The Friday Five: April 12, 2013

The Friday Five

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up the media player of your choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.

The Five:

Somedays won’t end ever and somedays pass on by, I’ll be working here forever, at least until I die…

“Phantom” by The Sisters of Mercy (from Some Girls Wander by Mistake, 1992)

My Popdose colleauge, Annie Zaleski, shared a collection of goth documentaries yesterday that sent me reeling back to the days where my wardrobe consisted of so many shades of black. While I never bought in to the goth culture wholesale, I certainly had an affinity for the music. This B-side to the 1983 12″ release of “Alice” has a groove to it that just about anyone could get behind. Not a bad start

“Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys (from The SMiLE Sessions (disc 1), 2011)

So, as this week’s Friday Five is the 10,000th post on Popdose, it is only appropriate that this tune be accompanied simply by this sentiment (say it with me, boys and girls): Fuck Mike Love.

“You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye (from The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 8: 1968 (disc 40), 2007)

“Texas Flood” by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (from Texas Flood – Legacy Edition (disc 1), 2013)

“Another Guy’s Song” by Julian Velard (from Mr. Saturday Night, 2011)

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Terje Fjelde

    “10,000 Beer Cans” by Bow Thayer

    “The Hopes and Dreams of Heaven’s 10,000 Whores” by American Music Club

    “Woman with the Strength of 10,000 Men” by Peter Himmelman

    “10,000 Men” by Bob Dylan

    “10,000 Years” by Dennis Wilson

  • steed

    1. Shadowboxin’ by Genius-GZA
    2. Round Here by Counting Crows
    3. Dirty Love by Ke$ha
    4. Brokenhearted by Karmin
    5. Shamrocks and Shenanigans – House of Pain

    Interesting 5 – going from GZA to Counting Crows is kind of odd.

  • Phil

    The Beatles – “I’ve Just Seen a Face” (Help, 1965)
    I love this song and find myself humming it at odd times for no reason at all.

    Sugar – “Explode and Make Up” (File Under Easy Listening, 1994)
    Another week, another Sugar tune, this time the closing track of Mould’s follow-up to Copper Blue, which in my opinion is just as strong and is actually the first Sugar album I heard.

    KISS – “God of Thunder” (Double Platinum, 1978)
    Double Platinum provided the soundtrack of my imaginary concerts where I would mime to the music, pretending to be Gene or Ace. Lately I’m of the opinion that the album should not have existed as it screwed up and with the original (and in my opinion, much better) versions of most of the songs present. Also, I have a really hard time comprehending that Paul Stanley wrote this tune the full intention of performing it.

    Pink Floyd – “Pigs on the Wing (Part Two)” (Animals, 1977)
    I was well into adulthood and still discovering Pink Floyd’s back catalog when I stumbled onto Animals. For a short time, it and the excellent live cover of the entire album by Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade project provided the soundtrack for my mundane website markup monkeywork. It was a nice distraction. This short outro track adds a final statement to what I still find to be a very bizarre–but very good–album.

    Devin Townsend Project – “Gato” (Ki, 2009)
    I love how Devin lulls you in by playing something low-key, laid-back, and even pretty, and before you know it, he’s balls-out screaming his head off. And what’s with iTunes?! I get a Sugar track and a Devin Townsend track two weeks in a row. That’s 2 Sugars and 2 Devins in 2 weeks. Maybe 2 is my lucky number today?! Maybe I should go play the Powerball or something?!

  • Michael Parr

    Had I known in advance, I might have been able to follow suit!

  • mc3

    1. Van Morrison – “In the Garden”, No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1986)
    Starting this week’s five with this gem is a great sign. A tune I never tire of from a truly formative album.

    2. Peter Broggs – “Reasoning”, Real Authentic Sampler Volume 2 (1990)
    A nice reggae nugget from a collection I always forget about. Reggae has always been best listened to on Fridays, if that makes sense.

