The Friday Five: January 11, 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:

“Mira” by Melody Gardot (from The Absence, 2012)

This record caught me off guard; I was familiar with Gardot’s work and a fan of her smoky vocals, but this record transcends all her previous work. With a healthy infusion of Latin jazz, a la Antônio Carlos Jobim, Gardot’s vocal channels the greats of the form without ever sounding like a pastiche.

“Breaking the Silence” by Queensrÿche (from Operation: Mindcrime (bonus disc: live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England 11/15/90), 2006)

Normally I’d take this opportunity to criticize Tate, but being reminded of just how good he was back then kind of makes it difficult.

“Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Beatles (from revolver, 1966)

You know, I bet this tripped people out when it was originally released.

“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire (from The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire (disc 2), 2002)

For as many Earth, Wind & Fire tunes as I have in my library, I don’t think they have ever appeared in the Friday Five.

“TVC15″ by David Bowie (from The Singles 1969 to 1993 (disc 1), 1993)

I think this was one of the first things I purchased when I started working at the record store I lived in thought the better part of the ’90s. I’m not going to lie, I nabbed the version that I did because I knew it contained the Bing/Bowie version of “Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy” on a third disc.

Anyone hear anything about new Bowie record?

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Jars of Clay – “Liquid (SJM Remix)” (Vibe Central: The Essential Remixes, 2009)
    Mostly electronic remix of a song that was originally produced by Adrian Belew for Jars of Clay’s full-length debut release, which (according to the mostly reliable Wikipedia) was one of the few Christian albums of the mid-nineties to achieve platinum status.

    Ace Frehley – “What’s On Your Mind” (Ace Frehley, 1978)
    Ace Frehley’s contribution is unquestionably the best of the KISS solo albums released in 1978. What could have been a stroke of genius turned nearly disastrous for the other members (I’m looking at you Peter!), while Ace’s album showcased what he was capable of given the freedom of musical exploration. The entire album is strong, with very few letdowns. Too bad Ace was mostly interested in other types of exploring and getting “spaced out” (pun intended) during his tenure with KISS.

    Joe Satriani – “The Souls of Distortion” (Is There Love in Space?, 2004)
    I like Satch best on these types of melodic compositions rather that his balls-out, screaming guitar wankery. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, especially from Joe, since he seems to have avoided the “Hey, look at me! I’m a guitar player!” shredder mentality that others with his talent so often fall into.

    Galactic Cowboys – “Not of this World” (Never Say Dinosaur, 1996)
    The Galactic Cowboys’ offering on this tribute to Christian rockers Petra reimagines the track as a typical Galactic thrash stomp number and resembles the laid-back acoustic original only by retaining the song’s main melody.

    Temple of the Dog – “Hunger Strike” (Temple of the Dog, 1991)
    Easily the best song—and most commercial as evidenced by the heavy MTV airplay of the video—from this one-off band of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam members and its tribute to fallen friend Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone.

  • Rock_dawg

    “You know, I bet this tripped people out when it was originally released.”
    In the last season of Mad Men, Don Draper’s young wife gives him a copy of Revolver, tells him to listen to the last track and then leaves. He pours himself a drink (natch), sits to play it and turns it off about a minute in. It was a great sequence but I loved it because I always figured that happened in a lot of homes in 1966.

    It’d be nice to pour myself a double while I listened to the next five songs that come up, but I guess I shall just type and pretend to be working…

    “Larger Than Life” – Backstreet Boys, Millennium
    The Queensryche/Dream Theater loving assistant manager when I first started working at CD Plus always put this on and it wasn’t long before I gave in to the great harmony singing and began putting this (and their next couple of albums) on myself.

    “Crawl” – Black Country Communion, Afterglow
    I think this came up a couple of weeks ago. Not the biggest BCC fan, but there are enough songs I like to keep me coming back when there’s a new album. I also feel there aren’t enough bands cranking out rawk like this these days, so I like to support it.

    “Don’t Be Lonely” – Quarterflash, Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack
    Meh. Pretty forgettable.

    “Shot In The Dark” – Ozzy Osbourne, The Ultimate Sin
    The back and forth of this Five is making me feel a little sea sick… This track is probably a little too slick sounding, but it’s my favourite Ozzy song. Amazing riffing and a great hook in the chorus.

    “It’s Only Natural” – Crowded House, Recurring Dream: The Best Of…
    The temporary addition of Tim Finn to Crowded House added such great harmonies.

