31 August 2007

Mix Tape Friday: Finest Worksongs

We have a long set this week to keep your toe tappin’ during the holiday weekend — and, in honor of Labor Day, it’s all about work.



R.E.M.: Finest Worksong

Elvis Costello: Welcome to the Working Week

Bruce Springsteen: Working on the Highway

Donna Summer: She Works Hard for the Money

The Members: Working Girl

Julian Cope: Five O'Clock World

Michael Jackson: Workin' Day and Night

DEVO: Working in the Coal Mine

King Missile: Take Stuff from Work

Johnny Paycheck: Take This Job and Shove It

Alex Chilton: Lost My Job

Cate Brothers: Union Man

Billy Bragg: There Is Power in a Union

Bob Dylan: Workingman's Blues #2

The Clash: Working and Waiting

The Replacements: God Damn Job *

eels: All in a Day's Work

Warren Zevon: The Factory

Patti Smith feat. Tom Verlaine + Richard Hell: Piss Factory

R.E.M.: Oddfellows Local 151

New Order: Working Overtime

Uncle Tupelo: Factory Belt

P.J. Harvey: Working for the Man

Ministry: Work for Love

NRBQ: Whistle While You Work

Nellie McKay: Work Song

Pernice Brothers: Working Girls (Sunlight Shines)

John Lennon: Working Class Hero

Randy Newman: Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)

Richard Thompson: Friday on My Mind

Loverboy: Working for the Weekend

Stan Ridgway: I Wanna Be a Boss

Detroit Cobras: Boss Lady

James Brown: The Boss

Elvis Presley: Big Boss Man

Snoop Dogg: Da Boss Would Like to See You



* UPDATE: Because I strive to keep Haahnster and Pistols at Dawn musically happy, I searched high and low, finally tracking down the 'Mats track ... God Damn!


Warren Zevon wins the prize for the best work crew: R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Bill Berry — and Bob Dylan on harmonica — on "The Factory." How Dylan ended up playing on this track is included in the Zevon bio, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.

A very close second for best work crew: Patti Smith, of course, with Tom Verlaine and Richard Hell. My deep, loyal love for all things R.E.M. and Zevon edged out this hardworking, beyond-cool team.

The hardest-working man in rock 'n' roll, the late James Brown, also makes an appearance on Finest Worksongs.

This week marks the first hair band appearance on Mix Tape Fridays: Loverboy. This is one of the very few hair-band songs I like. Somewhere I have this on 45, stashed way back in a box with my Def Leppard “Photograph” and AC/DC “All Night Long” singles.

Have a great Labor Day weekend, kids! If you’re in the Atlanta area, look me up at the Decatur Book Festival.

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37 Comments:

At 8/31/2007 12:18:00 AM, Blogger haahnster said...

I need a goddamn job/I need a goddamn job/I really need a goddamn job...Goddamn it...Goddamn it...Goddamn!!!

The 'Mats didn't make the cut?!

 
At 8/31/2007 01:15:00 AM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

I thought just us Chicago folks knew the old Ministry. Damn girl, you get around.

 
At 8/31/2007 02:03:00 AM, Blogger BeckEye said...

Great mix!

What was that one song..."Birth, School, Work, Death." Hell if I can remember that band's name who sang it.

 
At 8/31/2007 02:05:00 AM, Blogger Mountjoy said...

I hate (HATE,HATE,HATE) picking up songs I would put on your list Beth - but also know you love 'em too:

Roy Orbison - Working For The Man

and had you been a student of Oz Rock, I would have insisted/expected:

Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man (you may remember it as the closing song to the movie "Gung Ho". Or not.)

and Da Boss has so many working songs but two favourites of mine are "Facotry" and "Seeds", although the latter is maybe an unemployment song as much as anything else...

 
At 8/31/2007 03:26:00 AM, Blogger barista brat said...

omg! 'work for love'!!!!!

i haven't heard that since i wore shredded fishnets on my arms!

 
At 8/31/2007 06:00:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

Fitting I should see this just before heading for work. They'll be more fun to hear around 4 pm. There are several I don't know so thanks for the ongoing education Beth.

 
At 8/31/2007 09:44:00 AM, Blogger Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

Excellent set! A couple more I thought of: "Blue Collar Man" by Styx and "Car Wash" by Rose Royce.

