The Friday Five: November 22, 2013

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:

So, so late … Better late than never?

“†” by ††† (from †††, 2011)

Deftones’ front man, Chino Moreno, is making a play for Dave Grohl’s “busiest guy in rock ‘n’ roll” title. In between releasing an excellent record with his main squeeze, he managed to join forces with members of the defunct Isis and record a killer shoegaze record as Palms, and put out a brilliant EP under the alias ††† (Crosses) with guitarist Shaun Lopez. The tunes are a little bit Depeche Mode and a little bit Explosions in the Sky. In other words: right square up my alley.

… and I think I’m busy!

“The Day Will Come Between Sunday and Monday” by Kiki Dee (from The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 10: 1970 (disc 52), 2008)

The Complete Motown Singles… remains my white whale. It just seems as if there is never enough time to sit down and attempt to conquer the depths of its volumes. This while fully realizing that they aren’t done yet! The set will wrap up in December with the release of the final volumes. “The Day Will Come Between Sunday and Monday” has got a bit of a Burt Bacharach feel to it; I dig it!

“Unspeakable” by Joe Henry (from Reverie, 2011)

I’m instantly transported to a small room, somewhere desolate, locked in with Henry and his band. That is just how good the production is on this record is. It’s late, and I’m going to just let this one wash over me as I enjoy a bit of a tasty beverage. Meet me back here for the next tune.

“Atheists Don’t Have No Songs” by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers (from Rare Bird Alert, 2011)

Steve Martin can’t help but be funny; it’s in his blood. Remember, the he is always in lower case.

“Hudson” by Vampire Weekend (from Modern Vampires of the City, 2013)

For as much as I’ve listened to this record, this song didn’t really connect with me; probably the only song on the record that didn’t.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Today’s more associated as the anniversary of the death of JFK, but 5 years later on Nov. 22, 1968, a four man band from Liverpool released a self-titled double LP with a plain white cover. Here’s a shuffle through the Beatles’ White Album, its outtakes, and other tracks recorded at the same time3

    1. “Good Night” from a Anthology 3 – a rehearsal more than a demo of John’s lullaby that had the orchestral strings tacked on

    2. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Mono)” – Classic Harrison with an uncredited appearance by Eric Clapton. If you want to see a mind-blowing version, Ultimate Classic Rock posted a list of top covers from the White Album, including a version where Prince annihilates this song, a stage and a couple of rock icons

    3. “Helter Skelter” from Anthology 3. The second take edited down from 12 minutes, this one’s a slow groove instead of the primordial punk final version

    4. “What’s the New Mary Jane” from Anthology 3 – Missed the cut for the album but really with Revolution 9 did we really need two John/Yoko experimental tracks?

    5. “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road” from Anthology 3 – a solo, acoustic version from Paul

    Hope you hear something great this weekend!

    p.s. – Happy Birthday, Miami Steve!

  • 1001Songs

    1. Merrilee and the Turnabouts “Party Song” from Wild And Wooly: The Northwest Rock Collection. Before she recorded “Angel in the Morning”, Merrilee Rush sang with the Turnabouts which was, along with The Sonics and The Wailers, one of the hottest bands in the Northwest. She was, and remains, one of the most beautiful women to ever sing rock and roll.
    2. The Church “Spark” from Starfish ( 1988) One of the great albums from Australia is now remastered and features acoustic takes of its best known songs
    3. Harry Nilsson “Life Line” from The Point (1971) Growing up with this album, these aren’t just songs to me and my sister. They’re part of our secret language
    4. The Go-Betweens “Streets of Your Town” A live bootleg. Because I can never get too much Go Betweens.
    5. The Replacements “Johnny’s Gonna Die” from Sorry Ma Forgot to Take our the Trash ( 1981) Paul Westerberg’s ode to Johnny Thunders

  • Rock_dawg

    Good eeevening. I kind of like the idea of an after dinner five.

