The Friday Five: April 26, 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:

“Good Love” by Anita Baker (from The Best of Anita Baker, 2002)

‘Scuse me ladies and gents, let me just slip on this here smoking jacket. Yeah, that’s better. Now let’s not mince words, Ms. Baker is not talking just about wanting good love in the emotional way; no friends, she wants to know what “it” feels like morning, noon, and night. She needs a man that can stand the test of time. I assure you, my faithfull Fivers, if you want your lady (or fella, we don’t play favorite here at The Friday Five) to engage in a little ‘afternoon delight,’ you’d be well suited to pop on some “Good Love,” pour her a bit of champagne, and do your thing.

“Magnificent (feat. Kardinal Offishall)” by Estelle (from Shine, 2008)

Sample one of my favorite Golden Age of Hip-Hop tunes (Special Ed’s “I’m the Magnificent”) and you’ve got my attention, splice it with a bouncy dancehall-influenced riff and a nice feature by Kardinal Offishall and I’m sold. Estelle’s debut record is one of the late ’00s records that I find myself coming back to listen to repeatedly.

“Remember” by Bryan Adams (from Anthology (disc 1), 2005)

Wait, Cuts Like a Knife wasn’t Bryan Adam’s frist record? I kid, really. His self-titled debut is actually as solid a record as the aforementioned U.S. breakthrough, featuring a handful of well oiled, radio ready hits. Were radio listening at this point, that is. I guess they just weren’t ready, yet.

“I’m Ready” by Bryan Adams (from Bare Bones, 2010)


I’m not going to lie, I’m a little weirded out. I had just typed that last sentence when the next song started. I guess I’m not done writing about Mr. Adams this week. Originally from Cuts Like a Knife, the tune was performed prior by Ian Lloyd (of The Stories) in 1979. Oh, because what most non-music geeks don’t know is the fact that Adams has songwriting credits all over the place. Look it up sometime, you’d be surprised. Yes, Bryan, we know you’re ready.

“Soul Survivor (alternate take)” by The Rolling Stones (from Exile on Main St. (bonus disc), 2010)

I can’t tell if Mick is taking the piss out of Dylan, or if he’s just super stoned. Maybe it’s both, given the conditions under which Exile was written and recorded, it’s certainly a possibility. Musically, you can’t touch this track. It reeks of proper rhythm and blues, with enough soul to spare (no pun intended.)

“My Guy” by Mary Wells (from Motown 50 (disc 1), 2008)

Talk about going out on a high note. Smokey Robinson; The Funk Brothers; The Andantes; I mean, come on … it just doesn’t get any better. I often reference the monster Motown collection that looms in the corner of my library, occasionally beckoning me to spend a while in its comfy embrace; it’s tunes like this that draw me in and keep me listening to Motown goodness for hours on end. As a matter of fact, I think I’m going to go and do that now. You all keep the Five going, I’ll be over here recharging my soul.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • MB

    Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn, 1978 (Time Traveller, 1994)

    Tom Waits – Lonely (Closing Time, 1973)

    John Hiatt – Damn This Town (Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns, 2011)

    Doobie Brothers – Toulouse Street (Toulouse Street, 1972)

    Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues (What’s Going On, 1971)

  • Phil

    My first Five after having (finally) updated to iTunes 11, and it seems my library is in a weird mood. Besides offering me a Caedmon’s Call sandwich, I get a couple of tracks I haven’t heard in quite awhile.

    Caedmon’s Call – “Lead of Love” (Caedmon’s Call, 1997)
    The opening track from their major-label self-titled debut, “Lead of Love” (if I’m not mistaken) is the song that broke Caedmon’s Call to a national CCM market. Prior to that they were a Houston-area indie-folk band that played bible studies, worship services, and coffee houses.

    Led Zeppelin – “Heartbreaker” (Led Zeppelin II, 1969)
    It’s strange not hearing this song immediately followed by “Living Loving Maid.”

    Whitesnake – “All Or Nothing” (Slide It In, 1984)
    Jon Lord delivers an excellent Hammond solo amidst the drama that surrounded the recording and release of this album as Coverdale groomed the ‘snake for its big U.S. breakthrough. As big as the 1987 self-titled album was, I think this is the better album. My only problem is that I never know if I’m listening to the original version with Micky Moody on guitar or the re-recorded, remixed version with John Sykes since I acquired the album through dubious means at best after my cassette had long given up the ghost.

    Ty Tabor – “I Know What I’m Missing” (Rock Garden, 2006)
    This track from the King’s X guitarist’s fourth solo album (if you count his independently-released Naomi’s Solar Pumpkin, which I always do) actually sounds like two different songs fused in the middle by a weird instrumental break with backwards-looped vocals, neither half much resembling the other. Each part is quite good and could have both been fleshed out to create stand-alone tracks.

