The Friday Five: July 5, 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:

This weekend one of Popdose’s own office romances is officially tying the knot, and some of us are trekking out to join in the celebration. As such, this week’s Friday Five is on the lean side as I’m rushing around and packing and prepping for the trip. Hope everyone had a safe Independence Day, and has a great weekend. See you next week! – MP

“Don’t Drink the Water” by Dave Matthews Band (from 2007-03-24: DMB Live Trax, Volume 9: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV, USA (disc 3), 2007)

“I Can’t Dance” by Genesis (from Turn It On Again: The Hits, 1999)

“Black Smif-N-Wessun” by Black Moon (from Enta da Stage, 1993)

“Underneath the Colours” by INXS (from Underneath the Colours, 1981)

“Octopus Heart” by 3RDEYEGIRL (from Octopus Heart, 2013)

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Def Leppard – “Hello America” (On Through the Night, 1980)
    Hello, America indeed. NWOBHM era Def Leppard always puts a smile on my face.

    King’s X – “Power of Love” (Gretchen Blows Through Chicago, 1989)
    The instrument mix on this Gretchen Goes to Nebraska tour bootleg is fairly muddy throughout, but Doug Pinnick’s vocals cut through the sludge nicely on this Out of the Silent Planet track, as does Ty Tabor’s ripping solo. How he was never recognized as a guitar hero is beyond me. Here are a couple of performances of this song, the first from the same time period, with the second only a couple of years later:

    * King’s X – “Power of Love” – Lubbock 1989
    * King’s X – “Power of Love” – San Jose 1991

    Goo Goo Dolls – “Amigone” (Dizzy Up The Girl, 1998)
    By this point, the songs on a Goo Goo Dolls album could easily be separated into two factions–slick, radio-friendly compositions by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac’s power-punkish rockers, often informed by Tommy Stinson. And with songs like “Iris,” “Slide,” and “Black Balloon” gaining so much attention, it’s easy to see how Takac’s rougher, less polished work could be overshadowed and slip by anyone not paying attention to FM radio or MTV/VH1, which is unfortunate in this particular case since “Amigone” is equally as good as anything else on this album in my opinion.

    Spock’s Beard – “Chatauqua” (Beware of Darkness, 1996)
    Nice little acoustic number from the Beard’s sophomore effort that shows off Alan Morse’s chops a bit.

    At the Drive-In – “Shaking Hand Incision” (In/Casino/Out, 1998)
    inscrutable |inˈskro͞otəbəl| (adjective) – impossible to understand or interpret

    At the Drive-In is quite possibly one of my favorite bands with completely incomprehensible lyrics.

  • 1001Songs

    “Bright Fire” by Fleetwood Mac (from the Penguin, 1973) atmospheric Bob Welch.tune from a spotty album..

    “Cry To Me” by Solomon Burke (from Rock n Soul,1962) Soul singer Burke recorded it first. Then came the Rolling Stones, the Pretty Things and my favorite cover, the one by Professor Longhair.

    “Interviews” by The Alpha Band ( from The Alpha Band, 1976) T Bone Burnett and other members of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue. Sounds like it could have been on Proof Through the Night.

    “Let It Ride” Bachman Turner Overdrive ( from BTO II, 1974) a #23 hit inspired by getting the tour bus stuck in traffic

    “Scared Songs” Daryl Hall ( from Sacred Songs, 1980) Recorded with Robert Fripp in 1977, Hall’s first solo album was finally released just a few months before the duo’s platinum album Voices.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Five for the Fifth

    1. “Central Two 0 Nine” by Robert Plant from Band of Joy.

    2. “Nebraska” by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band from the Live 1975-85 box set.

    3. “Here I Am (Come And Take Me)” by Al Green from the Take Me To The River collection.

    4. “Christmas Must Be Tonight” by The Band from A Musical History.

    5. “Better Off Without” by Patterson Hood from Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance.

    Safe travels to the Popdose gang this weekend; I’m sure they’re going to hear (and see) something great in Cleveland.

  • Rock_dawg

    “Heartbreaker” – Bee Gees, Their Greatest Hits: The Record
    A remake of the Dionne Warwick hit they wrote. A fine vocal from Barry, but the keyboards are too forward in the mix and sound really dated even compared to the original.
    “Alley-Oop” – The Hollywood Argyles, The Rock & Roll Era: 1960 compilation
    Never really cared for this one. It’s in the rotation ’cause I was too lazy to update my iPod last weekend and loaded up with iTunes Genius playlists this week.
    “Yah Mo B There (Single Version)” – James Ingram & Michael McDonald, The Very Best of Michael McDonald
    The beard, the myth, the legend! I may be misremembering, but I’m pretty sure I first found Popdose while googling Mighty McD.
    “Always” – Saliva, Back In Your System
    A lot of the angst of post-grunge hard rock had a tendency to get on my nerves, but this one never irked me too bad. I bought this album for the more balls-out “Ladies and Gentlemen” anyway.
    “I Can’t Give Back The Love I Feel For You” – Rita Wright, Hitsville U.S.A. The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 compilation
    Just a great, great soul song.

    Have a great weekend, Fivers and safe travels to the Popdose crew (and anyone else travelling this weekend for that matter).

  • Keith

    Thanks for the tip about Octopus Heart. I had no idea Prince had two new songs available — for free nonetheless — on his new Soundcloud.

    Wishing you and the Popdosers a very fun wedding weekend. Will what happens in Cleveland, stay in Cleveland?