The Friday Five: June 22, 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:

“No More Tears” by Ozzy Osbourne (from No More Tears, 1991)

How did I forget that this song clocks in over seven minutes long? I should probably amend that statement to say “drags on.” Considering the amount of chemicals that Ozzy was ingesting at this point in his career it is a wonder that he was able to mumble through four minutes of a tune, let alone seven. Listening now, I’m just reminded of all the reasons that I have grown to dislike Zakk Wylde–we get it Zakk, you like pinch harmonics and the pentatonic scale. Oh! The piano breakdown! Did Jim Stienman write this? Seriously, why do I not remember this song being over seven minutes long?

“Tales of a Scorched Earth” by The Smashing Pumpkins (from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (disc 2: Twilight to Starlight), 1995)


It astounds me how much contempt I have for some music that I listened to in my younger years. I’m certain that at some point I heard this tune and thought, “RAAAWK!” Now, it’s barely listenable noise. Not that I don’t still enjoy some barely listenable noise, from time to time, but this is absent of any of the qualities that would make me want to listen to it. Also, Billy Corgan is an insufferable tool who ruins every good thing he is able to cobble together.

“I’ll Be (feat. Jay-Z)” by Foxy Brown (from Ill Na Na, 1996)

I was starting to worry that iTunes was staging some sort of revolt this week. No one will ever mistake Foxy Brown for a skilled MC. However, the combination of a hot Trackmasters track–featuring a liberal sample of René & Angela’s hit “I’ll Be Good”–and a whole lot of help from Hov makes this tune a contender. I will put this on a ‘Summertime Jam’ mixtape, all day, any day.

“Tradin War Stories (feat. Outlawz, CPO & Storm)” by 2Pac (from All Eyez on Me (disc 1: Book 1), 1996)

Rakim is the master, Pac was the closest thing to a contender. I don’t know, I’ve always been a fan.

“New Life” by Depeche Mode (from The Best of Depeche Mode, Volume 1, 2006)

I can’t help it, I hear this and … and … “Now is ze time on Sprockets vhen ve dance!”

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • jedgeco

    “It astounds me how much contempt I have for some music that I listened to in my younger years.”

    In all fairness, “Scorched Earth” is almost the definition of “filler track.” I don’t think I even listened to it more than once when I adored the Pumpkins and had one of the two Mellon Collie discs in my discman for most of the year.

  • Phil

    Dream Theater – “Misunderstood” (Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, 2002)
    I’m not sure why, but I have always found SDOIT a hard album to get into, which is funny since it has some great songs on it. I think maybe it’s because keyboardist Jordan Rudess seemed to have a lot of influence on it (whether that is actually true or not), and the Disney-ish “Overture” of the 8-part title track always kills the momentum for me when I’m listening straight through. Other than that one, the tracks are all good taken on their own merits, and the album contains one of my favorite Dream Theater tunes in “Solitary Shell.” “Misunderstood” drones a bit, but it’s still a decent song.

    KISS – “Ladies Room” (Live at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, 8/16/1977)
    OK-ish take on a track from one of my favorite KISS albums from a Love Gun show bootleg. The audio is not great, the performance is not great, but it’s KISS, so you’re sure to get a spectacle and lots of energy even when they aren’t firing on all cylinders.

    KISS – “New York Groove” (The Greatest Show on Earth, 1979)
    OK, maybe I was wrong. Awful version of the Ace Frehley cover of a Russ Ballard tune from an awful bootleg of the final rehearsal sessions for the Dynasty tour recorded live at the Civic Center in Lakeland, FL in 1979. Terrible performance with no energy, and while one could argue that I’m expecting too much from a band practice, you can tell KISS was just going through the motions and was in full self-destruct mode at this point if you listen to the entire boot.

    Soundgarden – “She Likes Surprises” (Superunknown, 1994)
    I had already lost interest in Soundgarden by this point, and I’ve already lost interest in this song in the time it took me to write this sentence. Next.

    The Cure – “The Same Deep Water As You” (Disintegration, 1989)
    We started off with a long, droning song, so I guess it’s fitting we end with a long drone. Disintegration made for gloomy, spooky late-night driving mood music while I was in college, but I always liked this album and its follow-up Wish. This is not my favorite track on the album, but it’s much better than the crap on the inside of this drone sandwich.

  • Michael Parr

    You make a good point, though I remain in stark opposition to (almost) everything Billy Corgan related.