    Caedmon’s Call – “This World” (My Calm // Your Storm, 1994)
    My Calm // Your Storm was originally released as a cassette-only demo in 1994 that has been re-issued twice since then. I got my CD copy at a show they played here in Memphis not long after they released their second major-label album. I actually prefer the more stripped-down version that appears here than the polished arrangement that made its way onto the self-title debut.

  • jcb7472

    1) Common – “The Light” (Like Water for Chocolate, 2000). I remember when this song came out, it was huge and kind of put Common on the map. And it’s no wonder this song was a hit: it was supposedly inspired by his girlfriend at the time, Erykah Badu, was produced by the late great J-Dilla, and samples Bobby Caldwell’s “Open Your Eyes”. Recipe for success right there!

    2) Wilco – “Side with the Seeds” (Sky Blue Sky, 2005). Not my favorite Wilco album or song, but it’s still good. The song start slow, then Nels Cline comes in with his avant-garde guitar style, it slows down again, then they let Nels go off again at the end.

    3) Beastie Boys & DJ Green Lantern – “Check it Out (Green Mix)” – (NY State of Mind mixtape, 2004). This is one of the best hip-hop mixtapes ever if you haven’t heard it. It’s all of the Beastie Boys hits but remixed by the talented DJ Green Lantern. I was just thinking about MCA the other day and how he died too soon. Still sad about his passing last year.

    4) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Sunshine and Clouds (and Everything Proud)” (Self-titled, 2005). This is a one minute long instrumental track, but I dig it. Sounds like clocks ticking and bells or xylophones…can’t put my finger on it, but it’s cool. I think I recently read that these guys have broken up. That’s a shame. Their debut album was fantastic and the other one they put out a couple of years ago was good too.

    5) UB40 – “She Caught the Train” (Labour of Love, 1983). Classic 80s reggae album by a great band.

  • Rock_dawg

    “Everything Must Go” – Steely Dan, Everything Must Go
    I love the resigned sound of Donald and the background vocals when they open the bridge with the line “We gave it our best shot…” Also love the line “I move to
    dissolve the corporation/In a pool of margaritas.”

    “Where The Streets Have No Name” – U2, The Joshua Tree
    Love this song, but have always hated how long and quiet the intro is. When I’d start the cassette, I feel like I always had check to make sure I actually pressed play and it was hard to make sure you had the volume at a decent level. (The same problems when I upgraded to the CD.) Now in the mp3/shuffle age, I find myself wondering if there’s a problem with whatever file may have come up. Then I look and see the Joshua Tree cover art and make a sound like the bridge of “Everything Must Go”.

    “From The Right Angle” – Dawes, Stories Don’t End
    New stuff! Digging this album so far.

    “She Gives Me Love” – The Godfathers, More Songs About Love and Hate
    Courtesy of the Bottom Feeders, I believe.

    “But I Do” – The Pursuit of Happiness, The Downward Road
    Moe Berg wrote the catchiest (and often funniest) songs about the battle of the sexes. This is a great melancholy number about loving someone so much but still having that stupid itch to look for more.

    Have a good weekend, fellow Fivers!

  • MC_Snocap

    Rock_dawg, ever see the movie “Fearless”? It rewired my reaction to the “Where the Streets…” intro.

    Would love to revisit the movie but the DVD is fullscreen only. Boo hiss.

  • MC_Snocap

    1. “So Knee” by Big Audio Dynamite (1985, This Is Big Audio Dynamite)
    Deeply “cutting edge 80s” sound (dig the opera stabs) I still like. Lyrically, hard for me to tell if this crosses into xenophobia, or whether we’re supposed to identify with the narrator or be critical. Title fudged due to network I’m posting from … ’nuff said.

    2. “Polly” by Nirvana (1991, Nevermind)
    Salient memory: Reading a blistering expose of American expatriates in Prague teaching English via these lyrics.

    3. “Liar Liar” by The Castaways (1965, off More Nuggets)
    Farfisa, farfisa, farfisa.

    4. “Go Slow” by Julie London (1957, off Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 6: Rhapsodesia)
    Mr. Parr, I see your Anita Baker and raise you one Julie London. If the 50’s were as buttoned-down as rumored, London must have been viewed as a mega-harlot.

    5. “Heaven in Your Eyes” by Loverboy (1986, off Classics)
    They’re back! Power ballad that stands tall due to the economy-sized “sincerity.”
    Full of amusingly cheezy sonic frills.

    Good weekend to everybody!

