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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