Supermarket Sheep

Sorry.  The CD broke, so they asked me to come to the store and sing in person.

Sorry. The CD broke, so they asked me to come to the store and sing in person.

It’s the Monday before Black Thursday Friday, and while DJ Scratchy would love to carve up a little Steely Dan on the turntables, we must faithfully stick to the usual collection of meccamuzakmondaysearworm turkeys here on Mecca Muzak Monday.  And since this is the final MMM before the series goes all-holiday for the month of December, me and my pony figured we’d take this opportunity to feature what is probably the most infamous song to ever spin in your local Mecca since the muzak CD program began after Christmas of 2012…

There has been a lot of different kinds of music to show up on seven CD’s of contemporary gold that have been played on repea-pea-pea-pea-peat, but one of them stands out head and shoulders apart from the rest.  A special kind of stupid earworm that could only be brought to us by a washed up singer who thought it’d be a good idea to make a children’s album…

Oh yeah!  I can totally get down to this!

Oh yeah! I can totally get down to this!

Jewel burst onto the scene in the mid 90’s as a somewhat lamer more mellow alternative to the gangsta rap and grunge rock that dominated the decade.  While her coffeehouse style folk music played well through the remainder of the 90’s, by the time the 21st Century came around, the only jewels anyone cared about were contained in addictive internet games.

Well, and the family jewels.

Well, and the family jewels.

So Jewel branched out into the ever popular world of Satan’s children’s music.  If you think pop earworms are bad, try keeping those wheels on the fucking short bus from going round and round in your head.  In 2011 she released an album through Fisher Price called “The Merry Goes ‘Round”, and on that not quite good enough for Kidz Bop collection was a little song dedicated to the grocery store that Mecca couldn’t resist putting on the inaugural CD…

You’ve seen the kind of songs I’ve featured in past MMM posts… can you imagine “The Supermarket Song” suddenly showing up in the middle of all that rock, pop, and country?  The comments section of that YouTube video is full of fellow Mecca workers complaining about having to hear it all the time, because it sticks out like such a sore thumb that it’s impossible not to notice it playing in the background!

It's the 800 pound possum in the room.

It’s the 800 pound possum in the room.

And Mecca’s inclusion of it on the Winter 2013 CD is almost certainly due to the fact that she performed a Mecca version of the song at Mecca HQ in 2012.  You can find that performance fairly easy if you search “jewel supermarket song” on You Tube if you really want to see it… but I won’t link to it here since it’s posted on Mecca’s official channel, and I know referrers can be tracked back, and maybe I’m a bit paranoid…

Yeah, he thinks we don't know what Mecca really means... fire that stupid squirrel!

Yeah, he thinks we don’t know what Mecca really means… fire that stupid squirrel!

And I have to admit… though I too rolled my eyes at this song for a long time, it did manage to grow on me like a 50 pound bag of chicken nuggets.  There’s something to be said for the tuba and the old time jazzy horns in this one…

Not that kind of horn...

Not that kind of horn…

And that closes the book on traditional Mecca Muzak Monday for its inaugural season.  The hits that weren’t quite good enough for Tarjhay will be back in 2015, but until then, we hope you enjoy our selection of fine Mecca holiday hits for the next five weeks!  I know the vinyl one will…

This is just too cute not to repost!

This is just too cute not to repost!

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18 Responses to Supermarket Sheep

  1. Mental Mama says:

    I think their policy on making y’all work on the holidays is criminal. As is Jewel’s music.

    • LOL on Jewel’s music…

      As for the holidays, Mecca didn’t start that fire (though they are fanning the flames)… but all it would take is for the customers to one year say “Hell no!” to shopping on Thanksgiving evening for things to change. Everyone I know says they don’t shop Black Friday… yet someone’s filling up those stores…

      It’s never been a biggie to me, because I come from a family where everyone has always had jobs that often required holiday work… parents, sisters, me… so we’re more than used to partial get-togethers…

      • Mental Mama says:

        I won’t shop at all on Thanksgiving or on Black Friday. I believe that everyone deserves to have time off with their family. I’m the sort of person that sends a message with my money – if I disagree with a company’s policies, I stop shopping there. I haven’t been in a Hobby Lobby in over a year.

  2. merbear74 says:

    I mentioned Steely Dan is my post today…creepy.

  3. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Why does everybody like Steely Dan? Overrated.

  4. Oh that song! It would be infuriating to work with I think.The look of “whoops” om Rainbow’s face is priceless. HaHaHa!

  5. Where I live, we don’t have Mecca, so I have to imagine it. I see it as a combination of Target and Walmart with a dollop of Best Buy. But the music — I think you are the only ones who make your own music CDs. It’s kind of odd, trying to imagine it from your posts.

    • Well… technically nobody has Mecca since it’s my codename for the actual name of my employer. But it’s easy to figure out which store it is… and it is one of the ones you listed!

  6. I hope you don’t mind … but … I got tapped by Doobster at Mindful Digressions to participate in a “blog hop” called “Holiday Touring” in which a blogger chooses a holiday, then poses 3 questions to 2 bloggers (like you). The questions are about how, if at all, you celebrate that particular holiday. It’s a pretty easy one, and all you have to do it link back to me and to the other bloggerI’ve honored with this tag — Swoosique at Cancer Is Not Pink. The post for this will be up just after midnight, so you’ll see it all in the email that inevitably arrives. I don’t think this is totally time sensitive or anything, or at least I wasn’t told it was. As it happened, I didn’t have a post for tomorrow so this solved this “what shall I write tomorrow” conundrum.

    If you REALLY REALLY don’t want to do it, I’ll find someone else to annoy, but I thought you might not mind. Not like one of those awards where you have to find 15 other bloggers who still accept awards!

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