Loverboy’s Mike Reno Reconsiders ‘Working for the Weekend’ Philosophy
While it's common for companies to use a well-known song in their commercials, it's rare that they'll get classic rockers to poke fun at themselves in them. But that's what job website indeed.com has done, getting Mike Reno of Loverboy to admit that his "Working for the Weekend" philosophy may be wrong.
In the spot, called "'Working for the Weekend,' the Rewrite," Reno, complete with his trademark headband, is in a recording studio. He admits that he erred by suggesting in his 1981 hit that people were merely punching the clock until quitting time on Friday, when they could go out and party. He's since seen the light thanks to indeed.com, which is helping millions of people find good jobs.
Reno picks away at a piano and writes down new lyrics, and concludes with the realization that "it's not just all about the weekend. It's more like everybody's really enjoying their time at work, and when the weekend comes, that's fine too."
You can watch the minute-long version of the commercial above, but there are also 30-second and 45-second versions available that take less time to get to the jokes, but the payoffs in these shorter clips aren't as satisfying.
Released on Loverboy's second album, Get Lucky, "Working for the Weekend" was one of the band's biggest and most enduring hits. It reached No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on their Mainstream Rock chart, and has long been used as an example of how rock bands experimented with synthesizers in the early '80s.
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