The Friday Five: May 18, 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:

Do You Love Me?” by Kiss (from Box Set (disc 2: 1975-1977), 2001)

How the hell Paul Stanley was able to sing “you like my seven inch leather heels” with a straight face still confounds me. Then again, we’re talking about Kiss, so anything goes. This one is originally from the band’s 1976 magnum opus, Destroyer, sequenced immediately following the sad sack tune, “Beth”; reminding the world that while Peter Criss might be pining for his one and only, the rest of the band was still chasing skirts.

Silent All These Years” by Tori Amos (from New Music From…, 1994)

Oh, the melodrama! What the hell was wrong with us in the ’90s? Wait, don’t answer that question.

“Hit the Heartbreaks” by Black Kids (from Wizard of Ahhhs, 2007)

I was just thinking about the Black Kids the other day, wondering if we’d ever hear new music from the band. I fell hard for the band’s debut, Partie Traumatic, and worry that they could replicate the energy of that record.

Square Biz” by Teena Marie (from It Must Be Magic, 1981)

Goddammit, that bass line! It’s as if God himself reached down and handed the funk to Allen McGrier, trusting that he’d be able to deliver the gospel of groove. Clocking in over five minutes, I could listen to this lick all day long.

Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind & Fire (from The Eternal Dance, 1992)

Dance! Boogie Wonderland! Who can argue with that? Not me, certainly, so I’m going to take this opportunity to shake my butt and turn this week’s Friday Five over to you!

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    P.O.D. – “Bullet the Blue Sky” (The Fundamental Elements of Souththown, 1999)
    Very respectable cover of this U2 number that has more of the energy of the Rattle and Hum version than the one from The Joshua Tree.

    Beastie Boys – “So What’cha Want” (Check Your Head, 1992)
    A couple of weeks late, but still a very fitting tribute to Adam “MCA” Yauch. As I mentioned recently on my blog, I had not previously delved very deeply into the Beasties’ catalog, so I have spent a bit of time getting acquainted with their newer material and reacquainted with some of their older stuff. Along the way I have gained a deeper appreciation for the guys’ musical abilities, on this album especially.

    Jimmy Page & the Black Crowes – “You Shook Me” (Live at the Greek, 2000)
    The Crowes do their best Led Zed impression with the man himself. Nice.

    Pink Floyd – “Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert”] (The Final Cut, 1983)
    Political filler from what was essentially a Roger Waters solo album.

    King’s X – “Danger Zone” (Black Like Sunday, 2003)Black Like Sunday is a reworking and reimagining of old (some of it pre-King’s X) material, much of which previously had never seen the light of day outside live performances. Overall the album is very spotty, and while this is not one of my favorites, I can find very little to dislike or complain about when it comes to King’s X.

  • abyssgazer

    This is a very interesting exercise—it’s like reading Tarot cards. At least three of the five easily could be on the same compilation, which is strange because my library is pretty diverse (Merle Travis, Eddie Money, Glenn Miller, Neil Young, Southern Culture
    on the Skids—I’m all over the place. Geez, look at that, I even have a Richard Marx song on there—“Hold on to the Nights”, if you must know).

    1. Grizzly Bear: “Dory”—weird, old-timey sounding. Hmm..I guess that describes a lot of the cuts on “Veckatimest.” This one will put you to sleep—in a good way.

    2. Joy Division: “Digital”—this song always reminds of a bunch of other songs. It’s as if other bands picked its bones and sewed the little scraps of it into their own stuff. This time I’m hearing “Blister in the Sun” and some INXS nonsense. It’s kind of spooky—especially for a song entitled “Digital”.

    3. Johnny Hollow: “Alchemy”—this is a pretty, elliptical little piece—a soundtrack for a strange movie in my head. Apparently, someone has to run at the end.

    4. Loscil: “Endless Falls”—I’m not sure what to say about this. Another soundtrack—it’s like the incidental music from a movie about climbing a mountain and then looking back.

    5. Collide: “Headspin”—Collide is my go-to when I feel like doing some snakelady dancing. This isn’t one of my favorites, but you can indeed snakelady dance to it.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Black Keys — “Midnight In Her Eyes” (Thickfreakness, 2003).

    2) Kenny Barron and Regina Carter — “Footprints” (Freefall, 2001).

    3) Matthew Sweet — “In Too Deep” (Altered Beast, 1993).

