Here’s why this album should be in your collection!
It’s Labor Day in the USA-- a great time to play She Works Hard for the Money by Donna Summer!
Ms. Summer complemented the love songs on her 1983 album with topics about missing children (“People People”), religious courage (“He’s a Rebel,” which won a Grammy), and social injustice (“Stop, Look, and Listen”). “She Works Hard for the Money” became a Top Ten hit. Both the song and its video are cultural classics.
Summer entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the year after her death. Music fans remember her contributions to gospel, pop, R&B, and of course, disco. Working people, and especially women, cherish the rallying cry that was inspired by an encounter with a washroom attendant.
“She Works Hard for the Money” leads a list with work-themed jams by artists like the Beatles, Rose Royce, Vogues, O’Jays, Styx, Isley Brothers, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and The Bus Boys. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day. Give more than a thought to its original purpose.
This album is available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.
Here’s an interesting fact!
A popular version of the following story refers to private men’s clubs in Victorian England. Members gave cash to the butlers before meals, “To Insure Proper Service.” These are challenging times for personal service workers. Please compliment (deliberate homophone) the bill for service with tips of at least 15-20 percent.