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Work Hard For The Money: A Playlist For Labor Day

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Fever High's debut EP, All Work, comes out Oct. 9.

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Work means a lot of things to a lot of people. It can be a hustle, it can be a drag, it can be what gets you out of bed in the morning, it can be what puts food on the table. In honor of our multi-faceted feelings about the ol' 9-to-5, and to celebrate Labor Day, we've got a song premiere from Banarama-by-way-of-Brooklyn duo Fever High, produced by Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger. Their debut EP, All Work, is set for release Oct. 9, and we've got the premiere of the title track. It's breezy, simple and fun — everything a three-day weekend should be.

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But that's not all! The NPR Music team also brainstormed some of our favorite work-related music, and we've put together a little 6-song teaser playlist. To hear more of the team's Labor Day soundtrack, head over to the NPR Music Spotify page.

Enjoy the long weekend, and please let us know your favorite labor — or quittin' time — tunes in the comments section.

Work Hard For The Money: A Playlist For Labor Day

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Just a Temp

  • from So Pretty
  • by The Hazzards

We first wrote about ukulele duo The Hazzards in 2006, and this song still makes us laugh (and cringe). Long live the temp.

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So Pretty
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So Pretty
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The Hazzards
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Self-Released
Released
2004

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Working for the Man

  • from To Bring You My Love
  • by PJ Harvey

If the great PJ Harvey were ever actually caught dead working for The Man, this would be her soundtrack.

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To Bring You My Love
Album
To Bring You My Love
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PJ Harvey
Label
Island
Released
1995

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Work Song

  • from Work Song
  • by Nat Adderley

Traditional call-and-response style singing from the Deep South influenced Floridian cornetist Nat Adderley's classic.

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Work Song
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Work Song
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Nat Adderley
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Jvc Victor
Released
1960

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Coal Tattoo

  • from Harlan County USA: Songs of the Coal Miner's Struggle
  • by Various Artists

It beats working in the mines ... unless you already work in the mines.

(Hazel Dickens was a lifelong advocate for coal miners in particular and working people in general. She died of pneumonia in 2011.)

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A Few Old Memories
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A Few Old Memories
Artist
Hazel Dickens
Label
Rounder
Released
2009

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Spaceship

  • from College Dropout
  • by Kanye West

Kanye hates his job at the Gap, bruh.

Language advisory: This track contains explicit content.

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College Dropout
Album
College Dropout
Artist
Kanye West
Label
Mercury
Released
2004

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Supermodel (You Better Work)

  • from Supermodel of the World
  • by RuPaul

Some of these songs are a little down on work. Here's a decidedly pro-work anthem to get us back on track.

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Supermodel of the World
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Supermodel of the World
Artist
RuPaul
Label
Tommy Boy
Released
1993

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