  • Michael Parr

    Isn’t this the second week that your five has kicked off with a Dream Theater tune?

  • KellyStitzel

    Here’s my birthday Friday Five:

    “Damn Dog” by Robin Johnson from Times Square Soundtrack (1980). I love this song and wish more bands would cover it.

    “Head to Toe” by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam from Spanish Fly (1987). I was OBSESSED with this song when it came out. I specifically remember it coming on the school bus radio one day on the way home and my entire group of friends and I sang it at the top of our lungs. It was great.

    “Horny Pony” by Prince & the New Power Generation from Gett Off Single (1991). This is one of the best Prince b-sides ever released. I wish he’d have performed it live more often. “Girl, uh-uh! NOPE!”

    “She Bop (Special Dance Mix)” by Cyndi Lauper from The Best Remixes (1989). Kind of perfect that this song came up because Cyndi and I share a birthday!

    “Vogue (Shep Pettibone Integral Mix)” by Madonna from Vogue Single (1990). This mix is more than 15 minutes long and I have decided to just dance around the apartment to it right now. Bye!

  • jamesballenger

    My 5 are –
    Zoo Station – NIN
    Automatic – Blueprint
    Scary Bomb- Zainichi Funk
    Mannish Boy – Muddy Waters (w Johnny Waters)
    I’m not a Player – Big Pun

  • Phil

    Last week’s Five didn’t kick off with Dream Theater, but it had 2 DT songs in it. And today marks the sixth appearance of DT in a Five for me.

    My iTunes random shuffle algorithm must love it some Dream Theater.

  • Michael Parr

    Happy birthday to you, Miss Stitzel!

  • Michael Parr

    A recent shuffle turned up a live version of NIN’s “Sanctified” that was lurking in my library. It occurred to me just how much it sounded like an Achtung Baby era U2 tune.

  • Michael Parr

    Also, I’m not a player, I just crush a lot.

  • Rock_dawg

    I’ll add to the Billy Corgan hate – what a tool. And I experienced a little of that “what did I see in this” feeling a little while back when I ripped a bunch of Stabbing Westward to my library. There’s still some solid tunes in there, but some of the angst and drama in the lyrics are a little eye rolling.

    Here’s what’s popping up (while I should be working) today:

    “Silent Lucidity” – Queensryche, Empire
    This is one of those songs that somehow slipped by me when it was a single. (An actual Top 40 hit as I recall.) I guess I was just not listening to the radio much at the time but I remember “Jet City Woman” when it was popular on rock radio. Shrug. Whatever. Awesome ballad!
    “I Want To Make The World Turn Around” – Steve Miller Band, Young Hearts: Complete Greatest Hits
    Where did this come from? I honestly don’t remember adding this to iTunes. Not a bad tune, with an interesting atmosphere, but doesn’t hold a candle to those late 70’s party rock, oldies station staples. They may be done to death, but I still love me some “Jet Airliner” and “Rock N’ Me”.
    “Strange Days” – The Doors, Classics
    Meh. I only transfered the two Doors cassettes I have to mp3 to force me to listen to more Doors and I still can’t get very excited about them.
    “Take Her Out” – Alice In Chains, Black Gives Way To Blue
    That’s more like it. If I were to rank AIC albums (and EPs), this would be the bottom choice, but it’s still an ass kicking good album. This was one of the tracks that leapt out at me early and has remained a favourite.
    “Shackled and Drawn” – Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
    More Boss after last weeks twofer. Something about the E-Street-meets-Sessions-Band style on most of this album appeals to me, especially on this track.

  • Rock_dawg

    Love that NIN/U2 cover!

  • Rock_dawg

    Happy Birthday! I shall have to play the 80’s Dance Party birthday edition from last year when I get home in your honour.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Erykah Badu — “Orange Moon” (Mama’s Gun, 2000).
    2) Prince — “1999” (Paris Affair, 1987).
    3) Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band — “Texas Eagle” (The Mountain, 1999).
    4) Buddy Guy and Junior Wells — “Cut You Loose” (Alone And Acoustic, 1991).
    5) Kelly Willis — “Wrapped” (What I Deserve, 1998).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • jamesballenger

    I really like Silent Lucidity – I always thought of it as Pink Floyd song not made by Pink Floyd but I’m probably the only one.

  • jamesballenger

    Happy Birthday – I just think of roller skating rinks when I hear Head to Toe, but I mean that as a good thing.

