I Am Harlequin creates a playlist for the happily unemployed, find that job with the inspiring tracks or enjoy and wallow away with the perfect mix.
The Bangles – ‘Going Down to Liverpool’
Nothing beats a nice day out in Liverpool to do nothing, does it? And if you’re lucky enough, perhaps Spock (aka Leonard Nimoy) will be your chauffeur too.
Utah Phillips – ‘Hallelujah, I’m a Bum’
Get into the spirit of bum-dom. Employment ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Captain Beefheart – ‘Dropout Boogie’
Can’t get a job? Don’t know what it’s all about? Captain Beefheart don’t either.
Dolly Parton – ‘9 to 5’
If you’re starting to miss a regular schedule, Dolly will pluck you right up. Remember: “Want to move ahead, but the boss won’t seem to let me. I swear sometimes that man is out to get me.”
Placebo – ‘Slave to the Wage’
They put the 9 to 5 grind more poetically. Just watch the video and rejoice that you’re sitting at home in your bathrobe.
Tom Waits – ‘Can’t wait to get off work’
Fantastic live. “I’ve been a cabbie and a stock clerk. And a soda fountain jock jerk. And a manic mechanic on cars (…) And I can’t wait to get off work” Despite ample career opportunities, he’d still rather be home with his girl. Understandably so.
Donna Summer – ‘She works hard for the money’
Damn right she does, so you better treat her right when she comes home at the end of the day.
Bruce Springsteen – ‘Working on a Highway’
There is no work-related playlist, without a Springsteen song.
Day One – ‘Love on the Dole’
Day One shows that there’s love to be found in the queue to collect your welfare checks.
The Kinks – ‘Low Budget’
“I’m shopping at Woolworth and low discount stores. I’m dropping my standards so that I can buy more.” That’s the spirit. And now that Woolworths is back (online at least), you can live like the Kinks too.