Feminist Music Geek Presents … WORK


It’s Monday and we’re all back to the grind. This playlist explores work as a dominant theme in popular music from several different angles. Fun fact: it originated from an independent study I did on gender and labor when I was preparing for preliminary exams!

Foremost, this set is concerned with the cultural value gender ascribes to labor. These songs also consider the role that affect plays in shaping workplace practices and environments, the pride people place in their work, the ways in which workers have to advocate for themselves within a capitalist system, concern over fatigue and exploitation, insistence upon equitable labor and a fulfilling personal life separate from workplace pressures, and even how the process of becoming is treated as work.

1. Gossip – Get a Job (A Joyful Noise; Columbia, 2012)
2. Lizzo – W.E.R.K. Pt II (Lizzobangers; Totally Gross National Product, 2013)
3. Kate Bush – Sat In Your Lap (The Dreaming; EMI, 1982)
4. Siouxsie and the Banshees – Suburban Relapse (The Scream; Polydor, 1978)
5. Lady – Money (Lady; Truth and Soul Records, 2013)
6. Au Pairs – It’s Obvious (Playing with a Different Sex; Drastic Plastic Records, 2013)
7. Cibo Matto – Working For Vacation (Stereotype A; Warner Bros., 1999)
8. The Jewels – Opportunity (Girl Group Sounds: One Kiss Can Lead to Another; Rhino, 2005)
9. Mika Miko – Business Cats (C.Y.S.L.A.B.F.; Kill Rock Stars, 2006)
10. Sonic Youth – Kissability (Daydream Nation; Enigma, 1988)
11. M.I.A. – XXXO (/\/\ /\ Y /\; N.E.E.T./XL Recordings/Interscope, 2010)
12. Julia Holter – Try To Make Yourself a Work of Art (Ekstasis; Rvng Intl, 2012)
13. MEN – Off Our Backs (Talk About Body; IAMSOUND Records, 2010)
14. Queen Lisa Lee – I’m the Pioneer (Ladies First: A Female Rap Mix; Stones Throw, 2006)
15. Psalm One – Open For Business (Woman @ Work; self-released, 2006)
16. Julianna Barwick – Keep Up the Good Work (The Magic Place; Asthmatic Kitty, 2011)

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