Work Song ~ Dan Reeder

Dan Reeder is an American musician.

When Oh Boy Records released Dan Reeder’s self-titled album on March 16th, 2004, a somewhat select group of wildly imaginative isolates found cause to celebrate. The album had a special significance to those who might be labeled as lonely daydreamers, but it was Dan’s imagination and humor that allowed everyone to enjoy his art.

From the individuals who see the world through a Reeder-esque lens to those who might have more extroverted sensibilities, there’s something universal about Dan’s music. On his debut release, Dan strikes a common chord by including a song that contains one simple phrase: “I’ve got all the fuckin’ work I need” That repeated declaration dances playfully with an intentionally sparse arrangement of a lonely handclap. It’s this simple, blunt sensibility that makes Dan’s music so accessible and, conversely, what makes him such a recluse.

He doesn’t tour often, records alone in a makeshift studio, plays with homemade instruments and many times can be irritated by some of the minor bumps in the road of humanity — just listen to “Waiting for my cappuccino” from Sweetheart, Dan’s second release (September 12th, 2006) and you’ll get the gist. Ken Tucker, Editor-At-Large for Entertainment Weekly and music critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, wrote this after Sweetheart’s release:

“In a world where most pop culture is about finding out what the maximum number of people desire and then manufacturing something that will max-out that desire till you puke, Reeder’s quiet, sharp-witted, literally home-made music reminds you why some people create: to satisfy themselves, and then, if possible, make some money in the bargain.”

After glancing over the song titles from Dan’s previous two records, one can gather that Dan does not shy away from taboo. “Food and pussy,” “Pussy titty” and “Pussy heaven” all seem to have a reoccurring theme, and the heterosexual male quotient of Dan’s audience loves him because he says the things they think about ninety-nine percent of the time without reservation.

Work Song

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I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need
I got all the fuckin’ work I need

  • Audio from the 2004 album, Dan Reeder:

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DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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