Monday’s Music Moves Me: Workin’

So Cathy, this month’s guest conductor, says that today’s theme is "National Boss/Employee Exchange Day – Songs about filling another person’s work shoes or in general for those who don’t work outside the home." Well, the doing something outside the home baffled me, then I realized that I don’t work outside the home ‘cuz I’m retired! I’ve been on disability since 2014, so this is my seventh year of retirement! And as far as "outside the home" is concerned, I haven’t been outside my house since the day after Memorial Day. Summer’s a bad time for us, with the heat and humidity, and we stay inside as much as possible.

So, I get to talk about work in general, and here are ten work songs.

  1. Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "Blue Collar": BTO’s first single from its 1973 eponymous album only reached #68, which is a damn shame, because this is one of my favorite songs, I think because, having worked second and third shift for several years, I have a feel for the world they describe here.

  2. Creedence Clearwater Revival, "The Working Man": From their eponymous 1968 album, it wasn’t released as a single. Great guitar work by John Fogerty on a bluesy number.

  3. Sheena Easton, "Morning Train": Was released in most of the rest of the world as "9 to 5," but had to be renamed because Dolly Parton had a song with that name (which see). From her 1981 debut Take My Time, it was a big hit for the bonnie lass from Bellshill, Lanarkshire (outside of Glasgow), reaching #1 in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, #2 in Ireland, #3 in the UK, and Gold records in the US, Canada, and the UK.

  4. Dolly Parton, "9 to 5": Theme song from the movie and #1 in the US, Canada, and Australia, but only reached #47 in the UK. Nevertheless, went platinum in the US and UK. Comments on this video pointed out Dolly’s incredibly long fingernails; surprisingly, she can play the guitar well with them.

  5. The Godfathers, "Birth, School, Work, Death": Title track from their 1988 album that reached #38 on the Mainstream Rock chart in the US. I thought it captured the futility of life for many of us… nah, I wasn’t even thinking about that..

  6. Johnny Paycheck, "Take This Job And Shove It": Title track from Johnny’s 1977 album. It was written by David Allen Coe and is the anthem of working people everywhere. Jonathon Brandmeier, when he was the morning guy on WLUP in Chicago, had a feature called the "Shove It Line" on Friday mornings, where people would call in and tell their employer to shove it, and usually the last one was someone for whom Friday was their last day. When I left my job at the bank, I fully intended on calling in, but I couldn’t get through. But I wanted to… Reached #1 on the US and Canadian Country charts.

  7. The Beatles, "A Hard Day’s Night": Theme song for their 1964 movie, which is my favorite of all time. Also the title track from the soundtrack album. It reached #1 in most of the world and the Top Ten in the rest of. That beginning chord is basically a G11/D, for you music theory fans, and how it was played is described here.

  8. The Vogues, "Five O’Clock World": Yet another title track, this one from the 1966 album by American vocal group The Vogues. The song was released in late 1965 and reached #1 on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey for two nonconsecutive weeks, the weeks of December 17, 1965 and January 7, 1966 (The Beatles’ "We Can Work It Out/"Day Tripper" was #1 in the intervening weeks). It also reached #1 in Canada, and #4 on the Hot 100. The video I chose is by Drew Carey, who used the song as the theme for his show during the second season ("Moon Over Parma," the first season theme song, takes up the last few seconds).

  9. Dire Straits, "Money For Nothing": From their 1985 album Brothers In Arms, it was inspired by a conversation Mark Knopfler overheard in a pub. It’s Dire Straits’s most commercially successful single, and took home the 1986 Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video and Video of the Year. It reached #1 in the US and Canada.

  10. Average White Band, "Work To Do": A cover of The Isley Brothers’ 1972 single covered by the bonnie lads from Dundee in 1974. It appeared on their 1974 album AWB and reached #10 on the Disco Singles chart in 1974, while the album went Gold and reached #1 in 1975.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 13, 2021.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

18 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Workin’

  1. I loved the opening chords of the BTO song; it had “that sound” I associate with them. I also enjoyed the ending – a lot. They have aged well! Husband owned almost all the CCR albums (on vinyl, of course) so I never did realize “The Working Man” was never released as a single.I don’t remember The Godfathers song at all – where was I in 1988? Speaking of opening chords, the opening chord of A Hard Days Night is so iconic, not that I’m into musical theory. I owned the Vogues song as a 45 and it was one I played over and over. I never knew Drew Carey used it as the opening theme of his song – if I had I definitely would have watched the show. That video was awesome! I would have played Money for Nothing over and over if I had owned it. By then, I wasn’t buying music all that much. As always, i enjoyed your playlist.


  2. John,

    You added a few songs to this week’s dance party that no one else shared. Outstanding job! I played your set while I worked on a craft project and then while placing an online grocery order. I just love your long playlists! Thanks for joining the 4M crew this week, my friend. Have a boogietastic day!

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  3. Dude of dudes, you really worked it today didn’t ya? Great job… I forgot all about Dire Straights. Hubby plays their tunes all the time too (on his guitar of course). Yep, you really worked it today. Time to ROCK WITH JOHN! Alright.. We even had a couple the same too! Well, thanks for stoppin’ by the new place. Dolly’s back and it’s time for ROCK & ROLL, right?!!! I’m so happy to be back too! Great fun! See ya next time.


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