Work Songs & Opinions on Phish and Vivian Girls

Celebrate Labor Day with Jim and Greg’s favorite Songs About Work.

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Work Songs

Despite the fact that most musicians spend their lives avoiding a "real job," there are a number of great songs about the drudgery and the glory of hard work. For this Labor Day episode Jim and Greg play their favorite Songs About Work.

Lou Reed


  • The Animals, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
  • Van Morrison, "Cleaning Windows"
  • Bob Marley, "Night Shift"
  • The Jam, "Smithers-Jones"


  • John Lennon, "Working Class Hero"
  • The Clash, "Career Opportunities"
  • Lou Reed, "Don’t Talk to Me About Work"
  • The Flaming Lips, "Bad Days"

Joy Phish

Joy (Deluxe Version)

For two decades the jam band Phish has held a massive fan base. But, as Jim and Greg explain, most of these "Phish Heads" aren't all that interested in the band's studio records; it's all about the live experience. Now, after a five-year hiatus during which lead singer Trey Anastasio battled drug addiction, the band is back with a new record called Joy. As always, the goal is to create songs that are successful on record and stage. With the exception of a couple of tracks, Greg doesn't think the songwriting holds up. He can only give Joy a Try It. Jim wishes the band would abandon its efforts at jazz and funk  fusion and go back to its progressive roots. He loves the 13-minute suite "Time Turns Elastic," but gives the rest of the album a Try It.

Everything Goes Wrong Vivian Girls

Everything Goes Wrong

Vivian Girls also have a new release called Everything Goes Wrong. The title might be referring to the year the band had following their successful self-titled debut. Not only did they lose their drummer, but guitarist/songwriter Cassie Ramone also went through a bad breakup. As Greg states, their pain is our pleasure. He loves this follow-up and hears a lot of musical growth. Jim agrees, adding that the Vivians' take on female sexuality is much needed in our culture. Everything Goes Wrong gets a double Buy It.

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