Smells Vaguely Like Nirvana

Back when I was cool I used to work at a record store.

People used to come in to my job and sing to me and I would try to find what they were looking for. Most of the time it was fairly simple. Most of the customers wanted something they had recently heard on the radio or seen on MTV. Being the MTV junkie that I was I could almost always help them.

My favorite was the year summer that “Rump Shaker” was popular. I loved it when grown women would walk up to me and say “All I wanna do is zoom-zoom-zoom-zoom and a boom-boom”.

Then they would blush.

But I found their cassingle and they left happy.Peaches

Working at Peaches was the best job I ever had. I loved going to work. I didn’t really like the part at the end of the night when I had to sweep or take out the trash, but other than that I loved it. I even liked alphabetizing the cds and running the cash register. Mostly it just gave me the opportunity to be around new music all day and get paid for it.

I think I would have liked to work there forever if you could make any money working in retail music stores.

And if retail record stores even exist anymore. I buy all my music from the iTunes store and the last time I drove by my old Peaches it was a Kinkos.

You can never go home again, Oatman but I guess you can make copies there.

So now I am in an awkward predicament.

It all started when I misplaced my car adapter for my iPod. I got stuck listening to the stupid radio.

I loathe the radio. All the “new rock” stations play The Beastie Boys Pearl Jam and The Offspring. It is all the same music that was on the radio when I was in college. 15 YEARS AGO!

Then I found my adapter and then promptly lost my iPod. Again, I am forced to listen to the radio in my car. Then I hear this song. It sounds kind of like Nirvana, but it isn’t Nirvana – I own everything they released. The chord progressions sound like Puddle of Mudd (who I think has the potential of being a really good band if they got someone decent in to edit them. They have good ideas and they just aren’t fleshed out properly).

Since I am far to embarrassed to ask anybody if they actually listen to “new rock” and I can’t remember any of the words and also since I only heard it once and it probably sucks and the people that know what song I am talking about are going to think I am a total tool. I just can’t get it out of my head.

I guess I’ll tell the entire internet. You guys are the people that know my deepest geekiness anyway. And who can make fun of me for liking Puddle of Mudd if they met me at a blogging convention anyway?

Oh right. You guys.

That is an extraordinarily long way to go to ask you this question: Does anyone know what song I am talking about? I think it has the words “that’s the reason why I” something or other near the end. I’d sing it to you if you worked at a Peaches but there is no way I am going to walk into the crappy record store in the mall with a four year old on each hand and singing to some random teenager who probably likes the new Metallica album or thinks Fallout Boy is awesome.

In the meantime I am making playlists on of Seether and Puddle of Mudd and Nirvana and they are just trying to bully me into listening to an assload of Third Eye Blind.

Please don’t make fun of me to my face.

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  1. I don’t know the song, but my two favorite ways to find a song are:
    1) Go to the radio station’s website. They usually have a list of their top songs this week or the five most recent songs played or some equivalent. If that fails you can always email the DJs. They’re surprisingly nice about emailing back.
    2) Google ‘lyrics “that’s the reason why I”‘. You may have to tinker with the wording a little, but it usually brings up the song you’re looking for. (Although that particular snippet of lyrics is likely to bring up a lot of other songs, like “Where is the Love” by the Black Eyed Peas, which is most definitely not what you’re looking for. Maybe try to listen for more words next time it plays?)

    Good luck!

  2. I have a twisted love for bands that try to be edgy and fail, and instead just kind of suck. Think Linkin Park, the above mentioned Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, lately I’ve been digging on OAR (yay for local music). Oh, and Pink. I heart me some Pink.

    Yeah, I know, it’s a sickness. Feel free to make fun of me to my face.

    If you hear the song again, try to pass on some more info. and I’ll see if I can think of anything. I’m assuming it’s a male lead singed, yes? I listen to a crapload of XM/Siruis radio at work, and it’s all “New Rock.” Well, mostly.

  3. I’m sorry, I can’t help you, but I enjoyed your post, particularly the bit about how radio is still playing the same damn songs. I can’t believe how often I hear songs from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors or old Journey songs. I mean like every DAY. Doesn’t that just seem retarded?

  4. I’ll have to think… We listen to alot of radio because my lighter things that the fm transmitter plugs into don’t work. (aren’t you glad I teacher grammar with that sentence). Anyway, I won’t make fun of you. I like Puddle of Mudd (I think, I’ll have to ask Ritch) and a lot of other crap.

  5. I forgot to add, if you call me & sing it, Justin may be able to tell you what it is.

  6. Um, ready?

    My first job ever was working in a record store. Sam Goody in the Annapolis Mall.

  7. I think the song might be Hoobastank’s “The Reason.” Maybe. Sounds right, based on your puddle of mudd-like description.

  8. Hmmmm, I may have to recruit my 11 YO music snob … he’d know.

    Also I have to admit that I love *hangs head in shame and drops voice into a whisper* Nickelback. I just can’t help myself.

  9. haha, oh my! no clue on the song, however the cassingle reference – oh ya!

    my first job out of hs was at a record shop…they had just started switching from albums to cds. & yah, i had a lot of people come in & sing for me too!

  10. I have no idea what the song is, mainly because I too don’t listen to the radio and because I gave up trying to learn all the cool new music when I gave up working in radio, but I pledge my undying love to you for the Grosse Point Blank reference.

    You made my whole day.

  11. If they’re playing that stuff for “new rock,” does that mean nobody does rock anymore?

  12. Call me and I’ll see what I can do.

    I’m sure Randy would be chuckling about this post. :)

    God, I miss Peaches. Mine’s a Chipotle.

