The Friday Five: February 7, 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:

“Smooth Operator” by Big Daddy Kane (from It’s a Big Daddy Thing, 1989)

That Mary Jane Girls—née Rick James—bass line is so smooth that Kane had no choice but to drop a jewel on it. When it comes to golden era lyricists no one can touch Rakim, but I’ve still got a spot in my top 10 for Kane.

“Bombin’ the L” by Fun Lovin’ Criminals (from Come Find Yourself, 1996)

Last week I gave anyone actually reading these words an earful about no one listening to that White Town record; this week I’m crying mea culpa as I have not ever, not once, listened to the entirety of this Fun Lovin’ Criminals record. Listening to this song reaffirms the fact that it might not have been such a bad thing.

“Jimi Thing” by Dave Matthews Band (from 1995-02-08: DMBLive: Palace Theatre, Albany, NY, USA, 2013)

Clocking in at over twelve minutes this is a rather rote version of the ode to the afternoon, um, sandwich snack!

“Folds in Your Hands” by Passion Pit (from Maners, 2009)

Man, I haven’t listened to this record in … two years?! I need to fix that.

“Ritual” by Journey (from ECL1P53, 2011)

Well isn’t this the turd in the punchbowl? Don’t get me wrong, I am completely okay with Arnel. Hell, after watching that documentary on his first year with the band, I even fell sorry for the guy. He’s got a great voice and can mime Perry’s every inflection and tone; something that I doubt even Perry can do, these days.

What’s on your shuffle today?

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