The Friday Five: February 14, 2014

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. This week, I didn’t have a chance to do so. Being Saint Valentine’s Day, there is really only one song. Happy Friday, ya’ll.

  • Phil

    What happens when you shuffle a playlist of songs from my iTunes library containing terms of endearment and love?! Not your set of typical love songs, that’s for sure.

    Atomic Opera – “Love Is As Strong As Death” (Gospel Cola, 2000)
    No chugging, down-tuned guitars here. And no sappy, puppy-love, sweetheart lyrics, either. Instead you get atmospheric ode to love that transcends life itself, more akin to an orchestral number than the band’s typical rock groove, and complete with cello, recorder, and other instruments not normally heard on a rock album.

    The Cars – “Bye Bye Love” (The Cars, 1978)
    Always it’s some other guy. More like an unrequited love song, but this is one of my favorites from the Cars’ excellent debut.

    Whitesnake – “Hungry for Love” (Slide It In, 1984)
    I don’t think it’s love you’re hungry for, David.

    Shandi’s Addiction – “Calling Dr. Love” (Kiss My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved, 1994)
    This track is the lovechild of Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, RATM’s Tom Morello and Brad Wilk, and Faith No More’s Billy Gould for the KISS-endorsed, -sponsored, -directed, and -created tribute album Kiss My Ass (think about that for a second—what other band on the face of the planet would be so in love with itself that it would create its own tribute record?!). Definitely not the best track on the album, but given the members in this one-off “band,” it definitely could have been a whole lot weirder than it ended up.

    Hayseed Dixie – “Love Gun” (Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to KISS, 2003)
    This country/bluegrass unit slows the pace a bit on this KISS concert staple and gives it a yearning vocal delivery that puts a twist on Paul Stanley’s original over-sexed execution.

  • Michael Parr

    I do love me some Hayseed Dixie.

  • Rock_dawg

    Well played, sir. Well played.

  • jcb7472

    I was waiting around for you to post this on Friday and you were later than usual and I missed it. Here was my 5:

    -Arcade Fire: “My Body is a Cage” (Neon Bible, 2007)
    -Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: “Easy Plateau” (Cold Roses, 2005)
    -Atlas Sound: “Green Glass Bottles” (Bedroom Databank Vol. 1, 2010)
    -Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker: “Alimonia Blues” (Hooker ‘N’ Heat, 1970)
    -Ambulance, Ltd.: “Yoga Means Union” (LP, 2004)