The Friday Five: July 27, 2012

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:

“Darling Nikki” by Foo Fighters (from Medium Rare, 2011)

I vividly remember the first time I heard the Foo’s take on this particular purple classic; I was driving home from work as the 2003 blackout was going on, and I caught the tail end of the track on the radio as I was flipping through the stations to find out what the hell was going on. I also totally had to look up what year that was. Baby addled brain is a mofo. Did I mention that I absolutely love this version?

“Nanci” by Toad the Wet Sprocket (from Acoustic Dance Party, 1994)

Dulcinea may well be my favorite Toad the Wet Sprocket record, and this simple little tune is a great example of the reasoning behind that praise. Who can resist a tune that includes the line, “you bend your words like Uri Geller’s spoon”?

“Express Yourself” by Madonna (from Immaculate Collection, 1990)

iTunes has been serving up a glut of Madonna songs in my general shuffling of late, including a sampling of her most recent effort which summarily gets skipped nearly every time.

“Great Expectations” by The Gaslight Anthem (from The ’59 Sound, 2008)

The Gaslight Anthem is easily one of the most disappointing acts of the last few years. The ’59 Sound is such a fantastic record, and everything that has followed has fallen well short of the mark. I’m not sure what I expected, but I sure was let down.

“Do You Believe in Love” by Huey Lewis & The News (from Live at 25, 2005)

We’ve covered this tune before, right? You all know the history? No? Okay, here’s the quick version: for their second record, Chrysalis decided that Huey and the boys needed a hit so they rang up Robert John “Mutt” Lange. Mutt just happened to have this track titled “We Both Believe In Love” ready and waiting, as his band had previously recorded it. One thing led to another, and “Do You Believe in Love” became the group’s first big hit. Flash forward twentythirty-some-odd years, and the band continues to trot out the number in this incredibly toothless form.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • jcb7472

    Joy Division – I Remember Nothing (1979)…a dark a moody song from Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” album. Kind of boring actually. I can’t say I listen to these guys very often, but I respect the music they birthed. I prefer New Order, whom people say came about because of Joy Division.

    Soulive – Interlude (2002) from “Next”…these guys are a funk/jazz group from upstate New York. Their music is really upbeat jazz that makes you want to dance and nod your head. I bet they would be a lot of fun to see live.

    Weezer – Haunt You Every Day (2005) from “Make Believe”…in my opinion Weezer fell off after their first 2 classic albums (the Blue Album & PInkerton – I will forever be a fan because of those records) but they have made several albums since that each contained a couple/handful of decent songs…this is one of the them.

    Jimi Hendrix – Midnight Lightning, from “Martin Scorcese Presents the Blues: Jimi Hendrix”…Hendrix is the man – greatest guitar player ever, and I really love his blues songs. He recorded this song in ’69.

    Soul Coughing – City of Motors, from “Ruby Vroom” (1994). I used to be a big fan of this group back in the 90s and have always liked Mike Doughty’s voice & his odd/interesting lyrics. This album is actually really good and uses a lot of random samples in the songs – it’s entertaining.

  • MichaelFortes

    “March of the Goober Woobers” – Forty Seven Times Its Own Weight (from the awesome comp ‘Gilles Peterson Digs America: Brownswood USA’)

    “Love Like You Do” – Anna Ash (from Anna’s debut full-length album ‘These Holy Days’, released earlier this year)

    “Whistle In” – The Beach Boys (from the Boys’ “bunt” of a lo-fi psych album ‘Smiley Smile’, 1967)

    “Party Seacombe” – George Harrison (from George’s very first solo album, the 1968 soundtrack to the film ‘Wonderwall’)

    “Safety” – Tune-Yards (from the 2009 debut album ‘Bird Brains’)

  • Mike Duquette

    I’m sitting in one place this morning and recently added the 20,000th track to my library; that seems as good an occasion as any to Five it up!

    1. Queen, “Las Palabras de Amor”: I was going to say how I didn’t care for most latter-day Queen (i.e.: their last two albums). Then I realized this is from 1982, when they were still putting out great pop/rock. Call this one an anomaly, I guess; they did much finer melodrama on songs like “Who Wants to Live Forever.”

    2. Duran Duran, “Hold Back the Rain (2001 Remix)”: Of all the various mixes of “Rio” tracks that are out there, this one is one of the oddest – “Lonely in Your Nightmare” and this one inexplicably used alternate mixes when the disc was remastered in 2001. I quite like it, though – it sounds the most single-ready of all the mixes they’ve ever used (and all it ever got was B-side status).

