FMF Episode #3 – International Workers Day

Intro Background Music

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
1

Jefferson Airplane

“Embryonic Journey”

Surrealistic Pillow

1967

DJ: Welcome to Feel Me Flow!  In today’s episode, we will honor “International Workers Day”.  In the U.S. we refer to May 1st as “May Day” or “Loyalty Day“, however, most of the world recognizes it as a “Labor Day”.  This year, President Trump has re-proclaimed May 1st as “Loyalty Day”, as every president has done since 1958.  President Eisenhower originally proclaimed May 1 as “Loyalty Day” during the Second Red Scare in 1955, when everyone was so afraid of communists.  Be careful all you commie bastards, because ‘Murica! We’ll hear songs about jobs, serving, sedation, some new music, a few weird covers, and The Replacements scream about needing a god damn job.  Once again, we lead off with Mr. Todd Rundgren in what many people proclaim as the greatest anti-work song around.  See if you notice the similarities in the first 4 tracks…

Set 1 – Let My Mind Bang The Drum On You All Day

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
2

Todd Rundgren

“Bang On The Drum All Day”

The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect

1982

3

Pete Townshend

“Let My Love Open The Door”

Empty Glass

1980

4

Dan Auerbach

“Shine On Me”

Waiting On A Song

2017

5

George Harrison

“Got My Mind Set On You”

Cloud Nine

1987

6

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

“I Need To Know”

You’re Gonna Get It

1978

Intermission 1 Background Music

7

The Revels

“Comanche”

Intoxica / Comanche

1964

DJ: Did you hear it?  Todd, Pete, Dan, and George all channeling the same vibes.  After “Bang The Drum All Day” from Todd’s 1982 effort The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effectwe heard Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open The Door” from 1980’s Empty Glass.  A new track from Dan Auerbach, “Shine On Me”, floats right along with those two songs.  Dan’s second solo LP Waiting On A Song will be released June 2nd.  George Harrison’s 80’s come back cover of the old James Ray cut “Got My Mind Set On You” finished up the similar sounds set.  Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers rounded out the first block with “I Need To Know” from 1978’s You’re Gonna Get It.  That album turns 39 years old tomorrow (May 2nd)!  George and Tom worked together along with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne in the Traveling Wilburys back in the late 80’s/early 90’s.  They had 2 big hits with “End Of The Line” and “Handle With Care“.  Looks for those in a later episode… The band broke up once Roy died.   Come Monday mornings, we’ve all got Friday on our minds.  Here’s The Easybeats with the anthem of such a thought…

Set 2 – All Week Long

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
8

The Easybeats

“Friday On My Mind”

Good Friday

1967

9

Bruce Springsteen

“Working On The Highway”

Born In The USA

1984

10

Valerie June

“Workin’ Woman Blues”

Pushin’ Against A Stone 

2013

11

Michael Jackson

“Workin’ Day And Night”

Off The Wall

1979

12

Iggy Pop

“Lust For Life”

Lust For Life 

1977

Intermission 2 Background Music

13

Danny Brown

“Grown Up – Instrumental”

Grown Up 7″

2012

DJ: Ahh yeah, you’re all grown up now that you’ve got a job.  Danny Brown is playing in the background.  After The Easybeats, we heard Bruce Springsteen’s “Working On The Highway” from the massively successful Born In The U.S.A.  The song starts off wishing for Friday which seems to be a theme in work songs.  Weird.  Valerie June, a very talented singer-songwriter from Memphis, offered up “Workin’ Woman Blues” from her 2013 LP Pushin’ Against A Stone. Dan Auerbach produced that album.  The King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, got us up and moving with “Workin’ Day And Night” from Off The Wall.  The track was never released as a single, itself, but was the b-side to “Rock With You”.  Fellow Pi Day-birthed Quincy Jones produced the album, along with Thriller a few years later.  Keeping up the pace is Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life”.  The song made a big splash in the 1996 movie Trainspotting during the opening credits.  Apparently, David Bowie wrote the music to the song on a ukulele, and Iggy wrote the lyrics.  From a uke to those massive drums, oh how music can evolve…  Let’s check out some new music.  Here’s BNQT.

Set 3 – On The Job Trippin’

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
14

BNQT

“Mind Of A Man”

Volume 1

2017

15

Blues Magoos

“(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet”

Psychedelic Lollipop

1966

16

Link Wray

“Juke Box Mama”

Link Wray

1971

17

Hozier

“Work Song”

Hozier

2014

18

Creedence Clearwater Revival

“The Working Man”

Creedence Clearwater Revival

1982

19

Randy Newman

“Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man)”

Good Old Boys

1974

Intermission 3 Background Music

20

Gorillaz

“The Snake In Dallas”

The Fall

2010

DJ: Randy Newman pleading to the leader of the free world to have pity on the working man.  Seems like that plea is still relevant today, no?  Before that, we fittingly heard “The Working Man” from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1968 self-titled debut.  CCR’s debut featured two tracks recorded before they were known as CCR, and were still known as The Golliwogs.  Hozier sang “Work Song” from his super successful debut self-titled 2014 album.  “Work Song” was the 4th single released from the Irish musician.  We got to hear a deep track from Link Wray’s 1971 self-titled LP, “Juke Box Mama”.  Apparently recorded in a former chicken shack, during louder songs, the recording team placed the speakers for Link’s guitar outside in the yard and miked the windows.  For a time, no drum kit was available, so on several tracks, the musicians stomped on the floor for the bass drum and shook a can of nails for the snare drum.  Now that’s DIY!  The Blues Magoos gave us a nugget from 1966, “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” off of Psychedelic Lollipop.  Leading the set was a brand new track from BNQT, “Mind Of A Man”.  BNQT (pronounced “banquet”) features 4 members of Midlake, Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, and Travis’ Fran Healy.  Their debut was released on April 28th, check it out!

