The Friday Five: November 23, 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:

“Mud in Your Eye” by Les Fleur de Lys (from Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969 (disc 1: Volume 1), 2001)

This tune rocks with a brash, snotty, punk ferocity predates the birth of punk by a good ten years. Les Fleur de Lys never actually released a record; just a handful of singles with a roster of producers and guest musicians that includes Jimmy Page, Glyn Johns, Chas Chandler, and Jimi Hendrix.

“When the Morning Comes” by Hall & Oates (from Live at The Troubadour (disc 1), 2008)

You know, I don’t have a damn thing to say about this track. It’s a perfectly serviceable version of an album cut from the duo’s 1973 release, Abandoned Luncheonette, and really does absolutely nothing for me.

“Bring’ on the Heartbreak” by Def Leppard (from Pyromania (bonus disc: Live – L.A. Forum 1983), 2009)

This, on the other hand, pretty much rocks. I’ve been to more Def Leppard shows than I care to admit, and only once or twice have I heard Joe Elliot be as on point vocally as he is here. Granted, when I first saw Def Leppard it was probably 8-9 years after this was recorded.

“Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath (from Master of Reality, 1971)

It is so bloody simple, but I’ll be dammed if every Metal guitarist in the world didn’t wish they wrote the opening riff to “Sweet Leaf.” This one will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day, likely until I pick up the guitar and pound through this monster riff a few dozen times.

“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by Jimi Hendrix (from The Ultimate Experience, 1992)

Speaking of massive riffs! That pentatonic riff with the gaping wah–taking an otherwise normal blues-rock phrase into the funk stratosphere–is instantly recognizable, and sets the stage for some of Hendrix’s fiercest licks. I still pull this riff out any time I’m playing with a wah pedal in my signal chain.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • RoyBatty

    Crooked Timber (Live) – Therapy? – We’re Here to the End
    Awesome live version of the title track from their 2009 melancholy masterpiece. If you dig atmospheric rock at its catchy best, please check out the studio version here…

    Shock to the System – Billy Idol – Cyberpunk
    Fun, rollicking track from the Mr. Idol’s 1993 exoriable nadir. This, and “Adam in Chains” are the only two tracks I can stand, and I love me some Billy Idol.

    No Remorse – Metallica – Live at Grimey’s
    Kick ass version of one of my favorites from Kill ‘em All from this warm up set performed in front of a few hundred understandably stoked fans. Great versions of (Welcome Home) Sanitarium and “Sad but True” as well.

    Back and Forth – Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
    I always liked the Foos but thought they were more of a singles band until I heard Wasting Light. Every track resonates with me, but this one just soars, particularly in the “…you’ve got a lot of nnneeeee-errrrr-errrr-erve…” pre-chorus. I’d call it a standout track, but every track stands out here.

    Walking Away (Remastered) – Sugar – Beaster

    Ethereal coda to a brooding, brutal EP. I actually prefer this to the more accepted choice for Sugar’s best, Copper Blue, which is also brilliant, mind. Oh, and the remasters are worth every penny. Mould’s massively unique guitar sound has never sounded so, well, massive.

    Hope everyone enjoyed their T-Day and has a great weekend!

  • EightE1

    My Bloody Valentine, “Soon.” Loveless. That’s all I really have to say.

    Mission of Burma, “Let Yourself Go.” I don’t think a lot of folks really get how good the post-comeback records are. The Obliterati is probably my favorite. There are some days when this really matches my mood. You probably don’t want to be around me on those days.

    Wynonna Judd, “Tell Me Why.” Jesus … that was some aesthetic whiplash. Love this song, though. “It’s a mean old love with a flame that never dies” … “A fool in love with a fool that never cared” … The last lines on the verses slay me. I could listen to this song for days, to be honest. Really well-made country pop. Just occurred to me this fucker is 20 years old next year. That makes me feel all kinds of funky right about now.

    Stan Getz, “A New Town is a Blue Town.” From Cool Velvet, one of his records with strings. This was Getz in a really appealing commercial element, and I dig it unconditionally. It’s exceptional music for long winter drives, or romantic evenings at home. Not that I get to partake in either much anymore, but still … The music brings back the memories of such things, right?