    “Let It Die” – Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
    This is the one Foo’s album that didn’t really grab me. Might be time for a re-listen. This track was always the stand out. Amazing use of the quiet/loud/quiet/loud/REALLY LOUD dynamics.
    “Street Fighting Man” – Rod Stewart, Storyteller: The Complete Anthology
    Pretty solid Stones cover, but no replacement for the original.
    “Futureality” – Newsted, Heavy Metal Music
    I was kind of imagining an evening Five to be mellowed than this… I haven’t been listening to much newer heavy music, but decided to check this album out since I always liked Jason Newsted in Metallica and have enjoyed it quite a bit.
    “Magic” – Olivia Newton-John, Xanadu
    I believe ONJ has shown up in my Fives on a couple of occasions, but this might be the first time a track from my guiltiest of guilty pleasures Xanadu has popped up. I’ve been a fan of ths ridiculously awful movie (but great soundtrack) since I was, like, 3 or 4.
    “The Heathen” – Bob Marley & The Wailers, Exodus
    It is way too cold out for Bob!

    Have a good weekend!

  • Keith

    BILLY IDOL “Hot In The City” — wait a minute! How come in the Vital Idol version, Billy doesn’t scream “Cleveland” like he did on WMMS back in the day? Ripoff!

    PRINCE “Dolphin #2″ — Unknown source, sounds like a rehearsal, superior version (with end credits theme) in deafening digital to analog to MP3 sound found on The Undertaker (OST).

    STONE ROSES “Love Spreads (Flower Power Remix)” from One Generation Under a Groove. A 13:42 remix? Surprisingly listenable.

    JANE SIBERRY “Life is a Red Wagon” from the perfect album Bound by the Beauty

    BEE-GEES “Words” from Number #1’s — I still get weepy when it’s on.

    Oh shit, that’s 5, but the Manic Street Preachers just came on. Damn.

  • Michael Parr

    I highly recommend going back to Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. I recently listened to it and it kicked my ass pretty soundly. I saw them on this tour; what a great show.

  • EightE1

    Andy Gibb, “Shadow Dancing.” Even when I don’t think I need a Gibb production, I very obviously need a Gibb production. I cannot hear this or any other of Andy Gibb’s hits without smiling. When I was seven or eight years old (back in the waning days of the disco era, for all you toddlers and whippersnappers), this was the stuff I loved to hear. “You are the question and the answer am I”? Are you KIDDING me? Poetry. Dramatic, dynamic, thumpy-thumpy music and Gibbian poetry (mostly Barry’s, but still). Perfect radio fodder. I’m in a better mood already.

    The Waterboys, “Let Me Feel Holy Again.” From one of the three or four dozen records that came out of the Fisherman’s Blues sessions. I hear tell they just put out a new box set; I wonder how many of the tracks I already have. Love the chord progression in the verses here — just a really beautiful ballad.

    The Hipwaders, “Come to California.” The kindie music Beatles. Just a great band. And a great kindie song. Shame it’s not the Matthew Sweet track — I think the Hipwaders could rock the hell out of that one. “It’s not a TV show, but real life.” So, so, so true.

    James Brown, “Mind Power.” From the AMAZING Make It Funky: The Big Payback compilation. Brown’s funk is the greatest funk, and the shit he laid down from ’71 to ’75 may be the greatest of the greatest. “We gonna give the stick player, the drummer, some.” Um, goddamn right. What it is, is what it is.

    Johnny Cash, “I See a Darkness.” The hair on my arms rises every time I hear this song, particularly this version. God, his voice on those later American discs made him sound about 300 years old, with every crack and quiver earned, earned, earned. The first time I heard this was on a drive out to Ohio, late afternoon, the sun starting to go down, and it was all I could do to keep from bursting into tears, for that voice, because of that voice, because of that song.

  • Michael Parr

    I got Smokey’s “Tears of a Clown” as number six, so I just kept on shuffling.

  • EightE1

    No guilt needed, dawg. Xanadu is a fun record.

  • Michael Parr

    Brother, I’m going to start doing these later if it means I get to read more Rob Smith gems.

  • EightE1

    Right place, right time, right mood. Right song, too — “Shadow Dancing” really got me going tonight. Funny how that happens.

