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:

“Sara Smile” by The Bird and the Bee (from Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates, 2010)

How is it exactly that The Bird and the Bee haven’t appeared on Live From Daryl’s House? Daryl, they recorded an entire record of your tunes. Seriously, what does a twee indie pop group have to do?

“Decadance Dance” by Extreme (from Take Us Alive, 2009)

Nearly twenty years on and this groove still sounds as fresh as it did the first time I heard it. If I were to rank the top ten guitarists that most influenced me, Nuno Bettencourt would definitely be in the top five.

“Friday I’m In Love” by The Cure (from Show, 1993)

Yes … Yes! Yes! Yes! Oh, God yes! I know, this excited over a Cure song? What can I say; this is just the kind of tune that makes a Friday worth every moment preceeding.

“Rag Doll” by Aerosmith (from Big Ones, 1994)

This is easily my least favorite tune of the second era of Mr. Tyler and his merry band of malcontents. For all its attempts at infusing a bit of creole into a hard rock tune, it just never rang my bell.

“Walk on the Ocean” by Toad the Wet Sprocket (from All You Want, 2011)

Nothing like going out on a high note. This 2011 collection of re-recorded classics only served to feed the growing anticipation for the band’s next studio record. If there was any doubt that the group sounds as great as they did in their prime, this record surely put that doubt to rest.

What’s on your shuffle today?