Ph.D. Octopus

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Johnny Rotten Wants you to Stop and Shop

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The big lettuce-related news from Southeastern Connecticut is that the workers in my hometown grocery store chain (Stop and Shop) just ratified a new union contract, after months of tense negotiating. The workers will get $1.15 per hour more in the middle of a recession. Yeah unions! Stop and Shop is our local grocery chain, with stores all over Southern New England.

Anyways… you might know Stop and Shop because it was immortalized in the Modern Lovers’ song Roadrunner, one of the best rock and roll songs of the 1970s. Here you have Jonathan Richman singing about how he is “gonna ride past the Stop and Shop.”

It gets better. During their short career, the Sex Pistols began covering the song. Johnny Rotten, as you can hear, doesn’t have a great grasp of the lyrics (it almost sounds like he’s not giving his 100% here! Even, perhaps, that he is abusing some illegal substance!), but he does repeat the Stop and Shop line.


And so my hometown grocery store ended up in a Sex Pistols song.

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Written by Peter Wirzbicki

March 9, 2010 at 00:19

Posted in music, unions

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  1. yea, Stop and Shop workers!!!

    Cornell Grad student

    March 10, 2010 at 10:54

  2. […] By Wiz As part of my riveting interest in Southern New England based grocery chains, I have already reported on the Stop and Shop workers who secured for themselves a damn fine contract a bit ago, and what […]


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