The Friday Five: May 17, 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:

“70’s Love Groove” by Janet Jackson (from Janet.Remixed, 1995)

“70’s Love Groove” originally appeared as the b-side to “You Want This,” the seventh single from her massive eponymous 1993 release. The yang to the yin of the a-side’s driving tempo, the groove is as laid back as can be, with Miss. Jackson donning her “Any Time, Any Place” persona to drive home the message. So much for for “Let’s Wait Awhile,” eh?

“Jump in the Line (Shake Shake Senora)” by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (from BASEketball, 1998)

I have this awful habit of appropriating songs and changing the lyrics for my own amusement; case in point, “Jump in the Line (Shake Shake Senora).” In what has become a morning tradition, I sing a rotation of songs containing the word “shake” to my son as I’m shaking his bottle, this tune is obviously a favorite. “Shake, shake, shake the bottle / shake it all night long!”

In case you are curious, other songs in this series are “Shake it Up,” by The Cars, “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” by KC and The Sunshine Band, “Shake, Rattle and Roll” by Big Joe Turner, “Shake” by The Time, and “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC.

“Reunited” by Wu-Tang Clan (from Wu-Tang Forever (disc 1), 1997)

In retrospect, Wu-Tang Forever feels just as essential Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in that it was the last “complete” Wu record.

“Do Ya Like” by Childish Gambino (from Culdesac, 2010)

Seriously, go get this record. It’s free, and it blows away a dozen contemporary hip-hop records that people are dropping real dough on.

“Something’s Got to Change” by Ray Charles (from Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles (disc 4), 2011)

I’ll admit to having very little knowledge where Ray Charles is concerned. I picked up this box set on a lark, hoping to fix that hole in my musical vocabulary, and have never found the time to dive in. Now seems as good a time as any, see you all on the other side!

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Rock_dawg

    “Perfect Blue Sky” – Junkie XL ft. Robert Smith, Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin
    Nice mellow electronic tune with a nice mellow vocal from the Cure frontman.

    “Tom Tom’s Dream” – The MDH Band, Million Dollar Hotel soundtrack
    A quick jazzy interlude that I barely noticed was playing. U2’s “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” is the only reason I (and I assume most people) have this album.

    “As Long As There’s Loving Tonight” – The Mavericks, In Time
    A swinging, Tex-Mex, county two step. Classic Mavericks. The fact that the band had reunited and put together a new album snuck up on me, but I couldn’t have been more excited to get my hands on it and it doesn’t disappoint.

    “Shootout at Airport” – Mark Isham, Point Break soundtrack
    Is Point Break terribly awesome or awesomely terrible? (The same question applies to Road House.) I don’t care, it works either way.

    “Get Lucky (edit)” – Daft Punk ft. Pharell Williams & Nile Rogers, single
    How amazing is this song?!? I was out walking a couple of weeks ago, this came on and I was full on strutting. Right foot hitting the ground on the two and four, moving the shoulders, leaning back slightly… If I was carrying cans of paint, you would’ve thought I was Tony Manero.

    Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers.

  • Michael Parr

    Oh, remember how I said that I don’t really care for Zeppelin? I dig the hell out of “Gallows Pole.”

  • Michael Parr

    “Get Lucky” is the song of the summer.

  • aryl watson

    I always loved 4th of July – one of my all time favorites. The end of Superunknown is fantastic for depressing dirges – The best being ‘Like Suicide”

  • aryl watson


    1.Disco Thing – Seaquence – Under The Influence Volume One A Collection Of Rare Soul & Disco

    A fitting start to this weeks five. This collection is great. Always amazing how much great stuff in that era wasn’t mainstream.

    2. Wonderful (The Way I Feel) – My Morning Jacket – Circuital

    I’ve always wanted to like My Morning Jacket, just couldn’t do it. This song is fine, but the only song of theirs I really like is their cover of Tyrone by Eryka Badu.

    3.Boots & Boys – Ke$ha – Animal

    This was my first intro to Ke@ha – right before Tik-Tok blew up. Still one of my favorite songs from her. Unashamed to admit I’m a massive fan – the music’s great & it’s fun to see her run the ‘Ke$ha Marketing Machine’. She’s much more talented/multi-faceted than she lets on. Some great self penned country songs on youtube.

    4. Ocean Spray – Manic Street Preachers – Know Your Enemy

    May be the only song I’ve heard from Manic Street Preachers, but a great song. I may need to explore a little more.

    5. Love at First Sight – Kylie Minogue – Best of Kylie Minogue

    Love Disco! 3/4 of this disc is amazing. The other 1/4 putrid. No middle ground there.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Twenty five years out of college this week, so here’s a little shuffle through what might have been on a young Java stereo back 87-88:

    1. “World Party” by World Party from Private Revolution. I remember first hearing this at a friend’s apartment, but didn’t get into this album until after getting Goodbye Jumbo

    2. “Asleep” by the Smiths from Louder Than Bombs. I dutifully purchased or taped the Smiths records when they came out, but I’d say I’m a bigger Smiths fan now than I was then (although I always like Johnny Marr’s playing).

    3.”Trip Through Your Wires” by U2 from the Joshua Tree. I’m willing to bet you couldn’t walk through any dorm on any campus in America and not hear this record coming out of at least 1 room back then. Like a lot of us from the late 80’s, I don’t think this album aged all that well. You could say the same for a lot of big records of that era, e.g. Dire Straits’

    4. “Like The Weather” by 10,000 Maniacs from In My Tribe. LOVED this album (still do). A closed highway in bumbleshot Indiana kept me from seeing all but two songs at a show I went to when they opened for R.E.M.