  • Michael Parr

    I hear you. Occasionally you get just the right first tune. “Shadow Dancing” is a hell of a tune.

  • Michael Parr

    “Suddenly” occasionally gets played 3-4 times in a row in the Parr household.

  • Michael Parr

    The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is probably my favorite version of the tune (no slight to the original.)

  • B-ROCK

    Black Oak Arkansas – “Swimming In Quicksand” (High On The Hog)
    I’d only thought of BOA in terms of their lone novelty hit cover “Jim Dandy,” so it came as quite a surprise that they actually had some legitimate chops.
    Rogue Wave – “Postage Stamp World” (Out Of The Shadow)
    This debut came out of nowhere to land in my collection. The rest of their catalog has been hit and miss. Great lyrics on this one, by the way.
    Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band – “Night” (Pittsburgh 10-27-12)
    Nice show from the never-ending Wrecking Ball tour a couple of nights before they stormed my town. Still on the hunt for a copy of my show (Louisville YUM Center 11-3-12), if anybody should know its whereabouts.
    Wilson Pickett – “Hey Jude” (The Very Best Of)
    Nice cover by one of the greatest voices of all time.
    Jerry Garcia & David Grisman – “The Thrill Is Gone” (Garcia/Grisman)
    Been on a Jerry kick of late. The teaming of Garcia & Grisman was magical.

  • MC_Snocap

    I even like that Tubes thing. The first mashup?

  • MC_Snocap

    1. “So Lonely” by The Police (1978, Outlandos d’Amour)
    Like how simple and raw this is, and how when the song’s almost over and all the singer’s lamentations have come to naught, the drums start to POUND seconds before fade-out.

    2. “Yumegiwa Last Boy” by Supercar (2001, off Japan for Sale, Vol. Two)
    Energetic and airy. It turned up at the end of the movie Ping Pong, making everything before it seem better than it actually was.

    3. “Afradio 2-3-4” by Tsar (2001, King of the School)
    Hey, Tsar again! This one goes out to Phil.

    4. “Down on Love” by Foreigner (1984, off The Definitive Collection)
    Hey, Foreigner again. Ahem. Agent Provocateur was when the band started to get gloppy.

    5. “Come Go With Me” by Exposé (1987, single)
    For a sound very much of its time, Miami freestyle hasn’t gone stale. IMO. YMMV. OK?

  • Michael Parr

    Freestyle forever, yo!

  • Michael Parr

    The Garcia & Grisman kids records get spun frequently for my little guy.

  • keith

    I was watching the John Davidson show the day Andy Gibb met Victoria Principal — my only witness to rock and roll history live in the making. “Shadow” is a funky, funky tune.

  • Keith

    Xanadu is a perfect record. Love every track on it. Come for the ELO, stay for the ONJ.

  • Rock_dawg


  • Michael Parr

    I’m trying to reconcile a rabbit hole that had you watching episodes of the John Davidson show.

    … and now I’m off to you tube this very thing.

  • Keith

    When I was young — Victoria Principal was my all time #1 crush — that’s why I tuned in the day TV Guide said she was on. Andy was the musical guest. When she introduces him, you can see stardust in her eyes — from what I recall, the two were an item from that moment forward — thru the ill fated “All I Have To Do Is Dream” single (that I still have on vinyl) — to the breakup that ended him.

  • Rock_dawg

    It’s no “Double Vision”, but I do like “Down On Love” quite a bit.

  • Michael Parr

    Now I’m watching Pure Prairie League videos. I’m not sure if I should be thanking you or cursing you.

  • Keith

    Did you find the Andy Gibb/VP on JD video on YouTube? I got three minutes into it before I had to start dinner — fascinating stuff. He’s mid-Ringo Starr story…

  • Mordalo

    Late in the evening and we’re gonna Five? I think I like it.

    Oh, and for those who remember when I did this more often, I swore by my Walkman. Alas, it’s retired after a good, long life, replaced by an amazing little SanDisk Sansa+. The sound on this little thing is amazing.