    I miss the crates. I miss the Muze machine. I miss everything.


  13. No idea on the song or what the hell a Peaches was like, but man, I miss Tower Records. I’m not sure why I was allowed to go all the way back when I was too young for the music I was buying and the video section was still a head shop, but I’m glad I was.

  14. Crap. Hoobastank is probably right.

    I hate to give my money (even if it is only .99) to a band that calls itself Hoobastank.

  15. Don’t you have an iPhone? If not, get one and download Shazam. Then Shazam can tell you the name of the song when it comes on the radio! hahahaha!

    On another note, my dad owned a music wholesaler and he sold music to Peaches. I worked for him EVERY summer. Aaaahhhh, the memories. I never paid for music until I went to college and fell in love with a local band. Free 8 tracks/cassettes/cds and concert tickets too. I didn’t realize that I was spoiled until he sold the business and I started paying upwards of $150 for tickets to concerts that you would hate. I can’t bear to name them for fear that you’d never talk to me again. 😀

  16. Frank Sucks says:

    Sarah: It has all sounded like Nirvana from the get Kurt finally pulled the trigger. has radio play lists in real time

  17. Did ANY of you click on the Fallout Boy link?


  18. I can’t believe I’m the only one who got it. I rarely listen to the radio, but I used to work with a girl who went around singing that song all day. She used to steal from the purses in the employee lounge. It’s almost a Pavlovian response for me to want to kick someone in the face every time I hear it.

  19. Okay, I woke up and listened to the Hoobastank. It isn’t that one.

    I think it has some cellos in it.

  20. The best year of my life was the year I was a supervisor in the Borders music department.

    I recently priced a Clash promo I snagged then and it was worth 35 bucks on ebay. I should have stayed a poor music geek, no question.

    Also, is it Nickelback? I can’t tell any of these dudes apart but it’s usually Nickelback. And I was about to get all indignant about Third Eye Blind and then I realized it’s Matchbox 20 I like instead so anyway. And also I listen to JackFM 102.7, which may or may not make it down your way. Every other station plays the same three songs and yes, they are all from 1994.

  21. I called Pete who listens to the radio, lord help him he is resisting an Ipod (keep in mind this is the same man who resisited banking on line for YEARs, he listens for two hours every day during his commute. He wants to know which station you were listening to. He also said he heard a song yesterday he thinks, “Will be a big hit.” However he didn’t know the name of the song nor the name of the band.

    Sarah, I will ask again, “Are you and my husband secretly brother and sister?”

  22. Oleander — “Why I’m Here”

  23. No idea what song you’re talking about but I do know the frustration of “WHAT SONG IS THAT?!” My bf likes to hold up his iPhone and use the app that identifies songs. That thing is so badass. Good luck finding your tunes! Lastly, I miss record stores, too. Sigh.

  24. So here’s a question – if people don’t listen to the radio these days, how do they know what music to download? Of course, most of the music I’m listening to these days was made before I was born, so “new” to me is relative.

    I can’t name that tune, but I did get a kick out of the Peaches reference. One of the big music chains in Boston when I came here for college was Strawberries. Most of those are gone now too.

  25. Did you figure it out with all the tips here (sorry, I am no good at helping)?

  26. P. S. I never worked in a record store, but spent several years in a bookstore, similarly surrounded by product I loved and people who were interested in it. 20 years later, that job remains my favorite.

  27. Does Metallica’s new one suck. I haven’t heard it yet.

  28. Shit, you had me at Oatman.

    My ipod has about 5000 songs from the 80’s & 90’s & only about 5 from the year 2000 and on.

    What is this “radio” that you speak of? My kids’ favorite song is Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes & I’m damn proud of that. (-;

    LOL at your link.

  29. I clicked on the link. And I have to agree with the general consensus of the Jonas Brothers.

  30. I remember one time a guy came in and said, “Hey, do you have that jam they’re playing on the radio now?”

    To which I responded, “Uh…they’re playing a lot of jams on the radio right now. Can you be more specific?”

    “No, they’re playing it RIGHT NOW. Don’t you guys listen to the radio in this place?”

    So I said, “Um…no.”

  31. Just checked the link. I would have had to nominate the cast from High School Musical though.

    With cellos, it might be Apocalyptica… but they don’t sound anything like Nirvana.

  32. I can’t remember the last time I listened to a radio. Also, too bad MTV doesn’t show music videos anymore. Instead they have a bunch of stupid reality shows always starring the same asshats.

  33. I loved this post!! Did you figure it out!? Numerous times, I’ve consulted with Dr. Google, and oddly enough she can name that tune in two poorly typed lyrical notes.

    I couldn’t help but thing of “High Fidelity” when I read your post. My hubby and I just watched that again, and it brings back such memories. :)

    Good luck in your quest!

  34. I used to work in the music biz, too.

    The really sad part is that I don’t even have a radio right now-and I have never even set up the hand-me-down ipod from my daughter. I couldn’t even tell you who a popular band is anymore. *tisk,tisk*

  35. Dude. You used to be able to search local radio station playlists in iTunes. I found many songs that way. Any way you can find a playlist for that radio station? Something might ring a bell.

  36. after reading the last two posts i think you may be my musical and movie soul mate.

  37. Sorry, but I am no longer cool enough for “New Rock”. My station switched to adult contemporary and I’m even starting to like it. (shakes head)

  38. you need Shazam for your iPhone. Its on the app store and its free. If you dont have this already its insane!

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