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.
“Stroke You Up” by Changing Faces (from Stroke You Up, 1994)
Oh. My. A few thoughts: R.Kelly wrote this track; if I recall the timing right, this track came out after H-Town’s “Knockin’ Da Boots” and was not all that scandalous. But really, I don’t ever want to hear R. Kelly asking a lady to stroke him. Ever. A quick bit of internet research reveals that the ladies are set to release a big comeback record in 2012, sans Mr. Kelly.
“Just Got Paid” by *NSync (from No Strings Attached, 2000)
Well, if you ever needed proof that I don’t edit my shuffle, here it is. Go ahead, laugh. Ok, maybe not that much. Timberlake might be one soulful motherlover, but this is an utterly flat take of the Johnny Kemp hit. You can stop laughing now.
“Lovesong” by Adele (from 21, 2011)
I don’t particularly care for Adele’s take on the Cure classic. Especially in light of what she was able to do with the Dylan cum Billy Joel tune, “Make You Feel My Love,” this just seems flat. There’s that description again; what the hell is wrong with today’s shuffle? Maybe iTunes is coming down with something.
“Five-O” by James (from Laid, 1993)
I don’t think that I’ve listened to a single song from Laid, other than “Laid,” since 1993. This is not inspiring me to revisit it anytime soon, either.
“Any Time, Any Place (R. Kelly mix)” by Janet Jackson (from Janet.Remixed, 1995)
Seriously? It’s as if iTunes just dropped the mic and walked off stage. Bookend R. Kelly tracks? At least we’re going out on top. This is a damn sexy version, and who can resist 1995 Janet? Is it getting hot in here?
What’s on your shuffle today?