What came first the lyric or the catchphrase?

It's part of everyday vernacular now: "What are you up to?" "Working for the weekend."

Originally found on Loverboy's 1981 album Get Lucky, "Working for the Weekend" (the song) has found its way into the pop culture consciousness, making appearances in everything from a Saturday Night Live skit and a 30 Rock episode, to a scene in Zoolander and a Regular Show clip.

With "Working for the Weekend" being over 30 years old now, Noisecreep wondered where the phrase came from? Did the band invent it or was it existing slang? There's even a page on wiseGEEK asking what it means, but it makes no reference to its origin.

So Noisecreep asked Loverboy frontman Mike Reno, who wrote the song that originally reached No. 2 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart in 1982, about its origins.

"That's the first time I've ever been asked that question, which is cool," says Reno. "You know what happened is Paul [Dean, guitarist] had written most of the song and I was coming in to finish it up and turn it into a Loverboy song.

"Paul sometimes starts a song and sometimes I start a song. In that case, he had the chorus. He had this line: 'cause everybody's just waiting for the weekend.' And I started playing around with it and as soon as it came up and the band started going [bah dah], I went [sings], "'cause everybody's working for the weekend.'

"And he just stopped everything and went, 'Oh, wow, that's so much better.' He said, 'That's it. That's the title.' So that's how that happened."

So you coined the phrase? "Yeah, I coined the phrase."

"They say it a lot now," Reno says. "I kind of made a joke about it over the years because for the last, I don't know, 15 years, we do a lot of show on the weekend - We'll take the week off and then play like Thursday, Friday, Saturday - so now I'll tell people, 'I'm working on the weekend.' It used to be working for the weekend, now I'm working on the weekend."

Watch Loverboy's 'Working for the Weekend' Video


Loverboy's latest album, Rock 'N' Roll Revival, will be out on Aug. 14. Catch Loverboy on tour with Journey and Pat Benatar on the following dates:

AUGUST

10 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater At Jones Beach

14 Watertown, NY Watertown Fairgrounds

15 Canandaigua, NY Constellations Brands PAC

17 Louisville, KY Kentucky State Fair

18 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair

22 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Outdoor Theater

24 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

25 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

27 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheater

28 Lafayette, LA Cajun Dome

31 Kansas City, KS LiveStrong Sporting Park

SEPTEMBER

1 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair

15 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino

19 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center

21 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

22 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center

25 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum

26 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place

28 Bangor, ME Waterfront Park

29 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center

OCTOBER

2 Norfolk, VA Constant Convocation Center

3 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum

5 Mobile, AL Bayfest

6 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheater At Lakewood

9 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena

10 Tulsa, OK BOK Center

12 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater

13 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre

30 New York, NY Barclays Bank Arena

NOVEMBER

2 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

3 Manchester, NH Verizon Center

5 Montreal, QC Bell Centre

7 Columbus, OH Schottenstein/Nationwide

8 Evansville, IN Ford Center

10 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena

11 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial

13 Moline, IL iWireless Center

14 Sioux City, IA Tyson Center

16 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center

17 Green Bay, WI Resch Center

19 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre

24 Grand Praire, AB Crystal Center

27 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place

28 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre

30 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome

DECEMBER

1 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place

3 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

4 Victoria, BC Save-On Food Centre

7 Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood