The Friday Five: August 23, 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:

“The Dilemma” by Rebirth Brass Band (from Rebirth of New Orleans, 2011)

This… now this is the right way to kick off a Friday Five. Heck, I don’t even have much to say about this, I’m just going to enjoy it.

“Something Tells Me (Something Is Gonna Happen Tonight)” by Cilla Black (from Top of the Pops 1971, 2007)

Whoa, did someone catch the plate on that truck? This is a harsh bit of whiplash, one which I’m going to have to do a bit of research on. Friday Fivers, to the web! According to the Wikipedia Cilla Black OBE (that’s British for Lady-Knight) is “an English singer, actress, entertainer and media personality” who is celebrating her 50 years in the entertainment industry. Also of note is her association with Messrs. Lennon and McCartney, who wrote her first single (“Love of the Loved”) and contributed other songs throughout her career.

See kids, the Friday Five isn’t just fun, it is educational!

“Paradise” by Sade (from The Ultimate Collection (disc 1), 2011)

Not my favorite Sade tune, but even a ‘bad’ Sade tune is still pretty good, no?

Speaking of Sade, have you all heard Rhye? I usually dislike making direct artist-to-artist comparisons, but if there was Sade throne to be abdicated, Rhye would be the heir to that throne. Their debut release, Woman, is some straight up, grown folks, baby makin’ music.

“Beautiful Strange” by Prince (from Dakota VI (disc 1), 2013)

Now how someone managed to sneak a recording device past Prince’s security (rumor is he was making people leave their cell phones at the door) into a joint that only seats 350 folks is completely beyond me, but I’m sure glad they did. Being that this was recorded in a small, confined club there is a bit more chatter than would normally be tolerable on a bootleg, but somehow the discussions overheard here just add to the effect. See, this date was one of a string of performances where Prince put his new band, 3RDEYEGIRL, through their paces and the performances are somewhere between rehearsals and a full-blown jam session. “Beautiful Strange” extends to an eight minute, slow jam workout that elevates the tune. Fans should seek this bootleg out.

“Not Tonight” by The Infamous Stringdusters (from Things That Fly, 2010)

In with a bang, out with a whimper. The Infamous Stringdusters do many things well but this ballad is a bit uninspired.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Queensrÿche – “Blinded” (Queensrÿche, 1983)
    I’m not sure what iTunes is trying to tell me, but this is the second week my Five is kicked off with a Queensrÿche tune, not that I’m complaining. I enjoy revisiting the band’s excellent EP, even if “Blinded” is way too short, and I love Geoff Tate’s screams as the song transitions to “The Lady Wore Black.” I miss the old Geoff…

    Goo Goo Dolls – “On the Lie” (Superstar Car Wash, 1993)
    Great power pop from the Goo Goo Dolls. *Sigh*…I miss old Goo Goo Dolls.

    R.E.M. – “Fall on Me” (Eponymous, 1988)
    I have always liked Mike Mills’ background vocals on this song much more than Stipes’ whiny lead vocals. I really like Mills’ voice, and I wish he’d had more of a chance to sing back when I was actually listing to R.E.M. I miss…oh, nevermind.

    Alice in Chains – “Angry Chair” (Unplugged, 1996)
    “Angry Chair” is not my favorite AiC song, but I love this MTV Unplugged performance. Layne Staley actually looked healthier here than he had in the recent past, despite the fact that this would be one of his last shows due to his struggles with depression and drug addiction. Here’s the video from the show, featuring a quick snippet of the intro to Metallica’s “Battery” and an impromptu performance of the theme from Hee Haw‘s “Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me” skit.

    Queensrÿche – “Bridge” (Promised Land, 1994)
    How do you like that?! Another ‘Rÿche-wich, although I don’t particularly like the taste of this slice of Queensrÿche bread. The song is good enough I guess, but it always felt to me like it was an attempt to cash in again on the success of “Silent Lucidity.” With that, I close another Five and wish you all a great weekend!

  • Rock_dawg

    “(I Know) I’m Losing You” – The Temptations, Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971
    Classic R&B tunes could convey so much in such a short amount of time. This clocks in just under two and a half minutes and expresses more pain and heartbreak than modern artists do in twice that time.
    “What’s Wrong With This Picture” – Bourgeois Tagg, Yoyo
    A solid track from this Rundgren produced duo.
    “Throw It All Away” – Zero 7, The Garden
    I was only into chill out electronic music for a short period when I worked in music retail. After that, I didn’t really have the access to it any more and stopped picking up stuff…except Zero 7. Like Dirty Vegas, they were a little more pop minded, but it’s great after sunset music.
    “Porn Star Dancing” – My Darkest Days ft. Zakk Wylde, My Darkest Days
    The first time I heard this was on the way to a bachelor party. My friend driving declared that we’d hear it again by the end of the evening. Lo and behold, within minutes of arriving at a, shall we say ‘gentleman’s club’, the girls were strutting to it. Chad Kroeger’s fingerprints are all over this, beyond his uncredited guest verse. A boneheaded rawk song if there ever was one, but damn it’s catchy.
    “Some Velvet Morning” – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, Nancy & Lee
    It’s like two songs awkwardly pasted together, but somehow it works. Very trippy and would have gone nicely with the Zero 7 if MDD didn’t get in the way!

    Have a great weekend, Fivers!

