The Friday Five: August 16, 2013

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:

“Alfie” by Lily Allen (from Alright, Still, 2006)

No one in Miss Allen’s life was safe from her cheeky tongue, not even her brother.

“The Calm” by Andy Allo (from Superconductor, 2012)

It’s tough out there for a Prince protégé. Allo joined the NPG in 2011, during the “Welcome 2…” tour, as a supplemental guitarist and occasional vocalist. Like all the others before her, Prince put his purple spin upon her career, and helped her release Superconductor in 2012. Then, like so many before her, he dumped her ass for his band du jour, 3RDEYEGIRL. The thing is, unlike so many other protégés, Allo’s record is really quite good and doesn’t reek of re-hashed vault tunes.

“I Will Live on Islands” by Josh Ritter (from El Turista, 2009)

This is a bit too derivative for my tastes.

“Dreamgirl” by Dave Matthews Band (from 2007-03-23: DMB Live Trax, Volume 9: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV, USA (disc 1), 2007)

I kind of have a soft spot in my heart for the studio version of this tune. That said, it never really clicked for me in the live setting. It’s a pretty straight-forward, mid-tempo ballad and just doesn’t breathe the same as it did in the studio.

“Drum Song” by Earth, Wind & Fire (from The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire (disc 2), 2002)

The validity of the claim that this recording is “Essential” is definitely up for discussion in my book. While I dig many of Earth, Wind & Fire’s forays into the instrumental world, this pariticular track doesn’t scream to be included on a greatest hits package.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Dennis Corrigan

    “The man on the radio says Elvis Presley’s died”, so on this day a little remembrance

    1. “Mystery Train” – a Junior Parker song that the King claimed for his own. Was originally the B side (!) of “I Forgot to Remember to Forget”.

    2. “Tomorrow Night” recorded in 1954, later released in 1965 with overdubs by Chet Atkins according to the line notes from the Complete 50’s Masters set

    3. “Blue Suede Shoes” (recorded live at the New Fronter Hotel in Las Vegas, 1956) Elvis jokes during the into that this is called “Get Out of the Stables Grandma You’re Too Old to Be Horsing Around”. Features Scotty Moore knocking out a couple of tasty rockabilly guitar solos and a D.J. Fontana drum solo

    4. “Maybellene” – a live take of the Chuck Berry classic recorded in 1955

    5. “Harbor Lights” from the same 1954 session that produced “That’s All Right”

    RIP, Elvis

    (Michael, soft spot for the song or the video with Julia Roberts?)

  • EightE1

    Last day of vaycay, back porch, finishing Questlove memoir, chillin’ Shuffle.

    Prince, “Starfish and Coffee”
    Cody ChesnuTT, “Look Good in Leather”
    Brook Benton, “Rainy Night in Georgia”
    Anthony Hamilton, “Lucille”
    Stevie Wonder, “Pastime Paradise”

  • Rock_dawg

    To commemorate the King’s passing 36 years ago today, I’ve gone All-Elvis-All-Day. Hey, when you shuffle 8½ hours a day, 5 days a week, you look for ways to shake up the playlist from time to time!

    “You Gave Me A Mountain (live)”, Elvis Aron Presley (a.k.a. The Silver Box) (1980)
    I’ve long had a bias for “early Elvis” over the constantly touring, adult contemporary singer he became after the ’68 comeback special, but he was still a hell of a singer. This track is originally from Aloha From Hawaii (1973).
    “I Need Your Love Tonight”, Elvis Forever
    One of his last great rockers from the early years, recorded in a quickie session while on leave from the army in ’59. My source on this mp3 sucks though: A vinyl rip, Elvis Forever was a budget priced 2LP set released in the late 70’s that has waaaaayyyyyyy too much echo on the vocals.
    “The Girl of My Best Friend”, Elvis Is Back! (1960)
    Then after his discharge, he went in a more pop direction. The album is one of his greatest though, with lots of smokey R&B numbers in the mix.
    “I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water”, Elvis Country (1971)
    Another of his greatest LPs. Although much of it isn’t what I’d consider “country”, especially this rave up, with the horns blastin’ and the rhythm session cookin’ up a storm.
    “Young Dreams”, King Creole (1958)
    Elvis tried a few times to be taken seriously as an actor and King Creole is one of the best examples. Most of the songs still seem like quickly written fluff so he had something to sing though.

