Over the weekend a discussion about THE BEST song ever written for and about the working man somehow got engaged between a few friends. There's millions of songs dealing with the topic and a task of narrowing it down would be a huge one. To save ourselves from making mile long lists each of folk and blues standards the subject was amended to "of the last 50 or so years". It STILL wasn't an easy task and debates about where Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" would rank, could the Stones "Factory Girl" be included not to exclude the ladies (which then of course open up a gate to let not only "She Works Hard For The Money" by Donna Summer in but her song "Bad Girls" as well), if a tune like the Beatles "Hard Day's Night" technically fits and how do we narrow it down to just one song each by Springsteen and Seger? There's were two obvious no-brainers that made the list right off the top, Merle Haggard's "Working Man Blues" and "Working Man" by Rush, before we called it for the evening and agreed to continue to compiling the next time our paths all cross. When they do-I'm bringing this record with me.
This isn't music by a crotchety country music legend or Canadian Munchkin prog though. Nope, This "Song For The Working Man" is once for those that work the midnight til noon shift at a slaughterhouse for two headed goats and those who administer shock therapy on the criminally insane for fun and profit. Heads pounded on the ground keep a beat as a hurricane of gale force guitar yowls and organ noise groans whip a bunch of stuff around. In the eye of the storm a voice yelps and bawls. Side two's "COCKSUCKERBASTARDMOTHERFUCKER" careen's like early Butthole Surfers with their suitcase full of acid lost somewhere so they took up smoking painkillers.