Friday on My Mind: Tax Time!

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News.

If you already did your taxes, then you are awesome. If you have yet to tackle them, I’m sorry to remind you that you only have a few days left to get it together. You really don’t want to mess with the IRS. They over 114,000 people strong and I’m sure could do some serious damage with their pocket calculators. If you still need to power through, here are a few song suggestions to help soundtrack all of your itemizing and filing party times…

The Beatles – Taxman

“Taxman” by The Beatles is probably one of the first songs that comes to mind when people think of tax themed music. I’m sure people spend a lot of time pondering the musical genre that is tax related. This one was one of the earlier Beatles’ songs to be penned by George Harrison. George was inspired after learning that a large bulk of earnings made by The Beatles went directly to the Treasury. Here is a scene of the Fab Four performing “Taxman” while in cartoon form during an episode of their animated series from the mid-60’s…


Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes

“What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes”- no really. What if we all stopped paying taxes? This gem from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings was released as a single along with their brassy take on Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land”. Only Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings could make such politically charged messages sound this soulful.


The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon

And we round things out with the tune “Sunny Afternoon” from The Kinks. Ray Davies manages to sound pretty chill, despite having what sounds like a pretty rough day. “The taxman’s taken all my dough”


Honorable Mentions:

Schoolhouse Rock – Tax Man Max

The original Schoolhouse Rock! series ran from 1973 through 1985, but this video was part of the second generation of Schoolhouse. “Tax Man Max” first aired on January 7, 1995, and was written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Performed by Patrick Quinn.

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