The Friday Five: August 9, 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:

“Since U’ve Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson (from Greatest Hits – Chapter One, 2012)

Oh. Em. Gee. You guys! Don’t you just, totally, grab your hairbrush and sing along?

“Darlin'” by The Beach Boys (from The Platinum Collection (disc 2), 2005)

As much as I love The Bech Boys, I greatly dislike this song.

“The Sign (Ultimix)” by Ace of Base (from The Sign, 1994)

Blech! I saw the sign. I saw the si-ei-ei-ei-eing. I considered sticking a fork in my ear after about four minutes. (This is an eight minute remix of the tune.)

“The Broken” by Coheed and Cambria (from Year of the Black Rainbow, 2010)

Yes! Easily one of the strongest tracks from the band’s weakest effort.

“Walk On” by U2 (from U218 Singles, 2006)

I’m amazed that U2 doesn’t shuffle up more often. No, seriously, my library contains an absurd amount of U2.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • dwalsh76

    1. Alternate Routes (w/ Patty Griffin) – “Desdemona” Such a damn good song, with a damn good guest, from such a damn good album, “A Sucker’s Dream”

    2. Fountains of Wayne – “Hotel Majestic” Can these guys write a bad song? I don’t think so.

    3. Zack Hexum – “Long Distance” Brother of 311 lead singer Nick. Nondescript singer/songwriter stuff.

    4. Lyrics Born – “I like it, I love it” So damn funky.

    5. Brak (w/ The Chieftains) – “I’ll Tell Me Ma” The world needs more of Brak.

    For once, I did pretty good with the first 5. Which means the next 5 will probably suck.

  • Rock_dawg

    “Darlin'” never made any mix tape or disc I’ve made of the Beach Boys over the years, but I do enjoy it’s vocal arrangement and Carl’s gutsy lead. And an eight minute version of “The Sign”? OH DEAR GOD, NO!!!!

    “At My Most Beautiful” – R.E.M., In Time: The Best of…
    This gorgeous nod to the Beach Boys is probably the sweetest and most direct song R.E.M. ever did.

    “Every Lie” – My Darkest Days, My Darkest Days
    Despite the devil woman on the cover and ominous name, songs like this are straight up mainstream rock. Not that that has to be a bad thing.

    “The Leader of the Band” – Lewis Taylor, The Lost Tapes
    I first heard this fairly obscure track on XM’s The Loft (probably the only channel I really miss from that service) about five years ago, downloaded it immediately and it has been a permanent fixture of any of my mp3 players ever since. It reminds me of songs like Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw The Light”, the way it feels so carefree and effortless. Lewis Taylor was a British R&B singer/songwriter who ‘retired’ after releasing this album in ’06 that was originally rejected by his label in the late 90’s for not sounding like his previous album. Wikipedia tells me that he went back to his birth name of Andrew Taylor and was a member of Gnarls Barkley!

    “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” – David Bowie, Let’s Dance
    No idea why Bowie re-recorded this song for Let’s Dance (probably record company B.S.), but it allows for some tasty Stevie Ray Vaughan licks! And since I’ve never seen the movie this was the title song of, now I feel like watching Inglorious Basterds.

    “Strange Magic” – Electric Light Orchestra, Playlist: The Very Best of…
    Hmmm, my Five is like a double decker sandwich with dark, edgy songs as the meat and light, pretty songs as the bread. Or maybe I just want a club sandwich! Mmmm, club sandwich…

    Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers!

  • jcb7472

    Mystery Jets – “Waiting on a Miracle” (Seratonin, 2010). Some British indie rock for ya. I like these guys, although I enjoyed their first two albums (Making Dens, Twenty One) much more than their last two (Seratonin, Radlands)

    Black Lips – “I’ve Got a Knife” (Black Lips, 2003) – older track from Black Lips is nice and garage-y

    Barry White – “Baby We Better Try and Get It” (1976) – the “out of place” track for today, but it’s Barry White, how can you not want to grab your woman and listen to this?

    The Zutons – “Oh Stacey (Look What You’ve Done)” (Tired of Hangin’ Around, 2006) More British indie rock

    The National – “Start A War” (Boxer, 2007). I love everything by The National. They have become one of my favorite bands. This song is intense! Off maybe their best album (Boxer), it seems to be about a failing relationship: “Walk away now, and you’re gonna start a war”. If you don’t know these guys, check them out.

    Happy Friday everybody!

  • gthradecky

    1) XTC “Summer’s Cauldron/Grass” – Classic opening one, two punch from a great album. I have to resist the urge to play the album instead
    2) Funkadelic “Funky Dollar Bill” – Still funky
    3) Puffy “Peace” – Andy Sturmer produced b-side from a Japanese single I bought at Uwajimaya in Seattle and lucked out that this was on it
    4) Beck “Sissyneck” – Just ’cause I love the Sly Stone sample
    5) Spoon “The Way We Get By” – Can’t get enough of this song

  • MC_Snocap

    Wow, lots of neat Fives this week. Purple heart to Mr. Parr for the distended Ace of Bass remix. Rop Paw-Duh, OOOooo, Yeah-uh!