Set 4 – Working For The Man

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
21

Reigning Sound

“North Cackalacky Girl”

Shattered

2014

22

John Lennon

“Working Class Hero”

Plastic Ono Band

1970

23

Rush

“Working Man”

Rush

1974

24

Elvis Costello

“Welcome To The Working Week”

My Aim Is True

1977

25

Otis Rush

“Working Man”

Mourning In The Morning 

1969

Intermission 4 Background Music

26

Ramin Djawadi

“Black Hole Sun”

Westworld (Music From The HBO® Series – Season 1)

2017

DJ: More Muscle Shoals sounds from Otis Rush’s first proper album, Mourning In The Morning.  The album features a young Duane Allman on guitar, and we heard “Working Man”.  Before that was Elvis Costello’s “Welcome To The Working Week”.  The cut was a Side 1-Track 1 from his Nick Lowe-produced debut, My Aim Is True.  All kinds of debut cuts today!  Speaking of debuts, before Elvis was Rush’s first single, “Working Man”.  Apparently, when the cut was released in the U.S. for the first time in Cleveland, people called in asking what “that new Led Zeppelin” song was.  I could see it…I guess?  John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band gave us a brutally honest work anthem in “Working Class Hero”.  It’s not often you hear “fuck” in pre-1975 tunes.  I’m thinking Who Are You and Star Star…  Kicking off the set was Reigning Sound with “North Cackalacky Girl” from their 2014 LP Shattered.  Mr. Auerbach had a hand in producing some of their earlier tracks, and the sound seems to carry on to their latest effort.  Behind us, we can hear Ramin Djawadi’s old-timey piano cover of “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden.  The track comes from the Westworld Soundtrack.  Speaking of Soundgarden…

Set 5 – Working Like Crazy

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
27

Soundgarden

“Blow Up The Outside World”

Down On The Upside

1996

28

The Count Five

“Psychotic Reaction”

Psychotic Reaction

1967

29

The Ramones

“I Wanna Be Sedated”

Road To Ruin

1978

30

The Replacements

“God Damn Job”

Stink (Kids Don’t Follow Plus Seven)

1982

31

Bob Dylan

“Gotta Serve Somebody”

Slow Train Coming

1979

Intermission 5 Background Music

32

The Ventures

“The Work Song”

Wild Things!

1966

DJ: It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.  There sure is truth to that, Bob.  “Gotta Serve Somebody” was recorded in Muscle Shoals with Jerry Wexler, and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame in 1979.  It comes from Bob’s 19th LP Slow Train Coming, the first in a trilogy of born-again Christian-themed albums.  Preceding him was another Minnesota staple, The Replacements.  “God Damn Job” comes from their 1982 EP Stink.  The original artwork for the EP was created by carving out potatoes and dipping them in ink before stamping them onto blank white LP covers.  This is why you find copies with many stamps on the cover, fading with each press.  The Ramones and one of their best-known hits, “I Wanna Be Sedated” played before The ‘Mats.  The track comes from their 4th LP Road To Ruin.  Before The Ramones, we heard The Count Five and their big single “Psychotic Reaction” from their only album of the same name.  That LP features a couple of covers of songs from The Who.  Soundgarden led the set with “Blow Up The Outside World”.  Heading into our last set of the day, we’ve got one of Sweden’s best rock bands, The Hives!

Set 6

FMF# Artist Song Album Year
33

The Hives

“Walk Idiot Walk”

Tyrannosaurus Hives

2004

34

Lee Dorsey

“Workin’ In The Coal Mine”

Working In The Coal Mine – Holy Cow

1966

35

The White Stripes

“Offend In Every Way”

White Blood Cells

2001

36

Drive-By Truckers

“This Fucking Job”

The Big To-Do

2010

37

Tom Waits

“I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work (And See My Baby)”

Small Change

2011

Outro Background Music

38

Japanese Breakfast

“Psychopomp”

Psychopomp

 2016

DJ: Well there it is.  Another round of Feel Me Flow in the books.  Lee Dorsey’s “Working In The Coal Mine” followed “Walk Idiot Walk” from The Hives.  See that robot walk, see that robot talk.  Sounds like job automation, amirite?!?  The White Stripes rocked out on “Offend In Every Way”, from arguably their best album; 2001’s White Blood Cells.  On the album, the track follows We’re Going To Be Friends, which fittingly has turned into quite the kids song.  Drive-By Truckers complained (like we all do) about their jobs on “This Fucking Job” from their 7th LP, 2010’s The Big To-Do.  Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley from the band identify as being from The Shoals, as in Muscle Shoals, region of Alabama.  We sure do love Muscle Shoals music around here at FMF!  Finally, Tom Waits wrapped up our show with “I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work (And See My Baby On Montgomery Avenue)” off of Small Change.  Tom is the perfect pair to a lonely night.  By the way, what’s the capital of Alabama? That’s right, Montgomery.  Ohhhhh! See you next time on Feel Me Flow!

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