    Def Leppard, “Photograph.” Aaaaaand Getz flips in his grave once again. The main riff is one of the seminal ones in Eighties radio rock. And both solos are brilliant — the one-note thing coming out of the first chorus contains more attitude than any wee-diddle-diddle-waaaaaw shredding from the latter part of the decade, and Phil Collen’s main solo is miles beyond cool. I love watching him play it live; there are probably thousands of people who could learn the notes and play ‘em, but none play ‘em like ol’ Phil. It’s all about the guitars for me, but there are enough keyboards (and probably a drum machine) floating in the background to make Mike Score’s hair straighten out. Or fall out. Damn that Mutt Lange.

  • Phil

    R.E.M. – “Fireplace” (Document, 1987)
    Um, best R.E.M. song to feature a sax solo?! Don’t know what else to say.

    The Beatles – “She Said She Said” (The Alternate Revolver, 1966)
    Bootleg of demos, outtakes, alternate versions, etc. of one of my favorite Beatles albums. This one starts out completely unrecognizable and then quickly shifts to a sparse acoustic version that more closely resembles what ended up on the album.

    Kansas – “Two Cents Worth” (Masque, 1975)
    Typical early prog-boogie from Kansas.

    The Mob – “Wait” (The Mob, 2005)
    The Mob was a “supergroup” project made up of Doug Pinnick (King’s X) on vocals, Reb Beach (Winger, Dokken, Whitesnake) on guitars, Kelly Keaggy (Night Ranger) on vocals and drums, and Timothy Drury (Whitesnake, hired gun) on keyboards. The album also featured Kip Winger on bass, although I’m not sure why when you’ve got Doug Friggin’ Pinnick right there. Doug’s vocals are great, and Keaggy’s are what you would expect, and while the album is good enough, the songwriting is somewhat spotty, and many of the songs (understandably) sound like they are trapped in the 80s and early 90s.

    Dream Theater – “The Rover / Achiiles’ Last Stand / The song Remains the Same” (A Change of Seasons, 1995)
    At one point in their career, Dream Theater would often cover other artists live, sometimes dedicating an entire night of a two-night appearance to a particular artist or album. I’m sure much of that was due to Mike Portnoy, so I don’t know how often the band does cover tunes live anymore now that he’s out of the picture, but I’m guessing not as much. It’s shame because Dream Theater is a great cover band even though they are a bit stiff and technical.

  • Keith

    Lone Justice “East of Eden” Should I go west? NO! Because it’s freaking cold and raining in Seattle today. Come to think of it, where has Maria McKee been this past decade?

    The Futureheads: “Piece of Crap” — truth in advertising, a Sex Pistols wannabe “punk track” from an otherwise reliable band.

    Fischerspooner “Never Win” from Odyssey — after delivering some huge singles, Spooner’s band dropped off the face of the Earth because nobody could tell if they were a man, a band, an art installation or a joke. Bummer — some damn fine pop.

    Fallulah “Only Human” — She is a gorgeous pop siren from Denmark — up there sonically with Lykke Li, Annie, Ladyhawke…

    Cinderella “Bad Seamstress Blues” from Long Cold Winter — very interesting to revisit this blues metal masterpiece — they were Jack White while he was still in high school.

  • Michael Parr

    Welcome back, Rob!

    I’m 100% with you regarding Phil. He is definitely among my favorite guitar players.

  • Michael Parr

    Holy cow, someone actually owns Cyberpunk?!

  • Michael Parr

    “Dream Theater is a great cover band”

    Somewhere, Mike Portnoy is laughing his ass off, and John Petrucci is crying.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Branford Marsalis Trio – “Sentinel” (The Dark Keys, 1996).
    2) Matthew Sweet – “Nothing Lasts” (Girlfriend, 1991).
    3) Geri Allen – “The Eyes Have It” (Eyes … In The Back Of Your Head, 1996).
    4) Pat Martino – “‘Round Midnight” (Undeniable: Live At Blues Alley, 2011).
    5) Prince – “Sign ‘O The Times” (Sign ‘O The Times, 1987).

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Enjoy the weekend.

  • Phil

    As it should be (although I have always liked Petrucci). Great band that they are, I think they take themselves overly serious at times. Mike always seemed to me to be the heart of the band.

  • MichaelFortes

    1) “A Thing Or Two” – The Beach Boys (Wild Honey, 1967) – the most endearingly off-kilter tune from one of my all-time favorite Beach Boys albums.

    2) “Someone’s Always Singing” – Shuggie Otis (Freedom Flight, 1971) – a poppy, organ-based tune with plenty of fine ongoing lead guitar commentary. So happy that Shuggie is going on tour again!