    1. Lucerne Festival Strings, “Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G, BWV 1048: Allegro” (1991, off Bach: Greatest Hits)
    Somewhere I read that Brandenburg Concertos are supposed to stimulate brain development.

    2. Chemical Brothers, “Life Is Sweet” (1995, Exit Planet Dust)
    Aaaand this song can stimulate while bypassing higher brain functions.

    3. They Might Be Giants, “For Science” (1988, Miscellaneous T)
    The whimsy is way thick with this one. Acquitted on grounds of B-side consignment.

    4. Bram Tchaikovsky, “Girl of My Dreams” (1979, off Poptopia! Power Pop Classics of the ’70s)
    Really have grown to love this song. Pure and epic and full of hooks.

    5. The Killers, “When You Were Young” (2006, Sam’s Town)
    Way to cap it, Killers!

    Be well, Fivers.

  • paulzas

    Neil Diamond -“Play Me” (1972) — Oh no. The last time I heard this song the “You are the sun, I am the moon” turned into a raging ear worm for several days. Tasteful guitar, nice lyrics, all ruined by the use of the word “brang.”

    Ashlee Simpson – “In Another Life” (2005) — Hooky produced pablum. Wikipedia says Simpson says it’s “a cute romantic song about when you meet a guy and it’s kind of like he knows everything about you before you really get to know him, and you feel comfortable with him right away. And he makes you feel beautiful.” I’m so sorry it’s in my library.

    Billy Joel – “Allentown (live from VH1 Storytellers)” (mid-1990s) — I’m a sucker for Billy Joel, always have been. This one’s not my top fav, but still like it. The Storytellers version has a nice little introductory story about how he’d planned to write a song about Allentown before the steel industry crashed, but once it did, he finally found the narrative line.

    The Weepies – “Not Your Year” (2005) — A welcome popup on my playlist, this is a surprisingly chipper song for about long-term depression. Deb Talen and her husband Steve Tannen made an on-stage appearance with the Indigo Girls last time they passed through Iowa City, with their napping baby strapped to his chest. Charming as all get out.

    Roberta Alexander – “Rain has fallen” from Samuel Barber’s Three Songs, Op. 10 (1995) — Totally fell in love with Samuel Barber’s music thanks to his “Adagio for Strings” featured in Oliver Stone’s “Platoon,” and as a music major, bought just about anything Barber that I could afford, including this ditty, featuring lyrics by James Joyce. Not the most exciting way to wrap up my playlist, but a nice recording, and you play the hand you’re dealt.

  • MC_Snocap

    That FoW album didn’t get the rapture that Welcome Interstate Managers did, but as a fellow fan, do you think it’s a matter of sequencing? IMO, Utopia Parkway and WIM hit with their most immediate gems first, while Traffic & Weather spread them out. Case in point, “Hotel Majestic”.

    And a big YES to the LB tune.

  • Phil

    The Police – “The Bed’s Too Big Without You (Mono Version)” (Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings, 1993)
    The Police were the best at the new wave-rock-reggae thing. It’s interesting to look back and see how easily the band evolved from their punkier period to their slickly produced poppier latter days. Too bad their relationships as band members couldn’t evolve as well.

    The Damnwells – “For My Own Good” (PMR (Poor Man’s Record) demos)
    Nice little demo from another band with a definite-article-fronted name. I’m hardly never in the mood for some Damnwells when they pop up on shuffle.

    Poundhound – “Love” (Massive Grooves from the Electric Church of Psychofunkadelic Grungelism Rock Music, 1998)
    I think I have expressed my frustration before with the solo projects of the frontman of one of my all-time favorite bands, King’s X. As much as I love, love, love Doug Pinnick’s voice and his bass tone and playing style, I’ve never been able to really enjoy the Poundhound and dUg releases. As a part of King’s X? Love him. Side projects? Yep. Poundhound? Not so much for some reason. And unfortunately even the good parts of Massive Grooves haven’t stood the test of time as well as some of guitarist Ty Tabor’s solo material from the same period.

    King’s X – “It’s Love” (Live Love in London, 2010)
    Speaking of King’s X, the band recorded a 2009 show at the Electric Ballroom in London and released the footage as a DVD. You can read more here at my blog if you are so inclined. For an even better read, check out The Impaler’s impression. The entire show is great and stands as a testament to the their talent and the music this criminally underrated band has put out over the course of its 30-year-plus career. “It’s Love” was probably one of the trio’s biggest hits, gaining pretty serious MTV and radio airplay, and it has long been one of my favorites. Some of the 3-part harmonies are a bit off in this particular performance, but who cares?

    Weezer – “Undone (The Sweater Song)” (Weezer, 1994)
    “This band’s my favorite. Dontcha love ‘em?” Not a favorite by a long stretch, but good enough–although way overplayed in my opinion–to close out this Five. Have a good one!

  • dwalsh76

    Agreed. T&W is just as good.

  • Keith

    Oh I love me some Zutons. Saw them on both sides of the pond. Opening for Interpol and the Martini Henry Rifles (or something like that) in Camden before any of em had albums out — then again at the Troubadour in LA. They are long overdue for an Album #4 — unless they’re just coasting off Amy Winehouse/Valerie royalties.

