The Friday Five: January 18, 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:

I have so much I want to say about the following five tunes. Unfortunately, my schedule today won’t allow for that, so I’m reserving the right to come back and revisit this Friday Five when I have time later tonight. — MP

“Sophisticuffs (rehearsal outtake)” by Uncle Skeleton (from Sophisticuffs, 2012)

“Joy (second version)” by John Coltrane (from The Classic Quartet: The Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings (disc 7), 1998)

“Crusin'” by Smokey Robinson (from Can You Dig It? The ’70s Soul Experience (disc 6), 2001)

“The Deathless Horsie” by Frank Zappa (from Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar (disc 2), 2012)

“Cherry Red” by The Guggenheim Grotto (from This Time Around, 2012)

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    The Beatles – “Things We Said Today” (A Hard Day’s Night (UK Release), 1964)
    Love this McCartney-penned jangly Beatles tune.

    Glen Phillips – “Far Away” (The Unreleased Songs Compilation, 1st Edition, Disc 1)
    Live performance (from March 2001 as best as I can uncover) of a song Glen has yet to release from a fan-compiled collection of such tunes. While not one of his best performances (the guitar playing starts to get somewhat sloppy toward the end), Glen, as always, is great live.

    AC/DC – “Let Me Put My Love Into You” (Back in Black, 1980)
    Classic AC/DC in all its unsubtle glory. What can I say about Back in Black that hasn’t been said before? One of the best rock albums ever made, and one heck of a brave move to introduce a new vocalist to replace one as iconic as Bon Scott.

    Anthrax – “Indians” (Among the Living, 1987)
    Among the Living was Anthrax’s breakthrough album and is arguably one of their best releases, becoming a thrash classic. “Indians” finds the band at its most socially aware and politically correct, an acknowledgement of the mistreatment and disrespect of America’s native peoples, and it quickly became one of their most popular songs and a concert staple. Ironically, then (and current) frontman Joey Belladonna, himself part Native American (Iroquois to be exact), often donned a “skateboard” cap with “INJUN” scrawled across the turned-up bill and wore a full Native American ceremonial headdress during the performance of the song. While I absolutely love the song (and the album, and even the band at the time), as an admitted American Native American history buff, I sometimes wonder about the sincerity of the sentiment, especially given its inclusion alongside tracks about comic book characters, drug-abusing comedians, and “poser” rock stars.

    Queensrÿche – “Some People Fly” (Hear in the Now Frontier, 1997)
    HitNF gets panned a lot, but I quite like this song. It just seems Queensrÿche began to lose its way during the grunge and post-grunge movements and the upheaval they caused in the music industry.

  • mc3

    1. Elton John “The Bitch is Back”, Greatest Hits 1970-2002 (2002)

    2. Don Henley “Boys of Summer”, Building the Perfect Beast (1984)

    3. ZZ Top “Rough Boy”, Greatest Hits (1992)
    Wow. On this track, released in 1986, Billy Gibbons sounds like he’s trying to sing like Don Henley. Wonder if I would have thought that if this five came about in a different order?

    4. America “You Can Do Magic”, Definitive America (2001)
    One of my testicles slowly deflated while listening to this one.

    5. Peter Frampton “Wind of Change” Wind of Change (Reissue Version) (2000)
    Title track from Frampton’s first solo album, originally released in 1972 – fresh after leaving Humble Pie.

  • Rock_dawg

    I shall be checking back for your update, Michael. Of course, I always end up coming back multiple times on a Friday to see what everyone is listening to…

    “Girls Know How” – Al Jarreau, Night Shift soundtrack
    One of my go-to comedy movies (I miss manic Michael Keaton), even if this song scores a clichéd “people trying on clothes” montage. Whether a collaboration between Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager & David Foster is a match made in early 80’s pop heaven or soft-rock hell is up to you. My affection for the movie clouds my judgement.

    “In Your Light” – Gotye, Making Mirrors
    One of the stand out songs from one of my favourite albums of last year – although technically a 2011 release. A joyous little ditty.

    “Elusive Dreams” – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, Nancy & Lee
    Once you get used to Lee’s croaking, this is a fantastic album.

    “Pacific Coast Highway” – The Beach Boys, That’s Why God Made The Radio
    One of the prettiest melodies on an album full of them.

    “Missing Person” – Split Enz, True Colours
    My five last week ended with the Finn’s too! The only Enz album I own (on the
    cool looking laser etched vinyl) other than a best of CD. Quirky, but solid new wave.

    Have a good weekend, Fivers.

  • MC_Snocap

    1) Puffy AmiYumi, “Your Love Is a Drug” (2003, NICE.)
    “Knock me off my feet / Make my worries obsolete”. Obsolete?!? Can’t write it off to awkward translators; this one’s Andy Sturmer through and through. Time for a google search to find if any other pop lyrics have ever included That Word.

    2) Talking Heads, “Warning Sign” (1978, More Songs About Buildings and Food)
    Not their most familiar melody. Still interesting and current-sounding though.

    3) Runaways UK, “Levitation” (1998, off On the Floor at the Boutique)
    Shortened remix (feat. Cyclops 4000 – love that name) from a dance comp that doesn’t stand on its own especially well.

