The Friday Five: June 29, 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:

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?

  • Phil

    Sixpence None the Richer – “I Can’t Explain” (This Beautiful Mess, 1999)
    Closing track from my favorite Sixpence album back when they were an indie rock CCM outfit struggling with their record label and not FM pop radio darlings.

    Jughead – “Yesterday I Found Myself” (Jughead, 2002)
    When Platypus, the prog-rock supergroup side project featuring King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor, Dream Theater bassist John Myung, Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein, and former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian, disbanded after only two albums (both excellent by the way), Tabor and Sherinian teamed up with brothers Matt and Gregg Bissonette to form the more straight-ahead pop/rock project Jughead. However, their self-titled debut, the only album the project has released to date, does have its progressive moments on a few of the songs, such as this cut with its spacey droning verses, Beatles-esque bridge section, and harmony-laden, sugary-sweet, pure power pop chorus.

    Toad the Wet Sprocket – “Stories I Tell” (Fear, 1991)
    I played Fear so often back in the ’90s that there were times I just couldn’t stand to listen to it again. But “Stories I Tell” has always held this strange draw for me with its dark weightiness and mysterious lyrics.

    Van Halen – “Girl Gone Bad” (1984, 1984)
    Probably one of the best and most underrated songs on this Van Halen classic that saw the band moving in a new direction.

    Alice in Chains – “LOVE SONG” (Sap, 1995)
    The Sap EP’s closing nonsense track complete with grunting, screaming, bullhorn vocals, fart noises, and piano-based thrashing is a strange way the end what up to this point was another excellent Five. Oh well. “Kiss the midget!”

  • Rock_dawg

    Today I’m running a playlist mostly containing the newest additions to my library, so no promises of insight.

    “Get A Job” – Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Americana
    I’m really liking this album. The Crazy Horse-ization of these old songs can kick some serious ass, but there are a couple of misfires and I count this unremarkable cover of the doo wop classic to be one of them.
    “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” – Joe Jackson with Iggy Pop, The Duke
    I’ve only been playing this for the last couple of days, but so far, I’m in to it. But once again, my iPod has pulled up one of the tracks I’m least impressed with. I think it’s a combination of my fatigue with the song in general and the samples at the beginning of the track.
    “Let’s Hear It For The Boy (Extended)” – Denise Williams
    Irresistible 80’s pop. A decent 12″ mix that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome.
    “Embryo/Children of the Grave” – Black Sabbath, Master of Reality
    Fuck yeah!!! I’ve been filling in the holes of my Sabbath collection and I haven’t had the chance to listen to this album yet front to back, just dropped it into iTunes. Children of the Grave is probably my favourite Sabbath track and this is the first time I’ve heard that intro piece, so I had no idea what was coming.
    “Till Death Do Us Part” – Madonna, Like A Prayer
    The first time I’ve heard this song: not bad. The album cuts on Like A Prayer haven’t been impressing me much so far, but it’s tough to live up to the great singles from what I think is her peak period.

  • Keith Creighton

    In an emergency like this, you should treat yourself to a re-five. Go back to the main menu and hit shuffle again to compare it with your original 5.

  • Michael Parr

    I think iTunes was just in a mood, as here are the five random tunes that just shuffled:

    “Blues by Five” by Miles Davis Quintet
    “The Grudge” by Tool
    “Strange World” by The Beach Boys
    “Come Down” by Toad the Wet Sprocket
    “Tell Me” by Groove Theory

    So, yeah … iTunes was just being a dick.

  • Michael Parr

    That Joe Jackson record made me sad. Save for a handful of tracks, it was an utter disappointment.

  • Keith Creighton

    ART BRUT “Really Bad Weekend” – not the best kickoff to a Friday 5. Not a great track by them either. Needs more flamenco guitar, less whining.

    TRAVIS “I Kissed a Girl” – An OK Katy Perry cover, though a YouTube kid Max Vernon did a superior version coming from a gay man’s perspective.

    ARCADE FIRE “The Suburbs (Continued)” – I love this band, not sure why I never connected with the album.

    ABBA – “Money, Money, Money” – absolutely perfect pop song.

    THE BANGLES “What a Life” from Sweetheart of the Sun. Lovely song, takes the edge off as I count down to the Susanna Hoffs solo album dropping next month…

  • Phil

    Ooh… “The Grudge” is one of my favorite Tool tunes. As a matter of fact, I really, really like the whole Lateralus album. Makes for good programming or driving music. And “Faaip de Oiad” literally scared the crap out of me the first time I heard it.