 
At 8/31/2007 09:57:00 AM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

"Photograph," despite its less than awesome origins, is an excellent song.

Also, I would have possibly gone with Mr. Bragg's "St. Monday," so I could say, "I'm not workin' on a Monday," since it would have been Labor Day thematic as well.

 
At 8/31/2007 10:13:00 AM, Blogger anandamide said...

I started reading the list and thought "Johnny Paycheck should be here". Check.

Then you blew me away by including Loverboy. Any Canadian old enough to be listening to the radio in 1981 when this came out can't help but remember that intro: the cowbell and then that snare that sounds like a large pane of glass being thrown off a 10-story building.

Great work !!!!

 
At 8/31/2007 10:18:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

HAAHNSTER: I should have known you’d nail me for that oversight! I’ve searched everywhere for my Stink CD and MP3s, but couldn’t find them anywhere. And I can’t find the MP3 online … God damn! I hate leaving The ‘Mats out of any mix tape.

TENACIOUS S: The Beloved Ex was a big Ministry fan, so he got me up to speed on their earlier stuff. Plus, former drummer Bill Reiflin is now R.E.M.’s drummer. How could they escape my notice?

BECKEYE: Are you thinking of The Godfathers?

MOUNTJOY: I enjoy your suggestions. Roy’s “Working for the Man” made it through the first two rounds, but I cut it since the playlist ran so long. I tried to stick to one song per perfomer, and decided to go with the live Bruce track — but “Factory” nearly made it. Keep the suggestions coming!

BARISTA BRAT: I’ve been dancing at my desk all week to “Work for Love.”

 
At 8/31/2007 10:21:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

DALE: Interested in the new songs you like — and hate.

BLOWING SHIT UP WITH GAS: I considered “Car Wash” — along with “Wichita Lineman” and “Temporary Secretary” — but decided to hold the job-specific songs for another day. And Styx? Well, not a huge fan, so I don’t have any of their MP3s.

PISTOLS AT DAWN: I wanted to throw the union stuff in their, so “There’s Power in a Union” was a no-brainer for me, thus taking the Bragg slot.

ANANDAMIDE: Thank you, sir. I think any mix tape that includes Patti Smith and The Clash, Johnny Paycheck and Snoop Dogg, Loverboy and Zevon is pretty darn good.

 
At 8/31/2007 10:44:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

You forgot "Take This Job" and "Whoomp, There It is." You know, the version that says

Work that thing
(Work that thing)
Work that thing
(Work that thing)
Work it all around the room!

 
At 8/31/2007 10:55:00 AM, Blogger Scrivener said...

What, no Woody Guthrie? I'd've gone with "Talking Hard Work." But I didn't have that Billy Bragg track, so it's all good. I haven't listened to Ministry in many years, but I used to love one of their CDs that I can't even remember the title of anymore.

 
At 8/31/2007 11:10:00 AM, Blogger Shelly said...

Cool mix!

 
At 8/31/2007 11:41:00 AM, Blogger Michael K said...

I thought of the same song that Beckeye did. Love that album. I was working at a record store when it came out and we played the shit out of it. The follow up album "More Songs About Love And Hate" was also a huge record to me.

 
At 8/31/2007 12:36:00 PM, Blogger blog Portland said...

I was starting to get worried when I had scrolled down 3/4 of the way without seeing Loverboy... nice save.

 
At 8/31/2007 12:45:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: I tried to avoid working thangs and concentrated on working jobs. But now I'm workin' it all around the room.

SCRIVENER: I just wasn't in a Woody mood this week.

SHELLY: Thanks!

MICHAEL K: I don't have any of their stuff on MP3; may have to hunt some down this weekend.

BLOG PORTLAND: I hope you were wearing your headband and red leather pants as you typed that comment.

 
At 8/31/2007 01:05:00 PM, Blogger blueblanket said...

You've always got the best music Fridays!

 
At 8/31/2007 01:08:00 PM, Blogger blueblanket said...

You really should look up "Shove This Jay Oh Bee" by Biz Markee and Canibus -- from the Office Space soundtrack. It's a hip-hop remix of "Take this Job and Shove It" -- brilliant! My favorite to rock out to on the way home on a Friday!

 
At 8/31/2007 01:17:00 PM, Blogger blueblanket said...

