That was then.
Some of you might also labor in offices and cubicles, hunkered in some flourescently-lit bunker performing some task that, when you truly stop to ponder what it is that you do, is not only rather pointless but bordering on ridiculous.
(perhaps it’s all beamed somewhere as a reality show for aliens)
The end of the month means that there are goals and such that simply must be met lest it become a new month…
And to lead this crusade, the powers that be – paunchy, white men younger than they appear to be – tap into repeated viewings of Braveheart, channel Sir William Wallace (as portrayed by Mel Gibson) and roust the troops with militaristic speech.
It’s a strange ritual and difficult to take seriously.
But it’s a gig, right?
It’s been more than a week and my brain is still a bit addled. As I wait for normal brainwave activity to resume, here are four songs about the art of work…
Huey Lewis & The News – Workin’ For A Living
from Picture This
There was a period of about five years during which it was damn near impossible to surf the dial and not come across a song by Huey Lewis & The News. Some folks had an almost deranged reaction to this saturation of the airwaves.
I quite liked some of their songs and the others I ignored.
The infectious Workin’ For A Living is one of the former.
Dramarama – Work For Food
from Hi-Fi Sci-Fi
Dramarama was from New Jersey, but their sound always made me think of Minneapolis bands like The Replacements and Soul Asylum. I snagged one of the band’s CDs from a box of promos at a record store where I worked.
I was quite pleased and Work For Food was a massive hit in some parallel universe. It’s too insanely catchy not to have been.
Devo – Working In The Coal Mine
from Heavy Metal soundtrack
My high school friend Streuss was insane for Devo. The rest of us mostly knew a few songs and not much more.
One song which we all did know was the quirky gem Working In The Coal Mine. It was on the radio a bit and we all had seen Heavy Metal.
And I seem to recall Devo performing the song on the television show Fridays.
Aztec Camera – Working In A Goldmine
I first learned of Roddy Frame when I heard the effervescent Oblivious on 97X out of Oxford, Ohio in high school. I think that I heard Working In A Goldmine on the syndicated show Rock Over London and immediately was smitten with the dreamy song – “glitter, glitter everywere.”