The Friday Five: May 3, 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:

“Hold on to the Nights” by Richard Marx (from Billboard Top Hits: 1988, 1994)

Marx’s melancholy provided the perfect soundtrack to the summer of my discontent.

“You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates (from VH-1 Behind the Music: The Daryl Hall and John Oates Collection, 2002)

This is undeniably catchy, though may rank as one of my least-favorite Hall & Oates tunes.

“Did Ye Get Healed?” by Van Morrison (from A Night in San Francisco (disc 1), 1994)

Am I the only one who can’t hear this without immediately being reminded of Tom Jones’ biggest hit? Dammit, now I’ve got “It’s Not Unusual” stuck in my head.

“The First Days of Spring” by Noah and the Whale (from The First Days of Spring, 2009)

Seems appropriate, no? The Northeastern U.S. is seeing its first signs of warming up, the trees are starting to bloom and it’s almost warm enough to venture out in shorts.

“Stealing Tomorrow” by Great Lake Swimmers (from The Legion Sessions, 2010)

I’m relatively certain that Great Lake Swimmers have shuffled up before. They fall into that singer/songwriter/sad bastard niche rather nicely. Lead swimmer Tony Dekker’s voice floats perfectly above the simple acoustic guitar accompaniment.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • jcb7472

    Kings of Leon – “Day Old Blues” (Aha Shake Heartbreak, 2004)…a chill, southern-style song from IMO their last great album. Listen to their first two albums and then the ones after they hit it big and they almost sound like a different band. They were more raw & gritty in the beginning, and I liked them better.

    The Walkmen – “If Only It Were True” (You & Me, 2008)…a lazy, album track but not boring and the Walkmen are always a good listen

    Simon & Garfunkel – “Bridge over Troubled Water” (Greatest Hits, 1970)…just a classic

    Black Lips – “Melt Down” (200 Million Thousand, 2009)…this is one of those tracks at the end of an album where it’s silence for 4 minutes then they start playing. Sounds like something that would be more interesting live.

    The Ronettes – “What’d I say?” (Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes, 1963)…The Ronettes doing a Ray Charles cover? Cool

  • Rock_dawg

    “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” – Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On
    Off to a great start. Just about anything by Marvin is welcome when it shuffles up. Such a sexy groove for such a serious song. Love the way the key drops while he’s scatting toward the end and then the sort-of-reprise of “What’s Going On”. Just an amazing tune, an amazing album…

    “Good Stuff” – Donald Fagen, Sunken Condos
    “Better break out the good stuff/The boss wants to party all night”

    “Just Say Yes” – Dido, Girl Who Got Away
    An alternate or re-mix version from the Deluxe Edition. I prefer the regular.
    EDIT: Scratch that – I was mixing it up with “Let Us Move On”, which doesn’t speak well of how memorable the songs on this album are…

    “Let’s Go All The Way (Extended Mix)” – Sly Fox, 12″ single
    “Zum-zum/zinny-ninny”(?) Guilty Pleasure-ville, population: me.

    “That’s How Strong My Love Is” – Otis Redding, The Very Best of
    Back to the soul for #5. A track from this CD is always welcome too. Otis sings this song with so much conviction, you KNOW just how strong his love is long before it’s brief two and a half minutes are up.

    Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers.

  • Michael Parr

    I actually dig both incarnations of KoL, though I’d welcome a return to the snotty bash of their former selves.

  • Phil

    “Let’s Go All The Way (Extended Mix)” – Sly Fox, 12″ single
    “Zum-zum/zinny-ninny”(?) Guilty Pleasure-ville, population: me.

    I may not live there, but I sure like visiting!

  • Phil

    Chris Cornell – “Mission” (Euphoria Morning, 1999)
    Not sure what I expected from this solo effort from the Soundgarden frontman, but I remember liking this at the time that it came out, probably because it was just different enough from Soundgarden to be interesting while retaining that unmistakable voice and that scream. I’m not so sure what I think about it now. I usually just skip tracks from this album when they come up.

    Scorpions – “As Soon as the Good Times Roll” (Love at First Sting, 1983)
    Love at First Sting was the album that really broke the Scorpions here in the States, and due to the hugeness of songs like “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” there are some overlooked gems. This mid-tempo number is one of them.

    Queensrÿche – “Guitar Solos” (Live at Harpo’s, Detroit, 1984)
    Does just over 2 minutes of live guitar wankery count as a track?! Since the guitarist is Chris DeGarmo doing harmony leads with Michael Wilton, I’ll let it pass.

    Transatlantic – “Stranger In Your Soul” (Bridge Across Forever, 2001)
    26 minutes of pure modern(-ish) prog goodness with a “hidden” track of in-studio nonsense at the 27:30 mark.

