No one does it like Dolly Parton. In a recent interview, Dolly breaks down the inspiration for her albums & album covers, including that famously busy ‘9 to 5 and Odd Jobs’ cover.
In this episode of “On the Records,” country and humanitarian icon Dolly Parton breaks down some of her most iconic albums. Within, she gives three words to describe each before diving into BTS goodness. As a result, Dolly goes a long way in answering questions fans have had for decades.
One of those questions? How on earth did Dolly & Co. decide on that incredibly busy (but amazing) cover for “Odd Jobs?” To start, Dolly’s three words to describe the album are: Busy, Complicated, and Fun.
“We felt like we really needed to cover all the different jobs that people do,” she says of the album’s cover. “So many people out there, that not only work 9 to 5, but work 5 to 9, and so on.”
Dolly Finally Explains ‘Odd Jobs’ Cover
For the album cover itself, Dolly clarifies “when we did the Odd Jobs, it was the one that was complicated,” she recalls. “Because we were trying to figure out how to do an album cover that covered everybody’s job. We kind of gathered up every piece of equipment you could have.”
To represent such an array of jobs, Dolly says “it was more just about the working people in the world. And I didn’t want to just do songs about just women in the workplace, ’cause we did that with the “9 to 5″ song.”
“It was just as much about the different people – the men and the women – working in different departments, all over the country,” she continues. “All those morning jobs where everybody gets up and stumbles to the kitchen, and pours a cup of ambition… It felt like the Village People kind of doing it,” she laughs.
“I just remember that day, having to haul that stuff around and putting all this stuff on me… to try and make this great picture. Then tryin’ to stand exactly right,” she smiles. “We had so much fun laughing about all the different odd jobs – Should we use a plunger? Should we use – ‘Nah that wouldn’t look good!'”
“It was a fun day – a fun photo shoot.” An excellent answer for a timeless album!
Dolly Parton Breaks Down Her Albums
Watch Dolly’s full interview breaking down all her albums below. To skip right to 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs, skip on up to the 11:40 mark.
In this episode of On the Records, Dolly Parton breaks down some of her most iconic albums. Dolly talks about the photoshoot for her first-ever record. The iconic “Coat of Many Colors” album cover, and how she wrote “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.”Pitchfork TV