    Have a great weekend, Fivers!

  • Rock_dawg

    Couldn’t agree with you more about Ace’s solo album and your comments on Satch.

  • Michael Parr

    I’ve got to co-sign the view on Satch as well, he really shines when he is using the guitar as his voice (as opposed to when he uses his voice as his voice, in which case he does anything but shine.)

  • mc3

    1. Aerosmith, “Nobody’s Fault” (Rocks, 1976)
    The band at their absolute best. Sometimes I forget how good they used to be.

    2. Lindsey Buckingham, “I Want You” (Go Insane, 1984)
    Kind of a silly tune from LB’s 2nd solo effort. Partially redeemed by a nice guitar riff about halfway through.

    3. Walter Trout “Money Rules the World” (Blues for the Modern Daze, 2012)
    Discovered this via one of those “You might also like…” suggestions earlier this year. This guy is a veteran blues guitarist who played with John Lee Hooker and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Props to Amazon on this one, I really do like it!

    4. Steve Miller Band “Steppin’ Stone” (Children of the Future, 1968)
    A tasty early SMB bluesy number featuring former band mate Boz Scaggs on vocals.

    5. The Radiators “Sympathy for the Devil” (featuring Warren Haynes) (Irving Plaza, NYC 1997-04-12)
    Yow. Another one from the collection at It’s FREE – Go get it!

  • Michael Parr

    I missed a handful of episodes from last season, I’ll have to go back and watch that one.

    Regarding BCC, as much as I dig Bonamassa and Bonham—not to mention the combination of the two—I can’t get much past Hughes.

  • mc3

    Same here with BCC… I want to like them, but haven’t found a way yet. Will keep trying.

  • Rock_dawg

    Yeah, it took a few listens to that first album to get past him.

  • Mordalo

    I love Melody Gardot! Got her first album off CDBaby before she “arrived”. Her newest is still on my wish list…sigh…damn life and responsibilities that keep me from buying my music.

    Oh, and one of my wife’s best friends stalks Geoff Tate to the point she’s now friends with him. Strange how this world works…

    Now onto the Five:

    1) Eddy Grant – I Don’t Wanna Dance
    While everyone was rocking out to Electric Avenue, I was loving this song. It’s my favorite of his, and usually somewhere in rotation.

    2) Dr. Hook – A Little Bit More
    My Five loves me this week. Couple years back, when I really wasn’t looking (which is how the best things in life happen, anyway), I came across Dr. Hook’s greatest hits, which had some tracks I hadn’t heard since I was a wee lad back in the 70’s. I think I have a greater appreciation for some of those songs today.

    3) Gil-Scott Heron – We Almost Lost Detroit
    I wish I knew more about this incredible talent, I really do. It’s one of those things I’ve been meaning to get around to, but haven’t. This is a live version from “Home is Where the Hatred Is”, a gift from a good friend.

    4) The Black Keys & RZA – The Baddest Man Alive
    Nothing I can say about this track will do it any better justice than just posting the link to the video. ‘Nuff said.

    5) Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode.
    We finish this week with Dre and Snoop. What could it mean? Well, it’s referring to the “next episode”, so I guess you’ll just have to find out next week. Of course, by then, I’ll have completely forgotten about this cliffhanger ending.

    Damn ADD. Oooo, look…pretty lights!

  • David_E

    “Everybody Here Is A Cloud” – Cloud Cult. A little precious, but good.
    “C’est La Vie” – Robbie Neville. That’s right, aw yeah.
    “Chickamauga” – Uncle Tupelo. Farrar was so much better here, IMHO, than solo.
    “Afternoons In Utopia” – Alphaville. Okay, did I say Cloud Cult was precious? Sorry.
    “I Saw A Stranger With Your Hair” – John Gorka. Good stuff. Croaky.

  • Phil

    “Shot In The Dark” – Ozzy Osbourne, The Ultimate Sin
    This track is probably a little too slick sounding, but it’s my favourite Ozzy song. Amazing riffing and a great hook in the chorus.

    The Ultimate Sin was a great album. Jake E. Lee-era Ozzy doesn’t get enough props as far as I’m concerned.

