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"Bang the Drum All Day"
Song by Todd Rundgren

from the album The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect

Released 1983
Genre Rock
Length 3:32
Label Rhino
Composer Todd Rundgren
Producer Todd Rundgren
The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect track listing
"Emperor of the Highway"
"Bang the Drum All Day"

"Bang the Drum All Day" is a 1983 song by Todd Rundgren. The lyrics describe in first person, the protagonist's drive to "bang the drum all day" to the exclusion of everything else. All the instruments on this track are performed by Rundgren.


The song is used by conservative talk radio host Jim Quinn as his union heads-up theme.

Radio stations WMJI and WDJX in the United States have used this song for their morning programs. 96.5 WKLH, a classic-rock station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plays the song every Friday at exactly 5 p.m. to signal the start of the weekend. WXLP 96.9 in Davenport, Iowa at 7am every Friday during the Dwyer and Michaels Show plays the song to signal the end of the week.WFBQ Q-95 in Indianapolis, home of Bob & Tom, also plays this song every Friday afternoon.

The song is referenced in the videogame The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind by the popular scamp merchant, Creeper, showing his lack of mercantile drive. Appropriately, the character is standing next to a guarskin drum.

The song also makes an appearance in an episode of the U.S version of The Office, when manager Michael Scott says he wants to "bang on this mug all day" while tapping a World's Best Boss coffee mug.

It is very popular at sporting events. The most famous use of the song is at Lambeau Field, when it is played to celebrate a Green Bay Packers touchdown. This started at Green Bay in 1995 and has since spread to other teams around the NFL. The Los Angeles Dodgers also play the song when a run is scored.

It is also used as the Friday morning theme song by Philadelphia NBC affiliate station NBC 10 at the end of every broadcast.

An altered version of the song's chorus was used to promote a late 1990s contest on radio station WYYY in Syracuse, New York. The game was called "Beat the Buzzer" and the modified lyrics were "I don't want to work/I want to play Beat the Buzzer all day."

In 2009, it is being heard in a TV commercial for Carnival Cruise Lines.

The song's sound was influenced by art rock band Talking Heads.

The American Forces Network (AFN) media network uses this song in a commercial promoting it's programming lineup displaying various clips from children's television shows.


Bad Manners covered 'Bang On The Drum All Day' on their 1983 album, Mental Notes.

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