    3. Ray Parker, Jr. – “The Other Woman”, Greatest Hits (1993)
    Time for the 80’s nostaligia part of the show. I have no idea when this became part of my collection, and am mildly surprised Ray Parker, Jr, has a “Greatest Hits” album. I always thought of him as a two-hit wonder.

    4. Weezer – “This is Such a Pity”, Make Believe (2005)

    5. Gov’t Mule – “Unthrow that Spear”, Mighty High (2007)
    More Friday reggae! From Mule’s unusual and underrated collection of reggae and dub versions of their music and other classics. This song features Michael Franti and is a perfect finish to this week’s five.

  • mc3

    What? No 10,000 Maniacs? :-)

  • Terje Fjelde

    Filtered by title! :-)

  • Michael Parr

    Counting Crows to Ke$ha? Ouch.

  • Michael Parr

    I spent many a day playing my tennis racket to “Firehouse” and “Strutter” myself.

  • Michael Parr

    I’m not at all familiar with Mighty High and now much go find it.

  • Rock_dawg

    Amen to that, Michael. But we’ll just keep taking what they’re giving, ’cause we’re working for a living. At least you had a good set of tunes there.

    “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera, single
    Damn, that catchy whistling!

    “Stranger Things Have Happened” – Ronnie Milsap, 40 #1 Hits
    My iPod is still loaded with a lot of songs I haven’t played in over a year (or not at all). A ballad as bland as this doesn’t need to be in regular rotation.

    “Bennie and the Jets” – Elton John, To Be Continued…
    We need a name to describe this situation: A song that you can’t deny is a classic and will enjoy and sing along with if it comes on, but you have no desire to put it on yourself and may even skip it if you were listening to the album.

    “Shining Light” – Annie Lennox, The Annie Lennox Collection
    One of the requisite “with two new songs” tracks. A good song, but not up to “Walking on Broken Glass” level.

    “Roxanne” – Sting, Symphonicities
    Oh Sting, can’t you just leave this song alone? I’ve got acoustic versions, a tango version, this one… I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s done polka or Appalachian folk versions! Nothing will top the original.

    Have a good weekend, fellow Fivers.

  • Aryl Watson

    Here we go!

    1. Beastie Boys – Too Many Rappers – Hot Sauce Committee Part 2

    This track features Nas, who I’ve never listened to, but he kills it on this track.

    2.Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It) – CMJ New Music Monthly Volume 52

    I loved CMJ monthly and the CD in every issue. Introduced me to Deftones, Old Crow Medicine Show and others. I really like this song.

    3.Modest Mouse – Ocean Breathes Salty – Good News for People Who Love Bad News

    Love anything that involves Isaac Brock. Some people call this the sell out album, but I love this album and beyond as much as I love the older stuff.

    4. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) – Rock & Soul Pt 1

    I bought this cassette – Google It :-) It may have been the first music I ever bought. Hall & Oates were the gateway to the soul artists that inspired them – for that I’m very grateful. Great stuff

    5. All Saints – Lady Marmalade (Timbaland Remix) – Dr. Doolittle Soundtrack

    Timbaland makes this song worth listening to. With out a bombastic singer for the chorus, the song loses it’s luster.

    Have a great weekend!

  • MC_Snocap

    iTunes got trapped in the mid-80s this week …

    1) “Ya Ya” by Lee Dorsey (1961, off More 70 Ounces of Gold)
    As name-dropped by the Beasties. Neither fish nor fowl, it’s more tamped down than its R&B contemporaries yet more reckless than its pop brethren. Refreshing.

    2) “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” by Loverboy (1985, off Loverboy Classics)
    If I took Loverboy seriously, I couldn’t enjoy them as much as I seriously do. In my head, they’re fans of genuinely wild and dangerous music while knowing they don’t have the background to create their own authentic stuff … so they approximate as best they can. Non-pretentious poseurs, basically, with genuine enthusiasm.

    3) “West End Girls (Dance Mix)” by Pet Shop Boys (1986, Please (Expanded Edition))

    4) “You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart” by Eurythmics (1985, Savage)
    Glad to see Annie Lennox on Rock_dawg’s Five. Apart from “Sweet Dreams”, Eurythmics seem to be forgotten nowadays. I’m not a fan of jukebox musicals, but why aren’t they due?

