“Cadillac Walk” – Mink DeVille

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From the damn fine 1977 debut album “Cabretta” by Mink DeVille, comes the smooth but tough “Cadillac Walk.” “Cadillac Walk” was composed by Moon Martin, whose main claim to fame was composing Robert Palmer’s huge 1979 hit “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor).”  Martin also had a Top 30 hit in 1979 with his song “Rolene.”

“Hard Working Man” – Captain Beefheart / Ry Cooder / Jack Nitzche, from the film “Blue Collar” (1978) dir. Paul Schrader

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The theme song from Paul Schrader’s mentally brutal 1978 working class thriller “Blue Collar.” One of the great forgotten films of the 1970s, with Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, and Yaphet Kotto. As Kotto’s Smokey character famously asserts: “They pit the lifers against the new boys; the young against the old; the black against the white. Everything they do is to keep us in our place.”