Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Takin' Care of Business

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One of the archetypal '70s FM boogie hits and, alongside "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," Bachman-Turner Overdrive's finest moment, "Takin' Care of Business" could well be one of the snottiest songs ever written. Much was written in the first flush of punk of the dinosaur bands' supposed contempt for their audience, but other than the occasional tale of Roger Waters spitting on one of the punters during the Animals tour, there was little hard evidence offered of this attitude. On the other hand, "Takin' Care of Business" begins with a withering dismissal of the life of the working man, and moves on from there into an obnoxiously smug paean to the comparatively indolent life of the gigging musician. Clearly, the majority of folks don't pay that much attention to lyrics, or otherwise, the song's overall tone of "Ha ha! You suck! We rule!" would result not in a Top 20 hit, but a hail of mostly full beer bottles aimed squarely at Randy Bachman's head. Were it not for the righteously elemental three-chord choogle of the bar band-simple riff, which continues largely unchanged through the entire song, "Takin' Care of Business" would be one of the most obnoxious, annoying hit singles of the '70s.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Bachman-Turner Overdrive II 1973 Universal Special Products / Mercury 4:50
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bachman-Turner Overdrive 2000 Mercury / MCA 4:51
Gold [2 CD] 2005 Mercury 4:48