The Friday Five: October 12, 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:

This week’s Friday Five is brought to you courtesy of my trusty iPod, Fred, which currently is filled with the playlists: Five Star Tunes (Fred), Fresh Tunes!, 2012, Top 25, and Ultimate ’80s. Shall we begin?

“Ice Cold (feat. Omarion)” by Rick Ross (from God Forgives, I Don’t, 2012)

I can pretty assuredly say that I don’t care much for Ross as a lyricist. This purchase was inspired by his turn “Accidental Murderers,” from Nas’ 2012 release, Life is Good, which (outside of a reciprocal feature by Nas on “Triple Beam Dream”) outshines just about every track on this effort.

“1999” by Prince (from The Hits/The B-Sides (disc 1: The Hits 1), 1993)

It occurred to me while listening to the titular track from Prince’s 1982 release that the whole concept of a politically motivated pop tune is, by in large, a thing of the past.

“Big Poppa” by Notorious B.I.G. (from Bad Boy’s 10th Anniversary… The Hits, 2004)

As much as I love Hip-Hop; as much as I love Biggie; I never love this tune as much as the others on his debut. For no particular reason, either.

“Humans Being” by Van Halen (from Twister, 1996)

I’m pretty sure that “Humans Being” has shuffled up in the past (if I were to keep track of these sorts of things.) For all its dark, intense and stormy intent, the resolution to the major chords in the chorus is nothing short of magic. Its use in the film also stands as one of my favorite in terms of film utilizing a track to great effect.

“I’m Your Man ’96” by Wham! (from The Best of Wham!: If You Were There…, 1997)

“1, 2, 3, 4…” I’m not sure why George Michael felt the need to re-record “I’m Your Man” and tack it onto the already brilliant “Fastlove,” but I’m sure glad he did. As I recall, this one got a lot of play during the summer of ’96. It may sound a bit dated now—even more so than the original—but in 1996, it was my jam.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Led Zeppelin – “I’m Gonna Crawl” (In Through the Out Door, 1979)
    Short of “Fool in the Rain” and “All My Love,” I have always had trouble getting into In Through the Out Door. I have to be in the right mood for “I’m Gonna Crawl,” so it usually gets skipped when it comes up.

    Cheap Trick – “Takin’ Me Back” (Heaven Tonight, 1978)
    It’s classic Cheap Trick. What’s not to like?!

    U2 – “Crumbs from Your Table” (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 2004)
    I was hopelessly infatuated with this song for a few months, especially this stripped-down version from the bonus DVD.

    Faith No More – “Easy” (Songs to Make Love To, 1993)
    This one’s for the ladies in the house. Unexpected but excellently executed Commodores cover from the most recognizable (if not best) version of Faith No More. Mike Patton’s voice is a good fit for this one, and I love Big Jim Martin’s guitar solo.

    Minutemen – “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” (The Blasting Concept, Volume II, 1990)
    I bought this SST compilation sight unseen (and unheard) from an SST catalog I got as a teenager based on an ad in Hit Parader or Circus or one of the other music rags available at the grocery store my family shopped at 10 miles away in the middle of nowhere Mississippi. Boy am I glad I did. Even though this particular comp often is seen as the point at which SST jumped the shark, it introduced me to a whole new world of music and bands like Saint Vitus, Black Flag, and Hüsker Dü. The Minutemen’s irreverent take on this classic Van Halen tune was one of my favorites, along with Hüsker Dü’s “Erase Today,” but it had to be listened to a low volumes due to the 2 F-bombs it contains. And clocking in at only 1:19, it took me longer to write this mini-review than it took to listen to.

  • Michael Parr

    I have a similar SST compilation titled Duck and Cover that also contains the Minutemen take on “Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love.”

  • Phil

    That looks like an interesting comp. Never seen it before.

  • MC_Snocap

    1. Pulp – “Sunrise” (We Love Life, 2002)
    Different Class and This Is Hardcore are top-to-bottom great. This LP lost me a bit. The song’s inclusion on Hits rescued it from being overlooked.

    2. Soul Coughing – “Maybe I’ll Come Down” (El Oso, 1998)
    Recently I read that M. Doughty not only dislikes his Soul Coughing ex-bandmates, he doesn’t care for the music they made together. Which lends an uncomfortable sublayer to the catalog – yet I still love it. Sorry, M.

    3. People’s Choice – “Do It Any Way You Wanna” (Phat Trax: The Best of Old School, vol. 5, 1995)
    Song originally from 1975, and how. A cocky groove, Gamble and Huff production, and lyrics that refuse to move beyond the title. Bold!

    4. They Might Be Giants – “Metal Detector” (Factory Showroom, 1996)
    Hidden TMBG gem. Love the various synths, the power chords, and the way the mundane subject takes on a mystical feel.

    5. The Go-Go’s – “Head Over Heels” (Greatest, 1994)
    Eh, y’all know this one. Clap along!

  • dwalsh76

    Straight from my 10K song ipod…..