  • T. Greynolds

    My five:

    1. Skrillex – “Cinema (Skrillex Remix)”
    I. Love. Dubstep. Go ahead, judge me. I’m cool with it.

    2. Flogging Molly – “The Likes of You Again”
    I’m usually a bigger fan of the folksy Irish bands, but these guys play some mean pipes.

    3. NIN – “You Know What You Are”
    Seems like there’s alot of 90s alternative this Friday, no?

    4. Jay-Z – “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”
    Uhhhh. Jigga.

    5. Soulive – “Joyful Girl”
    Dave Matthews meets Ani Difranco with a jazz/r&b twist? Yes, please.

  • DwDunphy

    Oh dear.

    1) Alice In Chains – Check My Brain
    2) Cee Lo Green – I Want You
    3) Mindfunk – Sister Blue
    4) Field Music – You And I
    5) Laurie Anderson – Another Day In America

  • Michael Parr

    … and here I thought I was the only person with that Mindfunk record sitting in their library.

  • Rock_dawg

    Good call. A very Wall era sound to it – probably from Michael Kamen’s orchestration.

  • Michael Parr

    I haven’t heard enough dubstep to pass judgement. I love ’90s trip hop and jungle, so I don’t think I’d have a leg to stand on passing any judgement, anyway. Also, Flogging Molly = Marvelous!

  • Michael Parr

    “Silent Lucidity” is totally a crib from the Pink Floyd playbook.

  • Michael Parr

    I swear, I can’t hear “Shackled and Drawn” and not sing “Particle Man” by They Might Be Giants.

  • Keith Creighton

    Looks like my iPod is on a British bender today:

    Candie Payne – Take Me (from her only solo LP), Imagine Audrey Hepburn fronting The Zutons (originators of Amy Winehouse’s Valerie); Mark Ronson was somehow involved with this project. I describe her as “Duffy with balls.”
    The Coral – Cobwebs (from Roots & Echoes). Four albums after one of the most exciting debuts ever (The Doors meet Nuggets psychedelia and the Munsters), these lads consistently turn out beautiful albums.
    Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter “Alternate Take” – from the Crystal Days box set. A power pop version of a timeless classic.
    Northern Uproar – I Am The Cosmos – I have no idea how I got ahold of this Big Star cover. Sounds like a young, eager Oasis.
    Arctic Monkeys – Balaclava – With each new release, I get less and less interested in this once favorite new band. More cowbell? Delivered.

  • Keith Creighton

    I agree – Flogging Molly is always stellar. When everyone was moving away from Detroit, they moved there and energized their sound.

  • Michael Parr

    “Duffy with balls?” I’m going to have to check her out.

  • tangstrom

    All right, let’s see what comes up on the shuffle today…

    “Famous” — Big Time Rush (single version). Oh, the hazards of putting your tween daughter’s songs in your iTunes library. I kind of like this song. Why?

    “Pt. I – Acknowledgment” — John Coltrane Quartet (from A Love Supreme) My attempt at acquiring and listening to “important” music. I like it and all, but there are many things I’d rather listen to, like maybe our next tune…

    “Bounce Right Back” — Howard Jones (from Dream into Action). Not HoJo’s best tune, but it teleports me back to 1985, and what more can we ask from a pop song?

    “Clever Disguise” — Eliza Gilkyson (from Beautiful World). My wife has always had a thing for folkie female singer-songwriters. As far as that predileciton goes, this song’s not too bad.

    “Everlong” — Foo Fighters (from The Colour and the Shape). Hey! More 90’s alternative! Still my favorite track from Grohl & Co.

  • drcastrato

    1. Elvis Costello – Lipstick Vogue (live)
    2. Fleet Foxes – The Cascades
    3. Archer Prewitt – The Day to Day
    4. Coconut Records – This Old Machine
    5. Baroness – Cavite

  • Mordalo

    Let’s see what’s on the old Walkman today…

    1. Alice Cooper – Poison
    2. Jimmy Durante – As Time Goes By
    3. Monty Python – Christmas in Heaven
    4. Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me
    5. Sarah Brightman and the London Symphony Orchestra – Tú Quieres Volver

    …wow, that’s random even by MY standards…

  • Phil

    “Everlong” remains my favorite Foos tune to this day. It never gets skipped when it comes up on shuffle or on the radio. My favorite version is probably a 2 Meter Sessions cut from 1999, followed closely by a performance Dave and Taylor did for the Howard Stern Show in 1998.

