Bang the Drum All Day

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"Bang the Drum All Day"
Single by Todd Rundgren
from the album The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect
B-side "Chant" (US)
"Drive" (UK)
Released April 1983 (US)
July 1983 (UK)
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1982 at Utopia Sound Studios
Genre Ska, Rock
Length 3:32
Label Bearsville
Writer(s) Todd Rundgren
Producer(s) Todd Rundgren

"Bang the Drum All Day" is a 1983 song by Todd Rundgren. The lyrics describe, in the first person, the singer's drive to "bang on the drum all day" to the exclusion of everything else. All the instruments on this track are performed by Rundgren. The song has become popular as an anti-work anthem or anthem of celebration.

Rundgren would re-record the song live for subscribers to his Patronet service. The new version was retitled "Bang the Ukulele Daily," referring to Rundgren's decision to perform it in a Hawaiian style, accompanied only by a ukulele. "Bang the Ukulele Daily" was included on his album One Long Year.

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1983 UK Singles Chart[1] 86
1983 US Billboard Pop Singles[2] 63
1983 US Billboard Mainstream Rock[2] 39

In popular culture[edit]

The song is played in Lambeau Field after the Green Bay Packers score a touchdown.

The song is used by conservative talk radio host Jim Quinn as his union heads-up theme. Boston conservative talk host Howie Carr also plays a snippet to poke fun at the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The song is referenced in the videogame The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind by the popular scamp merchant, Creeper.

Covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chart Stats - Todd Rundgren". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Todd Rundgren > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 

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