The Friday Five: January 24, 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:

“Come Rain or Come Shine” by Don Henley (from The Unplugged Collection, Volume 1, 1994)

Pardon my French: what a giant steaming pile of horse shit. If I recall correctly, I purchased this collection for McCartney’s unplugged take on “We Can Work it Out,” and Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Pride and Joy.” The rest is a mish-mash of (some of) the biggest names to grace the MTV program, missing some of the best performances to come from the show.

“i n i” by Amel Larrieux (from Infinite Possibilities, 2000)

I adore Amel’s voice. She is likely the most underappreciated vocalist of our time.

“Disappearing” by Peter Murphy (from Cascade, 1995)

Meth is a hell of a drug.

“Grey Street” by Dave Matthews Band (from 2010-10-14: DMB Live Trax, Volume 27: Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina (disc 1), 2013)

Why do I own so damnned many DMB records? The answer is easy: occastionally there are performances that exceed the recorded versions of well-worn tunes.

“Why Can’t I Be You?” by The Cure (from Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, 1987)

My toddler loves The Cure. I can’t explain it, but whenever they shuffle up he starts dancing.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • jhallCORE

    1) Luther Allison — “Cherry Red Wine” (Live In Chicago, 1999).
    2) Buddy Guy — “Sally Mae” (Blues Singer, 2003).
    3) Buddy Guy and Junior Wells — “High Heel Sneakers” (Alone And Acoustic, 1991).
    4) Public Enemy — “Can’t Truss It” (Apocalypse ’91: The Enemy Strikes Black, 1991).
    5) Nirvana — “Tourette’s” (From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah, 1996).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Phil

    Slammed at work today, so this will be a short on commentary…

    Joe Satriani – “Secret Prayer” (Crystal Planet, 1998)
    I started losing interest in Joe somewhere around this time. Not sure why now that I listen back to this. The man has such great phrasing and taste in his selection of notes.

    Queensrÿche – “Spreading the Disease” (Operation: Mindcrime, 1988)
    OK, joke’s over. Can I have this version of Queensrÿche back now, please?!

    Anthrax – “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” (I’m the Man [EP], 1987)
    Anthrax is one of the best cover bands around.

    Ginger Wildheart – “Unlucky in Love” (Potatoes and You, 2011)
    Live acoustic cover of a song that came out of Ginger’s Clam Abuse project with Alex Cane of Life, Sex & Death. More from Ginger’s Bandcamp store where you can purchase the “album”:

    Recorded at TJ’s in Newport, Wales during an acoustic tour in 2005, this album was released as a tour only CD, and was sold on subsequent acoustic tours, but never in shops or iTunes. Now deleted, we want to make the recording available to everyone.

    Tommy Stinson – “Something’s Wrong” (Village Gorilla Head, 2004)
    Tommy runs hot and cold with me. I think I remember not liking this whole album much despite quite a few good songs and a couple of excellent ones.

  • gthradecky

    It’s a weird one this week –

    1) “Second Hand Rose” Fanny Brice – This is when I thought I should get in to ‘Old-Timey’ music but not like the hipster approved T-Bone Burnett curated stuff – One step removed and one step more obscure ergo one step more hipster – I’m terrible

    2) “Loco Man” The Folksmen – From the soundtrack to ‘A Mighty Wind’ it’s a good tongue in cheek run through on what was considered in the past, dude, the song is offensive as f**k no way around it

    3) “Fire Fly” Childish Gambino – Hey, it’s hip-hop I don’t need a lobotomy to listen to!

    4) “Ghost on the Canvas” Glenn Campbell – Good album. Goin’ out with class!

    5) “Sir Duke” Stevie Wonder – For the first time since ….. 1977? I think I’m getting tired of this song :(

  • jcb7472

    Guided by Voices: “Quiet Game” (English Little League, 2013)
    Crocodiles: “You are Forgiven” (Endless Flowers, 2012)
    Albert Hammond Jr.: “Call an Ambulance” (Yours to Keep, 2006)
    Black Sheep: “Strobelite Honey” (A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, 1991)
    Smashing Pumpkins: “Rocket” (Siamese Dream, 1993)

    Have a great weekend y’all!

  • Michael Parr

    If you dig Childish Gambino I heartily recommend you check out Chance the Rapper. He put out a brilliant mixtape last year called Acid Raps.

  • Rock_dawg

    “All I Need Is A Miracle ’96” – Mike + The Mechanics, Greatest Hits
    I have no idea why this exists. There is no drastic change from the charming, but fluffy original, except that I think it runs a little longer with a different guitar solo.

    “10538 Overture” – Electric Light Orchestra, American Hustle soundtrack
    I remember when I first heard this track and being surprised at how heavy it was – at least for a kid who really only knew ELO from the Xanadu soundtrack and songs like “Telephone Line” and “Strange Magic”. And thanks to this great soundtrack, I don’t have to do a vinyl rip to listen to it at work.

    “The Day The Light Went Out” – Genesis, Extra Tracks 1976-1982
    Originally the B-side of “Many Too Many” in 1978. Pretty interchangeable with some of the weaker moments on And Then There Were Three, which I always found to be their coldest sounding album.

    “Everyday” – James Taylor, That’s Why I’m Here
    I have a soft spot for JT’s arrangement of this Buddy Holly classic. It has some nice punch for the middle eight…in an 80’s soft rock kind of way.

