The Friday Five: June 7, 2013

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:

Round Kid” by Buck-O-Nine (from Twenty-Eight Teeth, 1997)

While I don’t know for certain, I’d be willing to bet good money that Buck-O-Nine’s story goes a little something like this: earnest little ska-punk band gets swooped up in the music industry’s mad dash to sign the next No Doubt / Goldfinger / Reel Big Fish / Less Than Jake; releases one lackluster record; releases one less impressive EP with a decent cover of an ’80s hit; gets dumped by said label as soon as they realize that the Third Wave Ska movement was over before they signed them. Harsh? Perhaps, but likely nonetheless. Now I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t disclose that I was–and still am–a fan of a good chunk of the Third Wave Ska bands that came up in the early ’90s.

Mind Over Matter (I’m Gonna Make You Mine)” by The Pirates (from The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 2: 1962 (disc 9), 2005)

Ah, Complete Motown Singles, you confound me yet again. A bit of research reveals that this is actually The Temptations. If you are interested in going down the rabbit hole, Motown Junkies has the low down. Long story short, Berry Gordy is a crafty motherfucker.

Different Ways” by The Greenberry Woods (from Big Money Item, 1995)

While The Greenberry Woods’ first record was a strong slice of ’90s power pop, their second record (and final) seemed to fall more into the mid-’90s ‘grunge lite’ mold.

“Think” by Main Source (from Breaking Atoms, 1991)

Possibly one of the most slept on Hip-Hop record of the ’90s. If you love Hip-Hop and haven’t heard this record, you need to fix that as quickly as possible.

If Yr Not” by Ani DiFranco (from ¿What Side Are You On?, 2012)

Can’t say that I have much to say about this tune. As much as I love just about everything Ani puts out, her overtly political material just doesn’t jibe with me ears. ¿What Side Are You On? got maybe three listens before being relegated to the back of the shelf, and listening to this tune doesn’t make me want to pull it out.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    The Police – “Bombs Away” (Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings, 1993)
    Message in a Box introduced me to a wealth of Police tunes lesser known to me since my exposure to them had largely been through FM radio, MTV, and the one Police album I actually owned growing up, Synchronicity. “Bombs Away” is one of those songs.

    Nada Surf – “No Quick Fix” (Nada Surf: 1994–2008 vinyl box set bonus download, 2008)
    In 2008 Barsuk Records released a limited-edition, numbered vinyl box set documenting Nada Surf’s career up to that point. The set was limited to 1000 copies and consisted of the band’s first five albums, a repressing of a long out-of-print 7″, and 16 b-sides and rarities available via single-use download codes, one of which was “No Quick Fix." This is pure Nada Surf–sweet, catchy, jangly–and I’m not quite sure how it was relegated to b-side status.

    Beastie Boys – “Funky Boss” (Check Your Head, 1992)
    Um, see, there’s this boss. And he’s funky. And apparently he’s on someone’s back. The thing I really appreciate about Check Your Head is that the Boys proved they weren’t one-trick ponies by changing up their style and playing their own instruments. Now that’s funky.

    Neal Morse – “Jayda” (Testimony 2, 2011)
    Neal Morse’s solo albums Testimony and Testimony 2 document the events that led to his conversion to Christianity and, ultimately, to his leaving the prog-rock band Spock’s Beard he formed with his brother Alan in 1992. “Jayda” relates the miraculous healing of his infant daughter’s heart defect, a hole in her heart. I have a soft spot for Morse’s ballads, and being the father of a not-so-little girl these days, it has a tendency to bring a tear to my eye.

    Rush – “Distant Early Warning” (A Show of Hands, 1988)
    “The world weighs on my shoulder, but what am I to do?”

  • 40 Year Itch

    1. Richard Barone “Number With Wings” from his live album Cool Blue Halo
    2. David Bowie’s cover of The Mersey’s “Sorrow” from Pin Ups
    3. Beck “Your Cheatn Heart” from the Hank Williams tribute album Timeless
    4. Talking Heads “Found a Job” from Stardust Ballroom 1979 show
    5. Thunderclap Newman “The Reason” from the brilliant Hollywood Dream

  • Rock_dawg

    Even though you’re entitled to vacation time, coming back to work always makes you feel like you’re being punished for going away! Oh well, I’m just about caught up and it’s time for a Friday Five time out!

    “Fame” – David Bowie, Best of Bowie
    I don’t know if it’s still available, but the documentary “Five Years” was streaming on the BBC site and I highly recommend it. A highlight is Carlos Alomar demonstrating this riff.
    “Live Now!” – Helloween, Straight Out of Hell
    Lacking some of the awesome power-metal-ness of other Helloween tracks, but pretty solid.
    “Does Your Mother Know” – ABBA, Voulez-Vous
    ABBA kind of rock on this Bjorn sung track. This has been a favourite of mine since I was a kid.
    “Moonage Daydream” – David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
    More Bowie. Not that it’s a bad thing.
    “Herm-aphrodite (She Was A Guy)” – The Trews, …Thank You And I’m Sorry EP
    A jokey, blue collar Canadain version of “Lola”. It’s hard to take a song seriously with lyrics like “She had a nice COUNT-ry voice and I sure liked her DIC-tion”.

