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.
“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?