Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 | Filed under Comic, Moral Police, Rants 15 Comments

Music in retail store sucks

I don’t know if it’s just a Delhi thing, but every other store I go to seems to be tuned in to the mid-nineties-suckfest radio channel. Worst offenders are:

  • ALL the coffee shops (Barista, Coffee Day, Costa)
  • The new swanky retail chains (Shoppers’ Stop, 24×7, Pantaloons)
  • Fast food joints (McDonald’s, KFC, Yo China)

All are playing one hit wonders from 10 years back. Last week I was dining in Ruby Tuesday and they were playing Ice Ice Baby.

It’s got to be one of these explanations:

  1. These are the only songs the store managers know because they stopped listening to new music once they got out of college.
  2. New songs are not allowed to be played publically by the record companies.
  3. Retail Experts believe since most of the customers are in the 30-40 age group, they can identify these songs, because (as with point 1), they stopped listening to new music once they got out of college. And these songs bring back good nostalgic memories.
  4. Nobody really cares as long as there’s a continuous stream of sound.

Some solutions:

  1. All music released before 1980 is cool to play.
  2. All music released after 2000 is cool to play.
  3. All music released in the 80s should be destroyed.
  4. All music released in the 90s should be saved, but not played.
  5. All music released in the 60s and 70s is super cool, and should be played more often.

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    whateveryouwantittobe // July 8th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    this is so so true. and heaven help you if you are the kind who actually listens to the music that plays where you walk in because not everyone does. lucky them. its not just delhi, while in bombay it was hard for me to find anyplace that played good rock music. so i moved to bangalore. didn’t work. will someone please tell all the pubs that rock is not just the eagles, def leppard and (shudder) bon jovi.

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // July 8th, 2008 at 7:17 pm


    Rock was NEVER Bon Jovi. Seriously… with a name like Bon Jovi?? Didn’t think so.

    It’s not that music isnt available. Browse any music store and you can find Creedence, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin.. the works. But retail stores sure love their barbie doll.

    Pico’s in Bangalore had good music.

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    Rohan // September 12th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Dude, the main problem is that we Indians are so tuned to “evergreen” that we don’t ever want to go beyond the 12-track cassette that big brother had. Even with old Hindi songs it’s the same, people would rather stick to sameness than change.

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    pri // September 27th, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    true to some extent ….. but some

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    Sourav Das // November 14th, 2008 at 12:26 am

    For all Mac fans — my friend’s Macbook recently crashed on him. Ironically most of the computer wizards I know actually prefer Linux and other open-source stuff rather than the two imposing technological trends.

    PS. something a Mac can and a PC can’t — a Macbook can get you laid!

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    almostinfamous // December 6th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    it’s a polarized world… on the one hand you have these places that play the backstreet boys side of things and on the other, you have the places that play only metallica, maiden and pink floyd. and on yet another hand/leg/whatever, you have the places that play utter torture like kenny G’s instrumental version of ‘my heart will go on’.

    but one point … Guns N Roses(and blondie and the police) were around in the 80s, and Cobain was around in the early 90s.. so not ALL such music is bad. most of it, yes… all of it, no.

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    Sameer Panchangam // April 20th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Happens everywhere! Not just Delhi.. seen it in Bangalore/Hyderabad!

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    rohan // June 26th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    haha, it’s not just delhi.. its mumbai also.. fuckin suckers.. also, i’m a BIG FAN of this comic strip.. start making those T-shirts already..!

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    Avinash // March 27th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Haha. Good one, but I kinda liked the fruity music choices. Of course, there was QJam for a while. Brilliant. I wonder where that went

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    Surya Basu // March 11th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Very true.and the trends not local to Delhi. The only place where i heard good music in a coffee-shop: Jamshedpur CCD!! they played the whole Dark Side once when i was there.

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    Jack Warren // October 2nd, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I work in a furniture store and the music thats played is mainly; Dolly parton, the beegees, cliff richard, james bond theme tunes, the human league and the only modern music played is terrible! Occaisionally i will play my i pod; The smiths/Morrissey, stone roses, Hendrix, frank zappa, beatles, crystal castles, radiohead and stuff like it. Everyone else is aged between 40 – 60 and insist the other ipod is better. It drives me mad!! They need serious convincing. i know my ipod isnt particularly ideal for a furniture store but its a bit better than having Mrs parton blasting her regurgitated filth out into my face over and over until im ready to die (usually takes about 3 minutes). What are people thinking, no one likes country western music in this day and age.


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