The Friday Five: February 8, 2013

The Friday Five

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:

“Believe What You’re Saying” by Sugar (from File Under: Easy Listening, 1994)

Ready for a shock? I (initially) did not understand what everyone saw in Hüsker Dü. I came to Bob Mould’s work through Sugar’s debut, Copper Blue, a record that I literally wore out, twice! (For our younger readers, we used to purchase our music on these things call cassettes. Repeated play of said media would eventually start to deteriorate, and eventually ‘wear out.’) The follow up, File Under: Easy Listening, was one of the first CD’s that I went out of my way to purchase in a “Special Edition” format; it came in a binder with individual files cards for each tune on the album. It was irrevocably geeky, and I loved it. Oh, and the Hüsker Dü thing… it wasn’t until a few years later that I broke down and bought a copy of Candy Apple Grey and finally understood what the fuss was.

“Foxy Lady” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (from Live at Winterland, 1987)

This performance is a bit of a mess. Recorded October 11, 1968, it swirls with a chaotic—no doubt drug induced—fever that borders on careening completely out of control. I guess that is what the draw was, though. Watching Hendrix try to reign in the fire that was lit when his fingertips hit the fretboard, and not just completely loose control. Make no mistake, when the solo kicks in the band tightens up and drives home the message like nobody’s business.

“Remember the Time / Bad (Immortal version)” by Michael Jackson (from Immortal (disc 2), 2011)

I own this because it’s Michael. I think I have listened to it exactly once. I am certain that in conjunction with the Cirque du Soleil performances it’s amazing. On it’s own, it’s not really worth repeat listens.

“Making Time” by The Creation (from Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969 (disc 1: Volume 1), 2001)

I love this Nuggets set for the fact that it is a never-ending source of new acts to go and fall in love with.

“Why You Treat Me So Bad (feat. Grand Puba)” by Shaggy (from Boombastic, 1995)

Did Puba really just say “everyday is seems your maxi on the pad”? Damn.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    “Believe What You’re Saying” by Sugar (from File Under: Easy Listening, 1994)

    I love this song and both of those Sugar albums. On to my Five …

    Counting Crows – “Angels of the Silences” (Across a Wire: Live in New York City, 1998)
    As irritated as I get at Adam Duritz’s live performances at times, Across a Wire is probably my favorite Counting Crows album, containing my favorite versions of some of their biggest songs, especially the VH1 Storytellers disc. These guys really shine in a live setting.

    Ramones – “7–11″ (Pleasant Dreams, 1981)
    I (ahem) acquired this album from a friend along with Too Tough to Die, and honestly, I can’t remember ever hearing this song. iTunes informs me that I’ve listened to it one other time, but I think iTunes is a liar. But I’m glad I listened to it this time.

    Sixpence None the Richer – “The Garden” (This Beautiful Mess, 1999)
    This Beautiful Mess was my introduction to Sixpence None the Richer, and it’s still the gold standard by which I judge all their output. Sure, this track is late–90s jangly-alterno-pop navel-gazing music, but last time I checked, there wasn’t anything particularly wrong with that.

    Jars of Clay – “Whatever She Wants” (The Eleventh Hour, 2002)
    I still can’t quite put my finger what it is, but I remember thinking at the time The Eleventh Hour was different from anything Jars of Clay had done, and I still feel that way today. Maybe it’s that the band redefined itself by taking complete artistic control over everything for this album. Or maybe it’s that the songs feel darker, even the happy, upbeat ones. They continued in the more electric direction they had dabbled with on If I Left the Zoo (although there were enough acoustic instruments to satisfy fans of the first two albums), but the songs weren’t as immediately poppy and singalong. Still, it’s probably one of my favorite Jars releases.

    Johnny Cash – “Danny Boy” (American IV: The Man Comes Around, 2002)
    I was never a huge Johnny Cash fan, but I was definitely intrigued by his reworkings of popular songs in his American series, especially on tunes like “Personal Jesus,” “One,” and “Rusty Cage.” His version of “Danny Boy” has just the right amount of reverence, somberness, and sorrow for it to have been included alongside an excellent rendition of “In My Life” and my personal favorite “Hurt,” a song I like 100 times more than the original and the main reason I have this album in my collection.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Working from home as the snow storm continues to pick up steam:

    1. “No Time This Time” by the Police from Reggatta de Blanc. I love these early Police records, and of course the later ones, too

    2. “Trade Places” by Matthew Sweet from In Reverse. Masterful power pop

    3. “Message in a Bottle” by the Police from Reggatta de Blanc. I guess my iTunes is in love with early Police, too. This one’s my fave track.

