The Friday Five: April 19, 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:

“Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan (from The Essential Bob Dylan (disc 1), 2001)

“Blowin’ in the Wind” is one of those tunes that is just ingrained in the fabric of American music; hell, I knew at least half the words to this song before I had a clue who Bob Dylan was.

“Show Biz Kids” by Steely Dan (from Countdown to Ecstasy, 1973)

Show biz kids making movies of themselves, you know they don’t give a fuck about anybody else.

This was 1973, yet it could apply to dozens of currently dejected former Disney princesses. The more things change, eh?

“Every Little Thing I Do” by Soul for Real (from Candy Rain, 1995)

Man, the Five isn’t really giving me much to work with this week. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this song in its time, and I wouldn’t turn it off if it came on the radio, but I doubt I get a hankering for the dulcet tones of Soul for Real.

“The End of a Love Affair” by Chaka Khan (from Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Volume One, 1996)

I’m a sucker for the jazzy side of Chaka Khan.

“Love Missile F1-11 (Westbank remix short version)” by Sigue Sigue Sputnik (from The Original 80s Remix Box Set: Massive Eighties Hits Extended and Remixed (disc 1), 2007)

For some unknown reason I was compelled to bring up the video for “Love Missile F1-11″ and … I’ve got nothing, this speaks for itself.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Michael Parr

    I’ve been on a big Def Leppard kick for the last week, or so. Going back and listening to everything in order, and what strikes me is the leaps and bounds by which the band grows over the course of a few records. Also, Hysteria is still one of the best pop records, ever.

  • Rock_dawg

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen that video. I look forward to checking it out at home this evening. (No YouTube at work, sigh.)
    Not a lot to say about my Five this week either. They’re good songs, but don’t inspire stories or deep thoughts.

    “My Friends” – Red Hot Chilli Peppers, One Hot Minute
    I used to really love the Chilli Peppers, but now a lot of their singles (old and new) do nothing for me.
    “Lovers In The Night” – Toto, Toto IV
    Great rockin’ album cut but is best enjoyed paired with “Afraid Of Love”.
    “Scared” – The Tragically Hip, Day For Night
    The Hips dark masterpiece record.
    “Slow Down Old World” – Willie Nelson, Shotgun Willie
    Sits surprisingly well next to “Scared”. I suppose a line could easily be drawn from classic country ballads to The Hips acoustic tunes.
    “Shock The Monkey (Live)” – Peter Gabriel, So [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
    Solid performance from the Live In Athens disc.

    Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers.

  • Phil

    They definitely progressed quickly, I think in large part because of Elliot’s drive, but also Mutt Lange’s influence. Each album from High ‘n’ Dry through Hysteria was my favorite at one point or another, with the former being the one that remains my top pick from them. I literally wore out my Hysteria cassette, but after Steve’s death I just couldn’t bear to listen to them anymore.

    A few conclusions I’ve come to over the years:

    * Steve Clark was both a tortured soul and an absolute genius.
    * Pete Willis’ contribution to the band is largely overlooked by most people. I don’t think most folks realize how much of the guitar work and songwriting on
    Pyromania is his and not Phil Collen’s.
    * Speaking of Phil, while I like him (and I loved the Ibanez Destroyer he wielded for so many years), I’ve been kinda meh about him since the Hysteria days for some reason.
    * Def Leppard and Joe Elliot should have called it a day a long time ago. I really liked Joe’s singing and his vocal style, but he’s really lost a lot recently, and much of their output over the last couple of decades has done nothing but tarnish the band’s reputation in my eyes.

  • Michael Parr

    I love “Slow Down Old World.”

  • Michael Parr

    Pete Willis was his own worst enemy. Sadly, I’d like to think that we got a few more years with Steve thanks to his departure. I also agree that Steve Clark is completely overlooked as a guitarist, and songwriter.

    Phil is one of my favorite guitar players (of that particular era). His pop sensibilities and ear for a good guitar hook are impeccable.

  • Phil

    Agree on all counts. I loved Phil up through Hysteria. I’m not sure what happened to me after that. But then again, I loved Vivian Campbell in Dio, but in Def Leppard… not so much.

    Maybe I’m just broken.

  • MC_Snocap

    1) “Bee of the Bird of the Moth” by They Might Be Giants (2007, The Else)
    The TMBG hater’s platonic ideal: More whimsical cleverness and craftsmanship than inspiration. Worst use of a buzz in today’s Five.

    2) “Jalousie” by Esquivel (1961, off Space Age Bachelor Pad Music)
    An acquired taste; it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the tinkling ivories, horn stabs, and very enthused choruses.

    3) “Groove Tube” by Flipper’s Guitar (1991, off Singles)
    Cornelius and Kenji Ozawa before going solo. Opening with a longer-than-you’d-think synth freakout, it shifts into a great airy pop feel over a nice chunky beat.

    4) “Parc (Live)” by Underworld (2011, 1992-2012 The Anthology)
    While this isn’t a standout track for this collection, it’s a hell of an album. If only it had Lemon Interrupt’s “Dirty” and not just “Dirty Epic”…

    5) “Vanishing Point” by New Order (1989, Technique)
    Plaintive yet driving. A grabber out of context, and a great tee-up for the end of the CD.

