The Hump Day Picker-Upper

Cheering you up for a dreadful Wednesday, one song at a time

For those of us taking care of business during the regular work week, I guess it’s safe to assume we’ve all felt that dreadful Wednesday blues. Sometimes, that middle point of the work week can be a true drag. But help is on the way!

This is the second post of a new recurring feature I introduced last Wednesday. As noted then, I’m not sure yet whether it is going to become a weekly series.

Today’s pick is Workin’ For a Livin’, a tune by Huey Lewis and the News I’ve dug since the first time I heard it on the radio back in Germany in the early ’80s. Co-written by Lewis and News lead guitarist Chris Hayes, the song first appeared on Picture This, the sophomore album by Huey Lewis and the News that came out in January 1982. It was also released separately as a single in July that year.

Workin’ For a Livin’ became the band’s third charting single in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching no. 41. It did better on the Mainstream Rock chart where it climbed to no. 20. The band’s mega hit The Power of Love from 1985 was still about three years away.

Happy Hump Day, and always remember the words of the wise George Harrison: All things must pass!

Sources: Wikipedia; YouTube

5 thoughts on “The Hump Day Picker-Upper”

    1. I’ve seen Huey Lewis twice – once in Germany in the late 80s and a second time in 2010 or 2011 in New Jersey. It was during a tour in the wake of his final full-length studio album “Soulsville,” an homage to Stax – nice!

      I like Huey’s music from pretty much throughout his career, though I also have a preference for his early records.

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