  • 1001Songs

    1. Annette “Merlin Jones” from Muscle Beach Party (1964) “We call him Merlin Jones/ the scrambled egg head/Merlin Jones/ The campus kook…” Not one of the songs Brian Wilson contributed to this classic Summer soundtrack

    2. Elton John “Grow Some Funk of Your Own” (1976 single) When Elton rocked (Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, The Bitch is Back, Pinball Wizard) he really rocked

    3.Grand Funk Railroad “Time Machine” the first single from the first album ( On Time, 1969) from these unlikely 70’s superstars

    4. George Harrison “Not Guilty” ( from George Harrison, 1979) This White album leftover can be found on my favorite of Harrison’s solo albums. My “favorite” mostly for sentimental reasons but there are some great tunes on it, especially “Dark Haired Lady” written for his wife Olivia.

    5. The Pool “Where Did We Go Wrong” from Enigma Variations (1985). One of the lesser known cuts from this sampler album of Enigma artists, many of whom ( like Game Theory, Rain Parade, Green On Red) were a big deal when I was in college.

  • Rock_dawg

    Love “Fall On Me” and the counter vocal part. (Same thing I love about “It’s The End of the World…”) While I don’t feel that Stipes’ part is particularly “whiny” it’s that counter vocal that I love to sing along with.

  • Phil

    I had never heard that Bourgeois Tagg tune, so of course I had to go track it down. It’s no “Waiting for the Worm to Turn,” but good stuff nonetheless.

  • gthradecky

    1) “Kelly Watch the Stars” Air (Moog Cookbook remix)

    2) “My Baby” The Pretenders

    3) “Maybe Angels” Sheryl Crow

    4) “Little by Little” Robert Plant

    5) “Over the River” High Llamas

    Any High Llamas fans out there know this song?

  • gthradecky

    “Grow Some Funk of Your Own”! Two thumbs UP!

  • Michael Parr

    My band in college would cover “Fall On Me” and I got the joy of doing the Mills part; to this day I can’t hear the song without singing the background vocal.

  • Michael Parr

    Wait, Zakk Wylde and Chad Kroger were on the same tune? This is giggle-worthy.

  • Michael Parr

    Make it four!

  • jhallCORE

    1) Bonnie Raitt — “Nick Of Time” (Nick Of Time, 1989).
    2) Black Keys — “Have Love, Will Travel” (Thickfreakness, 2003).
    3) Aimee Mann — “Wise Up” (Magnolia soundtrack, 1999).
    4) Ani DiFranco — “Hide And Seek” (Living In Clip, 1997).
    5) Aimee Mann — “True Believer” (@#%&*! Smilers, 2008).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • paulzas

    “After sundown music” is a great descriptor for Zero 7. I rarely seek it out in my library, but when it pops up, I’m always warm and relaxed.

  • Ernie G

    1. Hang On In There Baby – Johnny Bristol
    2. Kwela Kwela – Mafikizolo (featuring Hugh Masekela)
    3. I Am The Fly – Wire
    4. I Don’t Want To Talk About It – Crazy Horse
    5. When Morning Comes To Memphis – Jerry Jaye

  • paulzas

    Madeleine Peyroux -“River (feat. K.D. Lang)” from Half the Perfect World (2006)–“River” has been a fav for years, and I have a ton of covers, but I don’t remember ever hearing this one, and I’m not even sure where it came from. But it’s sparse and beautiful, and surprisingly effective as a duet, with Peyroux and Lang trading lines with minimal overlap.

    Joe Jackson – “Come On” from Chicago 6/1/79 Happy Loving Couples (1979)–A live cover of his Chuck Berry B-side from his “I’m The Man” single. Tight band, great energy, even on a lesser-known track.

    Ennio Morricone – “Carlotta” from The Mission soundtrack (1986)–I know he’s known for 10,000 spaghetti western soundtracks, but anything from The Mission is amazing, even this short, moody interstitial.

    R.E.M. – “All the Best” from Collapse Into Now (2011)–Yes, I’d rather listen to “Fall On Me” than this, but frankly, I think this album and its predecessor, Accelerate, hold up better than some critics say. Choppy, muscular rock after years of introspective noodling.

    Ben Folds Five – “Mess” from The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (1999)–Oh, what a great way to bring my Friday Five home. Brilliant song, brilliant imagery. And thanks to Dw Dunphy and Chris Holmes for reminding me of this album in their “Platters That Matter” podcast–a great a deep dive into a sometimes overlooked disc.

  • MB

    Mel & Tim – Backfield in Motion (Sweet Soul Music 1969, 2009)

    Poco – I’ll Be Back Again (Head Over Heals, 1975)

    Procol Harum – Worm And The Tree (Something Magic, 1977)

    Dwight Yoakam – Dreams Of Clay (Tomorrow’s Sounds Today, 2000)

    Jim Ford – Look Again (Point Of No Return, 2008)

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Getting this one in under the wire:

    1. “Ocean of Noise” by Arcade Fire from Neon Bible. Don’t get me wrong, I like them (although the Suburbs could’ve been about half as long), but I want to like them more than I do. New one comes out in about a month, and I will dutifully purchase it.

    2. “Call It Stormy Monday” by B.B. King with Albert Collins from Blues Summit. Once John Lee Hooker showed that veteran blues men could make money on duets records (the most excellent The Healer), that was it (Hooker’s actually on this record, too). This take on the T Bone Walker classic has some solid guitar work

    3. “Baby Hold On” by Eddie Money from his self-titled debut. ummmmmmm uhhhh

    4. “Fools Must Die (live)” by the Pretenders from the Pirate Radio box set. Their (her?) first three records were genius after that I kind of drifted in and out. Had to go to Google to find out where this song was from (answer: Loose Screws)

    5. “Strychnine” by the Sonics from the Nuggets box set – proto punk goodness

    Enjoy the weekend!