    4.”Ghetto Woman” by B. B. King from The King of the Blues box set. This one was originally on the B.B. King in London record, which featured King playing with a number of British rockers, similar to albums by Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. This track features Ringo Starr on drums and Klaus Voorman on bass, Dr. John on guitar and Gary Wright on piano. Despite its gritty name,the track is awash with strings – a staple of King’s sound in early 70’s

    5.”Good Good Lovin’ by James Brown from the Star Time box set. From the Godfather’s early R&B years, which were also great

    If you don’t hear from me after a few days, please send a Saint Bernard with a full bourbon barrel for me, please

    p.s. Michael, I need to check out that Nuggets set!

  • Phil

    1. “No Time This Time” by the Police

    Anthrax does an excellent cover of this with bassist Frankie Bello on vocals as a bonus track for the underwhelming Stomp 442.

  • Michael Parr

    Duritz’s penchant for performing his tunes in an unorthodox manner never bothered me much. I remember being a little weirded out the first time I saw them (in ’94), but I get it.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Anita Baker — “Body And Soul” (Rhythm Of Love, 1994).
    2) Paul Simon — “Train In The Distance” (Concert In The Park, 1991).
    3) John Coltrane — “Resolution” (A Love Supreme, 1965).
    4) Bonnie Raitt — “Guilty” (The Bonnie Raitt Collection, 1990).
    5) Luther Allison — “Everything’s Gonna Be All Right” (Live In Chicago, 1995).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Rock_dawg

    The threat of Snowmageddon prompted my generous employer to tell us to all stay home today, so I get to pull five from the full library…again.  An ill timed browser crash caused me to lose my initial Five just as I finished it. But I wasn’t too happy with what came up anyway, so here comes take two.

    “The Sleep” – Pantera, Cowboys From Hell
    A slow steady head bang of the highest order.  Then Dimebag brings in some arpeggio’s before the soloing starts and the track somehow becomes even more awesome.

    “It’s Now Or Never (live in Honolulu, 1961)” – Elvis Presley, Elvis Aron Presley (aka The Silver Box)
    A rough sounding recording from Elvis’ last concert before the ’68 comeback.

    “Rock With You (live)” – Michael Jackson, Bad 25
    This recording from Wembley really makes me wish I was able to see MJ live in his prime.

    “Both Ends Burning (7″ Mix)” – Roxy Music, Singles, B-Sides & Alternate Mixes
    I like Roxy Music, but find myself at a loss to explain what it is I like about them.  It’s a great song…

    “That Voice Again (DNA)” – Peter Gabriel, So [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
    iTunes is leaning into my box set stash it seems.  I love this disc of “DNA” tracks: Each song from the So album is represented by a medley of different demos and early takes allowing you to trace the evolution and hear discarded lyrics and ideas.  I hope more artists follow this lead.

    Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers.

  • Rock_dawg

    A track from In Reverse, two from Reggatta, plus BB and JB!?! This may be my favourite Five!

  • Ernie G

    Good to see The Creation. If you haven’t heard their “Painter Man” try to track it down – despite the appalling attempts at harmonies its even better in my humble opinion.

    My lot:

    I’m Lovely – A Cuddly Pair (an mp3 I made of a 1980s cassette only release by a local band where I lived in South-West England. Presumably meant to be a satirical look at the New Romantic movement, it includes lines like “Soft Cell/ can go to Hell” and “Japan/ can’t do the can can”. Rubbish but of some sentimental value.)

    Just Fancy – The Rodys (Dutch beat band from the 1960s)

    Come A Long Way – Michelle Shocked

    These Foolish Things – Bryan Ferry
    Abekwenyana – The Dalom Kids (1990s South African pop)

  • Michael Parr

    I dig everything about this Friday Five.

  • Michael Parr

    Yeah, Dennis, this box set is right up your alley.

    Hope you are staying warm and dry over there!

  • Dennis Corrigan

    you guys, too!

  • mc3

    Husker Du and snowstorms. Reminds me of one of the worst nights of my life, but that’s a story for another day.

    Looks like I’m not the only one bracing for this Nemo “Blizzard of 2013″ event. Stay warm and may the electricity and Internet stay on!!

    1. Scrapomatic “Horsemeat”, Alligator Love Cry (2006)
    I just love the raspy, soulful vocals of singer Mike Mattison, who is better known for his work with The Derek Trucks Band and The Tedeschi Trucks Band.

