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 (three 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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

Heard "Emerge" Fischerspooner at a Florida water-park

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

https://soundcloud.com/hennessyyoungman/cvsbangers

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

haha thank you, a classic

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

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

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

haha otm

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

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

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

Wilco: "Born Alone" at WalMart

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 16 July 2017 05:47 (six months ago) Permalink

Lenka: "The Show" at El Pollo Loco

I've heard this at a few places in the last year or so. Thought it was a bigger hit (only got to #25 on the "Billboard Adult Pop Songs Chart"--whatever that is)

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 23 July 2017 23:41 (five months ago) Permalink

Humble Pie: "I Don't Need No Doctor" at Burger King

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:01 (five months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

"The Wire" by Haim at Vons.

such a great change of pace. loved this album and have yet to even play the new one.

Bee OK, Saturday, 26 August 2017 02:29 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"Allison Road" by Gin Blossoms at Vons

timellison, Monday, 11 September 2017 03:51 (four months ago) Permalink

adore that one, changes my whole day any time i hear it

Doctor Casino, Monday, 11 September 2017 04:49 (four months ago) Permalink

Just heard "4th of July" by X at Whole Foods, made my day.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 14 September 2017 19:49 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Aimee Mann: "Save Me" at Buc-ee's (fancy truckstop)

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 30 September 2017 11:15 (three months ago) Permalink

At CVS right now: Collective Soul, "Run." I remember it having a nice but short run on alt radio, and being momentarily appreciated by a friend of mine who was a runner, but otherwise not sure I've heard it since idk early 2000.

yellow is the color of some raisins (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 4 October 2017 12:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Funky Green Dogs 'Fired Up' in KMart.

how's life, Wednesday, 4 October 2017 13:06 (three months ago) Permalink

KC and the Sunshine Band's "Please Don't Go" at Trader Joe's

timellison, Wednesday, 4 October 2017 14:36 (three months ago) Permalink

I know it was a #1 but I don't think I had heard Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" in decades before I heard it at CVS last week.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 4 October 2017 15:02 (three months ago) Permalink

Wait, really??! I hear it all the time.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 4 October 2017 17:37 (three months ago) Permalink

If you'd said "Leave a Light On," I'd believe it.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 October 2017 17:38 (three months ago) Permalink

Totally possible that it's actually on all the time and I only paid attention when the music was really loud in CVS the other day.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 5 October 2017 23:11 (three months ago) Permalink

Actually, I just started watching a Black Mirror episode and it opened with "Heaven" so.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 5 October 2017 23:12 (three months ago) Permalink

"Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" by Reunion (featuring Joey Levine) at Vons

timellison, Friday, 6 October 2017 02:02 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Filter: "Take A Picture" at CVS.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 23 October 2017 21:43 (two months ago) Permalink

that one's such an oddball, it was REALLY big but for a very short time and then dropped off the face of the earth.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 23 October 2017 22:59 (two months ago) Permalink

I think people genuinely don't remember who did it. And even if you know some stuff, connecting it as the "Hey Man Nice Shot" guys isn't easy.

I liked how Alternative Press described it as '"Solsbury Hill" failing to get its 90 Day chip from A.A.' in the original review.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 23 October 2017 23:31 (two months ago) Permalink

it has persisted on ac radio

maura, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 02:02 (two months ago) Permalink

hey dad what do you think about your son now

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 October 2017 02:08 (two months ago) Permalink

i found that song so confusing as a kid, if only i had wikipedia at the time

Filter's frontman, and founding member Richard Patrick has said that the song is about him getting drunk on an airplane and taking off all of his clothes.[1]

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 October 2017 02:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Well that's... unexpected. Not sure if I could have handled that information in 1999. I think I'e posted about this on ilx before but i had just had my first kiss, with someone met on a summer vacation far away. The idea of traveling on airplanes and feeling like a newborn and needing a picture of someone in order to remember them.... it was all charged with ~~big feelings~~.

