Lost in The Supermarket: The Kinks, "A Well Respected Man"
Date(s): Monday, February 16 and Saturday, February 21
Where: Walgreens, McKnight Road at Delmar Boulevard, University City
What: The Kinks, "A Well Respected Man"
Why is this weird? Well, how often does one hear the same song on two successive trips to the same pharmacy - especially a song one likes? "A Well Respected Man" was one of the Kinks' bigger American hits, topping out at #13 on the Billboard charts, but it's hardly obvious comfort music for Walgreens shoppers. The first time, on a quest for half-price Valentine's Day candy, was pleasant enough; I've been digging into the Kinks' catalog via the Picture Book box set lately, and actually found myself humming it in line. But five days later, the same song came on while I was waiting at the photo counter - at about the same time of day, no less. Certainly adds a fresh perspective to Ray Davies' lyrical portrait of a man whose "world is built round punctuality."