I've noticed the Boston Markets around north Jersey have a heavily singer-songwriter-centric playlist, but I have yet to hear Vienna in any store, etc.
I'm amazed at how a lot of music that was considered "alternative" during my high school days (mid-late '80s) is now commonplace in Muzak systems. I mean, anyone who openly admitted to liking say The Smiths or The Cure in my high school was assured of getting beat up. Last night I heard both while at CVS! And there's so many 80s bands, both "alternative" and "heavy metal" who you couldn't find in a record store (before Internet), that I now hear in department stores, chain restaurants, etc. You were only exposed to what the classic rock and top 40 radio stations spoonfed you during the '80s, and if you went out of your way to discover the Replacements, for instance, you were a freak. Now I hear all these groups when I go grocery shopping. Man how times change.
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