    2. Boomtown Rats “Neon Heart”, The Best of the Boomtown Rats (2003)

    3. Steel Pulse “Ravers”, Smash Hits (1993)
    Woops outside your head!

    4. David Bowie “China Girl” The Singles Collection (1993)
    Oh baby just you shut your mouth.

    5. Devo “Shout”, “Pioneers Who Got Scalped”
    I’ve got lots of love for Devo, but no love for this track. Just about everything Devo did prior to 1983 or 1984 is legendary… absolutely ground breaking at the time and
    has stood the test of time. Just about everything they did after that time has been a huge pile of poo. This “Pioneers” album is a perfect reflection of that… My advice: buy it, rip disc one and throw away disc two.

  • Michael Parr

    Two Ferry appearances in this week’s Five, score!

    I’m definitely going to check out more by The Creation. I ended up listening to that track twice because I dug it so much.

  • MB

    Band – It Makes No Difference (Northern Lights-Southern Cross, 1975)

    Michael Murphey – Calico Silver (Geronimo’s Cadillac, 1972)

    James McMurtry – Lights Of Cheyenne (Live In Aught-Three, 2004)

    Ry Cooder – Drive Like I Never Been Hurt (I, Flathead, 2008)

    Souther-Hillman-Furay Band – Fallin’ In Love (Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, 1974)

  • Mordalo

    (I wrote this earlier today before the Five was posted, Knew I wouldn’t have time after lunch to check Popdose again, so I e-mailed it to myself so I could post from home.)

    Sorry, kids. I was off last Friday, spending the day with my beautiful, loving, wonderful wife. Wasn’t online, didn’t care what was going on in the world, and missed the Five completely. It happens, but it was a good day just being off-line.

    This week, back at work, about six inches of snow outside my window and what looks to be a…somewhat normal…playlist at the ready.

    1) Jim Croce – Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues
    If I was working at a car wash today, I’d certainly have the blues.
    It’s frickin’ cold and snowy outside out there. Still, I do love this song. Steadily depressing, low down, mind messin…and yes, I’m sitting in an office with a swivel chair.

    2) Dire Straits – Calling Elvis
    I don’t know what they were calling Elvis. If they were calling him “Pete”, no wonder he didn’t answer.

    3) Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
    This may be blasphemy, but this isn’t one of my favourite Zeppelin tracks. I love the stuff you don’t hear quite as often more than the track that got more airplay. Still, this has been a good Five so far.

    4) Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing
    Anytime one gets Mr. Gaye in a Five, it’s a good day. Ya cannot help sway to this tune.

    5) Preservation Hall Jazz Band (ft. Yim Yames) – Louisiana Fairytale
    How fitting that the last track is from Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with Mardi Gras this weekend! I won’t even refer this as a Whiplash! It’s fate! Kismet! It was meant to be! Laissez les bons temps rouler!
    (FYI, this track was off their album “Preservation”.)

    And with that, my break is over and it’s time to get back to work. Everyone have a great weekend!

  • Rock_dawg

    I like “Whole Lotta Love” just fine, but I agree that when I listen to Zep, there are dozens of songs I’d rather hear than the 6 or 7 that classic rock radio have played to death.
    Great Five.

  • Rock_dawg

    Why thank you, sir. A lot better than what came up in my first attempt.

  • Phil

    Same here. But I would love to have a local station that had the guts to play “Achilles Last Stand” in its entirety.

  • Matthew Underhill

    N*Sync – Giddy Up – I don’t know what’s worse, that I have this song on my iPod or that it’s from the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” soundtrack. I blame Matthew Sweet for making me purchase that disc but I only have myself to blame for putting it on my iPod.

    Camper Van Beethoven – All Her Favorite Fruit (New Recording) – Once upon a time I called the original version of this song my favorite song of all time. It’s still up there very highly, but the re-recorded version from a few years back just doesn’t do it for me.

    The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations – “There are times when I swear that Sal Paradise was right”. This song just hits all the right buttons for me where the previous song didn’t. I can’t help but think of the summers of my high school and college years when I hear this song. Go Midwest!

    Rilo Kiley – Portions for Foxes – We’ve all had one of these relationships, right? We know the other person is bad news, but we just can’t keep ourselves away…

    Howard Shore – The Fighting Uruk-Hai – This sounds like a school mascot. I want to go to that school.

  • Mordalo

    Indeed. This Five doth rock!

  • Mordalo

    So, how bad is the snow?

  • Mordalo

    Body and Soul. That song just kinda makes me melt a little. Nice Five.

  • Mordalo

    Isn’t it great to be able to pull a Five from the whole library? Gotta love that, and a great selection here!