The Friday Five: January 25, 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:

“My Enemy” by The Afghan Whigs (from Black Love, 1996)

Hey, remember last week when I was so consumed with my day job that I completely bailed on you guys? Yeah, I won’t do that again (until the next time I do it again.) This tune kind of fits my mood at the moment. There are few songwriters who can capture a character as well as Greg Dulli. He manages to infuse even his most villainous subjects with a familiarity that makes the listener relate, and see a bit of the villain in themselves. This tune was a staple of 2012 reunion tour and packs even more of a punch live. A part of me really hopes that last year’s tour isn’t the last we hear from the Whigs, though if it is they still have left a hell of a legacy.

“Looking Back (feat. K’Naan)” by Keane (from Night Train, 2010)

As much as I dig K’Naan, I can’t get down with this collaboration. Tom Chaplin’s vocals are anemic in contrast to the bombast of the Rocky-esque horn line, and K’Naan’s feature seems forced.

“Song of Our Country” by Miles Davis (from Sketches of Spain (disc 1), 2009)

This Gil Evans-penned tune didn’t make it to the final record. I imagine it was cut due to running time, as it fits perfectly in the overall theme of the record. Sketches has never been my favorite Davis record, but I do enjoy listening to it from time to time.

“Who Loves You” by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (from Anthology, 1988)

I feel like I should know this song better than I do. It feels familiar, yet I can’t say that I’ve (knowingly) heard it before today. It’s not awful, but it is failing to inspire much prose.

“My Camera Never Lies” by Bucks Fizz (from Top of the Pops 1982, 2008)

You know, this Five started out with so much promise. This is a harmless bit of ’80s pop, complete with the prerequisite blips, bleeps, and flanged effects. Man, you never know what you are going to get when you hit the shuffle button.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Anberlin – “Down” (Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place, 2010)
    Acoustic-based number from one of my guilty pleasures, although Dave Grohl recently said there should be no such thing is a guilty pleasure. You should simply like what you like. I like that idea.

    King’s X – “Everywhere I Go” (Faith Hope Love, 1990)
    A low-key, laid-back, soulful track from a band that I definitely feel no guilt for liking. I adore Ty Tabor’s guitar solo and his volume swells in the breakdown immediately following. The first 4 King’s X albums should be required listening for any rock fan. Since it’s rainy and dreary here, I’m hoping this mellower mood holds out through my entire Five.

    Jughead – “Yesterday I Found Myself” (Jughead, 2002)
    So we move from mellow to a slow-tempo psychedelic groove (featured previously in this Five) from this Ty Tabor side-project. That is until we hit the chorus, which is pure sugar-coated power pop. I can deal.

    KISS – “Black Diamond” (Alive!, 1975)
    Another slow-starting rocker that needs no introductions. My brother and I used to pretend to be KISS along with some friends and “perform” certain cuts from Alive! on tennis rackets and pillows for drums. “Black Diamond” was our encore and was fully choreographed, complete with a “salute a rising American flag” ending. Not too different from how I would imagine an actual KISS concert.

    Skillet – “Come On To The Future” (Invincible, 2000)
    …Aaaaand the mood is totally ruined. And I was really enjoying this Five, too. I used to really like the Memphis-based CCM act Skillet when they were a heavy 3-piece band produced at Ardent Studios. Then they moved to a more industrial NIN-ish sound, lost a couple of core members along the way, and evolved into a bleepy-bloopy, alt-industrial/electronica Christian FM praise band, not that there’s anything wrong with that if you’re into that sort of thing.

  • Rock_dawg

    “This Cowboy Song” – Sting, Fields of Gold, The Best of…
    What was with Sting and all these songs with western themes or country styles in the 90’s? It’s not that I mind them (and they’re better than lute music), but it makes for odd stylistic detours on the albums.

    “Generique” – Vince Guaraldi Trio, Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus
    Such a distinct sound, I’m no piano or jazz expert but I’d know Guaraldi’s playing anywhere.

    “For Those Below” – Mumford & Sons, Babel
    This album has not captured my interest the way Sigh No More did.

    “Me & Mrs. Jones” – Billy Paul, Soul Men compilation
    Smoooooth. I remember hating this song when I was in my teens – maybe just an immature knee jerk reaction to it not being White Zombie or something. Somewhere along the way I’ve come to love it.

    “Albatross” – Fleetwood Mac, Good Morning Vietnam compilation
    Clearly the Beatles were fans of this track. I once heard a DJ drop this into the Abbey Road medley where “Sun King” goes – it was pretty awesome.

  • Rock_dawg

    “…there should be no such thing is a guilty pleasure. You should simply like what you like.”
    I’ve heard this sentiment expressed a few different places and I agree too. Besides, if you admit something’s a guilty pleasure, you’re obviously proud enough to admit you like it. But I still like the term.

  • Phil

    I like it, too. It’s an acknowledgement that you like something that you know (or feel) you really shouldn’t like, especially based what others perceive as your listening habits. I have a few of these: Anberlin, Mae, Counting Crows, just to name a few contemporary groups.

