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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Work Songs

I am planning on making a CD of songs about work specifically office work, no songs about digging holes or the like. I worked on this in the past with my friend Headstart but the final result was less than satisfactory.

Current list of candidate songs:
A New Career in a New Town - David Bowie
A Snow Ball In Hell -They Might Be Giants
Bang on the Drum! – Todd Rundgren
Birght Future in Sales – Fountains of Wayne
Career Opportunities – The Clash
Day in Day Out – XTC
Daysleeper – R.E.M.
Daytime Nightime Sufferring - Wings
Dear Employer (the Reason I Quit) – Minus 5
Don’t Bring Your Work To Bed – The Lucksmiths
Earn Enough For Us – XTC
Five O’Clock World – The Vogues
Found A Job – Talking Heads
Frankly Mr. Shankley – The Smiths
Friday on My Mind – The Easybeats
Get Back Into Line - Kinks
Hey Julie – Fountains of Wayne
Home counties boy - Martin Newell
Memo To Human Resources – They Might Be Giants
Minimum Wage – They might Be Giants
Model Worker – Magazine
Monkey Suit – Pernice Brothers
Nine to Five – Dolly Parton
Sick Day - Fountains of Wayne
Smithers Jones – The Jam
St. Monday – Billy Bragg
Step Into My Office, Baby – Belle and Sebastian
Temporary Secretary - Paul McCartney
The Day Before you came – Frida
The Group Who Couldn’t Say – Grandaddy
The Job that Ate my Brain- The Ramones
Welcome to the Working Week – EC
Work – Andy Partridge
Work – Lou Reed and John Cale
Work is a Four Letter Word – The Smiths
Working For the Clampdown – The Clash
Working for the Weekend – Loverboy
Working Girls – Pernice Brothers

Any other sugestions? Please leave a comment!


At 7/13/2004 12:54 PM, Blogger sprizee said...

Ummm, I'm no country fan, but "9 to 5" is a must, don't you think?

I don't think I need to tell you that God put Kaaza on this planet for a reason; the reason being people should be able to access crappy music they would never consider buying just so they can download it for free to put on a mixed CD. Praise the lawd!

How the heck do you think I ended up with a bunch of Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Paige and Britney Spears mp3s?

Ooohh and what about "Rock around the clock"?

Okay, both my suggestions are crap. It's good that at least I realize that, right?

P.S. I heart "St. Monday". That song tells The God of Horrible Mondays right where she can shove it, and you gotta love that!

At 7/13/2004 1:19 PM, Blogger successlessness said...

9 to 5 is on the list but as Nine to Five :-) It was on the first version of this CD but i don't know if it meshes well with the rest of the songs. Ditto for the Loverboy and Todd Rundgren tracks.

Isn't Rock Around the clock more about rocking than about working?

St. Monday will definately make the cut!

At 7/14/2004 10:37 AM, Blogger nonomouse said...

"Get Back in the Line" (Kinks) and "Clampdown" (Clash) should go.

"Clampdown" is about working for a tyrannical government and isn't specifically office work. "Get back in the line" is about manual work. "That union man has such a hold over me..."

I'll try to think of some replacements!

At 7/14/2004 10:47 AM, Blogger nonomouse said...

Nine to Five and When Work Is Over by the Kinks (Soap Opera)
Situation Vacant by the Kinks (Something Else)?

At 7/14/2004 10:49 AM, Blogger nonomouse said...

I Just Got My Pay - Beach Boys

At 9/02/2007 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I realize that this is several years late - but hey, Nuthin' ever really dies in cyberspace, right? - but researching my own Labor Day broadcast, I stumbled across your list here, and I thought I'd add a few....

"Careering", Public Image Ltd
"Working Class Hero", John Lennon
"God Damn Job", the Replacements
"Finest Worksong", REM
"Maggie's Farm", Bob Dylan
"The Factory", Warren Zevon
"Mr President, Please Have Pity On The Working Man", Randy Newman
"Waiting For Mary", Pere Ubu
"Ancient Egypt", Tom Verlaine
"Making Plans For Nigel", XTC
"Do You Want My Job?", Little Village
"Salt Of The Earth", the Rolling Stones
and, especially, Tom Wait's version of "Whistle While You Work (the Dwarve's Marching Song)"....


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