Working in the Coal Mine" is a song with music and lyrics by Allen Toussaint.
After Toussaint returned to New Orleans from the
Army (from 1963–65), he formed a production company, Sansu, with partner Marshall Sehorn. He produced a number of singles, performed by Lee Dorsey, followed in 1965-66, including "Working in the Coal Mine". [1 ]
It was a hit for Lee Dorsey, released on
Amy Records (catalog no. 958), and entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on July 23, 1966, eventually peaking at #8, while reaching #5 on the Billboard R&B chart. Dorsey's version was used in a [2 ] Blaupunkt car stereo commercial in the early 1990s, and also in the 1995 crime-drama , directed by Casino Martin Scorsese.
Devo cover version was included as a bonus 7 inch single packaged with their album . This version was later included in the sound tracks for the films New Traditionalists Heavy Metal and [3 ] . Employee of the Month It peaked on the Hot 100 at #43 and was a top 10 single in New Zealand. [4 ]
In 2006 it was performed by the cast of
and included on the movie's soundtrack. The Wedding Weekend [5 ]
The Devo cover was also used as the theme song for the NBC
The song has been adapted for
Walmart TV commercials, changing the lyrics to "Working on the rollbacks, prices going down down."
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