    3) “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand” – The Beatles (Something New, 1964) – the German version of “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” I actually grew up hearing this version first since my mother’s 45 of the English version disappeared before I had a chance to get my grubby mitts on it.

    4) “What Makes You Think You’re The One” – Anna Ash (Covers, 2012) – a solo version (just voice and guitar) of the classic Fleetwood Mac tune, part of a series of free, or pay what you want, covers that the amazing Anna Ash has made available throughout the year. It’s a bit of a different vocal approach for her, but that voice is an astonishing instrument no matter how she uses it.

    5) “New York” – Cameo (Secret Omen, 1979) – a deep funk dance number, quite a ways away from the electronic aesthetic of the mid ’80s tunes they’re most well known for. Dig that bassline!

  • Dennis Corrigan

    I’ve been using the Groove Player 2 music app as the default music player for my iOS gadgets for the past couple of months. It works like a basic player but integrates with your gizmo’s library with the database to serve up playlists of songs and artists that are related. It also scrobbles to, hooks into your Facebook & Twitter accounts, and if you use iTunes Match it will pull your music out of the cloud. It’s a pretty cool app and is on sale for 99 cents of you want to check it out. Anyway, I hit its “Groovy Mix” and here’s what was served up, a playlist based on Ned’s Atomic Dustbin

    1. “Grey Cell Green” by Ned’s Atomic Dustbin from Rhino’s Brit Box – UK Indie, Shoegaze and Brit-Pop Gems box set. Have to admit to not being horribly familiar with them, but as I’m sure I’ve said here before, this is my favorite of the Rhino genre sets. Everything on it sounds great.

    2. “Faith” by Luscious Jackson from Fever In Fever Out. Had an ex that was into them. Still have the records at least

    3. “Hideous Towns” by the Sundays from Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Love this album

    4. “Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke” by the Alarm originally on Declaration. Wales’ answer to U2. These guys did bombast as well as anyone

    5. “Coast is Clear” by Curve from the Brit Box. See #1 above

    Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

  • Michael Parr

    Ned’s is possibly one of my favorite ’90s bands. How can you go wrong with a band featuring two bass players?

  • Phil

    I like them, too. _Godfodder_ is actually quite a good album.

  • Rock_dawg

    It’s been a long running joke with a friend of mine that he was one of six people that actually bought that CD. I’ll have to let him know that I found a second!

  • Rock_dawg

    No holiday up here in Canada, but that didn’t stop me from taking the day off for some shopping.  Unfortunatley, I struck out on every Record Store Day/Black Friday release I was after. D’oh! Oh well, any day spent record shopping is a good day, IMHO.

    “My Heart” – Ronnie Milsap, 40 #1 Hits
    I have a soft spot for early eighties country crossover hits and no one crossed over better that Ronnie Milsap. Well, maybe Eddie Rabbit…
    “Trying To Pull Myself Away” – Glen Hansard, Once soundtrack
    So many of my favourite artists have never hit during my Five, but I think this is the third time this one album has shuffled up. I have nothing else to say about it.
    “Accapulco” – Neil Diamond, The Jazz Singer
    I’ve loved this album since I was a kid but I’ve never seen the movie.  I understand I’m not missing anything. Any defenders out there?
    “Go Insane” – Lindsey Buckingham, Go Insane
    The solo acoustic version he’s been playing for the last 15 years or so is all well and good, but can’t top the synthy awesomeness of the original.  Love that bass groove too.
    “Die Another Day” – Madonna, Die Another Day soundtrack
    As James Bond is tortured by his North Korean captors during the opening of the movie, we the audience feel his pain as we endure THE WORST FUCKING BOND THEME EVER!!!!  Even by the low regard I hold for post-Ray Of Light Madonna, this is just awful.  Who gave this melody free bleeping and stuttering monstrosity the green light?

    Enjoy the rest of your long weekends, fellow Fivers.

  • Michael Parr

    TWO people own Cyberpunk?! My mind is blown.

  • Michael Parr

    I too share an affinity for the mellow gold of Country crossover. Ronnie’s voice is like syrup; so easy on the ears.

  • DwDunphy

    I’m not worried about the people who bought Cyberpunk…I’m worried about the people who KEPT Cyberpunk.

  • RoyBatty

    Hey now! I def tried selling the thing to used shops over the years. Sadly, no one wanted it. ;-)