  • Aryl Watson

    Friday already? Have to hurry – way to much work this weekend :-(

    1. Robin Danar/Kinky/Pete Yorn – Use Me (Bill Withers cover) – Altered States
    A Mexican band, Pete Yorn and a big time producer covering one of my favorite Bill Withers. A fine way to start Friday 5

    2. Morgan Page -Fight For You (Odmark & HOHME Bootleg Remix) – ???

    I have no idea where this came from, but I like the original and the remix is an improvement. Not sure who the vocalist is, but she sounds great.

    3.That Beep – Architecture in Helsinki – Simple Mental Math
    Great little song – synths & bass remind me of the 80s. Weirded me out that they were from Australia.

    4. Fire & Fast Bullets – Blitzen Trapper – Furr
    Love the Blitzen Trapper. A good song on a great album. (I loved these guys when nobody knew them story coming – haters beware)! I saw Blitzen Trapper in 2007 in a small outdoor venue in downtown SLC. The local promoter put the wrong date on the fliers & didn’t fix it until the day before the show. They played in front of about 12 of us – killing it like they were in an arena. I spent about an hour talking to the band after the show & helped break down the equipment. Best concert experience ever!

    5. Be Easy – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights
    I fine way to end the five. Love the story of Sharon Jones finally breaking through in middle age. So glad she finally did it. Same thing with Charles Bradley.

    #6 was Butterfly from Dr. Jean – Just missed that gem…

    Have a great weekend!

  • Aryl Watson

    Love the comment about the Zep songs – when something like that happens, three things come to mind. The album was solid back to front, you listened to it as an album a lot & this almost never happens with albums released in the last 10 years.

  • Rock_dawg

    Was that with Jeff Bridges? I think the trailer was on a VHS tape I used to watch a lot, but never got around to actually seeing it.
    And the only thing I hate more than a full screen only DVD, is a letterboxed one that isn’t enhanced for widescreen TV’s!

  • Aryl Watson

    I remember Kurt Cobain making a statement about Polly after it was reported that two guys had raped a girl while playing this song. Part of his comment ‘Two wastes of sperm & eggs missed the point of the song’ stuck with me. It was obvious he was hurt that someone had misinterpreted his music so badly then used it as an excuse to justify their abhorrent behavior.

  • MC_Snocap

    Yep, that’s the one. I feel you on the non-enhanced letterbox DVDs except still put them above fullscreen because, pre-widescreen TVs, they knew no better. Pan and scan though was always an abomination!

  • Phil

    Correct on all three counts.

  • Michael Parr

    I’m intrigued by this Bill Withers cover. Yorn is a long-time favorite, as is Withers. You’ve got me on the hunt!

  • Michael Parr

    I have heard precisely one tune on this Friday Five.

  • Phil

    I’m assuming Zeppelin?

  • Michael Parr

    YES! Another appearance by Loverboy!

    I have no compunction in admitting that I love “Heaven in Your Eyes.”

    Also, “So Knee”? *giggles*

  • Michael Parr

    “The Light” is as damn near a perfect hip-hop love song as there ever was.

  • Michael Parr

    Correct, though (and I realize I’m breaking some sort of music-snob/geek law by admitting this) I don’t particularly care for much Zeppelin. Put it this way, “Fool in the Rain” is my favorite Zeppelin tune (by a country mile.)

  • jhallCORE

    1) Prince — “Play In The Sunshine” (Paris Affair, 1987).
    2) Jill Scott — “The Way” (Who Is Jill Scott? (Words And Sounds, Vol. 1), 2000).
    3) Donald Harrison — “Uptown Ruler” (Indian Blues, 1991).
    4) Black Keys — “I Got Mine” (Attack & Release, 2008).
    5) Tracy Chapman — “Be Careful Of My Heart” (Crossroads, 1989).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Phil

    No judging from me. “Fool in the Rain” is a great song. There is a lot of Zeppelin that I just can’t bear to listen to (“Heartbreaker” included) thanks to Classic Rock radio’s tendency to play certain songs into the ground.

    Most of my favorite Zep tunes are the more obscure songs that you would never hear on the radio: “Bring It On Home,” “Celebration Day,” “The Wanton Song,” “Achilles’ Last Stand,” stuff like that.

  • Rock_dawg

    Amen to the “abomination”. Back in my CD retail days, I would hopelessly try to explain to people (with pictures and everything) why widescreen was the better format, but so many people thought “they were missing part of the screen” and irrationally hated “those black bars”. I envision a lot of people going “ooooohhhh” once they bought flat screen TVs and went to watch their early 00’s copy of The Bourne Identity. But then again, they probably watch it all stretched out or zoomed in and that’s a whole ‘nother rant.
    Okay, I’m done now…

  • Aryl Watson

    Try looking here: Enjoy!

  • Aryl Watson

    I love listening to The Light & Love of My Life, back to back. Two sides of the same coin.

  • Michael Parr

    Excellent. Most excellent.