Bang the Drum All Day
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|"Bang the Drum All Day"|
File:Bang the Drum All Day.jpg|
|Single by Todd Rundgren|
|from the album The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect|
April 1983 (US)|
July 1983 (UK)
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Recorded||1982 at Utopia Sound Studios|
"Bang the Drum All Day" is a 1983 song by Todd Rundgren. The lyrics describe, in the first person, the singer's drive to "bang on the drum all day" to the exclusion of everything else. All the instruments on this track are performed by Rundgren. The song has become popular as an anti-work anthem or anthem of celebration.
Rundgren would re-record the song live for subscribers to his Patronet service. The new version was retitled "Bang the Ukulele Daily," referring to Rundgren's decision to perform it in a Hawaiian style, accompanied only by a ukulele. "Bang the Ukulele Daily" was included on his album One Long Year.
|1983||UK Singles Chart||86|
|1983||US Billboard Pop Singles||63|
|1983||US Billboard Mainstream Rock||39|
In popular culture
That song is featured in the trailer of the 1998 DreamWorks Animated Movie Antz in the Prince of Egypt 1999 VHS Opening and Shrek 2001 VHS Opening.
The song is featured on the radio show "The Morning Drive" on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio, a morning talk show hosted by Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone. The song is used on Friday mornings to celebrate the upcoming weekend.
- Bad Manners covered "Bang on the Drum All Day" on their 1985 album, Mental Notes.
- A cover of the song is used as part of the soundtrack to the Pixar Play Parade at Disney California Adventure Park as well as the Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
- "Chart Stats - Todd Rundgren". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
- [[[:Template:Allmusic]] "allmusic ((( Todd Rundgren > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))"]. Billboard. Retrieved 2011-12-17.