RECORD STORE TALES MkII: Getting More Tale
#369: Grocery Store Rock
The lovely Mrs. LeBrain finally came home from the hospital just before Valentine’s Day. Three weeks in that place, or close to it, monitoring for seizure activity. Mission accomplished, Mrs. LeBrain returned home to find my nearly empty fridge and cupboards. A weekend grocery shopping trip was arranged and we restocked the essentials.
Normally I don’t really spend a lot of time at the grocery store, but this was an extended trip and I found myself noticing the songs that were playing. I was hearing 80’s rock, oldies, classic rock, and a variety of tunes that I didn’t expect at the grocery store.
I remember growing up, going to the store with my mom as a kid, and they were playing Muzak. Same store, same location, Muzak was playing 30 years ago. When did this change? I didn’t notice. I worked in a grocery store myself when I was in highschool, but I’ll be damned I could tell you what music was playing. Therefore it was most likely Muzak. That same old Muzak that always sounded like a watered down version of the M.A.S.H. theme. I’ll take classic rock over that any day.
Here are the tunes I remember from the Great Snowstorm Grocery Shop of Feb 2015:
1. Blondie – “Atomic”. Blondie is coming to town this July as part of Big Music Fest, so that was totally appropriate.
2. The Beau Brummels – “Laugh Laugh”. I recognized this old classic from an episode of the Flintstones!
3.The Kinks – “Come Dancing”. I have been on a serious Kinks kick since December. “Come Dancing” and “Apeman” are currently my two favourite Kinks songs, but the tropical feel of “Come Dancing” hits the spot when it’s -16 degrees outside.
4. The Tokens – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. This one killed the momentum for me, so I went to the junk food isle.
5. The Doors – “Break on Through”. Morrison’s tormented screams haunted me in the cereal section.
6. Tommy Tutone – “867-5309 (Jenny Jenny)”. By amusing coincidence, this song came on as I wandered away from Jen, and went looking for her. I had a laugh over that, and I’m sure shoppers wondered why I was chuckling. Jen couldn’t hear the song over the sound of the refrigeration in the produce section.
7. A Taste of Honey – “Boogie Oogie Oogie”. I first heard this Disco classic on the Craig Fee Show.
8. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama”. Moms listen to this now. That’s the reality of the world we live in today.
Not a bad batch of tunes for a grocery shopping trip. Certainly better than Muzak, you must agree! It wouldn’t have been so bad working at the grocery store with those kinds of tunes.