  • mc3

    “Who Loves You” by Frankie Valli is not on my iPod (although “My Eyes Adored You” is). For me, this is one of those sitting-in-the-backseat-of-my-parents-car-on-a-family -roadtrip tunes.

    Here are my five… have a greaat weekend, all!

    1. Sonny Landreth – “Native Son”, Grant Street (2003)
    Nice bluesy instrumental number from one of the best slide guitarists on the planet.

    2. Tina Turner – “Better Be Good To Me”, Simply the Best (1991)
    One of the few common-ground artists that my dance/pop-loving partner and I can agree on.

    3. Outback – “An Dro Nevez”, Baka (1988)
    Another instrumental… featuring acoustic guitar and didgeridoo. Very unique.

    4. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – “Woodstock”,So Far (1974)
    Inspiration for the modified version back in high school: “By the time we got to woodshop, we were half a dozen stoned”. Clever, huh?

    5. Bela Fleck & the Flecktones – “Stomping Grounds”, Live Art (1996)
    One more tasty instrumental to round out this week’s five. BF & the F’s also showed up on my five of 10-26-2012.

  • mc3

    Guity pleasure discussion reminds me of this scene from “Tommy Boy”…

  • Phil

    “By the time we got to woodshop, we were half a dozen stoned”. Clever, huh?

    Do you still have all your fingers?! You’re a braver man than me.

  • Phil

    Ha! Love it!

  • Mordalo

    No hype, no prelude, straight into the Five!

    1) Willie Bobo – Friend Neckbones and Home Fries
    Starting off the Five this week with a fine bit of Jazz. Always did like this song, and since it’s nearly lunchtime, it’s making me hungry!

    2) Oingo Boingo – Wild Sex (in the Working Class)
    And the Infamous Five Whiplash starts. Ain’t nothing wrong with a little Boingo on a Friday…or Wild Sex for that matter.

    3) The Alan Parsons Project – Mammagamma
    Rounding the curve into a little Instrumental APP. Got this one off the Works compilation. So far, so good…

    4) Harry Belafonte – Try to Remember
    SIGH. I have always loved Harry Belafonte. I listened to him as a kid, got into him again thanks to Beetlejuice, and still listen to this day. His take on this song is so beautiful.

    5) Tom Waits – The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
    And then there’s Tom Waits. Unique does not begin to describe him. I’ll leave you with his appearance on Fernwood Tonight…if you don’t get it by then, you never will. Have a great weekend, folks!

  • Keith

    This might be one of my Top 5 “Top 5’s”:

    “I Think I Smell a Rat” WHITE STRIPES & REDD KROSS from Redd Blood Cells. — it took balls to add a bassline and guitars to an already perfect song, but damn doesn’t it work.

    “Hot Shots (Goldentone Studio Version)” AGAINST ME! from Black Crosses — my favorite rock band of the past decade gets their Flogging Molly on in this outtake.

    “Eh Eh (Pet Shop Boys Remix)” LADY GAGA — her remix discs can be a bit tepid, but the PSB’s really pump up this otherwise forgettable track from the divine Mother Monster.

    “Goodbye Earl” ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES — this Dixie Chicks cover becomes a perfectly awesome punk anthem.

    “Every Day of the Week” JADE — This slick, not half bad, R&B cut could have only wound up on my iPod through the tireless research and editorial prowess of Dave Steed and Bottom Feeders — I Heart Popdose!

  • MC_Snocap

    Suddenly I want to youtube up “Who Loves You”. Not for the chorus, and I can’t even recall a verse, but the bridge sticks in the memory as urgency coming out of nowhere. BTW, everyone I know who has seen Jersey Boys raves about it but has little to say about it beyond “The music…!” Any fivers out there have an opinion?

    1. “What’s Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song) (LeBlanc Remix)” by Living Colour (2002, off Vivid reissue)

    2. “Why Don’t We Live Together?” by Pet Shop Boys (1986, Please)

    3. “Shake It Up” by The Cars (1981, Shake It Up)

    4. “Beetlebum” by Blur (1997, off The Best of Blur)

    5. “Glass Onion” by The Beatles (1968, The Beatles)

  • Rock_dawg

    Saw Jersey Boys a couple of years ago and yeah, the big take away is how great the Four Seasons songs are. I didn’t think the story was anything special: your typical rise/fall/redemption in the music business tale, but the songs keep it light and breezy and the cast I saw were very good.

  • Mordalo

    I hear “albatross” and it takes me right to the old Monty Python sketch…

  • Rock_dawg

    Yeah, I can’t read the word without hearing John Cleese calling it.

