The Working Week – A Playlist

Time to try something a bit different – a playlist that does it’s best to help, analyse and fight the working week. You may find something you like. The playlist is embedded at the bottom, so you don’t have to expend any extra energy locating it.

WorkingWeekWhether you love/like/tolerate/hate or show a level if indifference or exasperation to your job or did towards past jobs it doesn’t matter; at some point or indeed many you will have felt as a such.

Having a bad week? Had a bad one recently? Have you had a lot of bad weeks? I have, and it inspired this playlist.

1. Make Do And Mend – ‘Oak Square’:

‘Give me a list of alarms to set, I’ll tuck myself into bed and hope that I can sleep in on the weekends. Another slave to a paycheck, A silent servant to my monthly rent, What’s keeping me from sinking in the deep end?’

2.The Clash ‘The Magnificent Seven’: 

‘You’re frettin’, you’re sweatin’, but did you notice you ain’t gettin’? You’re frettin’, you’re sweatin’, but did you notice, not gettin’ anywhere? Don’t you ever stop, a long enough to start?  Take your car outta that gear! Don’t you ever stop, long enough to start? Get your car outta that gear!’

 3. Authority Zero – ‘Struggle’: 

‘It’s that struggle that makes it worth it in the end. It’s that struggle that takes you over again and again…’

4. Pennywise – Something To Live For: 

‘Oh, the darkness is falling, Yeah, can we wake up in time? Oh, we can’t lose the battle. Lose it today, keep the good times away…’

5. Profile Me – ‘Memory Lane’:

‘A wake up call says working day, everything seems to fade away… The world drives more and more insane, and I trip down memory lane…’

6. Step Right Up – ‘Nervous Wreck’: 


7. Control – ‘Ballad Of The Working Man’:

‘Locked in to the things that effect our daily lives, locked out from the things that affect our daily lives…’

8. The Dapper Cadavers – ‘Workizoverrated’:  

‘Work iz overrated.’

9. Dropkick Murphys – ‘Workers Song’:

‘All of these things the worker has done; from tilling the fields to carrying the gun. We’ve been yoked to the plough since time first began and always expected to carry the can…’

10. Authority Zero – ‘Big Bad World’: 

‘Work days, week days, weak plays. Something’s gotta change before you go insane…’ – Couldn’t have said it better myself.

11. Pennywise – ‘Fuck Authority’: 

It really isn’t a big mystery why I chose to include this…

12. The Murderburgers – Unemployment, Here I Come: 

Nights out are meant to be fun, and if that’s what they are, then why am I standing drinkless at the bar with empty pockets and holes in my brain. No matter what I do it ends up the same. That’s why I’m giving up and caving in. Taking my problems and cashing them in, ‘cos I’m sick of working just to exist, I’m quitting my job and I’m off to get pissed…’

13. Citizen Fish – ‘Phone In Sick’: 

‘Woke up with a job one day, and I didn’t want to work no more. Get a life before it is too late: phone is sick of it all. When the only thing that jobs entail is endless repetition; stacking up and pulling down, and making no decisions, then it is time to re-evaluate your actual position…’

14. Teenage Bottlerocket – ‘Call In Sick’:

‘I’m getting used to the same old thing, but it doesn’t mean that I have to stand it. Is there anywhere else that I can go? Where I want to go?’

The final two tracks of the playlist are something of an encore; a great way to finish and wrap this up. I hope you have enjoyed it thus far and maybe discovered something new. Right then, onward.

15. John Lennon – ‘Working Class Hero’: 

‘When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years, then they expect you to pick a career. When you can’t really function, you’re so full of fear. Working Class Hero is something to be, Working Class Hero is something to be…’

16. The Toasters – ‘Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down’: 

‘I’m living in a world where I don’t really fit, every day walking through the same old shit. I’m gonna get my gun, gonna get prepared.

I’m not impressed and I’m not scared!’


Matthew Speer

Matt has 2.1 BA in History and is most likely somewhere in his twenties. He enjoys a wide range of music, but has a strong penchant for Punk-Rock. Originally he hails from the Isle Of Wight off the South Coast of England, UK and spends most of his time around England's South-West.

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