    Long live the King, baby! Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers.

  • Phil

    Queensrÿche – “Desert Dance” (Tribe, 2003)
    Unfortunately the Queensrÿche machine had pretty much ridden off the rails at this point, and even the tentative return of guitarist Chris DeGarmo could do little to breathe new life into the band. Despite reaching #56 on the US Billboard 200 and earning a 4-star AllMusic rating, the seeming return-to-form of the mighty ‘Rÿche just wasn’t meant to be, with old personal differences rearing their heads in the studio and their label screwing the pooch by exaggerating DeGarmo’s involvement in the “reunion.” “Desert Dance” is a decent enough tune, and I really like the song’s groove–and I have to say I honestly like most of the album for what it is–but it largely lies dormant and remains forgotten in my library.

    Mutation – “Rats” (The Frankenstein Effect, 2012)
    Recorded in 2011, Mutation was an on-again, off-again side-project of The Wildhearts’ Ginger that he had finally decided to shelve for good. That is until his wildly successful PledgeMusic campaign for the solo triple-album release 555% convinced him he might be able to revive the project by crowdsourcing it. Somewhere along the way, Ginger decided to launch the side-project Hey! Hello! with Victoria Liedke and release an album of material along with the two Mutation releases. I have to admit I jumped onto the campaign for the excellent, poppy Hey! Hello! album rather than the noisy, chaotic, and sometimes downright scary Mutation ones. I don’t know if Ginger was simply exorcising some demons with the Mutation albums, but I have found it really difficult to listen to them for any length of time, the stellar “Rats” being one of the few exceptions.

    PFR – “Blind Man, Deaf Boy” (Great Lengths, 1994)
    Early 90s CCM-pop at its finest. PFR is one of the few Christian radio acts I followed whose music has managed to stand the test of time with me.

    Rush – “Chemistry” (Signals, 1982)
    I know I sit squarely in the minority on this, but Signals is one of my favorite Rush albums of all time, cheesy synths and all. “Chemistry” is one of the reasons why.

    Queensrÿche – “Child of Fire” (The Warning, 1984)
    Queensrÿche sandwich! This time it’s a cut off their excellent full-length debut The Warning. What’s not to like about progressive metal inspired equally by Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Iron Maiden and with orchestration by Michael Kamen?

  • jhallCORE

    1) The Roots — “Break You Off” (Phrenology, 2002).
    2) Cyrus Chestnut — “Brown Soldier” (Genuine Chestnut, 2006).
    3) Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions — “Fool For You” (People Get Ready: The Curtis Mayfield Story, 1996).
    4) Bob Marley & The Wailers — “Stir It Up” (Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1984).
    5) Alison Krauss & Union Station — “Blue Train Of Sorrow” (So Long, So Wrong, 1997).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • jhallCORE

    Can never go wrong starting with a track from the classic Sign ‘O The Times. Hope the vacay was fun and relaxing.

  • aryl watson

    Never a big fan of Elvis (Heresy) Normal shuffle.

    1. Get Free – The Vines – Highly Evolved
    I’d call this one a psych up song. VInes have some other songs I like, but this one is my fav.

    2. When I Come Around ft. Cassadee Pope (of Hey Monday) – Vonnegutt – $Free.99
    Utterly forgettable, generic chorus and sub-par rap. Didn’t care for the original either.

    3. Jolene – Miley Cyrus – Backyard Sessions
    Jolene is one of my favorite songs – I seek any and all covers. This one is pretty good. My opinion (valueless as usual) – Miley is much better to country pop than what she’s doing now. We get it – you’re a rebel.

    4. Rapture – Blondie – Greatest Hits

    A great song. Not as good as Heart of Glass, but pretty good. The first rap/rock hybrid. Sorry RunDMC & Aerosmith. Has to be the only song that mentions a Subaru.