  • aryl watson

    Back after missing a week – stupid vacation :-)

    1. Somewhere – Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell and Angels
    Previously unreleased track from Jimi – How much unreleased stuff can they possibly have left? A Jimi tune with some great guitar – pretty standard stuff – which means it’s really good.

    2. I Would Do Anything for You – Foster the People – Torches
    Most people know Pumped Up Kids, but the album is pretty strong back to front. This is one of my favorites.

    3, Bended – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Tape Club
    A great little indie band. This song is from their b-sides, unreleased collection. Pretty good, but you can see why they didn’t release it.

    4. Breaker – Retribution Gospel Choir – ST
    Side project for Alan Sparhawk from Low. This is cover of a Low song. Much louder than the original. RGC has reworked several Low songs as rock songs. Very cool stuff.

    5. I Will Take That Ride – Betty Davis – ST
    Miles Davis’s wife, Dirty funk. Love almost anything she did. Lyrics were risque for 1974.

    Just missed Maroon 5 – Never Gonna Leave this Bed, in this case, didn’t miss much.

  • aryl watson

    Mystery don’t get the exposure they deserve – great stuff

  • aryl watson

    Lyrics Born sighting! He needs to be sighted much more often.

  • Ernie G

    1. Liquored Up And Lacquered Down – Southern Culture On The Skids
    2. Take Me Home, Country Roads – Toots & The Maytals
    3. A Song To Help You To Sleep – Josh Rouse
    4. My Winding Wheel – Ryan Adams
    5. Learning To Fly – William Shatner (with Edgar Froese).
    Shatner plus the bloke from Tangerine Dream cover Tom Petty. It’s as bad as it sounds.

  • jhallCORE

    A bit of a mellow, talky Five this week (outside of Ms. Allen) but here it goes …

    1) Geri Allen — “Tea For Two” (Twenty-One, 1994).
    2) Ryan Adams — “To Be The One” (Heartbreaker, 2000).
    3) The Roots (featuring Jill Scott) — “You Got Me” (The Roots Come Alive, 1999).
    4) Lucinda Williams — “Little Rock Star” (Little Honey, 2008).
    5) Sting — “Brand New Day” (Brand New Day, 1999).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • paulzas

    Love the XTC–I’ll have to pull that one out, it’s been a while.

  • Michael Parr

    I don’t like coffee. It gives me the jitters.

  • Michael Parr

    Is “The Leader of the Band” a cover?

  • Michael Parr

    Yay Andy Sturmer!

  • Michael Parr

    Watching The Killers on the Lollapalooza stream last weekend reminded me why I love them.

  • Michael Parr

    The Weepies are a perennial favorite around the Parr household.

  • Michael Parr

    I actually enjoyed that Hendrix record quite a bit.

  • Rock_dawg

    Not that I know of. Since it apparently took five or six years for him to release it, he may have let someone else record it. It sure ain’t a Fogelberg cover!

  • 1001Songs

    1 Julian Cope -“Pulsar” from Saint Julian (1987) in which Cope embraces the Detroit rock sounds of The Stooges to great effect

    2. Brinsley Schwarz – “I Like You, I Don’t Love You” (1974) a soulful Nick Lowe/ Ian Gomm tune from the band’s last album New Favourites.

    3. Lorrie Darnell ” Nothing Went Right” (1962) written by Ellie Greenwich and Mark Barkan.

    4. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien “The Wacky World of Rapid Transit” ( 1991) samples the late Donald Byrd’s “Street Lady” on the debut album I Wish My Brother George Was Here

    5. Mott the Hoople “How Long? (Death May Be Your Santa Claus) (1970) Outrageous for the sake of outrageous. Did the Sex Pistols take notes?

  • Michael Parr

    My mind always goes to Fogelberg.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Because it’s still Friday out here:

    1. “Avalon or Someone Similar” by Yo La Tengo from Popular Songs. These guys can write beautiful pop songs like this. Their newest, Fade, is still one of my fave releases of this year. RIP, Maxwell’s, I sorely regret not getting to a Yo La Tengo Hanukkah show.

    2. “I Ain’t No Miracle Worker” by the Brogues for the Nuggets box set. If you don’t own this set, you should. I can go whole weekends just listening to this. (I have to confess to hitting skip before this. The original #2 was the 25+ minute version of “Dazed & Confused” from the How the West Was Won live record. It’s made my Five before, and I sat through it all. Sorry, that’s a bullet I’m only taking once)

    3. “Down to the Wire” by Neil Young from Decade. A Buffalo Springfield song featuring Dr. John.

    4. “What’d I Say, Parts 1 & 2″ by Ray Charles from the Birth of Soul set. Genius indeed.

    5. “Beware of Darkness” by George Harrison (with Leon Russell) from The Concert for Bangladesh. So damn good

    There you have it. Big props to Michael for keeping the Five going for all these years. I started following it at Ick Music and credit/blame it for occasionally dabbling in some music blogging for Popblerd! Mahalo, Michael!

  • keith

    Agreed — they have yet to put out a dud disc — if you could press sunshine onto wax, that would be the Weepies.