The Friday Five: May 11, 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:

I’m dedicating this week’s Friday Five to my youngest son, who joined us this past Monday. He came into the world surrounded by music, and here are a few of the songs–randomly shuffled–that were playing during his birth. I know this one is late, but I think you’ll all understand.

“Ruby Heart” by The Guggenheim Grotto (from The Universe is Laughing, 2010)

“Something something is about to happen
I feel it in my heart a thumping
I’m fired up my thoughts are spinning”

During our extended stay in the labor and delivery room I came back to this song repeatedly. Once upon a time, this was my least favorite song on The Universe is Laughing; now it resonates with a newfound bit of self discovery.

“There a whisper in the trees a blowing
A promise of a new beginning
This could be why I’ve been waiting
This could be my second coming”

“The Great Unknown” by The Damnwells (from No One Listens to the Band Anymore, 2011)

There were a lot of Damwells tunes played during labor, for their calming effect. For the same reason, we listened to the both the “Red” and “Blue” versions of the Sliver Seas record, Château Revenge.

“Crush” by Dave Matthews Band (from Before These Crowded Streets, 1998)

One of “our” songs.

“Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa (from A Salt With A Deadly Pepa, 1988)

I kid you not, my wife requested this gem.

“Wouldn’t it be Nice” by The Beach Boys (from Pet Sounds, 1966)

In a moment that couldn’t have been more serendipitous if it were scripted, the song playing on the radio as I wheeled my newborn son into the nursery for his first checks was “Wouldn’t it be Nice.” I’ve long maintained that Pet Sounds is–in my opinion–the perfect first record to share with your children. The fact that it was the first song that my boy heard as he entered this world made for a simply perfect memory to add to the vault. His second song: “Don’t Worry Baby.”

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    I’m dedicating this week’s Friday Five to my youngest son, who joined us this past Monday.


    “Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa (from A Salt With A Deadly Pepa, 1988)
    I kid you not, my wife requested this gem.

    And that’s completely crazy. Hang on to that one, sir.

  • Phil

    And here’s mine …

    Galactic Cowboys – “Bucket of Chicken” (Let It Go, 2000)
    A funky organ-based instrumental filler of sorts from the Cowboys’ swan song. Not a bad track, but not what you’d expect from this group.

    Foo Fighters – “Best of You” (In Your Honor, 2005)
    One of the best (and commercially successful) tracks from this double-album from the Foos. Say what you will, but Dave Grohl knows how to write a good rock song.

    Metallica – “That Was Just Your Life” (Death Magnetic, 2008)
    Much ado was made about the mastering of this album, so much so that the songs themselves were often overlooked. Death Magnetic was a return-to-form of sorts—not the revisiting of the Master of Puppets glory days that fans have long craved—and in my opinion it was an excellent album and exactly the shot in the arm the band needed after the beating they took for St. Anger. This song kicks off a relentless James Hetfield riff-fest that slows down only a couple of times during the album’s 72 minutes, and that’s just fine by me.

    Queensrÿche – “Sign of the Times” (Hear in the Now Frontier, 1997)

    Would someone please let me knowHow we have spun out of controlHas the captain let go of the wheel?

    Little did guitarist, primary songwriter, and founding member Chris DeGarmo know how prophetic these words would be as longtime fans currently find themselves scratching their heads wondering what has happened to this band. Or maybe he did. HITNF was the last album with DeGarmo on-board as a full-time member, choosing instead to follow a career as a professional pilot and a short stint as a hired gun for Jerry Cantrell’s backing band. This album doesn’t get much respect in the Queensrÿche ouvre—and that’s understandable in light of some of the classics that preceded it—but for the most part, it’s not a bad album. It’s just that as a Queensrÿche album it’s fairly forgettable, and it was definitely a sign that the band’s better days were behind it.

    Glen Phillips – “Didn’t Think You Cared” (The Unreleased Songs Compilation, 1st Edition, Disc 1)
    Just like it says on the tin, this is a compilation of live and demo versions of (at the time) unreleased Toad the Wet Sprocket and Glen Phillips solo material. This is a typical ballad-y Glen song from a poor quality bootleg played to an audience that was obviously way more interested in talking (and eating? I think I hear clinking silverware in the background). I’ve heard a couple of other bootleg shows like this one, and it never ceases to amaze me how much chatter there is when Glen isn’t playing a Toad song.

  • EightE1

    A quick Five before I leave with the family to see a baseball game. Baseball, as you know, has been berry, berry good to me:

    Judas Priest, “Battle Hymn.”
    Perfect sportsy instrumental.

    Pavement, “Haunt You Down.”
    Lord, I’m wishin’ I was stoned …

    Bottle Rockets, “I’ll Be Comin’ Around.”
    Can I be your Plan B, baybuh?

    Miles Davis, “Iris.”
    The great mid-60s Davis band (Carter, Hancock, Shorter, Williams) might’ve been the best small combo in jazz history. Discuss.

    The Chevelles, “She’s Not Around.”
    Garage rock makes me happy.

  • Mike Duquette

    Oh, you’re off to a beautiful start for that little guy, Parr. Let’s see if I can come up with anything as good…

    1. Maroon 5, “Figure It Out”: An outtake from the second album that ended up on iTunes at some point. Very much in the vein of that album, i.e. Adam Levine and company shouting “Hey, what do you think of our ’80s pop/rock record collection???” Weirdly, it’s been 10 years since their first album, and I just wrote a piece on a deluxe reissue for my site. WHAT.