    5. She’s a Bad Mama Jamma – Carl Carlton – Undercover Brother Soundtrack
    Good tune from a pretty cool soundtrack.

    Just missed Kooks cover of Kids by MGMT. Have a great weekend!

  • gthradecky

    1) “Pop Tune” Shonen Knife
    2) “Suddenly Last Summer” Motels – One of the few songs from the 80’s I can still stomach
    3) “Coca Cola Cowboy” Mel Tillis – Not much math involved
    4) “Speed” Stew & The Negro Problem – Cocked eyebrow glance at meth as an excuse to sound like early Roxy Music
    5) “Movin’ to Florida” Butthole Surfers – The wild card in the bunch

  • 1001Songs

    An All guys club of mostly mid-tempo tunes:

    1. CCR “Bootleg” from Bayou Country (1969) Some classic swamp rock kicks us off in a promising fashion. And then…

    2. Galaxie 500 “King of Spain, Pt 2″ from This Is Our Music (1990) Still waiting for the drummer to find the snare lo these many years

    3. Ozark Mountain Daredevils “What’s Happened Along in My Life” from It’ll Shine When It Shines” ( 1974) a sweetly sung deep cut from the album that contained the #3 hit “Jackie Blue”,

    4. Manfred Mann “Up the Junction” from the soundtrack to Up The Junction ( 1968) One of the all-time great late 60’s masterpieces. Either Brian Wilson thinks he wrote this, or I bet he wishes he did.

    5. Gilbert O ‘Sullivan “Matrimony” from the debut album Himself ( 1971). A year before “Alone Again (Naturally)” when he was just an Irish lad only the Netherlands appreciated.

  • Rock_dawg

    With a set of tunes that good, I can forgive you not being an Elvis fan. ;)

  • Keith

    Speaking of Pr*nce protégés and the vault:
    APOLLONIA 6: “Sex Shooter” — it’s the first time I listened all the way through in a while. Clearly the bottom of the genius era barrel but this single is not half bad.
    FISCHERSPOONER “Everything to Gain” — I was never sure (and I bet Mr. Spooner was never sure) if this was a band or an art project. That said, this is a gem from their overlooked, new-wavey second disc Odyssey.
    DAVID BOWIE “So She” from The Next Day. Now that the dust has settled, is this a good album or a forgettable one? I need to dive in again. This track, not half bad either.
    PR*NCE “Instrumental” from Revelations 1977. If only Warner Brothers would start reissuing their Pr*nce catalog, each title could easily get the 3 to 5 disc deluxe treatment. In this case, a jazzy jam from “For You.”
    THE WHITE STRIPES “The Union Forever” from Redd Blood Cells. This album certainly never needed a Redd Cross-inserted bassline, but then again, eh, why not?

  • Ernie G

    Michael – Your number 3 is Josh Rouse not Josh Ritter. And while I agree with you about that track his new album, “The Happiness Waltz”, is a real return to form.
    1. I Was Born To Be A Drummer – The 35th Street Gang
    2. Barracuda – Heart
    3. Psychotic Reaction – The Count Five
    4. Oh What A Feeling – Gregory Isaacs
    5. Let’s Go Round Again – The Average White Band

  • Michael Parr

    What’s worse is the fact that I have it tagged correctly! That I mis-typed the name likely speaks some subliminal volumes.

    I’m glad to hear Rouse is getting some positive press. I love 1972 and Nashville, but he lost me when he started wandering.

  • Michael Parr

    The jury is still out on the Bowie record.

  • Michael Parr

    I’m with you, Ayrl … I have little love for The King. I’m frightened at the thought of Miley Cyrus covering “Jolene.”

  • Michael Parr

    I loves me some “Starfish and Coffee.”

  • Michael Parr

    … oh, yeah! That video did not suck.

  • Reginald James

    1) “Brick By Boring Brick” – Paramore (Brand New Eyes, 2009)

    2) “No Seré” – Julieta Venegas (Limón Y Sal, 2006)

    3) “Goin’ Home” – Art Tatum (Complete Capitol Recordings)

    4) “Lazy Lover” – Brazilian Girls (Brazilian Girls, 2005)

    5) “Dancing Queen” – ABBA (Gold Greatest Hits, 1992)