    As for “Shot in the Dark,” it’s a great song written by Phil Soussan. In the typical Osbourne camp’s “let’s rewrite history” douchebaggery, this from (the mostly reliable) Wikipedia:

    There are rumors that Osbourne disliked the song for its very “un-Osbourne sound”, however those rumors seem to have been spread by Osbourne’s management to damage the claim for non-payment of royalties and lawsuit that was brought by Soussan and settled by Osbourne on two separate occasions once in 1989 and once in 1993.


    The song was omitted from the 2002 re-mastered re-release of The Ozzman Cometh and was replaced with Miracle Man. Just Say Ozzy and The Ultimate Sin were both omitted from Osbourne’s catalog all together in 2002 when the remastered re-releases came out. Both contained the song as well.

  • Phil

    I love the description “using the guitar as his voice,” and that’s what he does best.

  • MC_Snocap

    1) “Defiant” by Brian Eno & David Byrne (1981, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts)
    Most of this week’s songs date back 30 years. This is the one that sounds entirely contemporary. Love the deep dark groove and evangelical samples.

    2) “Na Na Na Yeh Kya Kame Lage Ho” by Kalyanji Anandji, Hemlata (1980, off The Bombay Connection)
    This CD is a FANTASTIC collection of Bollywood action/adventure music – and given the films’ no-kissing mandate, this song always amazes for how nasty it is. The music is grimy and funky, and there’s no mistaking that the singer is … shall we say … stimulated. But don’t worry – per the liner notes her character is only pretending to fail in fending off unwanted advances in a curtained-off van in order to trick the bad guys. Whew!

    3) “Close to Me [Closer Mix]” by The Cure (1990, Mixed
    One of the few remixes on this album that really connects for me.

    4) “Truth Hits Everybody” by The Police (1978, Outlandos d’Amour)
    Back when they were still kinda punky. This one hasn’t faded that much, IMO.

    5) “I Eat Cannibals” by Toto Coelo (1982, off Living in Oblivion, Vol. 1)
    A silly, all-time guilty pleasure.

  • Rock_dawg

    That’s why I got the album. When The Essential came out around ’02, I sold my Ozzman Cometh and only after it was gone did I realize that “Shot In The Dark” wasn’t on it! I eventually picked up the late 90’s remaster (with the smaller cover graphic and giant OZZY down the side) second hand.

  • Phil

    4) “Truth Hits Everybody” by The Police (1978, Outlandos d’Amour)

    Love this track.

  • Phil

    Unfortunately I didn’t get to go to the concert, but a friend picked up an Ultimate Sin t-shirt for me. Let’s just say that my mom wasn’t too happy to have her then 15-year-old son displaying that (in my opinion) exceptional rear-view across my chest.

  • MC_Snocap

    I’m a fan of “I Want You”. That guitar, the alarm clock, the odd instruments, the odd vocals, the goofy/tormented vibe … it’s an original.

  • Mordalo

    Five Whiplash. I know the feeling. Usually hits me, but this week has been somewhat…calm…unsettingly so.

  • Ernie G

    1. Going Back To Louisiana – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

    2. Born To Be With You – The Capitol Showband

    3. From A Kitchen Table – Dave Alvin

    4. Fortune Teller – Southeast Engine
    5. I Like – A Cuddly Pair

  • Aryl Watson

    1. Lily Allen – Everybody’s Changing (Keane cover.) Keane’s version was OK. This version is great. Lily has a bouncy acoustic guitar & cute keyboards

    2. Boyce Avenue – 4 Minutes (Justin Timberlake cover) – Love JT & excited for his next album. This version is pretty straightforward indie cover (take ubiquitous pop song, add acoustic guitar, sing ironically.)

    3. Rage Against the Machine – Down on the Street (Stooges Cover) – collect covers much? Love RATM and Renegades. Stooges – never did get it.

    4.Bridget Mendler – Rocks at my Window – My kids watch Good Luck Charlie & I listened to the album on a whim. It’s surprisingly good.

    5.Ellie Goulding – Anything Can Happen – Her voice really grew on me. Not my favorite at first.

  • Aryl Watson

    Temple of the Dog was a good/great album. I was always a Soundgarden fan more than PJ and disliked Hunger Strike from the beginning. Pushing Forward Back, Wooden Jesus & Call Me a Dog were better songs. Sad that Mother Love Bone never got to ride the Grunge wave. Loved that band

  • Phil

    I really like the groove of “Pushing Forward Back,” and while it’s probably a stronger song, nothing else really stood out to me like “Hunger Strike.” I guess maybe I fell prey to the MTV marketing machine. Heck, my favorite part of the song is Cornell’s screaming in the background, so maybe that doesn’t really qualify it as being the best song. I think my issue with the whole album is that I have to be in the right mood to listen to any of it. Otherwise I just keep hitting the next track button.

