Grocery Store Rock-Ology



When I was a kid and my Mom would drag me to the grocery store with her, I seem to recall that as far as the music playing in the store, there wasn’t a lot to write home about.

My guess is that back then grocery shopping music might’ve been coming from a local radio station that was piped in or perhaps it was some of that pre-programmed Muzak type stuff featuring a really compelling violin arrangement of the same couple Beatles or Sinatra songs over and over again.

As for my own personal experience, I’m pretty sure I remember hearing the softer pop songs of the day in our local grocery store playing very, very quietly in the background.

Stuff like The Carpenters-Rainy Days and Mondays.  Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O’Sullivan.  Maybe Song Sung Blue from Neil Diamond and if your timing was especially good, maybe a rollicking version of “The Candy Man” from Sammy Davis Jr.

“I can even eat the dishes!  Wow!  How awesome!”

Clearly, mass appeal kind of stuff with no rough edges who’s only truly remarkable quality was that no one on the face of the earth could ever find it offensive.

So now flash forward to 2011.

Yesterday morning I’m in the grocery store picking up some essentials.

It’s early.

Maybe 7 am.

I’m not the only one in the store, but I probably AM the only one in the store under the age of about 75.

And unbeknownst to me, apparently I go to the absolute ROCKINEST Grocery store anywhere across the Front Range!  Who knew?

Because here’s a small sampling of the songs I heard while pushing my cart yesterday:  Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone, Smoke on the Water-Deep Purple, Ramble On– Led Zeppelin, Paint it Black-Rolling Stones, My Generation from The Who, ZZ Top’s La Grange, and All Along the Watchtower from Hendrix.

And again, in case you missed the beginning of the story, this is in a GROCERY STORE!

Old timers are pushing their carts along, double checking the prices on tea bags and Metamucil while getting blasted by some fairly serious rock and roll.

And from what I can tell, I’m the only one who notices this.

It’s like I’m in some really strange David Lynch film.

The only thing missing is an appearance from Harry Dean Stanton.

I don’t know if the guys who stock the shelves overnight were left in charge of the music selection yesterday or if my neighborhood grocery store has simply decided to “adjust” its image but I gotta tell you, I kind of enjoyed it.

Somehow I managed to resist the temptation to find a broom, light it on fire, and run through the aisles doing my Hendrix imitation.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is, I got so distracted by watching this strange musical drama unfold that I dropped a watermelon in the produce section, which busted in half like a bad Gallagher routine and I forgot to buy about half the stuff Anne put on the shopping list.

But that seems like a fairly small price to pay for Rocking out in Aisle 12, doesn’t it?

Attention shoppers!

Right now, buy two loaves of wonder bread and get a free fender Stratocaster and the Led Zeppelin box set.

While supplies last!



  • I hear you! Moved to Castle Rock via Iowa a couple years back and the music at our store is epic! I was in the other day and got the pleasure to listen to “The Doors”, “Soul Kitchen” as I looked over produce! Great stuff!:)

  • My grocery store plays good music too but think about it. We think it’s cool to hear good music in the grocery store but to the youth of today it is likely the equivilent of Muzak to them. Unless you are my ten year old son who walked past the tv when I was watching a PBS special on the musicans that appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and he says “House of the Rising Sun-The Animals-Cool”. I guess I am raising my kids right. Although they are too embarrased to dance with me in aisle 12 at the grocery store.

  • Our King Soopers always plays Touch of Grey by the Grateful Dead, they have for the 4 years we’ve lived here in Loveland!

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