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Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Do you like American music, baby?


My local Somerfields (small kwikSpar-like store) plays the most awesome music. Every time I go in there, the first thing I notice is the music. And every time I am struck by what amazing taste somebody in there has. I don't think they play a radio station. Apparently one of the cashiers used to work for EMI records, so this might have something to do with it. On more than one occasion I have heard music in there that I have been inspired to download at home.

Now this surprises me for many reasons.

1) I have not met many English people that like the music I like. They tend to listen to more British (UKish?) music over here. In the 90's in South Africa we were exposed predominantly to American music (baby). Over here they often haven't even heard of bands like Live or Pearl Jam that were huge in SA when I was wee. But this store plays it all, even the Goo Goo dolls.

2) My music taste is not mainstream. I am old and uncool and stuck in a 90's timewarp. I hate most of the stuff on the radio over here. I do like some new stuff though, and most of it I have discovered through my friendly local Somerfields.

3) It's a freaking supermarket. What supermarket has good taste in music? I have never been anything other than tortured by supermarket music before. Boney M's greatest Christmas travesties springs to mind as a prime example of supermarket music-hell.

It is an excellent marketing strategy, because I go there often even though they are twice as expensive as other supermarkets. They should be sponsored by iTunes.

Who would have thunk it? I am 100% musically compatible with a room full of groceries.

7 comments:

sleepyjane said...

Pearl Jam is one of my all time favourite bands!!

BTW my word verification today is: phakhol - kinda sounds like vokol doesn't it? haha

Being Brazen said...

Thats awesome...its great to be ain shop where they play music you like.

I have walked out of stores purely because the music they played was awful

:)

sweets said...

LOL love your last line :)

i'm also stuck in the '90's, great music man!!! that is quite original of the shop to have decent music, well done sparlike shop :)

Tamara said...

Hah! As soon as you said "supermarket music" I thought of bloody Boney-M ;-)

po said...

Howzit people

sleepyjane: that is briliant, phakol, haha.

being brazen: sheesh the music must have been really bad if you walked out!

sweets: Yay for the 90's and yay for Sparlike shop!

Tamara: strange how that stuff is played in all shops. From like October onwards.

Being Brazen said...

I am adding you to my blogroll :)

po said...

aw thanks being brazen, very sweet of you.