The Friday Five: November 29, 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:

Is there such a thing as a carbohydrate hangover?

“Somebody Said Your Name” by The Silver Seas (from Château Revenge! (Blue Edition), 2011)

The album so good that they had to make it twice! The “blue” edition features stripped down—I hesitate to call it “unplugged”—versions of the jaunty power pop tunes that made Château Revenge! on of my favorite records.

“She’s Gone (live)” by Hall & Oates (from VH-1 Behind the Music: The Daryl Hall and John Oates Collection, 2002)

Hall & Oates have sort of been floating in this perpetual Renaissance for the last decade, or so.

“Amanda” by Boston (from Greatest Hits, 1997)

So you all know Boston has a new record coming out soon, right? I assume that all the yahoos that clamored for The Chinese Democracy are the same folks looking for a new Boston record.

“Fade Away” by Best Coast (from Fade Away, 2013)


“Invisible Touch” by Genesis (from Invisble Touch, 1986)

So this week’s Friday Five is a winner on all fronts. This on the day where Mr. Collins has started hinting about coming out of retirement, and perhaps bringing Genesis with him!

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Got any room left for a little more Thanksgiving? Here’s an appropriately themed 5:

    1. “Thank You” by John Mellencamp from the Words & Music greets hits collection. One of two new tracks on this solid career retrospective. Has that ever worked for anything other than Petty’s “Last Dance With Mary Jane”?

    2. “Custard Pie” by Led Zeppelin from Physical Graffiti – for those who like their desserts a little more “creamier”

    3. “Plymouth Rock” by Count Basie from April In Paris. From a playlist of Thanksgiving Jazz that I stick on every year. I’m guessing (OK, hoping) I’m not the only one who does this

    4. “Family Affair” by Sly & The Family Stone from the Higher! box set (originally on There’s A Riot Goin’ On). If you or someone you know is in need of funky great gift this Christmas, I’d highly recommend this set

    5. “Honey Pie” by the Beatles from The White Album – a link to last week.

    Hope you’re having a great holiday! Michael, I’ve got to get my hands on a copy of that Silver Seas blue record

  • Rock_dawg

    “What Have You Done For Me Lately (Extended Mix)” – Janet Jackson, Popdose Weeknight 80’s Dance Party
    Wasn’t a big fan of this track when it came out, but came to appreciate it over time. Love this 12″ mix because it’s not too gimmicky or out there (as remixes can often be), it just lets that awesome Jam & Lewis groove ride for about 6 minutes.
    “American Squirm” – Nick Lowe, Labour of Lust
    Just Nick doing what he does best, with back up from Elvis Costello & the Attractions.
    “Swords and Knives” – Tears for Fears, The Seeds of Love
    I remember borrowing this tape from the library when it was still a pretty new release and hating it! It was such a bummer and sounded nothing like Songs from the Big Chair or the lead single. Only listened to it again a few weeks ago and like it much better now. Stupid 6/7th grade self!
    “I’m Not The Same Without You” – Donald Fagen, Sunken Condos
    Good old Donald Fagen, taking the obvious sentiment of the title (I’m just a shell of the person I was when we were together) and turning it the other way around (I’m so much happier now that you’re gone).
    “Talking Old Soldiers” – Elton John, Tumbleweed Connection
    Another album that didn’t really click with me the first time I heard it (it’s lack of any singles doesn’t help the newcomer), but now is home to some of my absolute favourite Elton John songs (“Come Down In Time”, “Love Song”, “My Fathers Gun”).

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and are enjoying their turkey comas. Have a good weekend.

