Songs About Work, Opinions on Big Freedia & Lou Reed's "Perfect Day"


Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about work in honor of Labor Day. They also review the new album from Big Freedia and add a song to the Desert Island Jukebox.

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Central City Big Freedia

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Big Freedia is known as “The Queen of Bounce” and has done more than arguably anyone else to spread that New Orleans style of dance music around the world. Their new album, “Central City” is only their second full length studio album, though they are constantly releasing new music. Hosts Jim and Greg both love the new effort and say it's a welcome addition to their late summer listening.

Songs About Work

Too often, Labor Day only signifies the end of summer to people. Jim and Greg are remembering the reason for the season by sharing their favorite songs about work. From Margo Price to The Flaming Lips, their picks run the gamut.


  • Margo Price, "Pay Gap"
  • The Animals, "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place"
  • Van Morrison, "Cleaning Windows"
  • Bob Marley, "Night Shift"
  • The Jam, "Smithers-Jones"


  • Dolly Parton, "9 To 5"
  • John Lennon, "Working Class Hero"
  • Rhymefest, "Good A** Job"
  • The Clash, "Career Opportunities"
  • Lou Reed, "Don’t Talk To Me About Work"

Greg: Lou Reed, "Perfect Day"


Greg notes that with Al Green's recent cover of “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed, it's high time to acknowledge that the song has been having a cultural moment for a few years now. He adds Reed's original version of the song to the “Desert Island Jukebox” of songs he can't live without.

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