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Blague

1  noun  ˈbläg, -ȧg   plural -s
: HUMBUG, CLAPTRAP, RAILLERY
2  intransitive verb   -ed/-ing/-s
: to talk pretentiously and usually inaccurately : lie boastfully

Labor Dabor

The Phoole and the Gang fuschia flag logo flies at the right of a black-and-white photo of an old-fashioned electric workplace punch-clock, which bosses once used to use to track how much workers earned each day. The clock hangs on a brick wall beside a metal vertical rack which holds a few time-cards in it.

Did you know that, by Wisconsin state law, I'm not allowed to discuss unionization with my employees? YES: despite its state motto being simply "Forward!", Wisconsin languishes in an anti-worker history-hole dating to the dawn of the industrial era and the Golden Age of Robber Barons. WELL DONE, YOU MORALLY-DERAILED STATE, YOU.


Anyhow, Phoole & the Gang tonight is about WORK, because of Labor Dabor on Monday.


There are tunes in the show from the 1960s through a few months ago! There is rock'n'roll, pop, rap, bossa-nova, indie electronica, post-punk, new wave, rap, grime, hip-hop, the uncategorizable KNOWER, and even chap-hop and spoken-word. Lots of the songs are about hating one's job; some of them are about loving one's job and working harder. There's a lot of 80s tunes - there isn't a decade like the 80s for tapping into tunes that wide swaths of people across multiple continents know and love, and artists of the decade were not afraid to admit that they were working-class. There's even a tune in which Phil Collins plainly attempts to justify murders by saying they're his job. Come on, man.


Do you have a job, want a job, hate a job, love a job? Tune in in SOLIDARITY with the Phooliverse for Phoole & the Gang tonight at 6:00 p.m. Central US time at the links at https://phoole.com/gang!


If you are reading this FROM THE FUTURE, the show ALREADY HAPPENED, and you can rewind it at https://phoole.com/rewind!

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