The Friday Five: October 25, 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:

“I Can’t Wait” by Hepcat (from Right on Time, 1998)

The mid-’90s ska revival turned out a plethora of awful bands; Hepcat was not one of them. Rooted firmly in the traditional, First Wave Ska of the ’60s. The band never really got its due, as everyone was busy paying attention to the louder, punk-based Third Wave flavor being served up by every Tom, Dick, and Harry with a trombone player in the band. This record is well worth checking out, it’s a perennial favorite around the Parr household.

“Angel” by Aerosmith (from O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits (disc 1), 2002)

According to the Wikipedia, Steven Tyler never wants to hear “Angel” ever again. Ever.

“Put Your Records On (acoustic)” by Corinne Bailey Rae (from Put Your Records On, 2006)

I’ve thought on more than one occasion, “Whatever happened to Corinne Bailey Rae?” I remember reading that her husband passed away not long after her career took off, and then … nothing. She released a second album in 2010 and has been quiet ever since. I do hope we hear from her again, soon.

“Lo and Behold (stereo promo version)” by David Ruffin & Jimmy Ruffin (from The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 11B: 1971 (disc 61), 2009)

There was a recent discussion on Facebook about the most underrated Motown vocalist–You mean your friends don’t talk about stuff like this?–and Jimmy Ruffin was at the top of the list.

“Surrender” by Trixter (from Trixter, 1990)


What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Rock_dawg

    If me and my friends had more discussions like that, I wouldn’t come to Popdose!

    “Nickels For Your Nightmares” – Headstones, Nickels For Your Nightmares
    A long, rambling track that sounds like it was born out of a jam with rambling stream of conciousness lyrics. Normally, I would encourage people to check out the Headstones, but I would strongly discourage starting with this track.
    “Release” – The Tea Party, Transmission
    For Transmission, The Tea Party mostly left the exotic instrumentation they were known for (and drew so many comparisons to Zeppelin for) behind for a more electronic, industrial sound. I was as much into Nine Inch Nails as I was classic rock at the time, so this album really struck a chord with me and remains my favourite Tea Party album.
    “Forever Young” – Alphaville, Forever Young
    While in grades 6 to 8, the school would have dances in the afternoon a couple of times a year. The guy who DJed these boys-on-one-side-of-the-gym-girls-on-the-other-until-the-dance-was-almost-over affairs, must have been very into 80’s synth pop because I remember this song and Depeche Mode’s “Somebody” being played at pretty much every one of them.
    “Walk The Plank” – Spoons, Arias & Symphonies
    Back to the Canadian music, but staying in the new wave 80’s. I wasn’t really aware of the Spoons at the time, but they’re a favourite of my wife.
    “Cosmic Cure” – Junkie XL, Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin
    From the second, more trancey disc of this set. The first disc is more commercially minded featuring collaborations with Robert Smith, Gary Numan, Solomon Burke and the chick from Republica and is a little more my speed.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Phil

    Me, too, Steven. Me, too.

  • jcb7472

    The Starlight Mints: “Torts” (Drowaton, 2006). Decent track from this indie pop band out of Oklahoma

    Lee “Scratch” Perry: “Bionic Rats” (1977). Classic song by the reggae legend.

    TV on the Radio: “DLZ” (Dear Science, 2008). It was sad to see that their bassist, Gerard Moore, passed away from lung cancer in 2011. They are a great band.

    Pete & the Pirates: “Washing Powers” (One Thousand Pictures, 2011). I read that these guys broke up last year. They were a pretty good indie rock band out of the U.K. Kind of similar to The Kooks.

    The Strokes: “Machu Picchu” (Angles, 2011). One of the better songs of their last album. I don’t think these guys have ever been to Peru or Machu Picchu, and when asked about the song, Julian Casablancas (lead singer) said “There are lyrics about keeping yourself busy. ‘I’m just trying to find a mountain I can climb,’ and Machu Picchu is the Inca sacred place in the Andean mountains of Peru. So the title started out as a joke, but then the joke seemed fitting.”

    Happy Friday from (still) warm and sunny Florida!

  • Phil

    The Beatles – “For No One (Take 14, Recorded May 19, 1966)” (The Alternate Revolver, 1966)
    The Alternate Revolver is an interesting peek into the studio during the making of one of my favorite Beatles albums. It features alternate versions and mixes, sketches and demos, and alternate takes (complete with mess-ups) of songs that I am so familiar with that I’m usually taken aback for a minute when when one pops up on shuffle.

    The Ramones – “Endless Vacation (Demo)” (Too Tough to Die, 1984)
    Demo of a Ramones song I never really liked anyway. Next.

