The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 February 2003

Cashing out

Singer/songwriter Johnny PayCheck (that's the way he was spelling it in recent years), bedridden with asthma and emphysema, has died. The former Donald Eugene Lytle built a reputation for hard drinkin' and hard livin'; he served two years in the Ohio pen for shooting a man in the head. PayCheck wrote many memorable songs, including the lovely "She's All I Got", but his major claim to fame is his Seventies working-class anthem "Take This Job and Shove It", which spawned a motion picture and a thrashing cover version by the Dead Kennedys. PayCheck was 64.

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By now, everyone has heard of Johnny Paycheck's recent passing. Paycheck was famous for the crossover hit "Take his Job...[read more]

Much endorsed, but ultimately canceled.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 1:43 PM on 20 February 2003

You don't know how hard it was to avoid titling this thing "Take This Life and Shove It".

Although you'll notice Laurence Simon (ATS Dead Pool) has no such scruples. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 2:32 PM on 20 February 2003


Posted by: Cyberangel at 1:22 AM on 21 February 2003