  • 1001Songs

    Happy Black Friday if Happiness is based on amassing goods

    1. Uncle Tupelo ” The Long Cut” from Anodyne ( 1993) Remarkable that most songs on this classic recording were cut live and in one take
    2. Budgie “You’re The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk” from Never Turn Your Back On A Friend ( 1973) Drummer Ray Phillips’s solo kicks off the first 1:40 of this epic hard rock track
    3. Donna Summer “Can’t Get to Sleep At Night” from Bad Girls (1979) Not one of the 6 singles from this top selling album but one of its best tracks
    4. Roxy Music “Sentimental Fool” from Siren ( 1975) the band’s most consistently great album
    5. The Bongos “Three Wise Men” from Drums Along the Hudson ( 1982) A college radio classic full of British singles from this Hoboken band

  • B-ROCK

    J Roddy Walston & the Business – “Black Light” (Essential Tremors)
    Anybody else hear Queens of the Stone Age?
    The Beatles – “Flying” (Magical Mystery Tour)
    I haven’t heard this since the invention of the skip button.
    Starcastle – “Lady of the Lake” (Starcastle)
    Takes me back to the days when our local pre-classic rock station used to play the entire 10+ minutes of this behometh prog rock staple.
    Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – “GD Lonely Love” (Live In Alabama)
    Feel that despair in Jason’s voice?
    Shooting Star – “Last Chance” (Shooting Star)
    Represents everything I hated about ’70’s smaltz rock, but on this Friday, it’s sounding pretty bad-ass.
    Rock me fivers!

  • EightE1

    Steely Dan, “Bodhisattva.” The idea of Donald Fagen directing his life, his attention, or even a passing thought, to achieving enlightenment is … well … unlikely is probably the charitable term. I imagine Fagen walks around thinking he IS enlightenment, and simply wanted to title a song “Bodisattva,” and say it over and over again, and make people look up the term in one of those big books with all the words and definitions in them. Oh, and who played the guitar solo on this? I nominate him for president of something.

    David Gray, “My Oh My.” I have a tremendous love for this man’s music, his voice, and the sound of his records, particularly this one, which, I believe, he made in his bedroom closet because he couldn’t afford studio time. Which means, he probably recorded something — SOMETHING — in the bathroom at one point or another, because the acoustics in the bathroom are ALWAYS better, certainly better than the acoustics in the closet, any closet. And then the question we must then ponder is WHICH songs were recorded in the crapper — was it this one? Was it “Babylon?” Was it “Say Hello Wave Goodbye” (the brilliant Soft Cell cover that ends the record)? I don’t think it’s this one — the vocals don’t sound like there’s anything on ‘em, bathroom-environment-issue or not. I love the melody in the chorus; I imagine that someone who is introduced to Gray’s music via this song will want to investigate further. And that’s before the bathroom question comes up.

    Chicago, “Call on Me.” My love for the Chicago horn section is deep and abiding, and this one’s got a great intro that features that very horn section, along with a percussion track that sounds like someone tapping on a couple overturned empty Slurpee cups. And that’s before we hear Peter Cetera meowing the verses — and, really, I use the term “meowing” with great care; you can practically hear him purr as Lee Loughnane scratches him behind the ears while he’s laying down his vocal track.

    Black Label Society, “Death March.” And then Zakk Wylde takes an enormous ax to Peter Cetera’s skull, splattering bone chips and brain matter all over my iTunes (and I’d just cleaned the damn thing). But I’m okay with that, because I like Zakk, and I LOVE the Mafia album, certainly more than I like “Call on Me” (not that I dislike “Call on Me,” but I’d rather hear Zakk Wylde and his band of glowering sociopaths bludgeon stuff tonight. Just because). I particularly love it when Zakk tries to hit a high note, and it just sounds like a really pissed-off giant trying to hit a high note, and then the clouds gather and the thunder rumbles, and all sorts of things start flying sideways. Yeah, I really love the Mafia album.

    Simon & Garfunkel, “Leaves That Are Green.” And then Paul Simon hops up on a stool and clocks Zakk Wylde with a Martin D-45. That just pisses him off, though, but he laughs it off, because who can be mad at Paul Simon for too long? Well … Art Garfunkel, that’s who, but Artie wouldn’t DARE mess with Paul as long as Zakk’s in the room as his protector. “Hello, hello, hello, hello, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye. That’s all there is.”

  • Rock_dawg

    A Five almost as brilliant as it’s commentary!

  • EightE1

    Aw, thanks.