One-Hit Wonder Dust Off: “I Don’t Have To Be Me (‘Til Monday)” by Steve Azar
It's the weekend, which means time for fun and not worrying about work until Monday, when you're zapped back to reality. There's probably no country song that captured that feeling better than Steve Azar's hit, "I Don't Have to Be Me ('Til Monday)".
Written by Azar, R.C. Bannon and Jason Young, it was released in October of 2001. The song would peak at #2 on both the Mediabase country chart and Billboard Country Airplay chart in May of 2002.
"I Don't Have To Be Me" would be the lead for Azar's Waitin' on Joe album that year. The album's next single."Waitin' on Joe" would reach #26 on the Mediabase country chart by the end of 2002.
It wasn't Azar's debut however. Steve charted twice on North River Records in 1996. Five years later he would released "I Don't Have To Be Me ('Til Monday)" on Mercury Records Nashville, claiming his first and only top 10 single.
After the Waitin' on Joe album, Azar would chart five more times between 2005 and 2010, among them were "Doin' It Right" (#43) and "Moo La Moo" (#39). The highest reach of the bunch would be "Sunshine" in 2010 (#26).
Still, the song's impact was long-lasting. I know people who are in their early 20's, little kids when "I Don't Have To Be Me" was out, yet they know every word to the song by heart.