    4) Lucinda Williams — “Still I Long For Your Kiss” (Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, 1998).
    5) Dixie Chicks — “Long Time Gone” (Home, 2002).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Mordalo

    Let’s see…

    1. Kris Kristofferson – Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
    Kris put out a CD (yes, some of us still listen to those) a bunch of years back called The Austin Sessions. Stripped down versions of some of his best songs. This is one of my favourite tracks from that disc.

    2. The Capris – There’s a Moon Out Tonight
    Nothing beats some classic Doo-Wop.

    3. Otis Redding – These Arms of Mine
    This song…the way he sings it…you can just feel the pain. It’s so powerful…

    4. Genesis – Abacab
    I think this is the musical equivalent of whiplash. Going from Otis to Abacab? That’s more than a 360…

    5. Tower of Power – You’re Still a Young Man
    And finishing off with TOP. Yeah, musical whiplash this week. Rip yer heart out then wind you up then mellow you out…I’m gonna need a break after this.

  • Rock_dawg

    Okay, I’ll get in on this game! I listen to my iPod on shuffle all day at work, so these are the 5 songs that have come on since I finished the article:
    1) God Only Knows – The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
    One of the greatest songs EVER! I will hear no argument otherwise.
    2) Live and Learn – Marshall Crenshaw, Jaggedland
    I’ve loved this song since the first time I heard it. I’m not usually a lyric guy, but this song connected with me immediately, especially the second verse.
    3) Eyes Wide Open – Gotye, Making Mirrors
    I don’t know why I resisted downloading the rest of this album after I got in to the now-ubiquitous Someone That I Used To Know back at the beginning of the year. Such a great album. This track is a stand out. There’s something very 80’s Peter Gabriel about it to me.
    4) Walk A Thin Line – Mick Fleetwood, The Visitor
    The original Fleetwood Mac version is one of my favourite Lindsey Buckingham songs, but this remake from Mick’s first solo album is pretty good. A little sleepier and less defiant sounding (don’t know who the vocalist is), but some nice guitar from George Harrison.
    5) Busy Doing Nothing – The Beach Boys, Friends
    I have a lot of Beach Boys on my iPod right now, gearing up for the concert next month. Not one of my favourites and I don’t have much of an opinion about it.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    I’m in the middle of reading David Browne’s Fire and Rain, a book about music in the 70’s that focuses on the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It’s a good read, and I’d recommend it. Of course, music of 1970 has been on high rotation since I started in on it, so this week’s Five is time trip back to that year:

    1. “Almost Cut My Hair” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young from Deja Vu. As I know now, Crosby was adamant that this song be recorded live during the sessions.

    2. “Apeman” by the Kinks originally from Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One. Ray Davies chucks it all for a simpler life.

    3. “The Acid Queen” by the Who from Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition). The original Live at Leeds was one of those faux bootleg records that contained just 6 songs from a much longer show. The 2001 deluxe edition featured the entire show, but put the performance of Tommy on its own disc while the non-Tommy songs make up disc 1 in their order from that evening. Of course, this wouldn’t be enough for the Who, as they’ve become about the worst in terms of releasing and rereleasing super expanded deluxe editions. In 2010, the released essentially this same 2 disc set with another 2 discs featuring a concert from Hull that is essentially the same show. No thanks

    4. “Easy Wind” by the Grateful Dead from Workingman’s Dead. Influenced by CS&N, the Dead took the back to basics Americana route on their two 1970 releases, this one, and of course their masterpiece of American Beauty.

    5. “Shake, Shudder” by the Faces from First Step. Their debut effort, fresh from the ashes of the Small Faces. This gets a Friday night going!

    Hope you hear something great this weekend!

  • lk

    Only God knows why Barry Gordy didn’t come to his senses and try to sit down and talk to Teena and PAY Teena after she dropped a song this hot. Hell, that bass line on “Behind The Groove” was really just as good. McGrier and Teena, Rick James and Teena. Why, Barry, why? He chased them all away.

  • Magpie

    This week’s five is the usual eclectic mix

    1) Plan B – She Says. I got this from my son, I am not usually into his stuff; something to do with the 40 odd year age difference I suppose and he likes Rap music (or as I tell him the C is silent). This is not Rap, it is almost Motown like and it is really good. I also like the home spun Cocknbull kid version

    2) Pretenders – Back on the Chain Gang. Love the guitar on this.

