WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Canadian classic rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive announced around the crack of noon that they will not be taking care of any business on Labour Day this year.
“This band has been rocking on and off for nearly forty years,” said lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter Randy Bachman. “I think we’ve earned ourselves a day off here and there, especially after the long battle that was fought to get unions legalized in the first place. Because if you think BTO ain’t down with labor laws and workers’ rights, then baby, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Plus, we’re going to a picnic this afternoon and this potato salad isn’t gonna make itself.”
Many longtime fans of Bachman-Turner Overdrive were left confused by the band’s seemingly newfound political stance.
“I’ve been listenin’ to these guys since before Nixon got the boot, and I always just thought these songs was about drinkin’ beers, chasin’ women and drivin’ real fast,” remarked BTO superfan Bob Stevens. “If I’m crankin’ the Overdrive, I just wanna party and let loose, ya know? None of this political crap. And if they’re gonna sit out Labor Day weekend, who am I supposed to crank at my barbecue? Neil Young pissing and moaning in my ear about Monsanto and GMOs?”
Other Canadian rockers have eagerly embraced this new display of worker solidarity from such an iconic rock group.
“It’s about fuckin’ time the boys in Bachman-Turner got hip to workers’ rights and the labour movement. I’m happy to have them on our side,” stated Propagandhi frontman Chris Hannah. “Canada’s got some great musicians who are down with the causes of fighting against imperialism and human rights violations; hell, even Shatner’s a vegetarian. Now, if I can just get Celine Dion to read some fucking Howard Zinn, I think we’d really be getting somewhere.”
As of press time, Bachman-Turner Overdrive has further confirmed that under no circumstances will they be working overtime.