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"Friday on My Mind" is a 1966 song by Australian rock group The Easybeats. Written by band members George Young and Harry Vanda, the British Invasion-style number became a worldwide hit, making #1 in Australia, #6 in the UK, #16 in the USA, and charting in several other countries. In 2001, it was voted "Best Australian Song" of all time by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) as determined by a panel of 100 music industry personalities.

Music and lyrics

The minor-key verses of "Friday on My Mind" depict the tedium and drudgery of the work week, taking each day at a time ("Monday morning feels so bad/Coming Tuesday I feel better"). These verses are adorned with a Middle Eastern-sounding guitar figure. The build-up to the chorus features a slowly rising vocal, culminating with a shout of "Cos I'll have Friday on my mind!", and launching into a major-key refrain celebrating the pleasures of the weekend in the city.

Though the song has long been termed a "working class anthem", George Young maintained it had "more to do with their outlook on the world than any class statement". According to Harry Vanda, the track's distinctive guitar opening was inspired by a film performance featuring The Swingle Singers: "It went tudutudutudu, which made us all laugh. In the train back from the gig, we were imitating them and suddenly it sounded good. They became the first notes of Friday On My Mind."

Release and aftermath

In addition to its 7" single release in late 1966, the song was issued on a EP in September 1967, with the tracks "Sorry", "Who'll Be the One" and "Made My Bed, Gonna Lie in It". A 2005 rerelease on CD single, along with "Remember Sam", "Pretty Girl" and "Made My Bed, Gonna Lie in It", featured a cover (pictured right) based on an earlier French sleeve.

On 28 May 2001, Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) celebrated its 75th anniversary by naming the Best Australian Songs of all time, as decided by a 100 strong industry panel, with "Friday on My Mind" being selected as the number one song on the list. At the APRA Awards ceremony You Am I performed "Friday on My Mind" with Harry Vanda of The Easybeats guesting on guitar, Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool performed the #2 listed song "Eagle Rock", Midnight Oil's "Beds are Burning" at #3 was shown on video.

"Friday on My Mind" was ranked #10 out of 2006 songs featured in the Triple M Essential 2006 Countdown. In the series 20 to 01, it was #1 on the "Greatest Aussie Songs" show. The song also appears in the 1980s film One Night Stand.

Cover versions

The song has been covered many times, notably by David Bowie, who recorded a version on his 1973 RCA covers album Pin Ups (for Harry Vanda, it was "the only cover I ever liked"). The same year, San Francisco-based Earth Quake covered the song, which was released as the first-ever single on the Beserkley Records label.

Other acts who have covered the song include Gary Moore, Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson , Ben Lee, The Busters and the punk band London, whose version was recorded by producer Simon Napier-Bell in the same recording studios (IBC Studiosmarker in London) where The Easybeats had cut the original. The song was also performed by Romanianmarker band Phoenix on their first EP, Vremuri ("Old times") in 1968. In 1979, the "house band" of Sawmills Studiomarker, the Golant Pistons (who later became Al Hodge and the Mechanics), covered the song, which was released on a 1980 punk rock compilation album of cover songs, entitled We Do 'em Our Way, on the MFP Ltd. label.

In 2001 Vanessa Amorosi and Lee Kernaghan recorded a version of the song that was used as the official NRL Friday Night Football theme, featuring on Channel Nine's weekly primetime broadcast of the Rugby League every Friday night at 8:30pm. The band Noogie covered the tune for the soundtrack of the film A Walk to Remember (2002). Moneen sampled the guitar in their song "The Passing of America" in 2006.

Track listing

  1. "Friday on My Mind" ( Harry Vanda, George Young) – 2:47
  2. "Made My Bed (Gonna Lie in It)" (Young) – 2:20


Personnel

The Easybeats members

Recording details

References

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