    Bostonians, hang tough. Good weekend all.

  • Aryl Watson

    Here it is;

    1. Come as You Are – Nirvana – Unplugged
    I watched this live and work this disc out. I love every song, the lyrics and Kurt’s vocals added a whole new dimension to the song in the quieter setting. Dave Grohl’s background vocals were a nice surprise too.

    2.Hard Times – John Legend & the Roots – Wake Up!
    This cut isn’t my favorite, but a great album. I disliked John Legend before this album came out – but The Roots can make anyone sound great.

    3.Of Montreal – Trouble (Lindsay Buckingham Cover) – Live on 89.3 The Current
    A great cover of a great song. Cutting out Of Montreal’s frenetic style, the song (and Kevin Barnes’ voice) shines. So cool!

    4 I Can Change – LCD SoundSystem – This is Happening
    Excellent song – too bad James Murphy is retired…

    5. I Can Feel It Fade Like An AM Single – Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
    A great, mostly instrumental, song. Atmospheric. Luckily, Britt Daniels’s voice makes an appearance – one of my favorite vocalists of all time.

    Number 6 is the White Stripes – no complaints here.

    Happy Friday!!!

  • Mordalo

    Yeah, I’ll keep it brief this week too. Straight to the music…

    1) Skylar Grey – C’mon Let Me Ride
    Stumbled across this song by accident. It’s dirty, sure, but it’s grown on me. Good hook, risque lyrics and Emimen. I like it.

    2) Outlaws – Green Grass & High Tides
    My favorite Outlaws tune. Amazing guitar solo in the middle.

    3) Bobby McFerrin – Thinkin’ About Your Body
    Most people go straight to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” when they think of Mr. McFerrin, but this song is what does it for me. I always liked this one better.

    4) Glen Campbell – Country Boy (You’ve Got Your Feet in L.A.)
    I like this song. Think it’s one of his best. …I got nothin’ else…

    5) Willie Bobo – Fried Neckbones and Home Fries
    Got this on the Verve Unmixed 2 collection a bunch of years back. Great tune.

    Thought and love sent from the Midwest to Boston. Be safe, my friends.

  • Aryl Watson

    I lost interest in Def Leppard after Pyromania. I just didn’t get Hysteria or anything after that. I still have Pyromania, High-n-Dry, and On Through the Night in the extended rotation.

  • Mordalo

    Um…yeah…I’ve got their best of.
    …really, it’s my wife’s.
    …didn’t give them much of a listen-to after the 80’s.
    …and didn’t I hear they were going Country or something?

  • Michael Parr

    Oh, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, how I love thee.

  • Rock_dawg

    For me, Unplugged was the big get-a-load-of-Dave-Grohl moment. I knew he was a helluva drummer, but really being able to hear him backing up Kurt on vocals and seeing him play guitar (Or was it bass? Been a long time since I’ve seen the video.) on a song or two made me realize this guy was going to do all right post-Nirvana.

  • Rock_dawg

    For me, Unplugged was the big get-a-load-of-Dave-Grohl moment. I knew he was a helluva drummer, but really being able to hear him backing up Kurt on vocals and seeing him play guitar (Or was it bass? Been a long time since I’ve seen the video.) on a song or two made me realize this guy was going to do all right post-Nirvana.

  • MB

    Band – Acadian Driftwood (Northern Lights-Southern Cross, 1975)

    Ozark Mountain Daredevils – Road To Glory (Ozark Mountain Daredevils, 1973)

    Buffalo Springfield – Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing (Buffalo Springfield, 1966)

    Dan Auerbach – When The Night Comes (Keep It Hid, 2009)

    Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Put A Spell On You (Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1968)

  • Mordalo

    Wake Up! was a great album. I agree, it wasn’t the best cut, but what a combination.

  • Ernie G

    Curley Locks – Junior Byles (1970s reggae classic)
    On a Bus to St Cloud – Jimmy LaFave (you know Jimmy I’m sure)
    April Grove – Chrysalis (1960s pop-psych)
    Cantor de Mambo – Os Mutantes (Brazilian Tropicalia)
    Cry Baby Cry – Ramsey Lewis (Jazz Beatles!)

  • DwDunphy

    Frankly, the best thing Barnes could do for the Of Montreal brand would be to officially release that cover. I’d love to hear it.

  • DwDunphy

    Dead on. There are many bands where the guy on the drums is just the guy on the drums, and he tends to be the least magnetic of the bunch. Suddenly Grohl was coming around and you had to wonder, he can do that too?

  • DwDunphy

    Big fan of PFR, but more of their Jellyfish-esque “Goldie’s Last Day.”

  • DwDunphy

    I like both Pyromania and Hysteria, but disappointed that Mercury/Universal continues disrespect to High N’ Dry.

  • DwDunphy

    Agreed. I’m embarrassed by Adrenalize.

  • Aryl Watson

    I posted it in my public Dropbox folder here: Enjoy

  • Phil

    That one and Great Lengths alternate as my favorites from them.