Weekday Music – Black Friday

Posted on Fri 11/26/2021 by

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By Anton Lang ~

Today’s music video is Black Friday from the legendary U.S. band, Steely Dan. This video clip just shows an image of the album that this song was on, and that album was Katy Lied. There are some later clips of the band performing the song live, but while they show images of the band ostensibly singing this song live, the audio of the studio cut of the song has been overdubbed onto the video, and it’s quite obvious that this is the case, so here I have just shown the version with this one image of the album cover.

Link to Video at You Tube

This video was posted to You Tube by Steely Dan

The song has no association with what the ‘Black Friday’ wording means today, or even the original meaning, when the thirteenth day of the Month falls on a Friday, and in fact is probably closer in meaning to a stock market meltdown, similar to what happened in The Great Wall Street Crash of 1929, and while there was a Black Thursday, a Black Monday and a Black Tuesday during that crash, there was no Black Friday. It also would not refer to any of the most recent Stock Market crashes either, as they all happened long after this song was written and released in 1975. I suppose the title wording might be put down to artistic license as it best ‘fits’ the musical structure of the song itself.

The song is about an unscrupulous stock investor who cashes everything in and then splits the Country, so that’s where the ‘stock market crash’ allusion probably comes in. The song also mentions an Australian town, something I noticed with puzzlement when I first heard the song not long after buying the album to add to my collection of LPs. I heard it during the song, and played it again to see if I heard it correctly. That town is Muswellbrook, and it is in the Upper Hunter Region of New South Wales, and was one town I had actually visited. I was in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at the time, and stationed at the RAAF Base near Newcastle, and Muswellbrook is only 80 miles away from the base itself, and a couple of times I visited the area to play cricket during the time I was stationed there.

As I mentioned, the song is about an unscrupulous investor who cashes it all in and then splits, and he heads for somewhere as far away from the U.S. as possible, and what could be further away than Australia, so the song’s writer picked a place on the map, and as you can see from the text below of the second verse, the town they picked had to rhyme with the last word of that verse before the chorus, and that word was ….. book. So, Donald Fagan, the songwriter selected Muswellbrook. Only here, to fit the tempo of the song the band sing it as ….. Muz well brook, extending out the phrasing between the syllables of the word. In actual fact the correct pronunciation of the town is Muscle Brook, as in the muscles on your body.

When Black Friday comes
I’ll fly down to Muswellbrook
Gonna strike all the big red words
From my little black book

Gonna do just what I please
Gonna wear no socks and shoes
With nothing to do but feed
All the kangaroos

When Black Friday comes
I’ll be on that hill
You know I will

This song was released as a Single by Steely Dan, and it was lifted off their fourth studio album, Katy Lied. The band had a huge and loyal following, and released albums sparsely really, when compared to other pop bands at the time, and they only released one album a year, after their first album Can’t Buy A Thrill in 1972, which featured their smash hit ‘Reelin’ In The Years’. The album directly before this one was Pretzel Logic, which included their big hit at the time, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, and my favourite from this band, a note for note cover of the Duke Ellington Bubber Miley song, East St. Louis Toodle Oo, which I have featured in an earlier Post at this link.

Anton Lang uses the screen name of TonyfromOz, and he writes at this site, PA Pundits International on topics related to electrical power generation, from all sources, concentrating mainly on Renewable Power, and how the two most favoured methods of renewable power generation, Wind Power and all versions of Solar Power, fail comprehensively to deliver levels of power required to replace traditional power generation. His Bio is at this link.

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