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:

For the record, I skipped the first three tracks that shuffled up because they were of the skit/interlude variety. This doesn’t bode well.

“Never Say Never” by Mr. Big (from Lean Into It, 1991)

This song is generic, even for Mr. Big, but it contains enough of a hook to keep it interesting.

“Falling Sugar” by The Palace Guard (from Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968, Volume 3, 1998)

Can’t say I know a single thing about this tune, but it sure is groovy.

“He Was Really Sayin’ Something'” by The Velvettes (from The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 4: 1964 (disc 21), 2006)

Wait! I know this tune, though I know it better as a single by Bananarama. Damn, did they do any original material?!

“Atman” by Rodrigo y Gabriela (from 11:11, 2009)

I’ve been a fan of flamenco since the first time I heard “Mediterranean Sundance / Rio Ancho,” performed by the brilliant Paco de Lucía, Al Di Meola & John McLaughlin. That Rodrigo y Gabriela take the art form forward with their ‘flamenco meets heavy metal’ style only impresses me more. This cut is dedicated to Dimebag Darrell, and features an absolutely blazing solo from Testament’s Alex Skolnick.

“But It’s Alright” by Huey Lewis & The News (from Greatest Hits, 2006)

Originally from the band’s tribute to ’60s Rhythm & Blues, Four Chords & Several Years Ago, this J. J. Jackson tune is pretty damn infectious. Not a bad way to round out this week’s Friday Five!

What’s on your shuffle today?