Sunday, September 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: Work It!!


Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! Seriously, Romans might wanna jump off, as this is an English language post. Mea culpa. But, bilingual buddies, have at it.

A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting and keeping us on track. The Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, SOME TIME (God willing) on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why. If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own incoherent vote to break any ties and announce the winner...and you get to see how your vote stacked up against the wonderful peeps of Internet land.

Nothing says America like working 9-5, 5 days a week, for about fifty years (give or take). And to stress that point further, we celebrate Labor Day. Ye Olde Oxford Dictionary elaborates and defines Labor Day, for the uninformed, as "a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people, in the US and Canada on the first Monday in September, in many other countries on May 1."

Whoo-eee...FESTIVITIES! Is THAT something to sing about? Well, of course it is...'cause a significant number of us will not be at work.

And if you ARE at work, you're probably supporting the public that's not working by selling us important stuff (grills, charcoal...) or standing by, in case of need (police, doctors, nurses, tow trucks, grocery personnel to direct you to self-checkout...). So, thanks!

Enough babbling. Let's battle, peeps, with three of the most up tempo songs about work that I could find:

CONTENDER #1: DONNA SUMMER
"She Works Hard for the Money"



CONTENDER #2: HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS
"Working for a Living"



CONTENDER #3: DIRE STRAITS
"Money for Nothing"


You know what's work? Tryin' to make a decision about which work tunes were worthy! Whew! Actually, there's quite a few goodies.

But voting for favorite? Aww, shucks! That's like a personal day...paid time off...a vacation! Insert your tax-free vote in the comments below and then skip on over (off the clock) to these brilliant blog bosses below and vote to your heart's content. It's a relatively, somewhat free-ish country...and it's Labor Day weekend!  God bless America!


Do you have a favorite work tune I missed? Let me know in the comments below...there might be a Labor Day next year, you never know.

(Everyone have a safe, fun, relaxing holiday. See ya back here are on the 7th.)

27 comments:

  1. This is a powerhouse line-up which makes it a bit of a challenge. But this about which choice I like best. I might be in the minority here, but I've got to give my vote to Donna Summer. I've always liked her and I like this song.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Challenges are good for the soul!

      Thanks, Lee!

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  2. You and I had similar thought pattern with a Labor Day theme :) Great choices here, too! I've liked each of these at one time or another, but I'm going to give my vote to Dire Straits. It just speaks to me the most right now.

    ~Mary

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    1. Great minds, as the saying goes...

      Thanks, Mary!

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  3. Most of the time it's people I don't know. Today I know them all! I like all three. But I going with Huey.

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  4. Think I'd have to go with the iconic Dire Straits song.

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  5. They're all great songs but my vote goes to Donna Summer and her pink collar anthem! Happy Labour Day!

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    1. That song just grabs ya and doesn't let go, girl. Thanks, Debra!

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  6. This was really hard. Gotta say Donna Summer. Reminds me of the bar hopping days of my youth.

    Janet’s Smiles

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    1. Yay, Donna (RIP) has the best and the pipes! Thanks, Janet!

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  7. Excellent Battle, DOC MacSIS.

    First I want to echo what Mike said above:

    >>... Most of the time it's people I don't know. Today I know them all! I like all three.

    Ordinarily, I could vote for any one of these songs if they were in different Battles. I've never been a Donna Summer fan (as you probably could imagine) but I did always dig her song 'On The Radio' quite a bit, and 'She Works Hard For The Money' would be my second choice. Both good songs.

    And I generally like Huey Lewis & The Newts, too. Saw them live once in Hollyweird on Sunset Boulevard, because they were my girlfriend's favorite band. This isn't my favorite Huey song, but it's a good one.

    HOWEVER(!)... despite 3 good songs facing off against each other, this Battle is an easy choice for me. Hands down it's 'MONEY FOR NOTHING' by Dire Straits. I loved the first two Dire Straits LPs, and those are two albums that actually managed to survive in my music collection and are still here in the CD format now.

    Unfortunately, Dire Straits changed their style quite a bit after that second album and I didn't care for them as much afterwards. BUT(!)... I always loved 'Money For Nothing'. Hearing that song and watching that video takes me right back to 1985: It's 2:00 PM and I'm sitting on the sofa in the living room of the Bay Street house; I'm halfway done with my 3rd or 4th beer and I'm watching 'Money For Nothing' on MTV, surrounded by my great buddies (most of whom are already three sheets to the wind) and ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD!

    Great memories associated with that song. Another one that has the same effect on me is 'Come On, Eileen' by Dexy's Midnight Runners. The Bay Street years still live wildly in those two songs. (I won't even try to 'splain Side Two of The Beatles' "White Album". That would be a bridge over an ocean of whiskey too far!)

    Terrific Battle, MacSis! You got a goot juan!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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    1. The only thing that could make this battle better is the addition of "Tales of a Younger McCarthy," which are always a favorite.

      The shock of learning that you listened to any side of the White Album...well, I may seek professional help with that, since I can't hold my liquor.

      Thanks, brudder!!

      PS: I loved the MTV years when they played great videos.

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  8. I vote for Donna Summer. I mean, she worked hard for her money so I better treat her right.

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    1. Ha ha ha...you got the right idea! Perfect response, Mirka!!

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  9. Man, this is hard! I like all three. It came down to a contest between Huey Lewis and Dire Straits, and I couldn't choose, so I flipped a coin: Huey Lewis won. Give my vote to Huey Lewis & The News.

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    1. Huey appreciates your vote and the luck o' the Irish. Thanks, John!

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  10. Definitely going with Money For Nothing. Too many good memories of "sleeping" under a friend's pool table that summer.

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    1. Ha ha ha, Chris, I believe there's a story you need to tell your old pal, Cherdo...thanks, man!

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    2. Key words: Girl, parents-not-home, incapable-of-2.5-mile-drive, can't-accuse-me-of-anything-here...

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  11. All good tunes and perfect for Labour Day! ☺ My vote goes to Dire Straits, though, because I've always loved that song. My husband is a blue collar worker, so it hits home a little bit. Hope you had a lovely holiday weekend. Cheers!
    P.S. The video was not available in Canada, but I know the song well. Here's an alternate link, if you have any other Canadian readers:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tTmpzfyChw

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    1. Thanks for that link, Debbie! The thought never occurred to me that my neighbors to the North would have a problem with it. Duh.

      Appreciate you! Thanks!

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  12. If I was in my 20`s i would be scoffing at Donna Disco Summer but now she gets my vote! I love the rhythm and the meaning behind the song. Huey is second for me because I just like the beat. I know Dire Straits song well and it`s an excellent song but it was played just way to much so I soured on it now..Ok that is a bad sentence but you get my drift. I thought of Dolly Parton`s Working 9 to 5.

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    1. I know the feeling that a song is great, but soooo overdone.

      Ironically, this battle had "9-5" in it till I decided to add Dire Straits, since I had used Dolly as part of the Trio gals in my Lies battle.

      Thanks, Birgit!

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  13. Dire straits gets my vote, followed by Huey

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Love, Cherdo