    5) “Gimme Shelter” by Rolling Stones (1969, off Hot Rocks, 1964-1971)
    Did anyone hear that This American Life show about AMSR? This song’s my version. Guaranteed good chills.

  • David_E

    “No Lookin’ Back” – Kenny Loggins, from Vox Humana. The last great (subjective, I know) Kenny Loggins album. I miss cheesy pop Kenny.

    “It Gets Crazy” – Ric Ocasek, from Nexterday. Sounds like a Door To Door outtake.

    “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” – Deep Blue Something, from Home. Inescapable upon release, fun to play and sing, and now about as satisfying as eating a whole can of Pringles.

    “License To Kill” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, from the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert. Maybe sacrilege to say, but this is probably my favorite Dylan cover of all time.

    “Tomorrow Never Comes” – Prophet, from Cycle Of The Moon. Pseudo-prog hair-rock from a late-80s late entry. I actually quite like this album and song, but a few years back got REALLY pissed at its “writer” once I discovered the tune was a practically note-perfect rip-off of Kansas’ “Chasing Shadows.” Meh.

  • mc3

    Nice five. I once went on a date to see Loverboy, at the height of their success (Huey Lewis and the News was the opening act). And in case you’re wondering, no – I didn’t “get lucky”.

  • Michael Parr

    So you’re saying it was “Almost Paradise”?

  • mc3

    I wanted to “do it my way. Or no way at all.”

  • jcb7472

    You’ve never listened to Nas? If you like hip-hop, you need to check him out. Start with his debut, Illmatic (1994), then It Was Written (’96) and God’s Son (2002). He’s one of the best of all time.

  • Mordalo

    Looks like everyone’s had good Fives this week. I sure can use the good music, now that everyone’s talking about the passing of Jonathan Winters (one of the funniest men, ever). Let’s see what pops out today:

    1) The Meters – Cissy Strut
    Starting a Five with anything by one of the Neville brothers has to be a good thing.

    2) ABBA – Waterloo
    Simply one of my favorite songs. If you’re ever driving down the highway and see a middle-aged, balding, somewhat overweight guy throwing his head back blasting this song…you’ll know it’s me.

    3) Marty Robbins – Hello Heartache
    Marty Robbins was vastly underrated. Most folks thing “El Paso” (if they even know his name) when they hear him, but he had an amazing voice and a large repoitoire. He was one of the best.

    4) Dr. Hook – A Little Bit More
    My Five has gone mellow, but really, given how much I love this song, I won’t complain.

    5) The Mills Brothers – Cab Driver
    I don’t think they’ve popped up in a Five of mine before, but I absolutely love The Mills Brothers. I don’t remember how I was introduced to their music, but I’ve loved them for a long, long time. They are one of the jewels in my CD collection…and yes, I still have my CDs. Think I have some 78′s of theirs in storage. I really have to go through those platters someday.

    Okay, back to work. Meeting in 20 minutes and I am nowhere near ready…

  • Michael Parr

    I second jcb7472′s emotion. Nas is very high on my list of lyricists. His latest record has some of the illest rhymes he’s ever spit, but to really get the flavor you have to hear Illmatic and It Was Written.

  • jcb7472

    1) Pete & the Pirates – “United” (One Thousand Pictures, 2011). A little Brit-rock for ya

    2) Gang of Four – “I found that essence rare” (Entertainment, 1979) Post-punk pioneers

    3) The Cribs – “Nothing” (Ignore the Ignorant, 2009) I swear I’m an American!

    4) The Roots – “What you Want” feat. Jaguar (Come Alive, 1999) I don’t think these guys tour anymore now that they are Jimmy Fallon’s house band on Late Night TV, but they are awesome live. I saw them 3 times and they brought down the house each time. They are definitely not just a hip-hop group. These guys can seriously jam.