    “Speed Demon (Remix by Nero)” – Michael Jackson, Bad 25
    Pppffftttt! Why would you remix one of Bad’s filler tracks? Too intimidated to take on a hit?

    Happy weekend, Fivers!

  • Rock_dawg

    “Can I have this version of Queensrÿche back now, please?!”
    Agreed. Mindcrime is why I’m a fan.

  • gthradecky

    Thanks for the Chance the Rapper tip! I have the album on the pile of ‘BS I’m gonna listen to’ but it’s a BIG list and I’ll get to it oh, in October at the earliest! ;)

  • Phil

    I was a fan way before then, all the way back to when they were a NWOBHM-inspired Dungeons & Dragons imagery band. But I feel I need to qualify my statement at this point. I do not under any circumstances want the current Geoff Tate back in Queensrÿche. He’s lost his mind, his voice, his cred–everything. The reworked QR tracks on Frequency Unknown are terrible. Todd LaTorre does a great Tate impression, and he’s a much better singer at this point. I just can’t get too excited about it. QR really started losing its way back when Chris DeGarmo left. They should have just called it a day.

  • Rock_dawg

    Preaching to the choir here: I stopped actively following the band after Q2K. I only recently downloaded the LaTorre album and while my initial opinions are “not bad”, it doesn’t excite me much either.
    And to qualify my statement too: I only got into them shortly before Promised Land came out (too young for metal in the 80’s), but when I went back though the catalogue, Mindcrime is this album that made me go “Fuck yeah!” There’s good stuff before and after, but Mindcrime towers above for me.

  • 1001Songs

    1. Chic “Sometimes You Win” ( C’est Chic, 1978) from the same album as “Le Freak”

    2.Power Station “Murderess” (The Power Station,1985) you know Robert Palmer and two members of Duran Duran were in this super group but did you know the drummer was Tony Thompson of Chic?

    3. Matching Mole “Instant Pussy” ( Matching Mole, 1972) Matching Mole sounds like Machine Molle, french for Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt’s former band.

    4. The Monkees “Gravy” ( Head, 1968) a 7 second snippet of dialogue:” And I’d like a glass of cold gravy with a hair in it.”

    5, Young Fresh Fellows “This Little Mystery” ( The Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest, 1984) they sound just like who they were: a bunch of music geeks who worked in a record store called Cellophane Square by the U. of Washington

  • Ernie G

    1. It’s Growing – The Contours
    2. Big Me Go Fast On The Water – Bidiniband
    3. Reality Poem – Linton Kwesi Johnson
    4. Long Hot Summer – The Style Council
    5. Motel Blues – Loudon Wainwright III

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Serving up another cold, late night Five:

    1. “Pineapple Head” by Crowded House from Together Alone. I love Crowded House, and yet I rarely listen to this record

    2. “Lazy Sunday” by The Small Faces from Ogden’s Nut Gone Flakes. On the other hand, I like the Small Faces, but haven’t ever warmed up to this record all that much.

    3. “Streets of Fire” by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band from The Firecracker Night bootleg (Richfield Coliseum 12/31/78) Someone tossed a firecracker on stage and Springsteen gave him hell. If you google “Springsteen Firecracker Incident”, our buddy Pete Icke’s 30th anniversary writeup on the original home of the Five comes up fourth.

    4. “I Don’t Want To Fall In Love” by Sam Phillips from The Indescribable Wow. OK, a record I love and listen to pretty frequently. Her release last year, Push Any Button, seemed to fly under the radar, although Greg Kot thought it got shafted by not getting nominated for Pop Album of the year.

    5. “White Rabbit” by the Jefferson Airplane from The Monterrey International Pop Festival box set. A classic

    Stay warm!

  • EightE1

    What a week. Washing it down with some cheap beer and some music. A lost Friday, to be sure. All right, shuffle — whaddyagot?

    Derek & the Dominos, “I Looked Away.” Side One, Track One of the best-sequenced record ever. So soulful, the interplay between Clapton and the others, Bobby Whitlock in particular. Damn near perfect. Makes me wanna blow off the rest of this here shuffle and go listen to this in its entirety. But I won’t. Onward …

    Bobby Womack, “Communication.” The groove is nasty. The bass is nasty. Womack is nasty. “It’s not the generation that keep tearin’ down this nation.” Goddamn. Just wicked, wicked stuff. I need me some of this on vinyl.

    Toto, “Africa.” A song I love, but after Bobby Womack, it sounds like … well, like a buncha white studio musicians singing about Africa. Still, though … The way the chorus lifts the song is pure L.A. genius.

    Bee Gees, “Immortality (Demo).” A falsetto weeper from Tha Bruthahs Gibb, one they recorded with Celine Dion, but which I prefer in this version, sans Celine, who on her version sounds like a fourth Bee Gee, which makes things a little weird, cuz Andy was supposed to be the fourth Bee Gee, but Andy couldn’t be there to defend his roster spot. Come to think of it, Andy and Celine might’ve sounded pretty good together on this …

    Sammy Hagar, “Let Me Take You There.” One of Hagar’s unfortunate late-period quasi-covers. One of my least favorite songs from his Livin’ It Up record, which has nevertheless become a summer staple for me. Gimme enough tequila …