  • MB

    Gregg Allman – Sweet Feelin’ (Playing Up A Storm, 1977)

    Crosby & Nash – Southbound Train (Graham Nash/David Crosby, 1972)

    Damien Rice – I Remember (O, 2002)

    Keri Leigh – Here’s Your Mop Mr. Johnson, 1995 (Last Soul Company, 1999)

    Jackson Browne – The Drums Of War (Time The Conqueror, 2008)

  • Michael Parr

    Wait, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes covered … oh wait, it’s in my library.

  • Michael Parr

    Yeah, “Who Loves You” definitely reeks of the back seat of my parent’s Grand Torino, as well.

  • Michael Parr

    That is the third time this week that I’ve heard the name Skillet despite never hearing of this group before this week. Odd.

  • Michael Parr

    That breakdown is worth the price of admission.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Let’s see what gets served up this snowy evening

    1. “July Jones” by the New Pornographers from Electric Version. Typically delightful pop song

    2. “1984” by Van Halen from 1984. True story – held off on buying this until the day I graduated from high school in 1984 then played it right before heading to the ceremony. Moral: I was a reel geek then and now I’m an old geek

    3. “House of Cards” by Robert Plant from Band of Joy. He got some really fine musicians and material for this record. Here they do a Richard Thompson song w/the great Buddy Miller on guitar

    4. “I’m Movin’ On (Live)” by Emmylou Harris from the Warner/Reprise Anthology. Originally recorded for her live album Last Date. Man, I love her.

    5. “Girls Got Rhythm” by AC/DC from Highway to Hell. From the sublime to, um, not sublime but fun none the less

    Hope you hear something great this weekend!

  • jcb7472

    “Chasing a Ghost” by The Morning Benders (Talking Through Tin Cans, 2008). Good song by the California indie band that changed their name to POP ETC. Really builds up at the end of the track.

    “Consoler of the Lonely” by The Raconteurs (Consolers of the Lonely, 2008)…2nd album title track from one of Jack White’s bands

    “Sweet Sunshine” by Beck (Mellow Gold, 1994)…back when Beck first came on the scene and had kind of a punk rock attitude.

    “Let the Good Times Roll” by Bahamas (Pink Strat, 2009). Bahamas is a Canadian singer-songwriter that has worked with artists such as Feist. He just put out a second album last year. His sound is laid-back in the vein of his Brushfire Records counterpart Jack Johnson.

    “The Video Dept.” by The Radio Dept (Clinging to a Scheme, 2010). Can’t ever get enough of this Swedish indie rock/dream pop band. Their songs are haunting. I really want to catch them live if they ever come to Florida.

  • EightE1

    Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, “But I Do”

    2Pac (w/ Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman), “California Love”

    Rickie Lee Jones, “Jolie Jolie”

    REM, “Bad Day”

    Sly & the Family Stone, “Runnin’ Away”

  • Ernie G

    It’s a day late but let’s not get hidebound by convention:

    Tulare Dust – Merle Haggard & The Strangers

    Udenfor – Søren Kragh-Jacobsen & Leif Lindskov (from 1975 – the Danish English Dan & John Ford Coley, if you imagine such a thing)

    Suena Ahora – Michi Sarmiento y Su Combo Brava (Colombian cumbia music from the 1960s)

    Blame it on the Boogie – The Jacksons

    Ruby Ann – The Willis Brothers

  • D. ‘Beauty’ Bancroft

    Very metallic five this week.

    System of a Down – “Soil” (s/t, 1998)
    Not one of their more memorable songs, but massively energizing.

    Immortal – “Tyrants” (Sons of Northern Darkness, 2002)
    I don’t feel guilty about liking this better than their authentic black metal stuff. There were a lot of better black metal bands in the mid-90s. This is a good niche for them.

    Erick Sermon ft Keith Murray – “Hostile” (No Pressure, 1993)
    This is a classic. Contains several catchphrases. But I haven’t heard all the mediocre Erick Sermon and/or Keith Murray songs compared to which it’s a classic, so who am I to say. Another potential source of guilt.

    Counting Crows – “Mr. Jones” (August and Everything After, 1993)

    Sha la la etc.

    The Working Poor – “Damned Disgrace” (New Wealth, 2003)
    Pittsburgh retro-indie folk band that opened for everybody. Their songs were perfectly shaped, but seemed to go on forever live, so it would have been good if they had graduated to being a headliner.

  • gazill

    Keep Yourself Alive (Long Lost Retake) – Queen

    Ruben – Johnny Guitar Watson

    White Riot – The Clash

    Dicktaphone – Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson

    Highway Star – Deep Purple

  • Matthew Underhill

    I keep wanting to participate in these threads, but I always forget. I’ll do it now, even though it’s Monday. Oops.
    Pulp – “Mile End” (Different Class Deluxe Edition)
    R.E.M. – “Bad Day [Outtake]” (And I Feel Fine: The Best of the Early Years)
    Belle and Sebastian – “Me and the Major” (If You’re Feeling Sinister)
    Jimmy Eat World – “Cautioners” (Bleed American Deluxe Edition)
    Scala & Colacny Brothers – “Life on Mars” (On The Rocks)