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Work Songs and Opinions on Ty Segall

After a relaxing Labor Day, Jim and Greg get back into the swing of things by playing the best songs inspired by work.

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List: Songs About Work

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. So this week, Jim and Greg dedicate the show to our nation's laborers with their favorite songs inspired by work.

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Ty Segall Manipulator

Prolific San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall has released an abundance of material during his 27-year lifetime. From cassette tapes to EPs to singles, rarely does a year go by without the songwriter starting a new band or collaborating with another. Occasionally, though, Segall does step into the spotlight with a solo release, and his latest, this month's Manipulator, is a real stand-out. Jim thinks all 17 tracks on the album are uniformly great with their refined blend of lo-fi psychedelic pop that harkens back to the best of San Francisco's 1980's psych rock revival. Greg loves it, too, notably for Segall's precise production and successful expression of all his musical personalities. Manipulater is a sprawling album full of loving melodies, great guitar playing, and contemplative lyrics; both critics say Buy It.

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“Rubber Lover”Deee-Lite,Deee-Lite

Ever since Bootsy Collins visited the Sound Opinions studio in 2012, Jim has been thinking of dance band Deee-Lite and its hit 1990 single, "Groove Is In The Heart" which features Bootsy on bass guitar and guest vocals. Many consider Deee-Lite to be a one-hit wonder, but Jim is a big fan of all the band's albums, particularly their second, Infinity Within, which took a turn away from the first album's neo-hippy tone towards the political with songs about voter registration, environmental stewardship, and the judicial system. One track, "Rubber Lover" features the return of Bootsy Collins, and delights Jim with its safe sex message atop Chicago house mixed with New York rave sound.

Featured Songs

  1. The Isley Brothers, Work to Do, Brother, Brother, Brother, Sony Music Distribution, 1972
  2. The Animals, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Animal Tracks, EMI Music Distribution, 1965
  3. John Lennon, Working Class Hero, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Capitol, 1970
  4. Van Morrison, Cleaning Windows, Beautiful Vision, Warner Bros., 1982
  5. The Clash, Career Opportunities, The Clash, Epic, 1977
  6. Dolly Parton, 9 to 5, Greatest Hits, RCA, 1982
  7. R.E.M., Finest Worksong, Document, Capitol, 1987
  8. Bob Marley & the Wailers, Night Shift, Rastaman Vibration, Tuff Gong, 1976
  9. Lou Reed, Don't Talk to Me About Work, Legendary Hearts, BMG, 1983
  10. The Jam, Smithers-Jones, Setting Sons, Universal Distribution, 1979
  11. The Flaming Lips, Bad Days, Clouds Taste Metallic, Warner Bros., 1995
  12. Todd Rundgren, Bang on the Drum All Day, The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect, Bearsville, 1983
  13. Ty Segall, Manipulator, Manipulator, Spunk, 2014
  14. Ty Segall, The Clock, Manipulator, Spunk, 2014
  15. Deee-lite, Rubber Lover, Infinity Within, Elektra, 1992
  16. Parliament, Flashlight, Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome, Casablanca/Universal, 1977
  17. Jodeci, My Phone, Forever My Lady, Universal Distribution, 1991
  18. Bob Dylan/Jim James, Nothing to it, The New Basement Tapes, Electro Magnetic/ Harvest/ Universal, 2014
  19. Lene Lovich, New Toy, Flex, Rhino, 1980
  20. The Waitresses, I Know What Boys Like, Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful, N/A, 1982
  21. Adam and the Ants, Zerox, Dirk Wears White Sox, Epic, 1979 soundopinions.org Bootsy Collins on Sound Opinions