    1. Bluebeats: ‘This Cruel World’ – Soulful, rocksteady from NYC that was released sometime in the late 90s on the now defunct Moon Ska label. Basically what’s missing from most ska released today – Soul.

    2. Phunk Junkeez: ‘What’s Next?’ – A terrible song from a rap-metal band complaining about bands playing rap-metal, but does offer the lyric “Even Tommy Lee is rapping!” There is no excuse for me to have not deleted this song off my ipod by now. Shameful.

    3. Tegan & Sara: ‘The Con’ Title track from a record that I probably haven’t given the proper time to listen to.

    4. Dawes: ‘Strangers Getting Stranger’ – a bonus track off of Nothing is Wrong. An album and song I cant’ get sick of, no matter how many times I listen.

    5. Trapper Schoepp & The Shades: ’20 Odd Years’ This was a local release here in Milwaukee that One Side Dummy just picked up. Roots rock, heavily influenced by Springsteen & Dylan.

    Bonus 6th Track – Zombie Christmas by Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler from Ash. It’s almost that time of year.

  • mc3

    1. Joe Perry – “Ten Years” (Joe Perry, 2005)
    From his only non-Aerosmith, non-Joe Perry Project release. The man is a gifted guitarist. Singer? Not so much. Blah.

    2. Jackie Greene – “The Holy Land” (Till the Light Comes, 2010)
    I think Greene is a great songwriter. However, this one is not my favorite. Feels long.

    3. Radiohead – “My Iron Lung” (Live Broadcast on 97-99 FM Radio One, 1995)
    Live from the Milton Keynes Bowl in Milton Keynes, UK. in 1995. I have no idea where or when I found this nugget. But I’m glad I did!

    4. Pink Floyd – “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives” (The Wall, 1979)
    Classic Pink Floyd tune. Takes me back in time. Unfortunately, can not stand-alone without “Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2. The worst thing about shuffle mode.

    5. Steve Miller Band – “Fly Like an Eagle” (Live Like an Eagle, 1975)
    I think this came from an old King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast. A very tasty live version with some really great guitar solos. This song makes me think of probably the greatest Popdose Idiot’s Guide of them all!

  • Keith

    I have Volume #1 of that series — one of the best comps in my collection. More songs from fewer bands but each song is a doozy. “Paranoid Chant” by the Minutemen, “Nervous Breakdown” by Black Flag and album highlight — the super creepy “Human Certainty” by Saccharine Trust.

  • Keith

    Give Pulp’s (final?) album, We Love Life another deep spin. ‘Trees” is one of their most majestic songs and the video for “Bad Cover Version” is not to be missed.

  • Phil

    I never bought Volume I, but if memory serves, I got Program: Annihilator around the same time, which served as my proper introduction to Saint Vitus and Black Flag. Excellent comp.

  • MC_Snocap

    You uncannily pinpointed the two other WLL songs that made it to the iPod. Initially “Sunrise” got short shrift, until one day it reverberated throughout Amoeba and sounded far better than remembered. I will definitely take your advice!

  • drxl

    3:23 “Sorry” by Réplica + Client
    When I started dating my current girlfriend, she did not think most of the music I listened to sucked, mostly because she discovered this gem through me: An awesome bit of cold rerto electro pop with the gorgeous vocals from Client. Réplica was at the time the main project of Erich Martino, former memeber of the seminal Abstract Massive DJ team. Just recently, I heard that another memeber of Réplica was an old friend with whom I even had the chance to record a prog metal album that was never released.

    3:39 “Fly Kicks” by Brianna from the Face Off mixtape.
    I have always preferred female MCs to male ones and even though Brianna is not one of my faves, when she is good, she can be VERY good. The whole Face Off mixtape drags a little, but its highlights are very much well worht it.

    4:26 “Troll Romance” (Lao Remix) by Dj Smurphy ft. Teehn Bwitches
    Quite some Mexican DJs are trying their hand at this Trap bass thing, and the results have been improving quite a bit lately. This Lao remix is not as good as Javier Estrada’s, but still quite enjoyable. DJ Smurphy is female, by the way. I do not know anything about the Teehn Bwitches. i am not even sure they exist outside DJ Smurphy’s imagination. “The hell with Papa Smurf, let’s do the Troll Hosue. Llet’s go smurfin’…”

    3:00 “Lazy John by Chance McCoy And The Appalachian String Band (2008)
    Nosietrade has keep my adult alternative side very much alive.

    8:18 “Narcissistic Cannibal” (D4D Mix) by Korn and Skrillex, from the 2012 compillation “Negative Youth 2012″
    I may be wrong, but Negative Youth are now like the coolest thing on the Mexico City underground.I do not even know how to label the kind of music they favor in their parties, but I bet it is cooler than anything you and me are listening too. Very dark electronics with an also dark sense of humor. It is a challenge to hear and I you cannot dance to it (well, you can actually dance to anything, but this is not really very dance friendly). A mix of dark dubstep with some witch house and a bit of seapunk I would dare.

