The Friday Five: May 10, 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:

“Thing Called Love” by Bonnie Raitt (from Respect: A Century of Women in Music (disc 5: Hip-Hop, Pop, and Passion), 1999)

The chorus might be “Songwriting for Songwriters 101,” but that’s neither here, nor there; this is the single that broke Raitt to my generation. Sure, “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” or maybe “Something to Talk About,” are the tunes that everyone remembers, but “Thing Called Love” is about as perfect a vehicle for Raitt to display her slide chops.

“Excuse Me Mr.” by No Doubt (from Tragic Kingdom, 1995)

I recently spun though Tragic Kingdom and was nary surprised how well it has held up, despite the watered-down ska overtones.

“Peaches en Regalia” by Frank Zappa (from Hot Rats, 1969)

This is nothing short of a rock and roll symphony. Good God, the acoustic guitar (amped with a phaser, no less) and flute break at 2:34 is nothing short of magical. The bass line—courtesy of Shuggie Otis—simply undulates just beneath the surface.

“My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen (from Born in the U.S.A., 1984)

This tune might just be my second favorite cut on Born in the U.S.A.; the top spot belonging to “Glory Days.”

“Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers (from Blood Sugar Sex Magik, 1991)

This sent a wave of nostalgia through me that I haven’t felt before. I guess with the record being well over 20 years old I should expect it, but I can’t say I’ve associated this time period with nostalgia up until now. Glory days indeed, eh?

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • jcb7472

    -Raekwon – “Rainy Dayz” featuring Ghostface Killah (Only Built for Cuban Linx, 1995)…some hip hop for your Friday from this classic Wu Tang Clan spin-off album

    -The Band – “Jemina Surrender” (The Band, 1969) – The Band was before my time but a friend recently introduced them to me (other than the couple of songs I knew) and they are awesome. Have been reading and hearing a lot too lately since the passing of Levon Helm

    -Paul Simon – “American Tune” (Paul Simon in Concert – Live Rhymin’, 1974) – a slow ballad performed live…I couldn’t remember hearing this one previously

    -Dala – “Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved Me” (Please, Please, Please – A Tribute to The Smiths, 2011) – a decent cover

    -Donovan Frankenreiter “So Far Away” (self titled, 2004)…some surf rock from the Jack Johnson protoge to ease into the weekend

  • MC_Snocap

    1) “When I Wanted You” by Barry Manilow (1979, off The Essential Barry Manilow”)
    Manilow was the musician who first got pre-ado Snocap hooked on contemporary
    music. He also was the first I turned away from, once I recognized how
    often his songs relied on overwrought orchestration and key changes for
    that last verse oomph. Whether it’s due to nostalgia or irony or a
    broadening of taste, the formula’s back in fashion for me, and this is
    Exhibit A.

    2) “Un Woman’s Paradis” by Dimitri from Paris (1998, Sacrebleu)
    No Parisian would use such mangled Franglais. Je smell un rat.

    3) “Roses” by Outkast (2003, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below)
    True or false: Real guys go for real down-to-Mars girls.

    4) “On the Painted Desert (DJ Crash Remix)” by Boom Boom Satellites (1999, off Japan Not For Sale, Vol. 2)
    I think this is trying to be serene, slightly mysterious atmosphere. It’s just too wispy. Go to the corner with Dimitri.

    5) “Street Scene” by Sam Butera (1959, off Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 12: Saxophobia)
    Wail on, Sam.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses — “All Choked Up Again” (Junky Star, 2010).
    2) Ryan Bingham — “Sunshine” (Mescalito, 2007).
    3) Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson — “Sleeping Cold” (Rattlin’ Bones, 2008).
    4) Rosanne Cash — “The Summer I Read Collette” (10-Song Demo, 1996).
    5) Stevie Wonder — “Love’s In Need Of Love Today” (Songs In The Key Of Life, 1976).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • aryl watson

    Missed a week – back with a vengeance :-)

    1. Let it Go – Def Leppard – High & Dry

    I love this album/period of Def Leppard. I lost interest after Pyromania but come back to their early stuff pretty regularly.

    2. Paper Cuts – Nirvana – Bleach

    Grew up outside of Seattle & graduated from HS in 1989 (when Bleach was released.) Changed my outlook on music – I started devouring Mudhoney, Green River, Mother Love Bone & Soundgarden.

    3. Technicolor – Nurses – Apple’s Acre

    No idea where this one came from.Pretty good tune. Starred so it comes up more often.

    4. Feel Good Inc (Gorillaz Cover) – The Editors – Live on BBC

    Great cover of a great song – slowed way down. The arrangement fits the vocalist’s range. Always excited when this song shows up.

    5. No One’s Gonna Love You (Band of Horses cover) – CeeLo – Lady Killer

    This is actually a remix by Paul Epworth? I really like the original & CeeLo is serviceable, but the voice doesn’t do it for me in this setting.

    Just missed The Patient from Tool .

    Have a great weekend.

  • Phil

    Gin Blossoms – “7th Inning Stretch” (Congratulations I’m Sorry, 1996)
    What?! I’m sorry, I’m not counting this one.

