I’m a big fan of the 5pm Friday music; the perfect album – or playlist – something you put on for the walk home for work, maybe to soundtrack the first pour or even let you drift off for a wee quick snore; some music to celebrate the end of the working week. As the song says, “it’s a five O’clock world when the whistle blows – and what a song too! So in that spirit here’s a lost of some starters, some of my favourite five O’clock anthems for walking out the door and starting the weekend…
1. Johnny Paycheck, Take This Job And Shove It
I’m a big fan of Canibus and The Biz’s version – Show This Jay Ob Bee from one of my all-time favourite films but we have to give this one to Johnny. Good ol’ Johnny Paycheck and of course good ol’ David Allan Coe (the song’s composer). What a gem of a feel-good five-pm song. You can almost believe it as you’re strutting down to the pub or home, or wherever you can get to first when the weekend seems so long and Monday feels like a week away at least…
2. Loverboy, Working For The Weekend
When I was a kid my dad had a tape of the first two Loverboy albums – the great C90, car-stereo staple back in the day, meaning we got this banger and also the mighty Turn Me Loose; really the only two Loverboy songs one needs I should think. If there’s a montage in a movie there’s a good chance this song will be on the short-list to soundtrack it. And with good reason. It speaks to 5pm on Friday, or 9am on Monday and then of course all points in-between. And that’s a mighty ole chunk of the week init. Fucking work and shit.
3. The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter
There’s nothing overtly 5pm about this – just my connection; my relationship with this song is such that I consider it one of the all-time great walking-along-under-headphones songs, it just takes me to a place – and at 5pm on Friday that place is usually home (thank fuck!) There are other songs that perform this function – but none better. And the other great Stones song I tag in for similar purposes (bonus round here) is Sympathy For The Devil. They’re just great songs that set you up.
4. Carpenters, Superstar
Okay, I’m on a massive Carpenters kick right now – so any song might do. But this has always been a favourite. And it’s something of a moping-walk classic. I love to listen to Carpenters under headphones, wandering about town. Those sad and beautiful love songs and it’s impossible to remove them from the sadness of the brother-sister pill-popping act; such sad backstory to these songs. But I love them. And I love this song for a 5pm walk home. It’s the right shade of emo for me.
5. Ween, Fiesta
The Ween album La Cucaracha is one of my all-time favourite 5pm albums – maybe my very favourite. And Fiesta is the opening track. So it’s one of my most-played 5pm Friday songs. Ever. And it just sends you off out into the weekend with a smile on your face or at least a little wiggle in your stride. I can’t hide my joy from listening to Ween. Particularly this. As I’ve said before of La Cucaracha, it’s probably the greatest album in the world by anyone ever. And yet it’s not even the best Ween album. So?! There!?
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