Hiss Golden Messenger’s crunchy satire would not fly well with 80’s hair rock band Loverboy. Some would call that connection a stretch, but Loverboy’s ageless principle that “everybody’s working for the weekend” doesn’t apply to broad-minded renegades like Hiss Golden Messenger. After all, in a world where young folks are making their best attempt to break out of the freedom-choking nine-to-five workday, weekends just don’t hold the same weight that they once did. Hiss Golden Messenger brainchild MC Taylor may not be considered young after releasing his 9th studio album Hallelujah Anyhow in 2017, but his freethinking ways seen in his 2014 tune “Saturday’s Song” allow him to connect with the Millennial crowd just as well as he connects with fellow flower children.
At first, the satirical nature of “Saturday’s Song” is virtually imperceptible. Those of us stuck in an office on a daily basis can sympathize with Taylor’s message that “When Saturday comes I’m gonna lose myself.” It isn’t until the following line that the audience realizes they’ve walked right into Taylor’s caustic trap, as he continues “When Saturday comes I’m like everybody else.” From then on, Taylor continues to set Saturdays pins up only to be knocked down by Sunday’s resulting bowling ball of anguish. The entire song’s proposition that Saturday’s mindless release of pent up emotions has its consequences yields the lesson that such energy could be spread out in a healthier fashion across every week day.