The Friday Five: July 12, 2013

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:

“You Always Say Goodnight, Goodnight” by The Juliana Theory (from Emotion Is Dead, 2000)

There are two bands from this era that I miss dearly: The Juliana Theory, and Flickerstick. Stylistically they were not all that similar, with Juliana Theory leaning more towards the Sunny Day Real Estate end of the spectrum, and Flickerstick more U2. Their respective career arcs, however, ended with similarly worded messages that summed up to “we’re going back to our familes and our day jobs.” The Juliana Theory did return, albeit breifly, for a reunion tour a few years back, playing Emotion Is Dead front to back to the thrill of their hardcore fanbase.

“360° (Natty prep)” by Timex Social Club (from Vicious Rumors, 1986)

Six minutes and twenty-eight seconds long and I can’t thnk of a damn thing to say about this tune. I love me some “Rumors,” though.

“(Not Just) Knee Deep” by Funkadelic (from Phat Trax: The Best of Old School, Volume 1, 1994)

Try as I might to enjoy this tune on its own merits, I can’t help but spin De La Soul’s “Me, Myself, and I” in my head. That decending/ascending lick is so stinkin’ infectious. Okay, now that I’m bobbing my head to it I can get down with the git down. Man, this track goes on forever. This might go down as the longest Friday Five in history. The Juliana Theory track clocked in a 9:30, the Timex Social Club was 6:28, and this monster right here is a mind-numbing 15:30. At this length I have time to nip off and get a cup off coffee. Maybe some tea and a sandwich. Mmm…

“That Girl’s a Man” by Jellyfish (from Fan Club (disc 1), 2002)

I want to start a Kickstarter to raise whatever amount of money it would take to get Jellyfish back together, who’s with me?

“Onamission” by Coldcut (from If Ya Can’t Stand Da Beatz, Git Outta Da Kitchen (disc 1), 1996)

I’ve made no bones about my love of mid-’90s EDM (we called it “techno” back then.) Coldcut, along with DJ Shadown, DJ Cam, DJ Food, and a handful of other artists we’re my go-to picks for many hours spent with the headphones on.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Ace Frehley – “New York Groove” (Ace Frehley, 1978)
    Although this is not the best track of the bunch, Ace’s was unquestionably the best of the KISS “solo” albums and some of his best work ever. I love imagining how pissed Gene and Paul must have been when this whole gimmick backfired on them.

    Sound City Players – “You Can’t Fix This” (Sound City: Real to Reel, 2013)
    Despite some of the panning of this album that I’ve heard and seen online, I really like it. This song is one of the stronger ones and does a good job of showcasing Stevie Nicks’ unique (although at times irritating) voice.

    Third Eye Blind – “Train in Vain” (Burning London: The Clash Tribute, 1999)
    I have a certain affinity for a good cover tune no matter the coverer or the coveree. I like this one.

    The Beatles – “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” (Acoustic Masterpieces: The Esher Demos, 1998)
    I love the version of this that ended up on the White Album, but this? As interesting as it is, not so much.

    Anberlin – “Feel Good Drag” (New Surrender, 2008)
    I was never really quite sure why Anberlin felt the need to rerecord this Never Take Friendship Personal tune, but vocalist Stephen Christian maintains that it was not a record label demand or a publicity stunt for their major label debut on Universal after their move from Tooth & Nail. I like the original better.

    It seems that my signing up for iTunes Match in the last week has had a positive effect on my iTunes. Here’s hoping it doesn’t get stuck in the same rut my recent Fives have been in lately. Have a great weekend, Fivers!

  • Rock_dawg

    “The Inner Child” – Mike Oldfield, Tubular Bells 3
    An ethereal almost operatic woman’s voice sings a wordless melody over a keyboard bed. Then Mike doubles the vocals with some wailing guitar to pretty cool effect.
    “We Don’t Talk Anymore” – Cliff Richard, Private Collection 1979-1988
    Is it kind of cheesy? Maybe, but I love this tune. I’ve been very nostalgic for early-eighties-light-pop lately.
    “A Good Omen” – Howard Shore, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    I loaded the ol’ work iPod up with a lot of movie scores this week. It’s made for a really different listening experience, since I think the soundtracks make up the majority versus regular songs.
    “Kung Fu Fight” – John Barry, The Man With The Golden Gun
    Not Barry’s greatest work.
    “I Will Find Him” – Hans Zimmer, Man Of Steel
    The use of percussion in this score is really cool (and it’s a who’s-who group of drummers too) but it becomes fatiguing when you listen to the whole album.

    With Cliff Richard the only traditional vocal track in the bunch, so ends a very different and instrumental Five for me. Have a great weekend, Fivers.

  • Rock_dawg

    “I love imagining how pissed Gene and Paul must have been when this whole gimmick backfired on them.”
    I’ve had this same thought and it has brought a smile to my face. I love KISS, but sometimes Gene’s ego gets too far ahead of him.