    3. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, “Strict Time”: For real, “Trust” might be my favorite of EC’s Attractions era. The songs are snappy and just about all hummable, and the lyrics bite like you want them to. Great stuff!

    4. Marvin Gaye, “It’s Got to Be Love”: a 1964 outtake from “The Master” box set, this is a nice, skittery track that would have been a great B-side or live rave-up. Those horns, like all great earlier Motown works, just get you!

    5. Elton John, “Honky Cat”: And a good ol’ fashioned hit to take us out. “Ohhh, change is gonna do me good!” Happy weekend, y’all!

  • T. Greynolds

    “The Heart of Life” – John Mayer; Continuum is one of my favorite albums. Solid through and through.

    “She Don’t Have to Know” – John Legend; even my emo-hipster-hardcore music listening boyfriend can’t deny the swagger of this sultry crooner. Whew!

    “Perfectly Lonely” – John Mayer; geesh! 2 for 3 on the list. Although not surprising that he would pop up again, I am and continue to be completely underwhelmed by Battle Studies. I keep listening in the hopes that that might change, but this album is on its way off my iTunes.

    “Kansas City” – Sneaky Sound System; now break – dance party time!!!

    “Fast As You Can” – Fiona Apple; this track changed my musical world. I can’t get enough of Fiona and When the Pawn…!

  • Phil

    > “Nanci” by Toad the Wet Sprocket (from Acoustic Dance Party, 1994)

    My favorite version of this song.

  • Phil

    Rush – “Limelight” (Rush in Rio, 2003)
    One of my favorite Rush songs from a great live set. I absolutely love Alex Lifeson’s solo on this and the energy of the crowd throughout.

    Leaving Araby – “Smile On Sweetheart” (Slightly South of Scene, 2006)
    This track comes from the Athens, GA outfit’s debut EP that for the longest time was only available directly from the band (at least that’s how I got my copy). It’s a great piece of work that is hard to describe—they call their sound “a well-tempered blender containing gooey musical goodness!”—and, despite needing a bit more polish in places, showed great promise for where the band could have gone. It however exchanged a rawer indie approach for a shinier, more sparkly pop aesthetic on its next EP (not a bad thing, by the way). As far as I can tell, Leaving Araby has yet to put out a full-length album, choosing to release a third EP in 2010 that sports yet another change in direction.

    Silage – “Original” (Vegas Car Chasers, 1998)
    Late-90s genre-bending rap rock that sounds like it was influenced by everything from Jesus Jones to EMF. Ironically one of the lyrical themes is “It’s alright to write a song that sounds like everyone else’s song.” Decent enough, but not something I would go out of my way to listen to these days.

    Geddy Lee – “The Present Tense” (My Favorite Headache, 2000)
    I never saw much press when this solo effort from the Rush frontman was first released, but I have always thought this was a great album. Featuring the expected top-quality bass and vocal work from Geddy along with another extraordinary drummer (does Ged work with anything other?!) in Matt Cameron, it is sonically very similar to his main gig. Worth checking out for any Rush fan and, in my opinion, much better than Lifeson’s Victor released four years earlier. And I think early Happy Birthday wishes to Mr. Weinrib are in order!

    Nine Inch Nails – “Echoplex” (The Slip, 2008)
    I don’t know why, but for some reason I always have a hard time getting into Reznor’s work, especially that which doesn’t have the aggression of and isn’t very much like “Head Like a Hole” or “The Hand That Feeds.” This is one that goes into the “I need to listen a few more times to decide if I really like it” bucket.

  • Chris Holmes

    1. “Spiral” by The Crusaders – Their jazz roots were long gone by 1976, and instead they were churning out some of the smoothest funk in town. Adding Larry Carlton on guitar only made it better.

    2. “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by Jerry Lee Lewis – What else can you say about this? It’s one of the foundational songs of rock and roll.

    3. “Tush” by ZZ Top – Hot damn those boys were on top of their game.

    4. “Working Class Hero” by Manic Street Preachers – The Manics turned up the volume on this one. I think it loses a lot of the bite from Lennon’s original, but it’s a decent rock tune in this form.

