The Friday Five: January 31, 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:

“Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses (from Can’t Hardly Wait, 1998)

Wasn’t 1998 too early to be ironically listening to Guns N’ Roses? At any rate, I’m scratching my head a bit as I think that this might be the first time G N’ R has shuffled up on a Friday Five. To be fair, their space in my library is pretty limited, (as they really only have two records—three if you count Use Your Illusions twice—and an EP) but well-loved all the same. I wore out at least three copies of Appetite for Destruction in the late ’80s, and my CD copy is holding on for dear life.

“Don’t Mean Nothing” by Richard Marx (from Greatest Hits, 1997)

Marx may be unilaterally relegated to the “wuss rock” category, but some of his up tempo numbers were just as strong as the ballads. “Don’t Mean Nothing” is definitely a decent pop-rock tune. Side note: if you haven’t followed him on Twitter, do so. He’s definitely entertaining (at times.)

“Desire” by The Gaslight Anthem (from Handwritten, 2012)

As much as I loved The ’59 Sound, I found the follow-up, American Slang, a bland—admittedly, by comparison—effort. Handwritten went a long way to bring back the heart of the band, without the overt Springsteen worship. Unfortunately, by the time it came out I had already moved on. I’ll have to go back and dig into this record again.

“December 4th” by Danger Mouse (from The Grey Album, 2004)

The mash-up record that made Danger Mouse a star (yep!) producer/artist. Which reminds me, he just dropped a new Broken Bells record that I have to check out. Word is there is another Gnarls Barkley record in the making, as well. Dude’s busy.

“Undressed” by White Town (from Women in Technology, 1997)

It’s a song from that guy who sang that song about being your woman. I’m pretty sure that almost no one listened past “Your Woman,” and judging by the fact that White Town was just another ’90s one hit wonder, I’d say I’ve got good empirical data to back that up. It’s too bad, actually, as this record had a few decent tunes on it. You know, other than that one where that guy sings about being your woman.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Rock_dawg

    “Calling Elvis” – Dire Straits, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of…
    “Feelin’ Alright” – Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs and Englishmen: 35th Anniversary Edition
    “Days Go By” – Keith Urban, Greatest Hits: 18 Kids
    “Sunrise” – Simply Red, 25: The Greatest Hits
    “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” – Gordon Lightfoot, All Live

    Not much to say about these five, apart from the fact that I like ‘em all.
    “Sunrise”, based on Hall & Oates classic “I Can’t Go For That”, may be the only example of writing a new song on top of another song (’cause that’s way beyond sampling) that I can think of. But other than about half of Rihanna’s hits, I can’t think of any others right now…

    Happy weekend, Fivers!

  • 1001Songs

    1. Steve Earle ” I Still Carry You Around” (El Corazon,1997) Recorded with The Del McCoury Band and part of that streak of great Steve Earle albums

    2.Yoko Ono “Yang Yang” (Approximately Infinite Universe, 1973) So ahead of her time that when this 40 year old song was remixed for the 21st century dance floor, it was a Top 20 hit

    3.The Who “You Better You Bet” (Face Dances, 1981) the album was a hit but if you listen to Empty Glass you can understand while some thought Townshend was hoarding the best songs for his solo albums

    4.Echo and the Bunnymen “Foggy Notion” (Fifteen Minutes: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground, 1994) College Radio faves from mid 80’s cover a tune played on college radio in the mid-80’s thanks to the release of the two Velvet Underground outtake albums.

    5. The Go-Betweens “The Clock” ( Friends of Rachel Worth, 2000) The baddest riff the Go-Be’s ever recorded, possible thanks to session help from members of Portland indie bands Quasi and Sleater-Kinney.Go Hawks!

  • Phil

    Leaving Araby – “I Hurt. Can I Hurt You?” (Slightly South of Scene, 2006)
    If you can get past the monotonous refrain “I’m not quite sure what you’re waiting for,” this is a great track from this indie band’s 5-song debut EP.

    U2 – “Love and Peace or Else” (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 2004)
    Despite my waning interest in U2 by this point, I thought HTDAAB was quite a good album. This however is not one of my favorites.

    Tool – “Faaip De Oiad” (Lateralus, 2001)
    OK, so this isn’t a real track, but it totally freaked me out the first time I heard it.

    King’s X – “Pray” (Live Love in London, 2010)
    30 plus years on, and this trio shows it still has the chops in this 2009 show at the Electric Ballroom in London. Need proof? Watch the show here.

    Jars of Clay – “Crazy Times” (The White Elephant Sessions, 2000)
    A (very polished) demo version of the lead single from Jars of Clay’s second album Much Afraid from a demos and rarities companion piece to their 1999 third album If I Left the Zoo. Over the years, The White Elephant Sessions has actually become one of my favorite “albums” from the band.

  • Phil

    “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses (from Can’t Hardly Wait, 1998)

    I used to love me some Guns N’ Roses back in the day.

    “Don’t Mean Nothing” by Richard Marx (from Greatest Hits, 1997)

    I used to love me some Richard Marx back in the day.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Danilo Perez — “Rhythm In Blue Suite: Playground” (Central Avenue, 1998).
    2) Neil Young — “Imagine” (America: A Tribute To Heroes, 2001).
    3) Nanci Griffith — “This Heart” (Flyer, 1994).
    4) Bonnie Raitt — “Kokomo” (Road Tested, 1995).
    5) Dixie Chicks — “Favorite Year” (Taking The Long Way, 2006).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • drxl

    “The Sound” (6:44) Reese: KMS
    25th Anniversary Classics: 2.5 Decades Of Techno, 1987.

    Thanks to the Djay app I have been dabbling again in mixing house music,
    and even though I have only done it in public a couple of times, I always
    try to mix some really old school stuff and this is one of my faves for
    doing so. A true dancefloor classic by the legendary Kevin Saunderson, it
    has been sampled and sampled, over and over again, so that if you listen
    to the original you keep expecting it to turn into another song.

    “Not In Love” (3:46) Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith, 2010.

    I do not know how Robert Smith has managed to stay relevant, even if The
    Cure no longer is, but this is just great. I hope he now collaborates with
    Trust, that would be great, wouldn’t it?

    “Addiction” (3:39) Cassie ft. French Montana: RockaByeBaby, 2013

    The production behind this one is amazing, and I just love Cassie’s voice
    and style (but could well do without French Montana’s rap for sure). I
    have not been able to identify the procer, but I wish I could program
    beats like these. You can download the whole mixtape for free here:

    “Like Snow In Her Hand” (3:44) Hedon Cries: The End of the Path is Nigh, 2011

    Greek melodic death metal. Not a bad album, but this track in particular
    is not very good. Download the whole album for free here:

    “Utah in Pictures” (3:28) Cut Your Hair, 2012

    Indie pop! Catchy as hell! Debut single from this band from Anserall, in
    the Pyrenees. This came out a couple of years ago on Mushroom Pillow, one
    of the coolest indie labels in Spain. Check the rest of their catalogue.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Shuffling while running on fumes:

    1. “Presence of the Lord” by Blind Faith from the self-titled record.

    2. “Candyman” by the Grateful Dead from American Beauty. Can’t claim to be a Dead fan by any stretch, and only have a couple of their records, but American Beauty does it for me.

    3. “Heaven That I’m Making” by Crowded House from the North American Travelogue 2010 live record. If you’re into any of Neil Finn’s work with Split Enz and Crowded House this record’s a keeper. I think he’s got a new one out or on the way.

    4. “My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine)” by The Beach Boys from the SMiLE box set. Genius

    5. “Fade Away” by Bruce Springsteen from The River – unfortunately I am on the verge of fading away.