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 17:35 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Hot Chocolate, 'So You Win Again'

slamming on the dubstep brakes (snoball), Thursday, 15 August 2013 16:56 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

'Mack The Knife', Michael Buble, in a charity shop.
'Psycho Killer', Talking Heads, in a slightly hipper charity shop.

not a lunch that is hot (snoball), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:24 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

'Wonderful Christmastime', Paul McCartney

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 13:30 (five years ago) Permalink

I HATE THAT SONG SO MUCH

KMFAO (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 19:32 (five years ago) Permalink

According to Wikipedia Macca earns $400,000 a year from it. I don't hate the song exactly, but it's such a nothing song, who would have thought he'd coin so much from it?

Anyway, continuing with the Christmas theme in my local circle of Hell shopping centre: 'Step Into Christmas' by Elton John. Which somehow I find more tolerable than 'Wonderful Christmastime', but still, it's not a track I'd choose to listen to.

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 18:12 (five years ago) Permalink

"I Was Born On Christmas Day" by Saint Etienne while I was shopping for pillows and an 8" square cake pan. This made me irrationally giddy and eager as it is my 2nd favorite Christmas song, and my best friend and I danced in a really sad and decrepit part of the Seasonal section together.

A New Bey Has Come (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 15 December 2013 04:35 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

  • 'Night Fever', The Bee Gees
  • unidentifiable song coming out of some muffled speakers
  • some late period Rod Stewart song where it sounds like he's half asleep and has stopped giving a shit

that's you, that is (snoball), Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:06 (four years ago) Permalink

James Brown Christmas songs in Primark

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:37 (four years ago) Permalink

'Santa Baby' sung by Eartha Kitt in a local charity shop.

Aimless, Tuesday, 31 December 2013 18:04 (four years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Bananarama - venus (i hear this one all the time and it's basically become my grocery shopping anthem)
Spice Girls - Wannabe (had not heard this in years! Great produce shopping music. Hearing it was a huge breath of fresh air after suffering through a block of sad sack achey james blunt ed mccain crap)

brimstead, Wednesday, 23 July 2014 21:38 (four years ago) Permalink

The Corrs - "Breathless"
Natalie Imbruglia - "Torn"

DERE is no DERE DERE (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:41 (four years ago) Permalink

Two competing stores blasting ABBA's 'Dancing Queen' and Cameo's 'Word Up'.

I only listen to Vantablack Metal (snoball), Saturday, 26 July 2014 06:47 (four years ago) Permalink

We ever - Photograph

how's life, Saturday, 26 July 2014 12:33 (four years ago) Permalink

Weezer

how's life, Saturday, 26 July 2014 12:33 (four years ago) Permalink

Gary Numan's "Cars" in my local Morrison's... sounded well weird.

We cry crows craws (Tom D.), Thursday, 7 August 2014 12:54 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The Gap Band, 'You Dropped A Bomb On Me'
Ben E King, 'Stand By Me'

wackness unlimited (snoball), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Not exactly shoppin', but every weekday on my way home I take a shortcut through a shopping centre to the bus staton.

Rose Royce, 'Car Wash' (which was so distorted by the PA system that the title sounded like "bogwash")
The Beatles, 'Help!' ("Kelp!"?)

wackness unlimited (snoball), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 18:25 (four years ago) Permalink

Con Funk Shun "Ffun" first thing in the morning at Trader Joes on Sunday.

how's life, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 18:33 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

'Wonderful Christmastime', Paul McCartney

― fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Wednesday, December 4, 2013

^^^ again today while walking through the shopping centre on my way to stand in a queue for an overcrowded bus. First thing I thought about was this thread.

just like Nietzsche but with jokes (snoball), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 21:10 (four years ago) Permalink

USSR by Eddy Huntington at a supermarket in Yerevan.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Friday, 5 December 2014 14:52 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Missy Elliott, 'Get Ur Freak On'.

just like Nietzsche but with jokes (snoball), Wednesday, 24 December 2014 11:11 (three years ago) Permalink

They were playing George Duke's flawless I Love You More in TK Maxx at Charing Cross Road this morning. Seems very strange the song has less than 250k plays on YouTube in three years: http://youtu.be/IEibygqqLZc

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Monday, 29 December 2014 21:57 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Robin S, 'Show Me Love'

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:41 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Sylvester, 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)'

passive-aggressive rageaholic (snoball), Monday, 29 June 2015 20:53 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Lipps Inc, 'Funky Town'

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

two weeks pass...

Chaka Khan, 'I Feel For You'

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

more than a feeling
Magic man

brimstead, Saturday, 24 October 2015 19:49 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Andrea True Connection, 'More More More'

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Kate Bush, 'Cloudbusting'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Sunday, 25 March 2018 10:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Peter Gabriel, 'Solsbury Hill'.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Sunday, 23 September 2018 09:52 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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