The Friday Five: July 19, 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:

“Fool for You” by Alice Smith (from She, 2013)

One of my most anticipated releases of 2013 did not disappoint on any level.

“Control” by Janet Jackson (from Design of a Decade: 1986-1996, 1995)

Now if I were an organized host I would be able to tell you definitively that this track has shuffled up before, and exactly when it shuffled up. Alas, I am not that with it, though I’m certain that this song has come up before.

“Don’t Lose My Number” by Phil Collins (from No Jacket Required, 1985)

I’m not sure that I have all that much to say about this other than I dig it.

“AM Radio” by Everclear (from Songs From an American Movie, Volume 1: Learning How to Smile, 2000)

It’s easy to bag on a band like Everclear. From the moment that “Santa Monica” caught on– and subsequently, “Father of Mine,” and “I Will Buy You a New Life”– the band began regurgitating the same formula over and over again to diminishing returns. It’s hard to deny the hits, though this was definitely on the down slide.

“Somebody’s Somebody (Ultrafantasy Edit)” by Prince (from The Holy River, 1997)

I’m not sure why, but I’ve got a real soft spot for this tune. It’s run-of-the-mill R&B drivel, but it sparks something that makes me long for the days when Prince could knock even said run-of-the-mill R&B drivel out of the park in his sleep. Who knows, maybe he still can?

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Working from home today which turned out to be a good move since the trains don’t like to run that well when it’s this hot. Anyway, here’s a lunchbreak Five:

    1. “Please Uncle Sam (Send Back My Man)” by the Charmels from The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968. This set is a must for the serious R&B fan, especially for all the lesser known nuggets like this 1966 Hayes/Porter anti-war song

    2. “Rosie” by Jackson Browne from Running On Empty. There was a terrific Rolling Stone article a couple of months ago about the session musicians that played on this and so many of those 70’s Laurel Canyon records. You can supply your own wanking joke. Although this has me thinking about what’s the best song on that subject? “Pictures of Lily”? “I’m Turning Japanese”? Hmmm I sense a Blisterd or something similar.

    3. “Surfer’s Stomp!” by the Marketts from the Rhino compilation Surfin’ Hits. Nothing like a little surfin’ music on a hot summer day

    4. “White Summer/Black Mountain Side” by Led Zeppelin from the first box set. Speaking of summer, a nice 8 minutes of Jimmy Page from a BBC radio broadcast

    5. “Shaggy Dad” by Lightnin’ Hopkins from the Mojo Hand collection. What I usually look like by Sunday night.

    It’s too hot to do anything else but stay inside and listen to some great music!

  • what the what

    For me, out of 2400 songs on my iphone, most are 70’s and 80’s, here’s what I got today:
    #1 “I’d really love to see you tonight” (’76) England Dan & John Ford Coley (this is really too much to type from the phone)
    #2 “Baby Let me take you” (’72) Detroit Emeralds;
    #3 “tonight she comes” (’86) cars;
    #4 “yes, I’m ready” (’80) Teri DeSario & KC; and finally
    #5 “Only sixteen” (’76) Dr Hook.

  • aryl watson


    1. A Void Employs a Kiss – 31 Knots – Talk Like Blood
    Introduced to 31 Knots through a Polyvinyl sampler I got free with an Of Montreal disc. Love the singer’s voice.

    2. Heartless – The Fray – Unreleased
    Listening to covers of the songs on 808 & Heartbreak reminds me of the great pop album hidden behind Kanye West’s ‘singing’. His talent is undeniable even if he is (as my friend says) – King Douche. Better versions of this song exist, but this one’s pretty good.

    3. Fair Warning – Penguin Prison – ST
    Penguin Prison spits out great remixes on a regular basis. Original songs are pretty strong, but this one is only OK.

    4. Spooky – Imogen Heap – Just Like Heaven Soundtrak
    Only 8000 covers of this song floating around. Ms. Heap makes the song appropriately spooky.

    5. Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash – Greatest Hits
    One of my all time favorite songs. Never liked much else from them though. Just couldn’t get into it. The harmonies in the chorus – wow.

    Just missed She-Wolf by Shakira. You know those hips don’t lie – Have a great weekend!

  • Keith

    One of my best 5’s in ages:

    LADY GAGA “Kandy Life” from Reloaded. Proof positive even her cast-offs and demos are stronger than much of what’s on radio today.

    GOLDFRAPP “Ooh La La” — I am a bigger fan of their throbby electro Frapp than their winsome folky Frapp. But they rarely disappoint.

    HOT CHIP – “No Fit State” from The Warning — one of those “where has this song been all my life?” moments

    THE RESIDENTS “We’re a Happy Family” from the Commercial Album. The bunny hop from hell.

    LA ROUX – “Fascination” — love it. I need to give this album (bought for the single) another shot.

  • jhallCORE

    Good to see Janet come up in your top five Mike. I added some old-school Janet Jackson tracks to my iPod a few months back. Surprised how well some of the tracks hold up but maybe I shouldn’t be with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at the controls. On to the five for this week …

    1) Prince — “Rasberry Beret” (Around The World In A Day, 1985).
    2) Buddy Guy — “Stay All Night” (Sweet Tea, 2001). Buddy’s best album in my opinion.
    3) Pat Metheny — “North” (A Map Of The World soundtrack, 1999).
    4) Allen Toussaint — “Winin’ Boy Blues” (The Bright Mississippi, 2009).
    5) Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses — “All Choked Up Again” (Junky Star, 2010).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • paulzas

    Joe Jackson Trio – “Inbetweenies” from Live Music (Europe 2010) — There are some great tracks on this live acoustic album (“Tomorrow’s World,” “Chinatown,” “Scary Monsters”), which was recorded with two of Jackson’s original three quartet members, Gram Maebe (bass/vocals) and Dave Houghton (drums). But this one, an Ian Dury & The Blockheads, cover is eminently inconsequential. I listened to the original, to see what kind of spin Joe put on it, but really, it’s a very faithful cover, if a bit more jazzy and refined.