You know what would really stun me to hear in any circumstance, though, would be that album's previous, "remind them we rock, before rolling out the hit" single, "Welcome to the Fold." True to form, it'd already died on alt-rock radio by the time "Take a Picture" went crossover, and it's a dreadfully unfashionable form of industrial-tinged grunge-metal that has no plausible constituency today. Even "Lakini's Juice" has more of a cultural footprint among people like me who were teenagers at the right time.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 02:27 (two months ago) Permalink

can everyone aGREE that no one should be left alone

clouds, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 06:04 (two months ago) Permalink

By no means obscure, but I've heard Livin' La Vida Loca twice at the supermarket in the past few months and each time I was like 'whoa, what ska song is this?' right up until he gets to the 'make you take your clothes off' lyric. Then I'm like 'shit, you got me again Ricky Martin.'

how's life, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 15:13 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm more likely to hear "She's All I Ever Had" at CVS.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 October 2017 15:18 (two months ago) Permalink

"Shake Your Bon Bon" or nothing!

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 15:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Madness: "It Must Be Love" at Randall's

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 25 October 2017 05:08 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

LTD - "Back In Love Again." Love that song.

the young, low level volunteer named (Dan Peterson), Monday, 13 November 2017 15:18 (two months ago) Permalink

A cover version of Roxy Music "More Than This"

that's not my post, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:51 (two months ago) Permalink

i heard hang a picture by thee oh sees at a sheetz the other day

dynamicinterface, Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Carly Rae Jepsen 'Warm Blood' in Panda Express 3 or 4 days ago. Took me a minute to process what was happening.

Sushi and the Banchan (Spectrist), Thursday, 16 November 2017 09:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Nice!

how's life, Thursday, 16 November 2017 11:32 (two months ago) Permalink

"Boris the Spider" in the supermarket a couple of weeks ago. Granted, it was on Halloween, but I was still very surprised to hear that rumbling out of the overhead speakers.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 16 November 2017 14:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Four Tops: "I'll Turn To Stone" at HEB

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 20 November 2017 01:13 (one month ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

No idea what's going on with the station played at work, as in between super schmaltzy Mariah Carey and Celine Dion christmas power ballads, somehow Throwing Muses' 'Santa Claus' and Aztec Camera's 'Walk Out to Winter' made it into the playlist. I've heard those two at least once a day for the past two weeks.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Monday, 18 December 2017 05:39 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I hear Black Box's Everybody Everybody at the dumpy Smith's near me fairly frequently. Yeah, just leave your shopping carts wherever you want.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 18 December 2017 05:51 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Beach Boys: "Do It Again" at FedEx Office

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 21 December 2017 01:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Gin Blossoms: "Until I Fall Away" at Fuddrucker's

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 22 December 2017 21:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Do you work there?

naus, Sunday, 24 December 2017 00:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

No. They just have a burger combo special during the week that beats pretty much every fast food chain rn.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 24 December 2017 03:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I don't have one near me, but I just happened to notice you go there a lot. I tend to get a good vibe from my local supermarket, which is 90% a Mexican grocery, but halfheartedly tries to accommodate the rest of the locals. The main result of that is that their PA plays deeper 60s R&B and pop cuts.

naus, Sunday, 24 December 2017 09:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(One for Alf's "Worst Singles" project) The Wallflowers: "Heroes" at Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 24 December 2017 21:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

David Bowie: "Kooks" at Jason's Deli

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 29 December 2017 21:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Every once in a while my Giant likes to drop Any Colour You Like by Pink Floyd into the mix. It's a real mind fuck.

how's life, Thursday, 4 January 2018 00:02 (one week ago) Permalink

Rodney Crowell: "She's Crazy For Leaving" at Kroger.

A song later they played Seger's not so obscure cover of "Shame On The Moon". #CrowellMania

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 4 January 2018 05:29 (one week ago) Permalink

The Jaynetts' "Sally Go Round the Roses" at Foodtown

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 4 January 2018 22:22 (one week ago) Permalink

George Benson "Breezin'" at a local brewpub. Not really obscure, but I don't think I've heard it on retail/restaurant background music before, or at least not for a long time.

Brave Combover (Dan Peterson), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:59 (four days ago) Permalink

Lee Michaels: "Do You Know What I Mean?" at HEB.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:14 (two days ago) Permalink


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