The Friday Five: December 13, 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:

It’s 8:30 PM, do you know where your Friday Five is? — MP

“Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder (from In Square Circle, 1985)

“Cool Yule” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra (from Dig That Crazy Christmas, 2005)

“None of Dem (feat. Röyksopp)” by Robyn (from Body Talk, 2010)

“Team” by Lorde (from Pure Heroine, 2013)

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Take 5)” by The Beatles (from Anthology 2 (disc 2), 1996)

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Keith

    Sara Bareilles “The Light” from Kaleidoscope Heart. OMG! She was nominated for “Album of the Year” while (INSERT NAME OF ANY OVER HYPED, OVER PAID ARTIST HERE) was denied? Fuck yeah. Love her.

    The Vaccines “All In Vain” from Come of Age. A great track from one of my fave albums of the year. This Friday Evening 5 is off to a great start!

    Tears for Fears “The Way You Are” from Living in Oblivion. At their new waviest…

    Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie “Love Child” — I impress nobody by revealing I was into them before Shirley Manson joined Garbage.

    Bria Valente “Another Boy” — oh if only she could hitch her wagon to someone who could help her career… this is actually a very good album.

  • EightE1

    Deep Purple, “Highway Star.” Recently came across a video of the band playing this song some point in the Nineties, right before Blackmore left the band for the final time. Apparently, Ritchie was throwing a fit about something or another backstage, and the band went out onstage and began this song without him — he wasn’t seen or heard until the first solo section, after the second chorus. Funny thing was, ya really didn’t miss him much — part of which was due to the secondary role of the guitar before that solo section, but largely it was due to the work of the late great John Lord (may he rock on in the afterworld forever), who held down his own part AND Blackmore’s just fine. Oh, and shortly after ripping off a sensational solo (because he’s Ritchie fucking Blackmore, temper tantrum or no), the gee-tar wizard threw a water bottle at a camera man, in a fit of pique. Of course, this version right here is off Machine Head, a classic hard rock record. A rippin’ good shuffle-starter.

    Dion, “I Know You Want Me.” My vote for the greatest singer in the history of rock and roll, goes to one Dion DiMucci. From his doo-wop beginnings to his singer/songwriter trip in the Seventies, to the blues moves he’s done for the last 15 years or so, there are few to match him, and (to these ears) no one to best him. This one is a blues tune, and as a song, it’s pretty run-of-the-mill. But man, listen to that voice, that authoritative tone, that swagger, the way he wraps it around the rather rote lyrics, singing them like they came down from the mountain on stone tablets. Devastating, if you’re not expecting it.

    Ramones, “Blitzkrieg Bop.” Adrenaline and fuzz and shouting and kick drum and stupidly profound lyrics and Joey’s voice and you just know happiness is a pogo dance across the bar away.

    Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan, “The Way You Look Tonight.” The way the horns dance with one another as the rest of the band mostly watches on … It’s a duet in the very truest sense of the word — they bounce off one another, entwining only occasionally, and even then only briefly. Each takes a few bars to indulge in a little monologue, but the real magic happens when the horns converse. Both are so eloquent. I could listen to this stuff all night, and once I’m done here, I just might.

    Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Burning of the Midnight Lamp.” Electric Ladyland is such a mind-blower. The layering, the mix, the playing, the singing — all of it. The singing isn’t great here; it’s really a tertiary concern, after the guitar playing and the strange psychedelic environment Hendrix constructs. The vocal is a little muddy, and because of the vocal’s placement in the mix, is just fine.

  • 1001Songs

    1. The Kinks “Here Comes Flash” from the critically derided Preservation Act 1 ( 1973) When a teacher asked me if I had a nickname I decided at that very moment to be called “Flash”. The name did not stick.

    2. The Soft Boys “Leppo and the Jooves” from their debut album A Can of Bees ( 1979). Robyn Hitchcock remains one of rock’s great weirdos.

    3. Television Personalities “The Painted Word”, the title track from their fourth album, released in 1984. Must be “Eccentric British Music Day” on the iTunes Shuffle today.

    4. Elastica “Indian Song” from Elastica (1995). The worst song on a decent album, Probably because it wasn’t lifted from Wire.

    5. The Lovin’ Spoonful “4 Eyes” from Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful (1966) With its fuzzy bass, The Spoonful were finally plugging in their instruments at least on some of the tunes on this album… which also features “Summer in the City”.

  • jcb7472

    Transplants: “Sad But True” (Transplants, 2002)

    Stars: “The Ghost of Geneva Heights” (In Our Bedroom After the War, 2007)

    White Denim: “It’s Him” (D, 2011)

    R.E.M.: “Imitation of Life” (Reveal, 2001)

    De La Soul: “Supa Emcees” (Stakes is High, 1996)

  • Phil

    The Beatles – “Got to Get You in My Life (Take 5, 4/7/66)” (The Alternate Revolver, 1966)
    It’s interesting to see how these iconic songs came together in the studio. It’s clear that by take 5 the boys still weren’t sure exactly where this song was going even though they had the basic structure down.

    Moke – “Fluicide” (Carnival, 2001)
    I picked up this Moke album based on the fact that they opened for King’s X and after listening to a couple of soulful, funkier tunes of theirs somewhere. This song turns out not to be soulful or funky, but more atmospheric and, unfortunately, monotonous.

    Audioslave – “Gasoline” (Audioslave, 2002)
    This one is in my library mostly because of the hype and my unnatural curiosity of what a RATM/Soundgarden mashup would sound like. I like the groove on this, but the song nor the album have aged well for me.

    Teenage Fanclub – “Tears” (Grand Prix, 1995)
    Sweet little ditty from everyone’s favorite Britpop/powerpop band once hailed by Oasis’ Liam Gallagher as “the second best band in the world.”

    U2 – “I Will Follow” (Boy, 1980)
    Not sure if I like this one because I actually like it or if I’m just that familiar with it. Unfortunately that seems to be a trend with me and U2 after awhile.

  • Rock_dawg

    2 minutes to midnight (how cool if that song came up!), just under the wire!

    “Never Miss a Beat” – Kaiser Chiefs, Souvenir: The Best of…
    “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked For The Holidays
    “Blow Away (Live)” – Spoons, Arias & Symphonies: 30th Anniversary
    “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” – Lorde, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    “Devil’s Sweet” – Chicago, Chicago VII

    Have a good weekend!

  • Dennis Corrigan

    If I haven’t gone to bed yet, then it’s still Friday. To while away the train ride, here’s a little holiday five

    1. “O The Holly Bears A Berry” by the Chieftans from “The Bells of Dublin”. One of my favorite traditional carols, up there with “The Holly and the Ivy”

    2. “Silver Bells” by Dean Martin from Christmas with Dino. Just load up the bourbon in the egg nog for that extra ring-a-ling

    3. “Santa Bring My Baby Bac (To Me)” by Elvis Presley from Elvis’ Christmas Album. Classic

    4. “Once In Royal David’s City” by Sufjan Stevens from his first Songs For Chrisad box set. Another fave traditional carol well done with banjo and horns.

    5. “Christmas Is Coming” by The Muppets from A Christmas Together with John Denver. Muppets! Singing a round! Fun!

    Christmas and snow are coming to CT. be careful out there!