    Hey! Hello! – “Lock for Rock (And Other Sporting Cliches)” (Hey! Hello!, 2012)
    Without a doubt the best song on Ginger Wildheart’s noisy-pop PledgeMusic project with Victoria Liedtke.

    Cheifs – “The Lonelys” (Chunks, 1989)
    This comes off a 17-minute SST compilation full of “chunks” of songs, some of them by bands I have never heard of even though I’m familiar with most of the SST roster. The Cheifs [sic] were apparently a short-lived punk band that bridged the gap between the late-70s punk movement and the early-80s hardcore bands, and this track may have been their only SST appearance. I can’t find them on an SST band list anywhere, and it doesn’t look like they released a full album for any label, much less SST. This track gets a bit of an update as “The Lonlies” (linked, and notice the updated spelling as well) and is included on a Cheifs compilation called Holly-West Crisis on Flipside records. Even so, it doesn’t do too much for me, although it must have hit someone the right way because the album was re-released three different times on two other labels.

    Soasin – “It’s Far Better to Learn” (Saosin, 2006)
    Decent enough effort from the emo/screamo band that has popped up in several of my other Fives. Maybe I’m just a contrarian, but I think I’m just over all the earnest, pleading lyrics asking “What’s wrong with me? Why don’t you like me?” and asserting revelations like “I don’t believe in anything.” Meh.

    Platypus – “Better Left Unsaid” (Ice Cycles, 2000)
    Platypus was a “supergroup” of sorts featuring guitarist/vocalist Ty Tabor of King’s X, Dream Theater’s John Myung on bass, journeyman keyboardist Derek Sherinian, and jazz-fusion/prog-rock super-drummer Rod Morgenstein (let’s just forget about that whole Winger thing) that released two albums before splitting into two different side-projects. You would expect that an ensemble like this with its combined pedigree would produce an all-out prog wankfest, but the focus on Ice Cycles is on the songs, most of them fairly laid-back, emotional, and introspective numbers like this one, reserving the prog for the final 10-minute, 7-part suite they call a “quintology” and that features track names like “yoko ono,” “yoko two-no,” “yoko againo,” and “yoko outro.”

    Megadeth – “Countdown to Extinction” (Countdown to Extinction, 1992)
    This follow-up to the great Rust in Peace very nearly matches its predecessor in composition quality and musicianship and produced some of my favorite Megadeth tunes, the title track being one of them. I’m not sure that Megadave will ever recapture the magic of this era of Megadeth or top the lineup featuring Junior, Marty Friedman, and Nick Menza.

  • Rock_dawg

    That’s a fine, fine Five, sir. You’re right about the chorus of “Thing Called Love” being kind of simple, but when Bonnie’s cookin’ through the tune like she does, what does it matter. And it’s been a long time since I’ve heard “Peaches en Regalia”. Methinks I’ll be digging that up when I get home this evening.

    “Long Time Lie” – Depeche Mode, Delta Machine
    I’ve been having a hard time warming up to this album. I find it very dull, with even the harder edged and uptempo numbers lacking any excitement. I’ll keep playing it, because I want to like it, but it may fall off the iPod sooner than a Depeche Mode album usually would.

    “Telephone Song” – Stan Getz with Asturd Gilberto, The Girl From Ipenema: The Bossa Nova Years
    A delightfully quick little ditty, perfect for the second half of a workday.

    “Save A Prayer” – Duran Duran, Rio
    DD was the first music I was into that my parents weren’t and remain one of my all time favourite groups. While “Save A Prayer” has never been my favourite song, it is quite a rewarding listen. Everything in this track works so well: There’s the classic keyboard hook (obviously) and Simon’s impassioned vocal, but there’s some nice acoustic guitar under there and John’s bass is as brilliant as always.

    “King George Street” – Squeeze, Greatest Hits
    Such a chipper sound for such a serious lyric. It’s about a woman taking off with her kids in the middle of the night to get away from her drunk husband. At least I think so…I may be misunderstanding some of the English slang.

    “Swamp Song” – Tool, Undertow
    I like arty Tool, but I kind of miss the angry stuff. It’s fun to sing stuff like “You’re a dumb and belligerent f##ker/I hope it sucks you down.”

    Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers.

  • Phil

    Let it Go – Def Leppard – High & Dry

    The opening chords of this song instantly transport me to my childhood bedroom playing “air guitar” on a plywood fake guitar my dad cut out for me. Yes, I guess I’ve always been a geek.

  • Ernie G

    1. – Sael & Bounty Killer (from a compilation called “Frenchy Ragga Disco Vol. 2″ – honest)

    2.Stupid – Bobby Womack

    3. High on a Mountain Top – Loretta Lynn

    4. I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

    5. Babydoll – Laurie Anderson

  • Mordalo

    Peaches en Regalia is one amazing tune. Zappa, IMHO, never got the full credit he deserved as an artist. Everyone wrote him off as not being serious or, worse yet, the guy who made “Valley Girl”.