  • MB

    Creedence Clearwater Revival – Effigy (Willy And The Poorboys, 1969)

    Poco – Rose Of Cimarron (Rose Of Cimarron, 1976)

    Quicksilver Messenger Service – What About Me (What About Me, 1970)

    Mel Waiters – Got My Whiskey, 1997 (Last Soul Company, 1999)

    Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter (Let It Bleed, 1969)

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Back in the saddle with the Five:

    1. “Ball the Wall” by Professor Longhair from Blues Masters, Vol. 14: More Jump Blues. ‘Fess – ‘Nuff said

    2. “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (live)” by Richard & Linda Thompson from I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight. A bonus track featuring a cajun flavored accordion. Keeps the vibe going.

    3. “Public Service Announcement” by Jay-Z, The Beatles & Danger Mouse from the Grey Album. This the only “Jay-Z” record I own, and it’s genius. This one mashes up with “Long Long Long”

    4. “Monday” by Wilco from Being There. Saw them do this with a horn section at the Vic Theater in Chicago years ago. Fantastic

    5. “Loose Translation” by The New Pornographers from Electric Version. Isn’t it time they did another record?

    Hope you hear something good this weekend!

  • EightE1

    Heaven’s Basement, “Fire Fire.” “Throw matches to see what you can ignite.” One of the best straight-up hard rock songs I’ve heard in too long. Check it out, if you haven’t been acquainted:

    Jethro Tull, “Cross-Eyed Mary.” Pass.

    The Makes Nice, “Do It Again.” I really need to revisit my garage rock obsession of 2007-2008.

    The Len Price 3, “If I Ain’t Got You.” Like I said, I really need to revisit my garage rock obsession of 2007-2008.

    Gillian Welch, “Revelator.” One of those songs that I need to remember I have, for when shit just blows up and I need to chill the fuck out. Rest my mind easy. It’s good for that.

  • Michael Parr

    “Say Hello to Heaven” is the finest tune on that record.

  • Michael Parr

    So … does that mean that you aren’t going to drop another Friday Five for 10+ years?

  • Michael Parr

    Dennis, you owe it to yourself to go out and get Jay-Z’s Black Album.

  • jhallCORE

    Ditto on Gillian Welch.

  • Michael Parr

    Lily Allen is a favorite, her version of “Naïve,” “Womanizer,” and “Don’t Get Me Wrong” (in addition to “Everybody’s Changing”) are some of my favorite tunes.

  • Michael Parr

    Hey J.J. … What you been doin’?

  • jhallCORE

    1) Branford Marsalis Quartet – “Endymion” (Four MFs Playin’ Tunes, 2012).
    2) Patty Griffin – “Stolen Car” (1000 Kisses, 2002).
    3) Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Music Arcade” (Broken Arrow, 1996).
    4) Buddy Guy – “Moanin’ & Groanin'” (Blues Singer, 2003).
    5) Indigo Girls – “Second Time Around” (Poseidon And The Bitter Bug, 2009).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • D. ‘Beauty’ Bancroft

    Fred Eaglesmith, “Blue Tick Hound” – one of those misleading rousing songs at the beginning of a mostly doleful roots-rock album

    Dave Frishberg, “Van Lingle Mungo” – the classic of old-timey baseball names turned into cool jazz vocalese. I have no knowledge of any other Dave Frishberg songs.

    Dead Meadow, “Let It All Pass” – this is the last song on the Feathers album and is not exactly a climax. I like this album a lot but it would be nice if the songs weren’t so similar.

    Sarah Vaughan, “De Gas Pipe She’s Leakin’ Joe” – Fortunately Sarah Vaughan did not spent much time doing this sort of novelty calypso crap or whatever the hell this is.

    The Fall, “Hotel Bloedel” – this song and “Garden” exemplify the weirdest album of their classic period, Perverted By Language. Combines catchiness and dystopia.

  • Phil

    Gillian Welch, “Revelator”

    Glen Phillips does a mean cover of “Revelator” on Unlucky 7. And he has covered “One More Dollar” more than a few times live.

  • Mordalo

    No way. I don’t have Dre’s work ethic.