  • Mike Duquette

    It’s been awhile since I hit shuffle, not only here but at all. Let’s do it!

    1. Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson, “Scream”: at one of my jobs, a female coworker not much older than me pegged this as one of her two favorite MJ tunes (the other being “Smooth Criminal”). I love this tune – why weren’t there more MJ/Jam-Lewis collaborations, I say – but I don’t know anyone who’s described it as a favorite. (That guitar solo in the bridge is one of my favorite bits of an MJ tune, though.) I imagine I’ll be pulling out plenty more of his stuff this weekend, as we get to the three-year mark(?!) since he passed.

    2. Rick James, “Below the Funk (Pass the J)”: the oddly frenetic closer to the great “Street Songs” LP. Anyone know how much of this is autobiographical, being born in Buffalo, zero degrees below and whatnot?

    3. Roy Orbison, “Love Hurts”: and who better to say it than a man with a voice like that? I’d hear any bad news from Roy.

    4. Michael Jackson-ish, “Keep Your Head Up”: from that posthumous “Michael” disc. It’s amazing how, with the passing of time, it’s soooo obvious how much not-MJ got on this album. *sigh*

    5. Chicago, “What Kind of Man Would I Be?”: the theme I’m gleaning from this Five is….distinctive voices, I guess. Would’ve been soulful voices if Jason Scheff hadn’t wandered onto the premises. I know Jefito and co. dig on even this era of Chicago – I’ve seen the geekery in person – and while I don’t outright dismiss it, this song doesn’t have its hooks like some of the others from the rest of the ’80s.

  • Michael Parr

    Don’t you dare backhandedly besmirch ’80s Chicago.

    Also, three years? Damn.

  • Michael Parr

    That is a whiplash inducing shuffle.

  • Michael Parr

    “Everlong” is the unwitting anthem of a generation. I love that song from the bottom of my heart, even though “My Hero” will always be my favorite.

    On the topic of A Love Supreme: it’s a record that you have to work up to. Understanding where ‘Trane was coming from is the key to enjoying how far he stepped out to create that record, and why it is an “important” piece.

  • Michael Parr

    Also, it’s nice to have you back.

  • tangstrom

    I remember listening to them on that Stern show. It was, indeed, awesome.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    It’s Friday, so “take out your false teeth, Mama, I want to suck on your gums!”

    1. “Pack Fair and Square” by J. Geils Band originally from Live – Full House, this one from their Houseparty Anthology. And we are off and intro’d by the great Peter Wolf. Sadly, I read that the remastered deluxe version of Live – Full House has been shelved

    2. “Everything’s Not Lost” by Coldplay from Parachutes. What the hell happened with these guys? This is a genuinely good record, and their followup was, too. SInce then, meh, at least for me

    3. “Tea in the Sahara” by the Police from Synchronicity. Damn, the Five got moody on me after that start

    4. “She Don’t Want Nobody Near” by Counting Crows from Films About Ghosts. I thought this might the first time I’d ever played this, but it’s the 2d, but first time since late ’09. Another in a long list of bands I like when I play but don’t play enough. I just never think to put on one of their records. Don’t know why.

    5. “Steppin’ Out” by Cream from Eric Clapton’s Crossroads box set. A previously unreleased, bluesy jam. WIth the first paycheck I got when I went on active duty I bought a car and this box set and not in that order.

    Hope you hear something great this weekend!

  • DwDunphy

    Scary, isn’t it?

  • DwDunphy

    Happy b-day 1-day-late.

  • Mordalo

    I admit, my tastes are…eclectic…but that shuffle was all over the place!

  • budd1099

    1. If You Were Here – Thompson Twins from Sixteen Candles. Think my wife loaded this on my newly bought ipod last X-Mas. I have to say it’s not half bad.
    2. Amoreena – Elton John from Tumbleweed Connection. Was a latercomer to Dog Day Afternoon well….you know the rest.
    3. My Way – Frank Sinatra from My Way. The definitive version.
    4. We All Fall In Love Sometimes – Elton John (again!) from Captain Fantastic And The Brown Cowboy. One of my first record albums, and a Jeff Buckley cover to boot.
    5. Expecting To Fly – from Buffalo Springfield Again. Love Jack Nitzsche’s productions.

  • Rock_dawg

    LOVE that version of Steppin’ Out. The other’s I’ve got on BBC Sessions or the Those Were The Days box set don’t hold a candle.