According to T-Bone Walker they may call it STORMY MONDAY but Tuesday’s just as bad. Wednesday and Thursday don’t get much of a rap either. And with Sunday set aside for Church, I’m sure T-Bone was mighty grateful for Friday and Saturday. Yes, DAYS OF THE WEEK, was our theme this week. Lots of songs available for Friday and Saturday and even Sunday, Monday and Tuesday delivered a few choices but poor old Wednesday and Thursday didn’t offer up much at all. Mind you, the songs that did get included were goodies.
Queen moved the show along with the cheery little ditty called LAZING ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON, followed by Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 telling us all about the SATURDAY NIGHT FISH FRY. Rounding out the bracket, Eskimo Joe gave us one of those rare songs about Wednesday: RUBY WEDNESDAY.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, (left), who have been performing in one incarnation or the other since 1966, delivered the toe-tappin’ LOUISANNA SATURDAY NIGHT. I’ve played this song before but I never tire of it: Tom Waits with one of his best, THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT. I also never tire of the great Neil Young so OUT ON THE WEEKEND, from the Harvest album, was a shoo-in for this show.
Tori Amos does a great cover of the Boomtown Rats song I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS but my favourite piece of nostalgia this week was the Moody Blues classic TUESDAY AFTERNOON. Check out this video from 1970. Looks like they are playing at the pub down the road on a Friday night. Ah, those were the days!
De La Soul know how to party on SATURDAYS. But Stevie Wonder, having been dumped by his girlfriend, calls the 2nd day of the week TUESDAY HEARTBREAK. Saving the day, The Young Rascals know which day of the week promises some laid-back relaxing: yes, it’s all about Sunday in their smash hit song of 1967: GROOVIN’.
Here’s some trivia for you about Sunday: Did you know that the The Gregorian Calendar repeats every 400 years, and no century starts on a Sunday? Also, the Jewish New Year never falls on a Sunday. And only those months beginning on a Sunday will contain a Friday the 13th.
And talking of Fridays, here is a great video clip of The Easybeats performing FRIDAY ON MY MIND.
I like to include movie and TV themes whenever I can because its essentially a nostalgia show and nothing takes you back to a time and place better than the theme music from an iconic television series. This week it was the theme to HAPPY DAYS. Here’s the show’s intro for your trip down memory lane:
Cold Chisel’s 1984 hit SATURDAY NIGHT was written by Don Walker who I’m looking forward to hearing from at the upcoming Writers Festival here in Byron Bay. I bet he’s got a few good stories to tell!
There was a lot to choose from when it came to the weekend – obviously everyone’s favourite time of the week. There was The Specials with FRIDAY NIGHT, SATURDAY MORNING, Oliver Cheatham with GET DOWN SATURDAY NIGHT and the Sam Cooke classic, ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT.
Monday, on the other hand, is not a songwriters favourite day of the week, that’s for sure. Fats Domino can only see it as BLUE MONDAY and the Mamas & The Papas claim, in MONDAY MONDAY, that “Every other day of the week is fine, yeah, but whenever Monday comes it finds me crying all of the time”. Yep, you can’t trust Mondays if you’re aiming to avoid misery. Mind you, the Mamas and Papas look pretty happy in this video clip from 1966, a year that saw this tune at #1 for 10 weeks in the Billboard Top 40. Check it out:
The Cure don’t care about any other day than Friday because, as the song goes: FRIDAY, I’M IN LOVE. The Rolling Stones offered up a song about my favourite day of the week, RUBY TUESDAY. The Bangles find Monday all a bit manic, (don’t we all?), while Loverboy are WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND. And then it was another oldie but goodie – Chicago’s SATURDAY IN THE PARK: Check out this clip that was filmed in Chicago in November, 1972.
I closed the show with one more song about Tuesday, from one of my favourite female artists, Michelle Branch with TUESDAY MORNING. Here’s the complete playlist:
Call It Stormy Monday – T-Bone Walker
Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon – Queen
Saturday Night Fish Fry – Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5
Ruby Wednesday – Eskimo Joe
Tuesday’s Gone – Lynard Skynard
Louisianna Saturday Night – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The Heart of Saturday Night – Tom Waits
I Don’t Like Mondays – Tori Amos
Tuesday Afternoon – Moody Blues
Out On The Weekend – Neil Young
Groovin’ – The Young Rascals
Tuesday Heartbreak – Stevie Wonder
Saturdays – De La Soul
Friday On My Mind – The Easybeats
Happy Days – TV Theme Song
Friday Night – Lily Allen
Lonely Weekends – Charlie Rich
Thursday – Morphine
Saturday Night – Cold Chisel
Get Down Saturday Night – Oliver Cheatham
Friday Night, Saturday Morning – The Specials
Another Saturday Night – Sam Cooke
Blue Monday – Fats Domino
Monday, Monday – Mamas & The Papas
Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones
Manic Monday – The Bangles
Saturday in the Park – Chicago
Working for the Weekend – Loverboy
Tuesday Morning – Michelle Branch