    5. “It’s The End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)’ by R.E.M. from Document. PERFECT – because of course graduating from college is exactly that (and I swear on my kids that this came out next).

    Hope you hear something great this weekend!

  • Mordalo

    I saw “Jump in the Line” and thought…cool…another Harry Belafonte tune in the Five this week. Then I saw it was by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. All I could do is sigh.

    So, this week…

    1) Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You
    I’m just too damn lazy to list the album it’s from. Still, this is an excellent song from an amazing artist, and a great way to kick off this week’s Five.

    2) Harry Belafonte – Goin’ Down Jordan.
    I must admit, when this song popped up, I replayed it. The version on the Essential Belafonte (and here I just said I don’t list album titles, you hypocrite) is so damn good. Starts with that piano, is so full of energy, It is one of my favorite songs.

    3) Matchbox Twenty (or 20 if you prefer) – Bright Lights
    For whatever reason, when they were popular, Matchbox 20 was off my radar. It wasn’t until I met my wife that I “heard” them, and thought they weren’t half bad.

    4) Eminem – Never Enough (ft. 50 Cent & Nate Dogg)
    Wow. My five is kicking today. It’s always risky playing Eminem at work, but thankfully, no one’s around today, so I could crank this, explicit lyrics and all.

    5) The Offspring – Why Don’t You Get a Job
    I haven’t heard this in years! Ya gotta love it when the Five tosses out a song I hadn’t played in a long, long time. Good song, good energy, great way to start the weekend.

    And with that, I think I’ll go play Goin’ Down Jordan again…

  • Mordalo

    I’m ashamed to admit, I haven’t heard it yet. *hangs head in shame*

  • Mordalo

    Kylie is an amazing talent. I’m just sorry she hasn’t been more popular here in the States.

  • MC_Snocap

    1. “The Gentle Rain (RJD2 Remix)” by Astrud Gilberto (2005, off Verve Remixed 3)
    RJD2 makes “The Gentle Rain” into the toughest, most dissonant tune in a very ambient Five.

    2. “Stop Taking My Love” by The Mellow Moods (1973, off Change the World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International)
    Didn’t recognize this when it came up. It’s the last track on a comp full of buried treasures, and doesn’t end very conclusively, but it’s wonderful. Sounds like Gamble and Huff got ahold of Dusty Springfield.

    3. “Sugar” by Zimpala featuring Ranja & Fatalis (2003, off Paris Lounge 2)
    Inoffensive enough. Next!

    4. “Closedown” by The Cure (1989, Disintegration)
    The general consensus appears to be that Disintegration was The Cure’s high point. It’s a little too drifty for me. Enjoy it, respect it, can’t flat-out love it.

    5. “Staralfur” by Sigur Ros (1999, off The Chillout Session)
    But drifty Sigur Ros? Flat-out love.

    Good weekend, Fivers!

  • MC_Snocap

    Seconding the disco appreciation.

    Not very familiar with Kylie’s music outside of the US hits. Which 1/4 is putrid? Stock/Aitken/Waterman?

  • Rock_dawg

    While I can take or leave a lot of Matchbox 20’s (or Twenty’s) mid tempo tracks, “Bright Lights” is definatley a keeper. It has a real 70’s flavour – like it could have been on a Bob Seger album or something. Plus it has that great wannabe-“Freebird” guitar solo on the end.

  • Michael Parr

    Fix that! Fix that now!

  • Michael Parr

    Yeah, lots of love for Miss Minogue.

  • Michael Parr

    So much good music right there.

  • Michael Parr

    If it helps, I have the Belefonte version as well.

  • Michael Parr

    Those Verve Remixed CD’s were really hit or miss for me. The things I like I really like, but the stuff on the other side of the coin really gets under my skin.

  • Phil

    It’s not so much that I don’t like “Gallows Pole” as much as I think I’m burnt out on it. Heck, there are days where I think I’m burnt out on everything.

  • jhallCORE

    1) The Roots — “Break You Off” (Phrenology, 2002).
    2) Ryan Adams — “Ashes & Fire” (Ashes & Fire, 2011).
    3) 10,000 Maniacs — “I’m Not The Man” (Our Time In Eden, 1992).
    4) Iris DeMent — “The Way I Should” (The Way I Should, 1996).
    5) Ryan Bingham — “Snake Ryes” (Roadhouse Sun, 2009).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Mordalo

    I never bought the Remixed discs, but I have the Unmixed ones. Great collections.

  • Mordalo

    Bless you.

  • MB

    John Hiatt – The Tiki Bar Is Open (The Tiki Bar Is Open, 2001)

    Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You (The Essential Sly & The Family Stone, 2003)

    Leon Russell – Magic Mirror (Carney, 1972)

    Willy DeVille – Chieva (Crow Jane Alley, 2004)

    Son Volt -Windfall (Trace, 1995)

  • sbryan

    1. The Bongos “Video Eyes”
    2. Danny O’Keefe “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues”
    3. Milton Nascimento “O Trem Azul”
    4. Grant McLennan “Broadway Bride”
    5. Velvet Underground “Jesus” (Closet Mix)

  • Mordalo

    Haven’t heard The Tiki Bar is Open in awhile. Good way to start a Five!

  • aryl watson

    Hit it on the head – Stock/Aitken/Waterman. Interestingly, some of the older stuff sounds incredibly dated, some incredibly good, but Stock/Aitken/Waterman just sounds dated.

  • MC_Snocap

    Thanks. Looking at the track list I recalled I had heard her “Tears on My Pillow” … which is truly awful.

  • Mordalo

    Slacker is streaming the whole album. I’m digging it there.