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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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.


  • 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"

Manipulator Ty Segall


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.


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.

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