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June 6, 2004

'Saturday Night' on Friday Night

Corporate radio keeps getting worse and worse. For one DJ, it's the last straw when the radio station computer plays the Bay City Rollers' classic pop hit on the wrong day of the week.

written by Paul Nordquist + performed by Paul Nordquist (vocals) and the Zongo Session Players

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I've been 25 years in radioland
I've played every top hit by every pop band
Back in the old days I used to care
About the logic of what went out on the air
On my Saturday shift, for example, I might
Play the Bay City Rollers' 'Saturday Night'

'Saturday Night' on Saturday night
'Saturday Night' on Saturday night
You can't go wrong, if it's just a bit trite
To play 'Saturday Night' on Saturday night

Now it's oldies at night on WCRAP
If you don't like the songs, please don't accuse me
They'd never let the DJs decide what to play
It's all set in advance from three states away
Their computer has no sense of music or style
I just try to ignore it and keep on a smile
But they did something so dumb that I couldn't sit tight
They played 'Saturday Night' on Friday night

'Saturday Night' on Friday night
'Saturday Night' on Friday night
Holy Banana Boat! That isn't right
They played 'Saturday Night' on Friday night

Listeners called in and said "That's absurd"
"That's the stupidest thing that I've every heard!"
So I got on the air. I said "Fellow human beings,
Did you know that the world is controlled by machines?
They've stolen our life, ripped out the heart.
They're in charge of it all, and they're not very smart.
Our intern would know that it's totally wrong
To start your Friday night set with a Saturday song"

'Saturday Night' on Friday night
'Saturday Night' on Friday night
And things will get worse unless we stand up and fight
Against 'Saturday Night' on Friday night

Two robots burst in, ripped me out of my chair
They tossed me out on the street, but it didn't end there
I said "I'm on a mission to take back this town
I'm gonna tear your corporate playhouse down
It's a grassroots thing that your cronies can't stop
'Cause we built this city on rock and pop

Now I'm a radio pirate redeeming my soul
With some art school kids who are out of control
There's no playlist, no format, nothing but spunk
We'll go from reggae to doo-wop, country to punk
We broke every rule, unlocked every cell,
Then we made up some new rules and broke them as well
And once in a fit of anarchic spite
I played 'Saturday Night' on Friday night

'Saturday Night' on Friday night
'Saturday Night' on Friday night
It's so left field but it feels so right
To play 'Saturday Night' on Friday night

'Saturday Night' on Friday night
'Saturday Night' on Friday night
My dance party show is just out of sight
It's called 'Saturday Night' on Friday night

'Saturday Night' on Friday night
'Saturday Night' on Friday night
Call in your requests, I'll be spinning all night. . .

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