You Better Go To Work

♪ ♫ I am the modern man (secret secret I’ve got a secret)
Who hides behind a mask (secret secret I’ve got a secret)
So no one else can see (secret secret I’ve got a secret)
My true identity ♪ ♫

EVIL SQUIRREL: Don’t you just love this song about robots, Robofox?

ROBOFOX: Must disassemble Kilroy!!!!!

ES: NOOOOOO!!!!  That was my favorite Styx album!!!!

SCRATCHY: Domo arigato, dude!  At least I know when the machines take over, they’ll have good taste in music…

ES: Can we just get on with the next Shelf Critter request while I mourn for this Dennis DeYoung masterpiece?

SPONKIE 2: And number 21 on the list is….

SPONKIE 1: Troll!!!

TROLL: Oh, dammit!  They want me on stage!  Hey Bub, can you hold my place in this line for government cheese?

BUB: Sure, pal!  But I’m gonna need to hold on to your voucher for…. um…. collateral.

TROLL: Here, just don’t lose it while I’m picking my song!

BUB: Oh boy, my macaroni and cheese is gonna taste doubly good tonight!

MARY: Wanna bet he’s gonna choose “Hair?”

SPARKLEPONY: He’s gonna choose “Hair,” I know it…

RAINY: Dammit, not “Hair!”  I’d rather hear “The Rain, The Park and Other Things!”

SCRATCHY: Let me guess, you’re requesting “Hair?”

TROLL: My song choice is going to be The Cowsills’ “Hair!”

SCRATCHY: (Taking the record out of the envelope) Uhhhhh…. this is a bit awkward.

ES: That’s because I switched Troll’s request!

TROLL: What?  That’s not fair!!!

ES: I have a lifetime contract on your body and soul, Troll.  I can do whatever I want with you… and I chose a song for you that you should really take to heart!

One of the biggest fads in the very early days of rock and roll was doo wop, featuring vocal groups with a diverse range of voices singing a lot of jibberish words in perfect harmony.  One of the pioneering acts in the genre was a Philadelphia quartet called The Silhouettes.  The group had a #1 hit in 1958 with about an out of work schmuck being nagged about getting a job…

Let’s face it…. the song could have been about any possible topic you could sing about.  But al most people will remember after hearing it is that catchy hook full of syllables randomly pulled from a Hooked on Phonics workbook…

Sha na na na, sha na na na na…. I don’t need to get a job, I’m only fucking nine!

“Get A Job” and its creative method of filling lyrical space was copied by many other doo wop groups of the time.  And yes, if you’re wondering, according to the Wiki article on the song, it even inspired the name of the famous doo wop revival group Sha Na Na…

BWA-HA-HA! Your princess is in another castle!

Can you believe we’re already a third of the way through my SCT Request series?  There’s still 20 more critters who, unlike Troll, might get to pick their own music!  Come back for more next Monday…

About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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19 Responses to You Better Go To Work

  1. best song to land in the river styx when you play it in some areas here ;O)))

  2. Kismet says:

    Don’t the silhouhouettes belong on the shade?

  3. That was fun. I’m loving the variety of the Shelf Critters. Always a surprise, which is sometimes needed on a Monday morning. Hey, I’d love to know what their favorite Halloween kind-of-sort-of related songs are.

  4. Thank goodness it wasn’t the Cowsills’ Hair! I remember watching American Bandstand (yeah I am that old) on Saturday’s and saw The Silhouettes. Those were some good times (or maybe just simpler) …now where’s my poodle skirt and saddle shoes? https://youtu.be/5EBw-zC0uiA

  5. I was just a kid when this song came out BUT I actually remember it. My sister taught me how to jitterbug (yes I’m that old) to this and many others. I think I could still jitterbug if I had to – all that “forced dancing” is probably why I had to have hip replacement surgery this past January! HAHA

    Pam

  6. draliman says:

    I didn’t realise there was more to that song than “sha la la get a job”. I guess I always thought it was the world’s shortest song.

  7. Mer O'Leary says:

    Bowser from sha na na and Arthur Fonzareli.

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