    Enjoy your weekends, fellow Fivers.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Danilo Perez — “Round Midnight” (PanaMonk, 1996).
    2) Cyrus Chestnut — “Welllllll!” (Soul Food, 2001).
    3) Charlie Musselwhite — “Black Water” (Delta Hardware, 2006).
    4) Bonnie Raitt — “Sugar Mama” (Bonnie Raitt Collection, 1990).
    5) Joshua Redman — “Chill” (Mood Swing, 1994).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • nathan_az

    “1 John 4:16″ – The Mountain Goats (The Life of the World to Come, 2009)
    Some bands I love, even though they’re kinda dumb. The Mountain Goats are not at all dumb.

    “The Black Road Shines” – The Apartments (The Evening Visits…and Stays for Years, 1985) A stand-out from one of the best debuts pretty much ever (compiled by smushing together the band’s first 3 EPs). Sorta in the same vein as The Go-Betweens or The Blue Nile, if those names mean anything to you.

    “Honey Hi” – Fleetwod Mac (Tusk, 1979) To me, Tusk is pretty good, but not a classic or underrated work of genius…so feel free to assail my casual dismissal of this Christine McVie tune, which opened Side 4.

    “Jetstream” (Phela Dub) – New Order ([Jetstream 12″, 2005) I will go to bat for 98%+ of New Order’s catalog, including remixes & such. This 9 minute dub version, however, is absolute tedium. DJ Pete Heller cuts most of Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic’s guest vocals, the most interesting part of the original version.

    “Dopamine” – Mitchell Froom, feat. Suzanne Vega (Dopamine, 1998) Interesting concept, not the greatest execution. Froom’s one of the best knob twiddlers around, but this seems weird just for the sake of being weird. As an aside, Froom and Vega divorced the same year this album was released.

    Odd FIve this week. Wait, isn’t 5 always “odd”? Have a great weekend everybody!

  • aryl watson

    Friday – Haven’t needed a weekend this much in a long time!

    1. Renegade – Styx – Babe: The Collection
    Styx has 3-4 songs I love – All Tommy Shaw – and I strongly dislike most of the rest of their songs. This is one of the songs I love. I can’t think of another band I love/hate like Styx.

    2. Love You Madly – Cake – Comfort Eagle
    A great song from one of my favs. I love their overall sound, guitar tone, keyboards, the trumpet – great stuff!

    3. Esta Noche – The Twilight Singers – Play BlackBerry Belle
    Greg Dulli – I love the voice.

    4.Rock Lobster- B52s – All Night Cinema – The B52s
    I hated this song in high school – released in 1979? I didn’t hear it until at least ’88. Quite enjoy it now.

    5. Like A Stone – Audioslave – Audioslave
    I nearly wet myself when RageAgainstTheGarden was first announced. My favorite vocalist with one of my favorite bands? What’s not to love? Turns out -most of their songs. Bummer

    Just missed Paramore – Misery Business. Not bad

    Have a great weekend!

  • MC_Snocap

    Hi everyone! Y’all look great!

    1. “Fight” by The Cure (1987, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me)
    Robert Smith’s vocal curlicues hit me as a little too foppish for this song; would love to hear a harder-hitting remake with a more forceful voice.

    2. “Make a Circuit with Me” by The Polecats (1981, off Living in Oblivion, Vol. 3)
    Stray Cats have their place, buy why couldn’t America accept another rockabilly act? This song feels like a genuine throwback, without the nearly cartoony nostalgia act vibe that broke the Cats wide.

    3. “Cura Me” by Matt Van Wyk (2008, off Super Trance 2008)
    One of those trance tunes that’s perfectly agreeable when heard yet can’t be recalled once it’s over.

    4. “Pennies from Heaven” by Frank Sinatra (1956, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers)
    Always amazed at how Sinatra puts his voice through so many paces while sounding so effortless.

    5. “Time Is On Our Side” by Rudy Ray Moore and Revelation Funk (1975, Dolemite soundtrack)
    We interrupt this description with a line from another Moore joint. “As you can see, if you want to be a member of the disco squad, you have to get funky and get down.” Please do both this weekend, Fivers.

  • BRock

    The Beatles – “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” (Anthology 3)
    After so many years listening to the original, it’s a nice break to hear this slowed-down, funkier version.
    Charltans UK – “The Only One I Know” (Some Friendly)
    MTV’s 120 Minutes turned my head with this one. Still pretty nice some years later.
    Ben Folds Five – “Underground” (Live)
    All ‘live” albums should be doubles, some more than others.
    Bruce Hornsby – “The Way It Is” (Greatest Hits)
    Every time I listen to this now I hear 2-Pac.
    Houndmouth – “Penetentary” (From The Hills Beneath The City)
    Another local band getting some national attention. Louisville, KY the hot-bed of music scene! Oh, and the national basketball champs, to boot!

  • DwDunphy

    I wish I could get into the Mountain Goats. They’re a band everyone tells me I should like, and that I probably DO like — judging from my record collection — I just don’t know it yet. But I’ll listen to John Darnielle and think, “Yeah, but he’s no Jeff Mangum.”