Working For The Weekend – Loverboy | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#29); 1982

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Critically overshadowed by other rock bands of the 1980’s, Canada’s Loverboy nonetheless racked up four straight Top 15 albums, all of them multi-platinum sellers. Their saga began in 1979 when guitarist Paul Dean departed Streetheart and formed his own band.

A call to his agent looking for a singer brought Mike Rynoski – later Reno – his way. The two toyed with name ideas such as the Paul Dean Band, yet, nothing clicked until Paul hit upon “Coverboy” after looking through his girlfriend’s magazines and their cover girl covers.

After a word play leap to “Loverboy,” they were off and running, scoring a big gig as the opening act for Kiss. The quintet then launched a self-titled album and their first hit Turn Me Loose, a Top rock track, in 1980.

Working For The Weekend, Loverboy’s breakout single, reached the U.S. Top 30 and #2 on the rock tracks list, propelling the Get Lucky album to sales of over four million copies.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Bruce Fairbairn
  • Paul Dean

Lyrics Written by:

  • Paul Dean
  • Matt Frenette
  • Mike Reno