  • Phil

    Well not literally…

  • Michael Parr

    I doubt it would have been the first time Tool made someone shit themselves.

  • tangstrom

    Let’s see what punishment iTunes can dole out today:

    1. “Life’s What You Make It” — Talk Talk (From The Colour of Spring). Off to an outstanding start. Probably my favorite track from this most underrated ’80s entity.

    2. “Hello Again” — The Cars (from Unlocked–The Live Performances) This is from the free CD that came with the Cars’ Unlocked DVD. Decent performance, but it’s missing excitement and emotion.

    3. “More, oh More” — Click Click (From a live performance on KFJC’s open-mike show, circa 1982). A friend of my brother’s was the drummer for this short-lived Bay Area band. They had potential, but they never cut a record.

    4. “Bittersweet” — Hoodoo Gurus (from Mars Needs Guitars!) iTunes is definitely on an ’80s bender today, but I’m not complaining! Another outstanding track by another underrated band.

    5. “Calling Captain Autumn” — Haircut 100 (from Pelican West). Wow, it’s a clean sweep of tunes from the 1980s. My least favorite song from Nick Heyward and the boys, it has significance for me as it was the tune playing on the car stereo as I drove my mom’s car off the road, nearly totaling it, back in 1983. After the dust settled, my friend John, who was with me, exclaimed, “Captain Autumn! Where are you now? We need you!”

  • ceese

    Be gentle with me–this is my first Friday Five shuffle…

    Andy Kim: “Good Good Morning” I’m a sucker for 70s pop! I figured if I loved
    “Rock Me Gently” I’d like the rest of the album. It is a nice perky way to start a day, with a little steel drum-calypso feel.

    The Hooters: “Karla with a K” And 80’s pop too. This just reminds me of lots of MTV watching when MTV was still playing music. I miss those days…not sure why this is in my shuffle though.

    Marshall Crenshaw: “For Her Love” I don’t know this one very well, but I’m finding it very repetitive. Apparently he will do many things “For Her Love.”

    The Carpenters: “Sing” Reminds me of chorus in elementary school. I think it must have been the go-to song for chorus teachers who wanted to be “cool” by choosing pop music. I know we thought we were pretty cool, anyway.

    The Beatles: “Ain’t She Sweet” Beatles before the rough edges were smoothed away. The Beatles rule!

  • nathan_az

    Dreams So Real – “Red Lights (Merry Christmas),” 7” single, 1988
    Athens, GA jangle-pop trio’s Christmas tune (surprise!). Maybe not their finest moment (though not half bad as these things go). Note: the single’s green vinyl and features the sublime, amazing “Bearing Witness” on the flip.

    Peter Gabriel – “Handauflegen,” Peter Gabriel 4 (Security) Deutsches Album,
    German language version of “Lay Your Hands on Me.” I like Peter Gabriel enough to actually enjoy his German albums even though I don’t understand the language.

    Secession – “Touch (Part 4),” Touch 12” single, 1984
    Stuck in the ‘80s this afternoon. Primarily instrumental synth/dance track from this underappreciated Scottish act, best known for “Touch (Part 3),” I guess. Lots of cool percussion flourishes keep things interesting. A couple of the members hooked up with The Vaselines later on. For what it’s worth.

    New Order – “Your Silent Face,” Retro box set (originally on Power, Corruption
    & Lies), 1983
    Secession followed by New Order. Interesting. New Order’s probably my favorite band of all time (I went back and checked, and I have 214 of their tracks in my iTunes library), and this is among their best. Like everyone, I smile every time Sumner
    mumbles/sings, “You’ve caught me at a bad time/So why don’t you…piss off?”

    The Real Tuesday Weld – “On Lavender Hill,” The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid, 2005
    Finally something from the ‘00s! Although it sounds like a track from the late ‘60s. Has there been a better song about getting cuckolded and having problems with impotence? If so, I’ve yet to hear it.

  • nathan_az

    If you go back and listen to the entirety of Laid, I’m pleased to report you’ll re-discover “Sometimes (Lester Piggott),” which is one of the most romantic songs ever. Lester Piggott was an English jockey, and the song’s rhythm is reminiscent of a galloping horse, hence the parenthetical.

