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12 Inches Of The 80's Loverboy

It's what most of us are doing, Working for the Weekend, and it's my choice for 12 inches of the 80's today!

Working for the Weekend was released by Loverboy back in October 1981.

It comes off their second studio album, Get Lucky (also from 1981).

 3 members of the band wrote the song, they were guitarist Paul Dean, vocalist Mike Reno and drummer Matt Frenette.

Paul Dean was the one who needed some inspiration for a new song, so he went out walking one Wednesday afternoon.

While out, he saw really no one, as most people were at work, and he thought to himself 'Where is everybody? Well, I guess they're all waiting for the weekend.' 

Mike Reno was the one who suggested change the title to "Working for the Weekend".

Paul also said that he began writing the song in a hotel room after a Montreal gig. Around that time, the band were still playing in bars and most people were not that responsive to them. After the song was complete, they used it to open a set, next minute, "the dance floor was packed". 

Apparently this song is a lot different to other songs by the band, it has more of a power pop feel, but this new sound was  liked by many and it reached 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number two on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart in January 1982.

"Working for the Weekend" was also ranked number 100 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.

Here is the 12 inch version: