jobs In celebration of this week’s Labor Day, this show’s songs are all about jobs. With unemployment rates at all-time highs in this recession, we can have special appreciation for the many forms of labor — from the chain gang to the presidential office — and everything in-between. Thanks to everyone for contributing your ideas. Now let’s get working!

  1. Dear Catastrophe Waitress – Belle & Sebastian
  2. Chain Gang – Otis Redding [general song suggested by Darci Danielson]
  3. Opera Singer – Cake [suggested by Dan Kraut]
  4. Not The Doctor – Alanis Morissette [suggested by Carrie Bader]
  5. Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man) – Randy Newman [suggested by Susan Ware and Stuart Finkel]
  6. Ghostwriter – RJD2 [suggested by Ross Bowling]
  7. 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton [general song suggested by Darci Danielson, Christi Wruck, Jamie Alexander]
  8. Rodeo Clowns – Jack Johnson
  9. Hot For Teacher – Richard Cheese [suggested by Maggie Rainbow for Van Halen version]
  10. The Maid Needs A Maid – Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
  11. Minimum Wage – They Might Be Giants [suggested by Susan Ware and Derek Keevil]
  12. Mr. Ambulance Driver – The Flaming Lips [suggested by Christi Wruck]
  13. Dentist – Steve Martin
  14. The Salesman (Tramp Life) – White Rabbits [suggested by Ross Bowling]
  15. The Artist – Sara Bareilles
  16. The Scientist – Coldplay
  17. The House Carpenter – Kelly Joe Phelps [suggested by Christi Wruck]
  18. Lumberjack Song – Monty Python [suggested by Ania Erdogan]
  19. Office Cowboy – David Byrne
  20. Just A Gigalo, I Ain’t Got Nobody – David Lee Roth [song suggested by Michael Barth]
  21. Actor Out Of Work – St. Vincent [suggested by Ross Bowling]
  22. Working In A Coal Mine – Harry Connick Jr. [general song suggested by Thomas Milsom and Jayne & Ian]

Unfortunately I had a technical difficulty and wasn’t able to play the last set I had planned (instead ending with a random choice of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Rain” as I tried to fix my ipod). To at least acknowledge the addition five songs I’d hoped to play, they were:

  • Work Hard Play Hard – Bonnie Prince Billy [suggested by Sarah Kowolski]
  • I Shot The Sheriff – Bob Marley [suggested by Jessica McFarland Walton]
  • Heavy Metal Drummer – Wilco [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  • The People In Your Neighborhood – Sesame Street [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  • Take This Job And Shove It – David Allan Coe [suggested by Anjali Altman and Jayne & Ian]

Originally aired on KSKQ on September 11, 2009. Select the triangle play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

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