Saturday, November 10, 2012

Takin' Care Of Business

If I wanted to put together a presentation that most people only pay attention to the chorus in popular songs, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care Of Business" would be Exhibit A. (Exhibit B would be Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." by the way.) Seriously, that song gets used over and over and OVER, but I don't think people are actually listening to it. Sure, BTO says they will be "takin' care of business," and that sounds like a hardworking sort of ethic. But is it really?

Look at me I'm self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day

If it were easy as fishin'
You could be a musician

It's the work that we avoid
And we're all self-employed
We love to work at nothing all day

No, "Takin' Care Of Business is really about being a lazy musician and loving it.

1 comment:

  1. This is something that does not cease to make me laugh and shake my head. Especially when said choruses are used in commercials.

    Example: there's a . . . Kenmore (?) ad that uses Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" to sell you a bigger fridge. Which is great . . . if you don't actually know the song and that it's making fun of that sort of consumerist posturing.