My first real job sent me out to work for a company near Merrion Square, down past the passport office. It was a nice place to work. There were ducks in the canal. Love Lane was across the road and because the registry office was nearby, newlywed couples would pose for pictures under the street sign of an otherwise grim alleyway. While I worked there, I was in the Spar on Mount Street and I heard “Don’t Do Me Like That” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers for the first time. It was on the radio and I missed the artist and song title so I didn’t know who it was, but I spent weeks going around singing some approximation of the chorus until I sang it in front of someone who recognized it and told me the name.
I think sometimes a great song doesn’t have to be incredibly original, but just a really good example of its style. “Don’t Do Me Like That” is a great late 70s American rock song for dads. It’s got good guitars. There’s pianos and an organ in there. The chorus is basically 5 words with a few baby babys thrown in for good measure. There’s a decent air guitar solo. It’s nice and safe. It makes me happy and always reminds me of starting work.
You can listen to ” Don’t Do Me Like That” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers here.