Friday, January 18, 2019

Foo Fighters Album Found in Clearance Bin of St. Louis Aldi

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 1:18 PM

click to enlarge KEVIN MCDERMOTT
  • Kevin McDermott

People love Aldi. The discount grocery chain sells everything from frozen foods to pajamas and its seasonal offerings (like a wine advent calendar) sell out in seconds. As fans of Aldi are always quick to point out: Aldi and Trader Joe’s are cousin companies, Aldi just doesn’t have the pretty face that Trader Joe’s has, so everything there is cheaper.

What you don’t expect to ever (ever) find at an Aldi is an album from the Foo Fighters. But Foo’s greatest hits LP was spotted today Kevin McDermott of St. Louis band CaveofswordS at the Aldi on South Grand Boulevard (3721 S. Grand Blvd; 855-955-2534) and we are just totally and completely confused.

Why was the record there? Isn’t this just... weird? Is this viral marketing for an upcoming music video? Is Aldi getting into the generic dad rock game? Is anybody going to buy it? Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of Foo?



At least the stupid thing was right where it belonged: In the clearance bin. Damn that Dave Grohl. He’s everywhere. He just won’t leave us alone.

Sure, Aldi is known for selling some oddball items alongside their cheap treats. St. Louisans have been known to find Jarts and even cup holders on stakes you stick in your backyard for sale in these aisles, but vinyl pressings of embarrassing, faux-epic arena rock bands is a new one on us.

You may have heard that Aldi is in the middle of a makeover and selling records might be part of it. Lately it has even been been working on its visual presentation, too. Instead of continuing to look like utilitarian Soviet Union-style windowless markets, the redesigned Aldi locations are big, bright and open. They are, however, contaminated with Foo, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Man, grocery stores are becoming scary places lately. First there was shit in the romaine lettuce, now there’s shit in the clearance bins.

Email the author at jaime.lees@riverfronttimes.com
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