The Friday Five: February 21, 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. 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:

“Like a G6″ by Far East Movement (from Free Wired, 2010)

I will always cop to the dregs of my library; this was definitely an add at the behest of my lovely wife. It’s catchy enough, but ultimately disposable. Sippin’ sizzurp, indeed.

“The Crane Wife 1 & 2″ by The Decemberists (from The Crane Wife, 2006)

Oh, Colin Meloy, how I love thee.

“Rattlin’ Bones” by Preservation Hall Jazz Band (from That’s It!, 2013)

My boy love him some Preservation Hall Jazz Band, specifically this song which always elicits a bit of toddler dancing.

“Madman Across the Water (original version)” by Elton John (from Tumbleweed Connection, 1996 Reissue)

So, Elton is playing Bonnaroo: discuss?

“Nothing (live)” by Depeche Mode (from Everything Counts: Live, 2004)

“Nothing” … which is exactly what I’ve got. I do enjoy this song, but it’s a pretty unremarkable end to an otherwise unremarkable Friday Five. Here’s to a better Friday Five, next week. Come on, guys and gals, do me one better.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    The Police – “When The World Is Running You Down, You Make The Best Of What’s Still Around” (Zenyatta Mondatta, 1980)
    It’s funny how often The Police show up in my Fives despite the fact that don’t listen to them all that much. Still, love this track.

    The Beatles – “She’s Leaving Home” (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)
    I have a cover of this tune that Billy Bragg did for something called Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father where his accent is much thicker than Paul’s ever was.

    Ozzy Osbourne – “Little Dolls” (Diary of a Madman, 1981)
    That may be a “guide” solo on the track (per the AllMusic guide), but Randy’s work on this album is stellar. Funny story—just last night I was driving with my 14-year-old son with the radio on one of the local classic rock stations, something I almost never do (because for the most part, those stations suck balls). “Over the Mountain” came on, and Randy’s solo was enough to pull his face out of his new-to-him iPhone 4 long enough for him to exclaim, “Whoa!” And this is a kid who is mostly into hip-hop and rap.

    Dierks Bentley – “Draw Me A Map” (Up on the Ridge, 2010)
    I know next-to-nothing about Dierks Bentley, but I love this song. As I mentioned before, I’m not much of a “new country” fan, but this has enough of the elements I really like in country music to make the cut and remain in my library.

    Alice In Chains – “Dirt” (Dirt, 1992)
    An archetypical spooky-sounding AiC song with a burning Cantrell solo. Not sure what else to say

  • Rock_dawg

    “Getaway” – Michelle Branch, single
    I’ve always enjoyed Michelle Branch, but I’ve never considered myself “a fan”, despite the fact that have most of her output, including The Wreckers. This collaboration with Timbaland would be alright if Timbaland wasn’t actually audible! His little “freaky-freaky” ad libs got old over a decade ago.
    “Shotgun” – Sheryl Crow, Feels Like Home
    When it was announced that Sheryl was “going country”, I didn’t think it was a big deal: a lot of her stuff fits right in with what’s consider country these days. But too much of this album is just awful with patronizing lyrics and smacks of trying too hard. This one is basically a new spin on “Steve McQueen” with more of a redneck twist.
    “Back In Baby’s Arms” – Patsy Cline, Her Greatest Performances
    Now THAT’S country music!
    “What Have We Got?” – Sting ft. Jimmy Nail, The Last Ship
    I wanted to be cynical about Sting’s musical venture, but I really like this album! Sure, his “working class” accent on some of the songs is a little odd and some of the more theatrical songs on the deluxe edition sound too much like songs from “Stop the Planet of The Apes, I Want to Get Off” or “Kickin’ It”, but the good stuff has some of his strongest melodies in ages and I like the folky instrumentation.
    “Our Lips Are Sealed” – Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs, Under The Covers Vol. 3
    A Bangle covers the Go-Go’s? Inspired! I wasn’t as into the 70’s edition as much as Vol. 1, but this volume is excellent.
    Happy weekend, Fivers!

  • Rock_dawg

    Great set!

  • Damon

    A Guy Called Gerald – “FX” (b-side of ‘Eyes Of Sorrow’, 1989) One of the first of the rolling dance basslines that now pepper my collection, first heard this at a rave in Norfolk.

    LHB – Everybody Sees It On My Face (Tell ‘Em Who We Are, 2002) One of two stand out tracks on an album bought when I used to buy an album a week from a band I’d never heard of. Ironically, includes a sample from the Police, though from the album after the one that crops up in Phil’s shuffle, below).

    New Order – Everything’s Gone Green (1981) Very repetitive guitar, took years to warm to this track, even though I bought it.

    The Wonder Stuff – On The Ropes (Construction For The Modern Idiot, 1993) Cracking, rocky return single after, if I remember rightly, two piss-weak folk-tinged albums that everyone else seemed to love.

    Why? – ‘The Hollows’ (2007) Kinda rock, kinda indie, kinda rap. Prolly my favourite lyrics of the last 10 years. Also, glad something a bit more recent came up, my shuffle was looking a bit stuck-in-the-past, heh.

  • Phil

    “Back In Baby’s Arms” – Patsy Cline, Her Greatest Performances
    Now THAT’S country music!