    5. “An Evening with Rthrtha” by The Octopus Project – No, I have no idea how that’s pronounced. This is from their excellent ‘Hello, Avalanche’ album. I’ve seen their music labeled as “indietronic,” which I guess is an OK description.

  • drxl

    (5:26) Cumbia de los lixiviados – Quesadilla collective Remix by Sonido Desconocido II, from the Trópico Quasar remixes album, 2012. A few years ago, many of us thought digital cumbia would be a passing fad for über-ironic hipsters, but instead it has grown bigger and better. Sonido Desconocido is easily one of the best bands from this latest batch of Mexican cumbia-makers. They just released a free downloadable remixes ep and Quesadilla Collective, another Mexican electronic band I knew little of since very recently, updated this track into a catchy, bouncy techno track. Cool.

    (4:45) Asi by Cábula from the album Antidipresivos, 1997. Generic nineties Latin pop rock from LA. Still, not bad.

    (4:20) Will Be by Bufi from the awesome album Trilogy, 2012. Perhaps the leading exponent of the new generation of Mexican house producers. Funky and melodic at the same time, the newly released album is as excellent as expected. So, yeah, the lyrics are silly and an unnecessary Daft Punk rip-off, but well, nobody’s perfect.

    (3:40) No Way by Los Coming Soon from the album We Are Family, 2012. Indie pop band from Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is gorgeous, puts a smile on my face and all, but maybe it is just because I am a sucker for this whole international twee pop underground scene.

    (3:26) Doña Mariquita by Contacto Norte from the album Rumor De Cumbia, 2010. A cumbia-norteña version of a very old song that somehow I first read of on a Flash Gordon movie satire on the Mexican edition of MAD magazine back in the very early eighties. Cumbia norteña is a very odd idea: mixing afrocolombian elements with polka; yet, it remains one of the most popular musicla styles in Mexico and, therefore, in the USA as well.

  • Mordalo

    Ah, here we go again…

    1) Clean Living – In Heaven, There Is No Beer.
    Okay, yes, I have a thing for Dr. Demento, and this song’s on one of the three collections he put out over the years. It’s silly, stupid, but funny as all get out. Good way to start the weekend.

    2) Corsairs – Smoky Places
    There’s feelings and emotions…very personal…behind this song. I “found” it a few weeks back amongst a collection of discs I thought I lost. Let’s leave it at that, shall we?

    3) The Firm – Satisfaction Guaranteed
    When I hear this song, I always remember the video, with Jimmy Page playing guitar with a beer bottle and bored, sultry women in a hot bar…

    4) Dave Grusin – Serengeti Walk
    A little jazz? In the mix? Damn straight!

    5) Louis Prima – Felicia, No Capicia.
    I thank my father for turning me on to Louis Prima. He told me he would swear in concert in Italian, and the non-Italians would have no idea what he was saying. Whether it’s true or not, it’s a great story…and fitting for such a character.

  • Rock_dawg

    “Heresy” – Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral
    “God is dead/And no one cares/If there is a hell/I’ll see you there” I can’t believe I used to be in that head space. I still think it kicks ass, though.
    “Drown In My Own Tears” – The Smithereens, Green Thoughts

    The first time I heard this, I wasn’t blown away but I’ve kept it in rotation for a long time now and each time I hear it, the more I dig it. I should get more Smithereens…
    “Miles Away” – Fleetwood Mac, Mystery To Me

    RIP Bob Welch. A great, driving track that’s great for driving.
    “All Of A Sudden (It’s Too Late)” – XTC, English Settlement

    I should get more XTC too…
    “Hyperactive” – Robert Palmer, Riptide
    I’ve been listening to a lot of Robert Palmer lately. I think I like the version on Live At The Apollo a bit better because while the performance may be a little loose, the guitars are more aggressive compared to the keyboard driven studio cut. Gives it a bit more of a Power Station feel.

    See you next week, Fivers!

  • Rock_dawg

    I think even John Mayer is on record that Battle Studies is a let down.

  • paulzas

    “Too Much of Nothing”–Bob Dylan & The Band, from The Basement Tapes. I’m so sorry–I recognize he’s a God, changed the world, and The Band were incredibly influential…and yet I’ve never really enjoyed much by either. This track aligns with my expectations.

    “Mean”–Pink, from Funhouse. For all the pop props she gets, Pink has phenomenal pipes for rock and blues, and she gets down and greasy in this track.

