Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lost in the Supermarket: Bruce Hornsby, Juliana Hatfield, The Kooks

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 2:40 PM

(Welcome to Lost in the Supermarket, an occasional blog recurring feature in which we discuss unexpected songs we've heard in unexpected places. This doesn't just have to be your local Schucks or Dierbergs, either; any weird pairing you've heard is fair game for the feature. Email the scenario to me, with the phrase Lost in the Supermarket in the subject heading, and you just might see it here.)

Date: Sunday, January 4
Where: Schnucks, Clayton Road
What: A tune by Bruce Hornsby, followed in short succession by Juliana Hatfield's "Shining On" and the Kooks' "Shine On."
Why is this weird? Mr. Hornsby's mom-jeans piano gems are prime grocery store fodder. But Hatfield's latest record, How to Walk Away, is full of melancholy, sophisticated pop gems. Production by Ivy's Andy Chase gives the album a lush, crushed-velvet feel, while appearances by the Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws add more rainy-day sighs. Plus, pairing her "Shining On" right before U.K. mod-rockers the Kooks' "Shine On" reveals that someone in Schnucks Music Progamming HQ has a sense of humor.

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