One more comment: a question for Beth The Themed Mix Tape Expert. GTG is looking for suggestions for a "soundtrack" for Macbeth -- he suggested that we should start with Sympathy for the Devil, but I think that might be too cliche. Ideas?

 
At 8/31/2007 02:02:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

I figured as much, you Wobbly. I was hoping it was just your enduring love for the Pattersons and their backing of Billy on said track.

And no Replacements "God Damn Job?" Okay, that song isn't very good, but they should be on every mix ever.

 
At 8/31/2007 02:04:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

I was trying to second the initial comment...damn it for not noting that. "Well played, Haahnster," my comment would have ended, had I not clicked too quickly.

 
At 8/31/2007 02:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You just plain fucking are the girl.

 
At 8/31/2007 02:48:00 PM, Blogger haahnster said...

Beth, your tenacity is awe-inspiring.

 
At 8/31/2007 03:38:00 PM, Blogger Splotchy said...

That's a damn sweet collection of songs.

 
At 8/31/2007 04:15:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

This is one of the most thorough themed mix tapes I have ever seen. To this I say "woo!"

 
At 8/31/2007 06:07:00 PM, Blogger Evil Genius said...

eels! Rock on, Beth!

 
At 8/31/2007 06:34:00 PM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are blowing me away here, Beth! I can't wait to listen to all the songs I don't know. And one thing you have to say for Loverboy, they weren't afraid to rock the cowbell.

 
At 8/31/2007 07:22:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

BLUE BLANKET: I completely forgot about "Shove This Jay Oh Bee" — and I have it at home, dammit. Maybe next Labor Day weekend. I've been thinking about the Macbeth soundtrack and have some ideas; I'll think 'em through and let you know this weekend.

PISTOLS AT DAWN: This Wobbly wasted valuable office hours tracking down an MP3 of "God Damn Job," so you'd better appreciate the God Damn Job I did, doll.

ANONYMOUS: And you should just plain be ... well, I'll stop before I embarrass the others, shy boy.

HAAHNSTER: I blog to impress you, Haahnster.

 
At 8/31/2007 07:24:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

SPLOTCHY: I like 'em. Sadly, I cut a bunch of great tunes due to my limited daily bandwidth on MyDataBus.

SCOTT: Woo away — and come back next Friday for another brilliant installment of Mix Tape Friday.

EVIL GENIUS: E is da man, isn't he!

BARBARA: Gotta love the cowbell. Let me know which new tunes you like.

 
At 8/31/2007 08:09:00 PM, Blogger Hot Lemon said...

what about Rudgren's "Bang a Drum" for the reference to beating a drum like it was the boss' head?? too vague?

 
At 9/01/2007 01:20:00 AM, Blogger BeckEye said...

The Godfathers. That's it.

Oh, what about putting RuPaul's "Supermodel" on there? You gotta work, work it girl...

 
At 9/01/2007 01:21:00 AM, Blogger BeckEye said...

Was it "Supermodel" or "Cover Girl?" Ah, who the fuck cares.

 
At 9/01/2007 02:36:00 PM, Blogger jewgirl said...

nobody knows music like you, dear bethy... I think there's a book in your mix tape friday's. I'M JUST SAYIN'.

 
At 9/02/2007 08:56:00 PM, Blogger Eebie said...

Awesome mix tape! Lovin' it! Martin

 
At 9/04/2007 12:05:00 AM, Blogger Artful Dodger said...

Another most excellent mix. Though I could use a little seansoning of Ray Charles or prehaps some John Lee Hooker to complete it to my tastes. Hmmm...yes I will have to add a few songs just for me. But I still give you mix a solid 5 stars. ^_^

 
At 9/04/2007 06:40:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

HOT LEMON: That made it through the first couple of rounds, but I ended up cutting it since one local station played it every Friday afternoon for years; that is, they played it to death and ruined the song for me.

BECKEYE: Girlfriend, former Atlantan RuPaul will make a list soon ... but we want to honor her, not think of her working. And it was "Supermodel."

JEWGIRL: I should have begged Josh Jackson this weekend, shouldn't I? I could be the Hollis Gillespie of music.

EEBIE: YAY!

ARTFUL DODGER: I ended up cutting a few blues tunes — as well as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Louis Armstrong — because they didn't seem to fit with the rest of the tunes. Maybe I should have kept them ......

 

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