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09-02-11 Footnotes
Show 301: Songs About Work, Reviews of Red Hot Chili Peppers & Lil Wayne
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1 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. During this Labor Day episode Jim and Greg play their favorite Songs About 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

2 Once fresh faces in the frat punk world, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are a heritage act at this point. Their 10th album I’m With You is one of many collaborations with superproducer Rick Rubin. And it’s the first with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis considers this a reboot, but Greg’s having a hard time buying their new identity as a stadium ballad band. He misses the guitar virtuosity of John Frusciante, who quit in 2009. Flea remains an all-star bass player, but he can’t save I’m With You. Greg says Trash It. Jim agrees with that sentiment, pointing to the lousy, mush-mouthed lyrics of Kiedis as his primary hurdle. This is not a sensitive band, and he would welcome a return to funk rock. Until then…Trash It.

3 Lil Wayne is fresh out of Rikers with the 4th album in his Tha Carter series. But curiously, he doesn’t give much time to his jail experience. For the past decade, he’s been one of the most successful rappers in the business, both with his releases and mixtapes, but also as an ever-present cameo fixture. Jim describes Weezy as an interesting producer, but he can’t get over the hip-hop clichés. Tell us about prison, he pleads. Without those insights, this is a Trash It album. Greg was surprised to find that the most interesting rapping on Tha Carter IV was not by Lil Wayne himself. Rather, guests like Andre 3000, Tech 9 and Busta Rhymes take the prize. So for those tracks alone, Greg says Burn It.

Songs Featured in Show #301
The Isley Brothers, “Work to Do,” Brother, Brother, Brother, Sony Music Distribution, 1972
The Animals, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," Animal Tracks, EMI Music Distribution, 1965
John Lennon, "Working Class Hero," John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Capitol, 1970
Van Morrison, "Cleaning Windows," Beautiful Vision, Warner Bros. 1982
The Clash, "Career Opportunities," The Clash, Epic 1977
Dolly Parton, “9 to 5,” Greatest Hits, RCA 1982
R.E.M., “Finest Worksong,” Document, Capitol 1987
Bob Marley & the Wailers, “Night Shift,” Rastaman Vibration, Tuff Gong 1976
Lou Reed, “Don’t Talk to Me About Work,” Legendary Hearts, BMG 1983
The Jam, “Smithers-Jones,” Setting Sons, Universal Distribution 1979
The Flaming Lips, “Bad Days” Clouds Taste Metallic, Warner Bros. 1995
Nina Simone, “Work Song,” The Amazing Nina Simone, Fabulous, 1959
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” I’m with You, Warner Bros. 2011
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Brendan’s Death Song,” I’m with You, Warner Bros. 2011
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Annie Wants A Baby,” I’m with You, Warner Bros. 2011
Lil Wayne, “How to Love,” Tha Carter IV, Universal Republic Records, 2011
Lil Wayne, “6 Foot 7 Foot,” Tha Carter IV, Universal Republic Records, 2011
Lil Wayne, “It’s Good (Instrumental),” Tha Carter IV, Universal Republic Records, 2011
Lil Wayne, “Interlude,” Tha Carter IV, Universal Republic Records, 2011
Wale, “Chain Music,” The Eleven One Eleven Theory, Maybach Music Group, 2011
The Beach Boys, “Had To Phone Ya,” 15 Big Ones, Caribou, 1976
Jeff Bridges, “Maybe I Missed the Point,” Jeff Bridges, EMI Music Distribution, 2011
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, “Powderfinger,” Rust Never Sleeps, Reprise, 1979
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, “Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black),” Rust Never Sleeps, Reprise, 1979
Jimmy Fallon feat. Bruce Springsteen, “Whip My Hair,” Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NBCUniversal 2010

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