    I’ll back you up defending Sound City. There are a couple of so-so tracks on there, but it’s a great album with great collaborations. You don’t have to see the doc to hear how much fun these people are having working together. I’m a huge Fleetwood Mac fan, but not too big on Stevie Nicks. “You Can’t Fix This” is the best thing she’s done in decades!

  • 1001Songs

    1. Zeitgeist “Freight Train Rain” (Translate Slowly, 1985) Yes, I know they had to change their name to the Reivers but I’m old school. 1985 was a good year for sincere songs about rain.

    2. Los Amigos Invisibles “Quiero Desintegrar A Tu Novia” ( The New Sound of The Venezuelan Gozadera, 1998) Venezuelan funk from a band celebrated for their live shows

    3. Paul Revere and the Raiders “All I Really Need Is You” (Midnight Ride,1966) The Raiders could do it all. From the same album that spawned the hit single “Kicks”.

    4. Calvin Lee “Valley of Tears” ( Minit Records Story, 1994) Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew wrote this tune which was most likely produced by Allen Toussaint for the legendary New Orleans based R and B label.

    5. James Brown “Time Is Running Out” (The Payback, 1973) To these ears, this double album sounds inspired by Brown’s concert tour of Africa where he met Fela Kuti .This tune runs nearly 13 hypnotizing minutes in length.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Patty Griffin — “Ohio” (American Kid, 2013).
    2) Aimee Mann — “Momentum” (Magnolia soundtrack, 1999).
    3) Nanci Griffith — “Wimoweh” (Other Voices, Other Rooms, 1993).
    4) Sting — “Fortress Around Your Heart” (The Dream Of The Blue Turtles, 1985).
    5) R.L. Burnside — “When My First Wife Left Me” (Too Bad Jim, 1994).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • aryl watson

    1. Wet Hair – Teen Daze – (Japandroids cover) – ???
    Know almost nothing about Teen Daze, but turning a great garage rock song like Wet Hair into dreamy pop is no small feat – and it’s really good.

    2. www – Har Mar Superstar – Bye Bye 17
    Love me some Har Mar when he sings the songs he wrote for Britney, but this song has a 50’s girl group vibe – not my favorite.

    3. Enemy Gene (Featuring Janelle Monae) – False Priest.
    Love listening to Kevin Barnes. A little more laid back than other songs on the album. Still pretty good

    4. Blue Christmas – Low – Christmas
    Not sure how this one came up – It’s not Christmas & I hate Christmas. Low’s arrangement makes a sad song massively depressing. Not a bad thing in this case.

    5. If I Never See Your Face Again – Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
    Never understood the hate for Maroon 5. They’re not too innovative and Adam Levine appears to be an a-hole, but that fits 95% of the bands on the radio.

    Just missed Johnny by Craig David That dude is under rated!

  • Pete

    It’s been a hot minute since I shuffled up a Five… happy Friday!

    1. “San Juan” – Daniel Lanois (Shine)

    Some nice atmospheric stuff on this record.

    2. “Chitlin Con Carne” – Junior Wells (Hoodoo Man Blues)

    Reading Buddy Guy’s autobiography spurred me to get a hold of as much classic blues stuff as I could. Can’t go wrong with Junior & his harmonica.

    3. “A Little Bit of Soap” – De La Soul (3 Feet High and Rising) – Yes!! Even a 50 second snippet from this record brings a broad smile to my face.

    4. “I’m So Proud” – The Isley Brothers (A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield)

    A tribute CD I bought when it was released in 1994 for Springsteen’s cover of “Gypsy Woman.” Also great: Clapton’s “You Must Believe Me” and Lenny Kravitz’s “Billy Jack.”

    5. “Wedge” – Phish (Rift)

    “take the highway to the great divide” – my favorite Phish album from my impressionable early 20’s.

  • Michael Parr

    For the record (and likely to no one’s surprise) I despise Stevie Nicks’ voice. No, really … it took me years to be able to appreciate Fleetwood Mac because of my seething, unbridled, and unilateral hate of the wispy bleating witch.

    Clearly, old age (much like the sight of Dave Lifton’s mom) is softening me. I don’t skip the Sound City tracks that feature Nicks. As a matter of fact, I dig the hell out of them.

  • Michael Parr

    I was just thinking about Craig David today!

  • keith

    I am on the other side of the fence — I think Stevie’s voice is a gift of the Gods.

  • Michael Parr

    Good to see ya, Mr. Icke! I’m going to have to nab that Curtis Mayfield disc. I remember seeing it back in the day and loving the Clapton and Springsteen tunes.

  • Michael Parr

    That Patty Griffin record is a contender for my 2013 top ten.

  • Michael Parr

    The Payback is essential listening. I never really thought about the Kuti connection, but in retrospect it makes perfect sense. Man, talk about getting down with the git down! Amen!

  • Michael Parr

    Somewhere, Mike Duquette is geeking out over this Friday Five.

  • Michael Parr

    I do not subscribe to your point of view. Different strokes, and all.

  • Pete

    I shall help you nab said disc presently.

