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Devo - Working In The Coal Mine (1981)

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"Working in the Coal Mine" is a song with music and lyrics by the American musician and record producer Allen Toussaint. It ...

"Working in the Coal Mine" is a song with music and lyrics by the American musician and record producer Allen Toussaint. It was an international hit for Lee Dorsey in 1966, and has been recorded by other musicians including Devo in 1981.

In 1981, a Devo cover version was included as a bonus 7" single packaged with their album New Traditionalists. This version was later included in the soundtracks for the films Heavy Metal and Employee of the Month. It entered Billboard Sept 5, 1981, reaching No. 43 on the Hot 100, and was also a Top 10 single in New Zealand. It was used as the theme for the show Working. 

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