    2. Big Star, “There Was a Light (Live)”: from the live show on the box set, which the audience could seem to care less that they’re at, you know, a Big Star concert.

    3. Stevie Wonder, “Love Light in Flight”: it’s no “Don’t Drive Drunk.” Kidding, I think.

    4. Big Star, “Blue Moon (Demo)”: weird, we’re doubling back to the Big Star box. That was fine enough…but I feel like trying to take all the box in at once was a mistake. I could be wrong.

    5. Danger Mouse, “Encore”: from “The Grey Album.” Another one I’ve not listened to as much as I’d expected. The “Glass Onion” sample in the first half is deliriously appealing enough, though.

  • drxl

    1. The World The People Together (Come On) by The Dandy Warhols (2008) from Earth To The Dandy Warhols. Never a big Dandy Warhols fan myself, I have been surrounded by them since I first heard about them back in the nineties, and i really like this thing here. Poppy, fuzzed out and very Brittish sounding (at least to me).

    2. Get Seduced by The Faint (2008), opening track from Fasciinatiion. I really enjoyed seeing them live back in 2004, playing after Radio 4 and The Kills. In general, an awesome little festival, before they started getting really crowded. That is one of the problems of living in a nine million people city. By the way, this particular track is not among their best.

    3. The Reason by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (2010) from I Learned The Hard Way. Even though I recognize this is a great song, I have never really understood the rave reviews surrounding Sharon Jones opus. This sounds a lot of what I used to listen back when i was heavy into Acid Jazz and the whole Straight No Chaser scene.

    4. Everyday In Madrid by The True Believers (2011) from Montana Muerta. This sounds a lot like Vicente Gayo, but I bet that means little outside Mexico City. This funky retro-post-punk band comes from Torreón, northern Mexico, and you can download their EP for free here: Very cool, even if not extremely original.

    5. Trigo Maduro by Ray Garrido from the 2007 compilation Antojitos Mexicanos, Volumen 3. Almost every year, SocSub (Subterranean Society), a very small Mexican netlabel, releases these huge free compilations of mostly unsigned underground bands from all over the country, from the very obscure to the blog darlings and a few acts about to break into the hipster canon du jour. As I was writing this I knew nothing about Ray Garrido, but looking a little bit deeper on the web I found out he is a Mexican designer and electronic musician linked to some friends on the Mexican electronic scene. two degrees of separation. Check him out here:

    No metal this friday.



    1) “Babyface” by U2: I’m still waiting for Babyface to do a song called “You Too” in retaliation.

    2) “For No One” by The Beatles: One of my all-time favorites from The Fabs.

    3) “All Night’s All Right” by Chaka Khan: A funky jam from *my* Queen of Soul’s second solo album.

    4) “Excursions” by A Tribe Called Quest: “Back in the day when I was a teenager…”

    5) “Riga GIrls” by The Weepies: This came on and I had to run into the living room (I was in my office area) to find out what was playing. Quality stuff. Thanks :-)

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Let’s see what I can’t spin up for the newest member of the Parr family:

    1. “You Win Again” by Jerry Lee Lewis from the All Killer No Filler anthology. The Killer covers Hank Williams, Sr.

    2. “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath from Paranoid – Wow, I haven’t listened this in ages, and not really what I’m in the mood for tonight
    3. “Sing A Simple Song” by Sly & The Family Stone from Anthology. A little Friday FIve funk
    4. “Whispering Pines” by The Band from their eponymous second album.
    5. “Runnin’ Down A Dream” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers from the Live Anthology. For as much as I love Petty, I’ve only seen him once. He hasn’t made it easy on this tour, either. I think the closest he plays to me is Nova Scotia. On a Thursday.
    Congrats again!

  • jhallCORE

    1) Keb’ Mo’ – “Perpetual Blues Machine” (Just Like You, 1996).
    2) Keb’ Mo’ – “I’m On Your Side” (Just Like You, 1996).
    3) Ben Harper – “Amen Omen” (Diamonds On The Inside, 2003).
    4) Everclear – “Electra Made Me Blind” (Sparkle And Fade, 1995).
    5) Lucinda Williams – “2 Kool 2 Be-4-Gotten” (Car Wheels On a Gravel Road, 1998).

  • Magpie

    John Kongos – He’s Gonna Step on You Again. Love those drums
    Kirsty MacColl – England 2 Colombia 0. Wonderful sob story from a singer too soon taken away from us.
    The Unthanks – Close the Coalhouse door. Wonderful interpretation of the Alex Glasgow song from the musical play by Alan Plater.
    Michelle Shocked – The L&N don’t stop here any more. Coal seems to be a theme here with another protest song concerning the sorrows of coal. Really love this song
    Police / Henry Mancini – Every Breath You Take / Peter Gunn. This was played while the Feds tried to bug Tony Soprano’s house; not very successfully as I recall. As well as being an amazing TV series there was an imaginative use of music; Evidently Chicken Town being my favourite but I don’t have that on my player. I must put that right.

  • EightE1

    Ah, Car Wheels …