    3) Peter Gabriel & Thomas Dolby – Little Light of Love. The song played over the end credits for The Fifth Element. Not perhaps a classic film (or song for that matter) but very enjoyable.

    4 ) Oysterband – Coal Not Dole / Bells of Rhymney. Folk Rock Agitprop. The Oysters segue a wistful song bemoaning the end of the Kent coalfield with an angry drum driven version of Pete Seeger’s Bells. Such tunes always seem to work better when there is a Tory government; great played loud on a car journey.

    Billy Bragg – Valentine’s Day is Over. You can hardly call it a love song; more an anti-love song but wonderfully crafted. June Tabor and The Oysterband covered it on Freedom and Rain but somehow missed the sorrow and anger.
    Thank you for the things you bought me
    Thank you for the card
    Thank you for the things you taught me when you hit me hard
    That love between two people should be based on understanding
    Until that’s true you’ll find your things all stacked out on the landing

  • Dennis Corrigan

    oh, and I love “Do You Love Me”


    Evening, y’all:

    1) My Little Town by Simon & Garfunkel: Can’t go wrong with a Paul & Artie song.

    2) Sheep Go To Heaven by Cake: The barber will give you a haircut!

    3) Fly to the Angels by Slaughter: One of my favorite hair metal ballads of all time.

    4) Anna’s Song (instrumental version) by Marvin Gaye: “Here, My Dear” is a better album than “What’s Going On.” Or at least it’s equal. There, I said it.

    5) It’s Alright by Pebbles: Is this Shanice? No. Then it’s Chante Moore? No. Pebbles?? WTF?

  • BRock

    1. The Beatles – “Only A Northern Song” (Yellow Submarine)
    A great George tune originally recorded for Sgt Peppers. To this day I can’t imagine why John & Paul limited George’s contributions to Beatles’ albums.
    2. Victoria Williams – “You R Loved” (Loose)
    Probably best known as the writer of “Crazy Mary” which Pearl Jam covered or as the former wife of Jayhawk Mark Olsen, Loose was a solid, but overlooked album.
    3. Wilco – “Won’t Let You Down” (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Demos)
    Why haven’t these YHF leftovers seen an official release?
    4. Happy Mondays – “Cowboy Dave” (Yes Please)
    Critics bashed this album. I liked it.
    5. Rossington Collins Band – “Don’t Misunderstand Me” (20th Century Masters)
    Absolutely hated Southern Rock as a teenager, but have learned to respect it in my old age. I believe this was their only hit.

  • Michael Parr

    Yeah, I should have specified; “Do You Love Me?” is definitely in my Top 20 Kiss tunes.

  • Michael Parr


  • Michael Parr

    I sincerely hope that everyone gives that Gotye record a chance, it’s actually quite good.

  • Kafiq

    Forever-Chris Brown. Melodic and danceable enough to ignore the auto-tune
    Heart- Pet Shop Boys. One of the handful by them I still enjy.
    After the Goldrush-Trio. Dolly outshining Linda and Emmylou
    Dream Sequence-Kim Wilde. Teen -angst favorite.
    She Hates Me-Puddle of Mudd. Ooh the f word and guitars.

  • Keith

    Dear Popdose Forum:

    I never thought this would happen to me, but I wound up experiencing a Friday Five on a Monday… this was my shuffle for the afternoon drive, I thought my iPod did a damn fine job of DJ’ing:

    CATATONIA – “Strange Glue” from International Velvet. There was a time when I thought Cerys Matthews was the most exciting and important voice in music. That time has passed, but it’s still a damn fine tune.

    ROBERT HAZARD – “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – thank you Matthew Bolin & Popdose (April 7, 2012) – such an incredible song. Mr. Escalator of Life wrote it, Who Knew? Clearly not me.

    MIKE WATT – “Sexual Military Dynamics” from Bull Hog or Tug Boat. I’ll admit, despite my firehose fandom, the appearance of Mr. Grohl was the only reason I bought this album (deluxe edition) and went to the legendary show at Metro in Chicago. Hot damn, what an exciting track/album/show and thankfully, soundboard bootleg.

    THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX “Oz” b-side to Searching for Penny Century. This is a kinetic, thrilling track (think The Fall, Wire, Felt, Kaiser Chiefs) from the flipside of a quite lovely love song.

    DEF LEPPARD – Photograph – Why the hell not? And it totally works right here, right now.

    Can’t wait to tune into everyone’s 5 on Friday.