    Onto the Five…

    1) Bruce Springsteen – Thunder Road.

    This is the original version, but I admit, I love the live version a bit better. The Boss is one of those few artists who are better live than in the studio. Please don’t hurt me for that comment.

    2) SuperHeavy – Unbelieveable

    I think I’m one of the few people who bought this “super group” album. C’mon! Mick with Joss Stone, one of the Marleys and a couple others? On paper, it sounds so good. The album itself…not too bad.

    3) Jimmy Buffett – Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On.

    You have no idea how much I’ve relied on this song the past few months. It’s not that life has been bad…quite the contrary…it’s just a good reminder that, hey, ya gotta remember to breathe every now and then.

    4) Bob Dylan – Forever Young

    As I think I’m one of the few who bought SuperHeavy, I think I’m also one of those rare people who never thought much of Mr. Dylan. He’s good, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think he’s all that. Good song, but as soon as I finish this sentence, I will be skipping to…

    5) Cat Stevens – If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out

    This Five is rather introspective, it seems. Good to help center one’s self, good to help one relax. Maybe if we were meditating, or…eh, I got nothing.

    Night, kids.

    (Since others mentioned their sixth, I’ll post mine. Jackson Browne, Linda Paloma, from a radio concert he did with Warren Zevon at VPRO in 1976. I recommend checking it out over at

  • Grawmps

    Wow, look at all these great shuffles! Here’s what mine popped up-

    The Panic Division: “Sweet Devotion” from Versus (2005)
    – Heavy metal meets 80’s synth-pop meets pop-punk? Must be my lucky day!

    Brian Auger: “Autoroute” from Language Of The Heart (2012)

    – One of the punchier numbers from Hammond organ master Brian Auger’s last solo record. This has never popped up on my shuffle before…fascinating.

    Phil Collins: “Sussudio” from No Jacket Required (1985)
    – One of the most overplayed songs in the world, yet also one of those pop songs you don’t mind staying up in your head for a day or two.

    Ole Børud: “Shakin’ The Ground” from Shakin’ The Ground (2008)
    – Very talented guy here: heard him referred to as the “Norwegian Stevie Wonder” on more than one occasion, and I’d say that’s right on the money. More than a hint of Steely Dan on this song in particular too!

    Adam F.: “Mother Earth” from Colours (1997)
    – Late 90’s drum n’ bass classic, though this song wasn’t ever a single I think.

  • EightE1

    “Down on Love” is terrific. Gramm might not dig all the ballad stuff on Agent Provocateur, but they’re really affecting stuff.

  • MC_Snocap

    I ought to go back to the liner notes – I always assumed Gramm was the force behind the power balladry, since it gave him the chance to emote.

  • EightE1

    In his memoir, Gramm alludes to Jones’ songwriting venturing further into adult contemporary fare in the wake of the success of “Waiting for a Girl Like You.” This approach reached its nadir with “I Don’t Want to Live without You,” from Inside Information, on which a fed-up Gramm sang with virtually no inflection whatsoever (the song still went Top Five, though, so go figure). That song aside, I think the ballads and midtempo things (particularly on Agent Provocateur) really gave Gramm an opportunity to show the full range of his voice, something it’s sorta silly for him to complain about.

  • MC_Snocap

    Thanks, EightE1. Appreciate you taking the time to educate. Gramm has such a terrific voice, I’d never have believed he wasn’t the guy pushing to use more of his range … too bad it happened on stuff he wasn’t wild over.

  • Phil

    3. “Afradio 2-3-4” by Tsar (2001, King of the School)
    Hey, Tsar again! This one goes out to Phil.

    Thanks for the dedication, but as usual, I’m more than a day late and a few dollars short. Let’s just suffice it to say that a 20th wedding anniversary, a blown transmission, holiday travel, and work have more than gotten in the way of my Friday Five activities over the past few weeks.

    I had not heard of King of the School, so I turned to the interwebs for more information, and faster than you can say “Tsar!” I found what I was looking for. This EP definitely looks interesting. I’ll be checking it out today. Thanks!