I like Sundays. I mean really like them. They seem to be the freest days of the week and I get to do stuff I genuinely enjoy – Sunday roasts, sport and a pub quiz. No Lazy Sunday Afternoons for me. Really we should all make the most of the weekends, the majority of us work five days straight and get a couple to ourselves. Catching up with the little jobs which get away from us the rest of the week and taking some needed rest. But some people get even less than that and paint the town red on their one day off. By God, You Ought to See Sally on Sunday.
On to Monday (or Mundane Mundae for some) an oft-maligned day just because for the majority it represents a return to the tedium of work. Well, the least you can hope it doesn't rain again on Monday. But it seems like a vain hope as they Call it Stormy Monday for a reason.
But Tuesday's just as bad. But Chairmen of the Board don't seem to mind. For them Everything's Tuesday and they seem pretty upbeat about it all. The Siddeleys seem to be fairly philosophical too and have even picked out My Favourite Wet Wednesday Afternoon. And why not be happy on Wednesday afternoons? It may be wet, but when it's here you're closer to next weekend than last. You're on the downhill stretch and may as well enjoy yourself.
That's why, when Sweet Thursday comes, you know you're well on you way to a break. For some it's a day of remuneration and getting what you're owed. Whether that's a pay packet or otherwise you can take what you're given and start making plans for the future – either a weekend or something slightly more distant.
Then at last the end is in sight, and maybe not just of the working week. If She Left Me on a Friday it really would ruin my my weekend. I might just have to cheer myself up with a Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo.
Saturday Saturday. What can we say about Saturday? A day of freedom, cutting loose and paying no attention to the restraints of the working week. Not always for the better of course, getting drunk, running your mouth and picking fights too often go together so don't try to be a Big Boy on Saturday Night.
And that leads us back to where we started from, Sunday. I may have mentioned I like Sundays, so let's celebrate with another song about relaxing on a Sunday evening: Harmonie du soir à Chateauguay.
The All-Day A-list:
No Lazy Sunday Afternoon – The Last Resort
You Ought to See Sally on Sunday – Al Bowlly
Mundane Mundae – The Stairs
Call it Stormy Monday – T-Bone Walker
Everything's Tuesday – Chairmen of the Board
My Favourite Wet Wednesday Afternoon – The Siddeleys
Sweet Thursday – The Icicle Works
She Left Me on Friday – Shed Seven
Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo – Jens Lekman
Saturday, Saturday– Badshah and Indeep Bakshi
Big Boy on a Saturday Night – Kirsty MacColl
Harmonie du soir à Chateauguay – Beau Dommage
Break of Day B-list:
Saturday to Sunday – The Levellers
Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon – Queen
Fell In Love on Monday – Fats Domino
Blue Monday People – Curtis Mayfield
On Tuesday – Men Without Hats
Ash Wednesday – Elvis Perkins
Thursday's Child – Isobel Campbell
Friday Come Five – Bob Evans
Forty Miles to Saturday Night – Paul Kelly
Friday Kind of Monday – Johnny Farnham
Father's Day – Weddings, Parties, Anything
Eight Days a Week – The Beatles*
*No video available.
Weekend Wildcard picks:
City of Black Fridays – Mischief Brew
Tank McCullough Saturdays – Ricky Warwick
Saturday Night – Misfits
Late Nite Saturday Call – The Quireboys
Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash
These playlists were inspired by readers' song nominations from last week's topic: Go ahead, punk, make my … songs about days of the week. The next topic will launch on Thursday at 1pm UK time.
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