  • MB

    James McMurtry – Red Dress (Live In Aught-Three, 2004)

    Leslie West – Boom Boom (Blues To Die For, 2003)

    Dells – The Love We Had Stays On My Mind (Freedom Means, 1971)

    Decemberists – Down By The Water ((The King Is Dead, 2011)

    Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen – Seeds And Stems (Again) (Lost In The Ozone, 1972)

  • Rock_dawg

    Ha ha. Hadn’t thought of that. Does seem up his alley. Or perhaps he’d bemoan the lack of John Williams.

  • paulzas

    Huh–an underwhelming five from (mostly) artists I love:

    Joe Jackson – “Only the Future” (Night Music, 1994) – When this album came out, I was massively disappointed: the sparse arrangements and overuse of the synthesizer in the mid-90s made the whole recording feel weak and undersupported (with the exception of “The Man Who Wrote Danny Boy,” a transcendent tune). This particular track feels very transitionary between his pop-ish Laughter and Lust album and the more pseudo-classical Heaven and Hell. It’s okay, but still doesn’t stick to my bones.

    Ramin Djawadi – “Game of Thrones” (Game of Thrones original soundtrack, 2012) – Love this soundtrack for when I’m studying.

    U2 – “Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World” (Achtung Baby, 1991) – I came late to this album, and this song feels a bit more pedestrian than a lot of the more hallmark tracks on the recording. But according to Wikipedia, this song reminded the producer of the narrator stumbling home drunk after dark. I like that imagery.

    Fountains of Wayne – “Cemetery Guns” (Sky Full of Holes, 2011) – I so love FoW. I wish I could tell you I liked this album. I wouldn’t call it a disappointment, but the power pop was muted. The stories felt smaller. And the literal pace of the whole recording seems slow. This song, the closer, was celebrated as a elegiac closer. And it’s nice. But by the time I hit it, I’ve had enough.

    Suicidal Tendencies – “I Shot the Devil” (Still Cyco After All These Years, 1993) – I didn’t even know I had this one on my iPod. I’ll admit, my fondness for punk in high school grew more from suburban youthful rebellion than from true love of the music, and today, this one doesn’t do much for me. That said, my daughter’s nearly 14 and full of teenage piss and vinegar, so for the fun of it I played “Institutionalized” off Repo Man for her, hoping she’d be hooked. She absolutely hated it, and immediately went back to her YouTube recordings of dubstep. Kids these days.

  • nathan_az

    Happy Friday! On to my Five:

    1. “Saturday Sun” – Crowded House (Intriguer, 2010) The one and only single from the most recent album and iteration of the band. Not their best…praising with faint damnation.

    2. “Mind is an Island” – Sugar (File Under: Easy Listening [2012 Deluxe Remaster] – originally released as “Your Favorite Thing” B-side in 1994) Sometimes it’s hard to figure out why certain tunes are relegated to B-side status instead of the proper album. I can see how this one might’ve seemed a little old hat to the band, but it’s still a great example of what made this trio special.

    3. “Long Tall Sally” (Little Richard cover) – The Beatles (Past Masters, Vol.1 [2009 Remaster] – originally released on 1964’s Long Tall Sally EP [UK] and/or The Beatles’ Second Album [US]) This one has an even more convoluted provenance than “Mind is an lsland,” right? The song itself is exuberant and exciting. I hope you already knew that.

    4. “Ink and Paper” – Modern English (Stop Start, 1986) I’ve had a soft spot (blind spot?) for this one since I picked up the album as a cut-out the year after it was released. That said, these guys changed their style like most of us change socks, which made them a tougher sell than they should have been. “I Melt With
    You” this ain’t.

    5. “Today I Died Again” – Simple Minds (Empires and Dance, 1980) The second track of their third album (released a scant 15 months after debut effort Life in a Day), this is when Simple Minds started to get interesting. And it’s when Arista dropped them, of course. This song’s a fine example of early-period Simple Minds, but it’s greatly overshadowed by the tracks that precede it (“I Travel”) and follow it (“Celebrate”),
    both rightly acknowledged as classics 30+ years after the fact.

  • paulzas

    Agreed–it took a couple of spins to sink in for me, but I keep coming back to it week after week.

  • Michael Parr

    “Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World” is actually one of my favorite tunes from Achtung baby. It’s so perfectly understated that you almost get lost in the quiet, on an otherwise bombastic record.

  • Michael Parr

    I remember buying the “Your Favorite Thing” single and wondering why the hell “Mind is an Island” was a b-side!

  • Phil

    …it’s a great album with great collaborations. You don’t have to see the doc to hear how much fun these people are having working together.

    See that’s the problem I have with some of the “reviews” I’ve heard from a couple of my favorite podcasters. They say it sounds forced and manufactured, and they even go so far as to say that the songs are all 100% Dave Grohl and speculate that guys like Rick Nielsen phoned in their performances.

    I think it has more to do with the fact that they despise anything Dave does, so they just won’t give it a chance…