  • MB

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Prodigal’s Return (Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy, 1970)
    Dr. John – God’s Sure Good (Locked Down, 2012)
    John Hiatt – Uncommon Connection (Beneath This Gruff Exterior, 2003)
    Eagles – Desperado (Desperado, 1973)
    David Allan Coe – I’ll Always Be A Fool For You (Tennessee Whiskey, 1981)

  • MC_Snocap

    Re #2, there’s something to be said for archiving dregs on your iPod. Sometimes there’s nostalgia value, and sometimes something you came to hate sounds decent again when it pops up by surprise. Maybe not in this case, but no shame, amigo.

  • Michael Parr

    I kid you not, a Limp Bizkit tune (“Stuck”) shuffled up the other day and I actually did not skip it. It hasn’t aged particularly well, but it also wasn’t the worst thing on my iPod.

  • dwalsh76

    a lot of music from the late 90s has not aged very well. some of my wife’s music is on my ipod. Even this rap metal is better than that.

  • dwalsh76

    agreed. Sometimes its fun, sometimes its cringe-inducing. This was cringe-inducing.

  • Rock_dawg

    When the Twister gang is hauling ass through that field and the score segues from playing a symphonic version of the riff to the actual Van Halen track? Effin’ amazing!

    I’m on staycation this week, so for the first time my Five will come from the home base as opposed to the usual couple of thousand songs I felt like loading on to my iPod to hear at work. Take it away, iTunesDJ…

    “Square Pegs” – The Waitresses, Sounds of the Eighties: TV Themes of the Eighties
    I never saw this short-lived cult show and I don’t care for the Waitresses either, so this song does nothing for me.

    “Torn Apart” – Stabbing Westward, Darkest Days
    I think I’ve mentioned this before but I was really into these guys when this came out. They did a decent job of tiding me over between Nine Inch Nails albums. But now the tortured angst of the lyrics just makes me roll my eyes. The more agro tracks I can still enjoy as long as I’m not really paying attention.

    “The Sea and the Rhythm” – Iron & Wine, The Sea and the Rhythm
    Nothing quite as soothing as early Iron & Wine.

    “…And Justice For All” – Metallica, …And Justice For All
    Why, oh why, can’t this album get a remix where the bass can be heard and the drums don’t sound so shitty? I’d be a much bigger fan of this record, but the tinny production keeps me from playing much other than “Harvester of Sorrow” (too awesome to ignore) and “One”.

    “Computer Blue #2″ – Prince, Prince’s iVault 1983
    One of His Purpleness’ attempts to edit down Computer Blue to fit the Purple Rain album – this one clocking in around 12 minutes. The world really needs a multi-disc deluxe version of Purple Rain…

    Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers.

  • Jack Feerick

    A Friday Five while
    supper’s in the oven? Don’t mind if I do…

    The Who, “Disguises,”
    from A Quick One. A friend and I
    were debating as to which album should be mandatory listening for every
    teenager. I said Tommy. He said A Quick One. The conceptual brilliance
    and musical unity of the former vs. the short sharp pop shocks of the latter.
    Fuck it; it’s the Who. Can you really go wrong?

    Thomas Dolby, “Commercial
    Breakup,” from The Golden Age of
    Wireless. Dolby gets a lot of love for the way his records sound, but not nearly enough credit for
    his songwriting. This is one of the poppier, more disposable tracks on Golden Age, but still a hooky delight.

    Dewey Balfa, “Pine
    Grove Blues,” from The Big Easy
    OST. A Cajun holler that works a lot better in the context of the soundtrack
    than on its own. At least it’s only a minute long.

    Simon Bonney, “Blue
    Eyes Crying In The Rain,” from Everyman.
    For my money, this record is a genuine lost Americana classic, and this cover,
    arranged for piano and strings, is one of my favorite sad songs. The cello is

    Annnnnnnd Not Drowning Waving, “Brother
    Norbert,” from The Cold and the
    Crackle. Another one of those melancholy piano-led instrumentals that so
    seem to dog my steps, but this one has drum machines!

  • Michael Parr

    Re “…and Justice for All”: YES
    Re Purple Rain: YES… YES… YES!!

  • Michael Parr

    I’d pitch a vote for Tommy.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Time to settle in with a beverage and a Five

    1. “In the Flesh” by Pink Floyd from The Wall – a bombastic opener to the Five and the opening of their magnum opus
    2. “Working Late” by Lone Justice from their self-titled debut. If there had been been an internet back in ’85, Lone Justice would have been huge in the Americana/Twang blogosphere
    3. “Carl’s Big Chance” by the Beach Boys from All Summer Long. Carl could play a good surf guitar, but this one’s filler
    4. “The Ledge” by Fleetwood Mac from Tusk. When the album first came out, I was expecting Rumours 2, and was a little disappointed (OK, a lot disappointed, but in my defense I was 13), and didn’t like a lot of the Lindsey Buckingham tracks like this one. Now that I’m, ahem, older, I listen to Tusk as a playlist with only the Buckingham & Christine McVie tracks.
    5. “Yahweh” by U2 from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Speaking of being disappointed with a band’s work…
    Cheers, hope you hear something great this weekend!