    “Belong”–R.E.M. from Out of Time. I didn’t warm to this album right away, but today it’s among one of my favorites, and this is a standout track.

    “The Path of Thorns (Terms)” Sarah McLachlan, from Solace. Definitely of its era, but this is still one of my favorite SM albums and tracks, a little more raw than her later stuff, for the better in my opinion.

    “Scorn”–Portishead, from Glory Times. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard this track before. Good grumbly atmosphere, but a little whispy for my tastes.

  • Keith

    This inspired me to go to Amazon and load up on some ZZ Top – turns out, their 37 track hits package is on sale this week for $2.99 (downloading as we speak). Only track missing: TV Dinners.


    I’ve seen Soulive in concert. I can verify their awesomeness in a live setting.


    01- “Like The Way I Do” by Melissa Etheridge: This is one of the only songs of hers I can tolerate these days. She’s a little overwrought and earnest for me. I think she tries a little too hard to be a female version of Springsteen.

    02-“Have You Ever Loved Somebody” by Freddie Jackson: This song should come with a bottle of Care Free Curl and some Colt 45 for your hot date. Or maybe Riunite on Ice.

    03- “Love Jones” by The Brighter Side Of Darkness: The spoken interludes on soul songs from the Seventies are hilarious. Plus, “Basketball Jones” by Cheech and Chong has insured that I will never, ever take this song seriously.

    04-“Jingling Baby” by LL Cool J: This isn’t the Marley Marl remixed version that became a hit. This is the original version, from “Walking With A Panther,” that hits a little bit harder. For my money, it’s the better of the two.

    05-“Sexx Laws” by Beck: I now feel like Stewie Griffin, asking if anyone wants to go to one of my sexy parties.

  • DwDunphy

    1. Everyday Feels Like Sunday – Of Montreal
    2. Como Duele – Ricardo Arjona
    3. Mombasa – Hans Zimmer
    4. Josephina’s Radio – Starclock
    5. Soul Asylum – The Cult (wheh-hell, haw nay…)

  • Michael Parr

    That is a good deal for $2.99.

  • Michael Parr

    Battle Studies never sat right with me, either.

  • Michael Parr

    Ditto! I’ve seen them a handful of times and they always deliver.

  • BRock

    Sebadoh – “My Drugs” (Secret EP)
    They’re back! Thank God!
    Dr. John – “Revolution” (Locked Down)
    Everything Dan Auerbach touches these days turns to gold.
    Pantera – “Cat Scratch Fever” (Far Beyond…The Best of Pantera)
    What the..who’s been messing with my ITunes?? Actually, a pretty faithful cover of the Terrible One.
    Hank Williams Jr. – “You Win Again” (Old School New Rules)
    I don’t like what he’s done to one of my favorite Hank Sr. songs! Let’s leave “old school” alone.
    Father John Misty – “Writing A Novel” (Fear Fun)
    I’m actually quite suprised that I like this. The rest of the album doesn’t quite reach these heights, though.
    Storms a brewin’ Gotta crank up some tunes to drown out the thunder and hope the power doesn’t peter out. Enjoy your weekend.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Wife and kids are out of town for the weekend, so you know what I want – that’s right, my Friday Five:

    1. “Yellow” by Coldplay from Parachutes. My Five mocks me. Who knew this was just about the apex for them.

    2. “Still Ill” by the Smiths from Hatful of Hollow. I’ve been rediscovering my love of the Smiths, especially Johnny Marr, this year thanks to that Complete Smiths set that came out last year.

    3. “Mardi Gras Mambo” by the Hawketts from Treacherous: A History of the Neville Brothers. That’s Art on lead vocals

    4. “Hateful Hate” by 10,000 Maniacs from Blind Man’s Zoo. When I was in the Army, the First Sergeant in our unit was a crusty Texan with a big booming voice (On Gulf War 1: “100 Hours? I spent more than 100 hours in the latrine in Vietnam!”). He took good care of the troops and us single lieutenants and he LOVED country music, especially Merle Haggard. Anyway, I once said something about liking this group called 10,000 Maniacs. “10,000 Maniacs? Do I have to listen to them one at a time or all at once?!” I can’t listen to these guys anymore without hearing his voice.

    5. “The River” by David Byrne & Brian Eno from “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today” I’ve got 6 tracks in my library titled “The River” obviously this is the only one not by a guy named Springsteen

    Back to bachelorhood. Hope you hear something great this weekend!