    5) Wilco – “Handshake Drugs” (A Ghost is Born, 2004). Wilco is one of my faves. Jeff Tweedy supposedly wrote this song about when he was dealing with addiction to pain pills, but it doesn’t sound depressing at all. There’s more going on here…great song.

    Have a great weekend y’all!

  • Mordalo

    That whistle is damn catchy, indeed!

  • Mordalo

    Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. Good album. Shame that’s the last we’ll get from MCA.

  • Mordalo

    Five Whiplash is a terrible thing. Sit down, relax and breathe deeply. This too shall pass.

  • mc3

    This “Bennie and the Jets effect” is similar to those classic movies that I wouldn’t intentionally watch, but when I see them on TNT (commercials and all) I end up watching. Like “Point Break” and “the Wedding Planner”.

  • Michael Parr

    There are rumors that a “part 1″ exists in some form. I guess we’ll see.

  • Michael Parr

    I really, really, really strongly dislike “Moves Like Jagger.”

  • MC_Snocap

    I’m betting you weren’t wearing the cover-prescribed pants.

  • Rock_dawg

    “…a middle-aged, balding, somewhat overweight guy throwing his head back blasting this song…you’ll know it’s me.” Sad to say, that could be me as well.
    Oh, and “Cissy Strut” is a stone cold killer.

  • Rock_dawg

    Aww, c’mon. It’s too damn catchy to dislike. Now, if you said last year that you were sick of it, I wouldn’t deny you that.

  • Rock_dawg

    Good comparison. But I may be the only other person who considers Point Break a “classic”.

  • Rock_dawg

    I’d go see a Eurythmics musical. (And not just because of the shout out.)

  • MC_Snocap

    I bought the dvd. Later upgraded to blu. And saw the live show – twice.

    That movie has mojo.

  • Aryl Watson

    Thanks for planning my weekend guys – Nas discography here I come.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Can’t resist getting in on the 10,000th post

    1. “Wait (Live) by J. Geils Band originally on Live – Blow Your Face Out, this on from the Houseparty Anthology. It kills me that these guys are out touring as the J. Geils Band without, you know, J. Geils. I’d much rather they go out on the road as “The Magic Dick Band”

    2. “Hoochie Coochie Man” by the Allman Brothers from Idlewild South. One of the best bargains in music is their Beginnings album which is just this and their self-titled debut that their label smashed together after the Filmore East album took off.

    3. “Slave Girl” by Lime Spiders from the Children of Nuggets box set. A little Australian punk anyone?

    4. “As Long As You Are Near Me” by the Smithereens from 2011. I will cross them off the top of my want to see bucket list in three weeks

    5. “Rings On Her Fingers” by the Smithereens from 2011. Apparently my iTunes is excited about my seeing them, too.

    Hope you hear something great this weekend. One more week until Record Store Day!

  • Michael Parr

    I heard a muszak version of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” while shopping recently and it took a good minute before I realized what it was I was singing out loud. I have no shame.

  • Michael Parr

    Love the Nuggets box sets.

  • Phil

    4. “As Long As You Are Near Me” by the Smithereens from 2011. I will cross them off the top of my want to see bucket list in three weeks

    I saw The Smithereens at my college back in their “A Girl Like You” heyday. It was without a doubt the absolute loudest thing I’ve ever been to. I finally had to leave, and I realized that the show sounded much better from the parking lot than it did in the coliseum.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    This was just in a tiny theater – it was great. Very strong set list.

  • Phil

    Sounds like it was better than my experience. Nothing against them, I’m sure they were great, but the only thing I remember is the ringing in my ears for hours afterwards.

    Maybe I’m getting to be an old fart, but I no longer have any desire to go to a show of any kind where I get to rub up against the masses for the privilege of temporary hearing loss. A tiny, intimate theater sounds like a great place to me.

    I’ll turn in my metalhead card on the way out the door…

  • Dennis Corrigan

    I know what you mean. Saw Gaslight Anthem in December and halfway through the show I’d had enough of fighting to hold my ground close to the stage with drunk kids. Still, love live music so much that I keep going back