    Dokken – “Heartless Heart” (Tooth and Nail, 1984)
    Rockin’ with Dokken! Except with this particular track… not so much. This sounds tame, tired, and dated. Kinda like me most days.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Prince — “Betcha By Golly Wow!” (Emancipation, 1996).
    2) Bonnie Raitt — “Goin’ Wild For You Baby” (Bonnie Raitt Collection, 1990).
    3) Joe Lovano — “Rounder’s Mood” (Tenor Legacy, 1993).
    4) Buddy Guy and Junior Wells — “Diggin’ My Potatoes” (Alone and Acoustic, 1991).
    5) Branford Marsalis Quartet — “Jack Baker” (Braggtown, 2006).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Michael Parr

    I can get on that train.

  • Michael Parr

    “Preaching the End of the World” might be my favorite tune that Chris Cornell has written, period.

  • Bryan Magruder

    Bad Company – “Shooting Star” (Hard Rock Live)
    Certain things in life, as well as, music are irreplaceable. Bon Scott in AC/DC, Freddie Mercury in Queen, and Paul Rodgers in Bad Company. Welcome back! Side Note: I just recently learned that Bob Dylan co-wrote this song with Rodgers.

    Guided By Voices – “Flunky Minnows” (English Little League)
    Oh, Bob, what have you done to my GBV? I’ll always have a deep respect for Robert Pollard, but these reunion LP’s have tarnished my love somewhat.

    Talking Heads – “Blind” (Naked)
    Is there such thing as an under-rated Talking Heads record?

    James Taylor – “Knock On Wood” (Other Covers)
    This take on the Eddie Floyd classic has gotten some bad ink, but I like it.

    The Flaming Lips – “All You Need Is Love” (The Terror)
    When you tackle the Fab Four, you had better bring your A-game. This bonus cut off the deluxe version off their new record is the absolute worst cover – ever.

  • MC_Snocap

    1. “Confirmation” by Charlie Parker (1953, off WBGO 25th Anniversary Compilation)
    Very bright way to start off the end of the work week.

    2. “Breathe In Breathe Out” by Kanye West feat. Ludacris (2004, The College Dropout)
    Hmmm. I recall everybody coming down on “The New Workout Plan” when this album blew up, but that one’s at least upbeat enough to make its underpinnings more silly than off-putting.

    3. “That Thing You Do!” by The Wonders (1996)
    I wonder whatever happened to the Ohneeders?

    4. “Hell Is Round the Corner” by Tricky (1995, Maxinquaye)
    Trip-hop might not be a “thing” anymore. Doesn’t matter. This is still as uneasy and mesmerizing as ever.

    5. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder (1970, off “Now and Then” soundtrack)
    One of the reasons I grit my teeth and bought a soundtrack to a Rosie O’Donnell movie. It’s got Badfinger’s original “No Matter What”; this is great gravy.

    Enjoy May, y’all.

  • Ernie G

    1. Patient Lady – Richie Havens (RIP)
    2. Super Popoid Groove – Win
    3. Help Yourself – Joan Armatrading
    4. Prophecy A Fulfilled – Johnny Clarke5. Hold Back The Night – Graham Parker & The Rumour

  • MB

    Doobie Brothers -South City Midnight Lady (The Captain And Me, 1973)

    Al Stewart – Roads To Moscow (Past, Present And Future, 1973)

    Rick Danko – New Mexico (Rick Danko, 1977)

    Ambrosia – Drink Of Water (Ambrosia, 1975)

    Pousette-Dart Band – Amnesia (Amnesia, 1977)

  • Mordalo

    South City Midnight Lady is one of my all-time favourite songs. Sweet way to start a Five.

  • Mordalo

    Put Marvin in any Five and it’s a good one.

  • Mordalo

    Last week I was out with an unanticipated injury.
    Next week I’m off on vacation.
    So let’s make this week’s Five count, shall we?

    1) Slash – Obsession Confession (or just Obsession, depending whom you ask).
    Slash doing Spanish guitar. What more do I need to say? Heard this on Radio Margaritaville years ago and it took forever to hunt down, but it was worth it.

    2) Natalie Merchant – Kind and Generous (Retrospective 1995-2005)
    I do love her voice, and this is such a wonderful track.

    3) Booker T& the MG’s – Time is Tight (Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration)
    Do I need to say anymore? Now Friday has truly started!

    4) Yes – Masquerade (Union)
    And then we take it down a notch for this quiet instrumental. Three our of four tracks this week are instrumentals. Very cool. Words do get in the way, sometimes.

    5) Warren Zevon – Keep Me in Your Heart (Reconsider Me – The Love Songs)
    And we end with Mr. Zevon. His love songs are just so…wonderful. Poignant. Cool.

    See ya in two, kids.

  • EightE1

    Semester’s over. It’s Friday. Woke up with a hangover, debating whether I’m going to work on giving myself another. Happy May.

    South San Gabriel, “Sicknessing”
    Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “More News from Nowhere”
    Dire Straits, “Ride Across the River”
    Dusty Springfield, “You’ve Got a Friend”
    Temptations, “Shakey Ground”

  • Rock_dawg

    I don’t know a lot of Zevon, but I love that song.
    Safe travels to you!

  • Michael Parr

    I can’t listen to that Zevon song anymore. Seriously, it’s like auto-dust storm.

  • Michael Parr

    Cheers, brother!