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Loverboy (1981) - Working for the Weekend - All about the song...

This composition once again proves that it is not for nothing that the 80s were marked in the history of music by the "golden era"...

Working for the Weekend by Loverboy: The Story of a Song…

"Working for the Weekend" is a song by the Canadian rock band Loverboy, released in 1981 as part of their second studio album, Get Lucky.

The song was written by the band's guitarist Paul Dean, vocalist Mike Reno and drummer Matt Frenette. It is noteworthy that it is in “Working for the Weekend” that power pop motifs prevail more clearly than in all the other tracks of the group ... Actually, the new sound brought Loverboy success: the song turned out to be a major hit in the discography of the Canadian band ... That is why we suggest recalling its history creation!

The history of creation...

Working for the Weekend single cover
Working for the Weekend single cover

The song originated while guitarist Paul Dean was walking around on a Wednesday afternoon looking for some inspiration to write new songs... What caught Paul's attention was that the street was almost deserted... Not surprising, since most people were working.

“And so, I go to the beach and ask myself: “Where is everyone?” “Apparently, everyone is waiting for the weekend…” — I thought later, — recalled Paul Dean.

Paul Dean, these days...
Paul Dean, today...

According to Dean, he first started writing this song in a hotel room in Montreal, right after the show. At that time, the band was still playing in bars, despite the weak reaction of the audience ...

Curiously, years have passed from the creation to the recording of "Working for the Weekend"! Here is what the author of the hit had to say:

“It took a long time to create this melody ... The germ of the song appeared in a hotel room in Montreal: I sketched it right after the performance. I remember how I started to hum something and, like, the chorus and verses were ready ... The most difficult thing was to think over the transitions: the chorus, the guitar riff, the heavier guitar riff ... At first it didn’t come out very well!

When the song was ready, Mike Reno, the band's lead singer, suggested that the title be changed to "Worked for the Weekend". Everyone supported the idea! And so “Working for the Weekend” was born…

Success!

Fans of the band know that some of Loverboy's early hits are "Turn Me Loose" and "The Kid Is Hot Tonite". However, "Working for the Weekend" became not only the third hit, but also the calling card of the band! According to Paul Dean, when the guys first played this song, "the dance floor was full" ...

Loverboy group
Loverboy group

Paul Dean:

“We used to play at the Turn Me Loose and The Kid Is Hot Tonite bars and… no one was dancing. It didn’t bother anyone ... Then we constantly thought: “Oh, my God, will we ever get through to these people?” And so, having played our two main tracks once again, we took the stage for the third set - "Working for the Weekend". And you know what? The dance floor was packed! And I said: “Great, maybe now we can get our music to them…” You know, it’s very difficult to get people to sit down and pay attention to a new song…”

Well, as a result, "Working for the Weekend" became a major hit for Loverboy! Later, this song was included in the list of "100 Greatest Songs of the 80s" according to VH1.

Music video

Loverboy is very lucky, because the song "Working for the Weekend" was released the same year that MTV went on the air! It is worth noting that the team from Canada did not have a large budget ... So - the shooting of the video for "Working for the Weekend" was quite fun. Here's what Mike Reno has to say about it in MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video:

“We played this song over and over… And what I found interesting was that the director would say, ‘OK, we’re going to shoot another take, now go change.’” And I'm like, "What do you mean?" And the director: “You need to put on different clothes, and we’re also going to change the lighting a bit”… So, basically, we just had to put on different clothes, fix our hair, take a break, and then jump back on stage and do the same again and again ... It was stupid and tiring, but there was nothing left - we had no money for a good video ... "

Popular covers…

Subsequently, "Working for the Weekend" was covered by many! Among the most successful are the versions of such artists as: former American Idol contestant and country singer Josh Gracin, American guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert, character Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell)…

Popularity in the media...

With a light synth sound in the New Wave style and a groovy character that is welcome at any party, this song has gained a lot of popularity in the media! Energetic, but pleasant to the ear sound, combined with lyrics about nightlife, makes this composition extremely popular! That's why "Working for the Weekend" has been used in so many movies and TV shows!

This song can be heard on Saturday Night Live (1990 episode), when Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley compete to be the dancer for the Chippendales!

"Working for the Weekend" is also featured in the movie "Zoolander".

Gamers know this track from such bestsellers as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Saints Row 2.

The song is featured in an episode of Family Guy called "Don't Be Dickens at Christmas" during Peter dancing with Patrick Swayze's ghost.

There are a lot of examples proving that this song is still relevant and loved by millions of people. However… what are they for? After all, it is clear that "Working for the Weekend" is one of the strongest creations of the Loverboy group. Also, this composition once again proves that it was not in vain that the 80s were marked in the history of music by the "golden era" ...

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