    4) Ursula 1000, “Polyblend” (2000, All Systems Are Go Go)
    Another dance comp refugee. Last in the mix. Surely intentional.

    5) Duran Duran, “Girls on Film” (1981, off Greatest)
    Honestly? This sounds great. In their prime I wrote off DD as opportunists, out to cash in fashion and estrogen. Which isn’t entirely untrue, I suppose, just not the full story.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Working from home today, so here’s a little lunchtime five:

    1. “Night” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street
    Band from MetLife 9/21/12 – the second of three shows and had a very strong

    2. “Hotel Illness” by The Black Crowes from The
    Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.
    Nice and sleazy. My favorite song
    on this record

    3. “I’ve Got A Feeling” by the Beatles from Let It
    Be – Naked. Paul & John like in the
    old days. This track didn’t need to be
    as “cleaned up” as some of the others but the remaster sounded great.

    4. “Billy the Kid” by Tom Petty and the
    Hearbreakers from the Live Anthology.
    Tom’s forgotten album. This is
    the only track from the record on this 5 CD set, and I haven’t watched it in a
    while, but I don’t think it’s mentioned at all in the Runnin’ Down a Dream
    documentary. I think I read something that because it was done during his
    divorce, he doesn’t really like the record.

    5. “sunrise eyes” by Matthew Sweet from Sunshine
    Lies. This is a really good record

  • mc3

    I feel like there’s another “obsolete” song out there… it’s faintly in my head but I can’t put my finger on it. Couldn’t find it on the web, either….

  • mc3

    I feel like there’s another “obsolete” song out there… it’s faintly in my head but I can’t put my finger on it. Couldn’t find it on the web, either….

  • MC_Snocap

    Shows what I know: four songs titled “Obsolete”. Fear Factory, Sara Groves, Saves the Day, and Mute Math. Game over, man – game over.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Indigo Girls — “Closer To Fine” (1200 Curfews, 1995).
    2) Cyrus Chestnut — “Blues From The East” (Earth Stories, 1995).
    3) Patty Griffin — “Long Ride Home” (1000 Kisses, 2002).
    4) Jimi Hendrix — “Stone Free” (Live From The Fillmore East, 1999).
    5) Patty Griffin — “Be Careful” (1000 Kisses, 2002).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • MB

    Rusty Wier – Silly Rhymes (Black Hat Saloon, 1976)

    Who – The Real Me (Quadrophenia, 1973)

    Jeff Beck – Freeway Jam (Blow By Blow, 1975)

    Decemberists – Rox In The Box (The King Is Dead, 2011)

    Outlaws – So Afraid (Hurry Sundown, 1977)

  • D. ‘Beauty’ Bancroft

    The Sugarcubes – “Bee” – from Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! my favorite album of theirs by far. A transitional album between weird and commercial. Another band whose best album is transitional in that way is the Wolfgang Press.

    Cheap Trick – “Lookout” – one that I always forget from Live At Budokan. Super fun.

    Bembeya Jazz National – “NDiamano” – for a while there was a blog that posted tons and tons of music from Benin. The message it sent was that the tiny country of Benin produced over half of the music West Africa produced in the 60s, 70s and 80s. This song is one of the most boring of the bunch.

    Classified – “Used To Be” – it is suspicious when a rapper puts out this many albums, even if he comes from an exciting place like Nova Scotia that no doubt provides infinite source material. This song is perfectly typical of the man’s work.

    Guided By Voices – “Unshaven Bird” – tied with half of the 100 songs on “Suitcase” for the title of least memorable song on “Suitcase”.

  • Mordalo

    Alas, today has been incredibly hectic. My day is done, I’m home, earphones in and just relaxing. I think I’ll keep the ‘brief’ theme going on here today, but I’ll check in over the weekend to see what others are saying.

    1) The Band – The Weight
    Good song to just kick back and relax with. I’m doing just that.

    2) Pat Benatar – Promises in the Dark
    How can she hold that last note?

    3) Three Dog Night – Celebrate
    I used to think of parodies of this song with words that ended in “ate”. Yes, I used that word too.

    4) Celia Cruz – Guantanamera
    Ah, a true classic!

    5) Wyclef Jean – Gone Till November
    Ironic. Wyclef did a “cover” of Guantanamera. Funny that.

    Gonna go chill, kids. I get the feeling I was supposed to do something else this week, but for the life of me, I don’t remember what it was. Oh, well.

  • Mordalo

    S’funny. I’ve had America’s Daisy Jane stuck in my brain the last couple weeks, and have been hunting their Definitive disc. My apologies for the deflated testicle.

  • Mordalo

    +1 for having an Outlaws track in your Five.

  • EightE1

    James Brown, “Get on the Good Foot.” Que passa, people, que pasa, HIT ME!

    The Roots, “Step into the Realm.” From The Roots Come Alive. Emcees out there, y’all better stand clear — Roots crew will be your world premiere.

    Elvis Presley, “Long Tall Sally.” From On Stage. 1970 Elvis, still trim, but starting to get a little jowly.

    Ryan Adams, “New York, New York.” And love don’t play any games with me anymore like she did before.

    Colin Meloy, “Engine Driver.” And if you don’t love me, let me go.