  • jhallCORE

    1) John Mellencamp — “Pink Houses” (Words & Music: John Mellencamp’s Greatest Hits, 2004).
    2) Lyle Lovett — “Private Conversation” (The Road To Ensenada, 1996).
    3) Lyle Lovett — “I’m Going To The Place” (My Baby Don’t Tolerate, 2003).
    4) Buddy Guy — “Living Proof” (Living Proof, 2010).
    5) INXS — “New Sensation” (Kick, 1987).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • DwDunphy

    1. Blur – Out of Time (Think Tank) Best song from a so-so record and, no, I don’t consider it a proper Blur record.
    2. Al Stewart – Life In Dark Water (Time Passages) A lovely, creepy, moody tune that manages to rise about it’s adult-contemporary waterline.
    3. Destroyer – Chinatown (Kaputt) God bless you, Dan Bejar.
    4. Midnight Oil – Shipyards of New Zealand (Red Sails In The Sunset) From an album that’s actually better than their U.S. breakout, Diesel and Dust, but too arch to have ever been a hit.
    5. Billy Squier – Whaddya Want From Me (In The Dark) Well, kick me in squirrel pouch. This ain’t half bad.

  • Mordalo

    And now from the world most random Walkman, we have…

    1. Dr. Dre (ft. Eminem & Skylar Grey) – I Need a Doctor.
    Wow. Starting out with something from this decade. How rare coming from me.

    2. Beastie Boys – Ch-Check it Out.
    So my Walkman (and yes, it’s a Walkman) is in a rap/hip-hop mood today. Interesting…

    3. The Drifters – Saturday Night at the Movies.
    Okay, making a soft turn to classic R&B. Not too bad…

    4. The Firm – Satisfaction Guaranteed.
    I remember buying this CD for just this song. Don’t think I’ve listened to anything else on that record.

    5. Enya – Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)
    And there’s the curve ball, kids! Maybe no whiplash this week, but just a hard slider…

  • EightE1

    That and “One of the Three” are my favorite songs on Laid.

  • EightE1

    I fucking hate having a summer cold. It’s such a small thing, this contagion, but it just makes me miserable.

    Anyway …

    System of a Down, “Deer Dance” (Toxicity, 2001). So sick of Serj Tankian’s sub-par solo work, and I hated Scars on Broadway. I fucking love SOAD, and would welcome new music from them.

    The Henry Clay People,”Slow Burn” (Sample This Shit, 2010). From an Amazon sampler. Cool little tune that’s been on my iTunes for two years now, and this is the first I recall hearing it.

    Rolling Stones, “Mixed Emotions” (Steel Wheels, 1989). Remember when it was a big deal for the Stones to be back together after years apart and some acrimony, to make new music and tour? Remember that? Shame that doesn’t happen anymore.

    Russell Hitchcock, “Beside Myself” (Take Time, 2009). Been meaning to ask Jason Hare if he was aware of this record. So Jason, if you’re listening/reading/watching/whatever … ever hear of this record? You’ll like it.

    Kristin Hersh, “Panic Pure” (Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation – The Songs of Vic Chesnutt, 1996). Great song from a great record. A Chesnutt song could even make Hootie and the Blowfish sound smart, and good. In the hands of Hersh, well … it’s like alchemy, you know? Music that turns into pure gold.

  • Michael Parr

    I swear, I said the same damn thing about “Mixed Emotions” to my wife after it shuffled up last week.

    Feel better, Rob.

  • jcb7472

    1) Jane’s Addiction “No One’s Leaving” (1990)
    2) Alkaholiks “Coast II Coast” (from the “Friday” soundtrack, 1995)
    3) Crocodiles “No Black Clouds for Dee Dee” (2012)
    4) De La Soul “Stix and Stonz” (1994)
    5) The Grays “Same Thing” (1994)
    takin’ in back to the 90s with this 5…lol

  • Rock_dawg

    How often will I play this album in the future? Probably not much – why would I play this when I could play Laughter & Lust instead – but I don’t mind it overall. I’d give it a 3 out of 5 for at least being interesting: I can still “hear Joe” in the arrangements of most of them and a couple of them sound like they could be his songs. I’d prefer to hear him sing more on it. But the bottom line is that this type of tribute album is a vanity project and ultimately a disposable curiosity.