A selection of songs for swinging wooden floor installers

Wooden floor installers playlist image by Sopradit (via Shutterstock).

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Sometimes, our wooden floor installers need a bit of music to get them through the day. More often than not, it is the strains of David Guetta, Clean Bandit, and Ed Sheeran. Though successful, they have yet to a good selection of songs dedicated to wooden floor installers. Or any song with the most tenuous of links to our profession.

  1. Down to Earth, Curiosity Killed The Cat;
  2. Timber, Pitbull (featuring Ke$ha);
  3. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor, The Arctic Monkeys;
  4. Slip Slidin’ Away, Simon and Garfunkel;
  5. Handy Man, Jimmy Jones;
  6. Hammer to Fall, Queen;
  7. DIY, Peter Gabriel;
  8. Knock on Wood, Eddie Floyd;
  9. Out on the Floor, Dobie Gray;
  10. Shine, Aswad.

We open with Down To Earth, the song which gave Curiosity Killed The Cat their breakthrough in late 1986. For floor installers, this could be about the felling of timber for wooden floors. This could be a perfect partner for our second song, entitled Timber. Pitbull’s collaboration with Ke$ha topped the UK singles chart at the end of 2013 and was the ninth best selling single that year.

Also a Number One was the Arctic Monkeys’ I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor. Without wooden floor installers how could you get a decent dance floor? There’s no way you could have danced to the next track by Dobie Gray. Out on the Floor is regarded as a Northern Soul classic, popular at Wigan Casino and The Twisted Wheel. It never fails to fill a dance floor to this day.

If it was polished too much, you could be slipping and sliding, as per Simon and Garfunkel’s track, Slip Slidin’ Away. You could end up with a falsetto voice like Jimmy Jones did in Handy Man, a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. You could pick up Freddie Mercury’s hammer (Hammer To Fall) and do a spot of DIY with Peter Gabriel. Strictly speaking, it is the most accessible track on Peter Gabriel’s second self titled solo LP.

That’s enough surrealism for one day. Of our selection, we shall close with Eddie Floyd’s soul classic. Possibly the most appropriate tune for wooden floor installers like us: Knock On Wood. Not to mention one for the end product of a well restored wooden floor: Shine, as performed by Aswad.

Castle Floors, 18 August 2017.