    Howard Shore – “The Mouth of Sauron from Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (The Complete Recordings) — Like just about everything else orchestral on the LotR soundtracks (we’ll leave Annie Lennox out of it), a great, stirring track, in this case featuring James Galway in the second half of the recording.

    Gotye – “Somebody That I Used to Know” from Making Mirrors — Yes, it’s been overplayed, but the sheer quirkiness of the recording (along with his undeniable Sting-flavored chorus) were a welcome breath of fresh air last year. The best track on the album.

    Michael Giacchino – “Flash Forward Flashback” from Lost: Season 3 Soundtrack — When the series ended, I went on a soundtrack-buying spree in a fruitless attempt to pretend the show was still going on. Right now my wife and my son are watching it all from start to finish, and it’s still as great as ever. And the soundtrack still makes for great study music.

    Green Day – “American Idiot” from American Idiot — Wraps up a diverse 5 with some unabashed curled-lip pop.

  • Rock_dawg

    I’m running late today, but it’s too damn hot to run! Still have a ton of movie scores in the rotation, but I managed to do my Five when five (mostly) vocal tracks came up in a row.

    “Autobahn” – Kraftwerk, Autobahan
    I’ll be back in twenty minutes. I’m taking a long ride with some curious German fellows.
    “Slip Sliding Away” – Paul Simon, Negotiations and Love Songs
    I prefer the Central Park version to the original: this song needs Art Garfunkels harmonies.
    “Fantastic Voyage” – David Bowie, iSelect
    Towards the end there’s a little crescendo that makes me wonder if he recycled that build up when he did “Under Pressure” with Queen a few years later.
    “Land Ho!” – The Doors, Classics
    I think I’ve said before that I’ve never gotten into the Doors. A song like this one makes me wonder what all the fuss about. That being said, I hope “Peace Frog” come on later…
    “astronaught” – Headstones, Love+Fury
    The Headstones are back and on this short and punchy reunion album, Hugh Dillion is as angry as he ever was. Well, maybe not on this track so much. This is one of those calmer moments between the angry punkier ones.

    Have a great weekend, Fivers.

  • dwalsh76

    Where are all the scientists – Jukebox The Ghost. The spawn of Ben Folds.

    In heaven there is no beer – The Bluebeats. The soulful rock steady rockers do a fine version to this classic.

    Nowheres near – Tommy Keene. Hell yes. From the Songs for Slim releases.

    Peace by piece – Freddy Jones Band. Unavoidable in college during the mid-90’s

    Aisle 10 (Hello Allison) – Scapegoat Wax. Love song for the checkout girl. Hard not to like this pop-rap tune.

  • Keith

    I too have drunk the Penguin Prison Kool Aid. Love the 80’s sound. Plays nice in a mix with When in Rome and Camouflage.

  • MB

    Marshall Tucker Band – Running Like The Wind (Running Like The Wind, 1979)

    Billy Paul – Me And Mrs. Jones (360 Degrees Of Billy Paul, 1973)

    Johnny Rivers – Poor Side Of Town, 1966 (Anthology 1964-1977, 1991)

    Bob Dylan -Joey (Desire, 1976)

    Spinners – Could It Be I’m Falling In Love (Spinners, 1973)

  • Ernie G

    1. “Moshikonokyoku de orenokoto ga kirai ni natte mo Reggae no kotodake ha kiraini naranaide kudasai” – J-Rexxx (Japanese dancehall reggae, I’ve no idea what it means – Google Translate spat out “hectares” and “CLOSE” then gave up)
    2. “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back” – Peter Tosh
    3 “These Foolish Things” – Bryan Ferry
    4. “In Our Graves We’ll Be Together Face To Face” – Dolly Varden (suddenly that seems like a short, snappy title)
    5. “Shipoopi” – Peter Griffin (“Family Guy” sings “The Music Man”, of course)

  • Pete

    Actually, Michael, after a quick search, I show that “Control” appeared November 13, 2009 at the original home of the 5!

    Here are my tunes, and after a week of Performance Reviews: T.G.I.F.

    1. “It Won’t Take Long” – The Rolling Stones (A Bigger Bang)

    2. “Idiot Wind” – Bob Dylan (Hard Rain)

    3. “Sleepy Time Time” – Cream (Fresh Cream)

    4. “La Mucara” – The Mavericks (Gold)

    5. “Leggy Blonde” – Flight of the Conchords

  • Michael Parr

    That Stax/Volt set is essential.

  • Michael Parr

    “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight” is truly one of my favorite songs.

  • Michael Parr

    I’ve listened to a good bit of Janet lately. Something about the summertime puts me in the mood.

  • Michael Parr

    That Joe Jackson Trio record is brilliant when it’s hitting on all cylinders.

  • Michael Parr

    “Me and Mrs. Jones” and “Could It be I’m Falling in Love” in the same Friday Five? Mmm-hmm.