The Friday Five
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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?