    John Davis – “Chant Down Babylon” (Arigato!, 2007)
    Arigato! is the excellent second solo release from the Superdrag singer/songwriter/guitarist and founding member John Davis, and opening track “Chant Down Babylon” helps to prove there’s no sophomore slump here. And no, despite the song’s title, this isn’t a Rastafarian reggae number. Instead, it’s very stylistically similar to Davis’ former (and current) band, so if you like Superdrag, you’ll probably like this, too. Be forewarned though, this disc is loaded with Davis’ commentary on Christendom and spiritual themes, but not in the same manner as cheesy CCM radio fodder. You might find that you actually like the honesty found here.

    Placebo – “Running Up That Hill” (Meds, 2007)
    I love Placebo’s downbeat version of Kate Bush’s most successful song. A deal with God?! I think my iTunes has a sense of humor sometimes.

    Ozzy Osbourne – “Tonight” (Diary of a Madman, 1981)
    I had somehow forgotten about this very un-Ozzy-like song. After listening again, apart from Randy’s playing, I can see why.

  • gthradecky

    “Lido Shuffle” Boz Scaggs – Yeah, it’s fluff and there’s nothing wrong with that

    “Stone Free” Jimi Hendrix – From the ‘Classic Rock that REALLY rocks!’ pile – I went through a Jimi phase, it’s still mind blowing but how many times have I heard it now? It’s almost like I don’t hear it anymore

    “I Turn My Camera On” Spoon – SWAGGER!

    “This Is Really a Book” Future Clouds & Radar – A pop song deconstructed, you have to reassemble it in your mind from the parts given

    “Can’t Stop Falling Into Love” Cheap Trick – Even though the production is nothing but a blast of hairspray the song is still a great listen

    Happy Friday!

  • jcb7472

    “I Turn My Camera On” was the first song I had ever heard by Spoon back in ’05 and then I went and got all of their albums and went to see them in concert. Awesome song and band.

  • nathan_az

    Is Levi Stubbs underrated? I just know he’s the best.

    “Into My Hands” – The Church, Remote Luxury (1984). Nice, pleasant… Steve Kilbey and the boys were kinda going through the motions.

    “Burn For It” – Sloan, Parallel Play (2008) If you don’t know Sloan, find out!

    “Falling Dove” (Live) – Crowded House, Live @ The Mermaid Theatre London, 20 May, 2010 (2010).
    A slow burner from 2010’s slow-burning Intriguer gets a respectful treatment on this BBC concert recording.

    “Alex Chilton” – The Replacements, Pleased to Meet Me (1987) Man, my shuffle’s been fixated on the ‘Mats lately. 26+ years later, it continues to boggle my mind that this wasn’t a #1 Record (pun intended).

    “Rappaport’s Testament: I Never Gave Up” – Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Mo’ Living EP (2007) This is a powerful cover of a Chumbawumba song originally released in 1990. We’re a long way from “Tubthumping” with this one, based on a character from Primo Levi’s Moments of Reprieve: “And if I meet Hitler in the other place, I’ll spit this precious soup in his face, And all my accounts will be settled you see, ‘Cause Hitler never ever got the better of me…”

  • MB

    Marshall Tucker Band – A New Life (A New Life, 1974)

    Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees (Bare Trees, 1972)

    Amos Lee – Won’t Let Me Go (Last Days At The Lodge, 2008)

    Rolling Stones – Torn And Frayed (Exile On Main Street, 1972)
    Faces – Flying (First Step, 1970)

  • jhallCORE

    1) Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals — “Burn One Down” (Live From Mars, 2001).
    2) John Legend & the Roots (Featuring CL Smooth) — “Our Generation (The Hope Of The World)” (Wake Up!, 2010).
    3) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — “Angel Dream (No. 2)” (She’s The One soundtrack, 1996).
    4) Pat Martino — “Inside Out” (Undeniable, 2011).
    5) J.J. Johnson — “The Meaning Of The Blues” (Tangence, 1995).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • 1001Songs

    my shift key has decided to stop working

    1. black sabbath “fluff” (sabbath bloody sabbath, 1973) who is this? the wife asks of this acoustic instrumental because she thinks its’s something she’d like to play in her vintage furniture shop.

    2, donovan “saint valentine’s angel” ( essence to essence, 1973) another album released in late 1973. neither psychedelic nor glam rock like the preceding album, this is a true fan favorite

    3. bachman turner overdrive “tramp” ( bto II, 1973) yet another album released at the end of ’73 ( i swear i’m not trying to plug my music blog) this one has the breakout hits ‘takin care of business’ and ‘let it ride’.

    4. the young rascals ‘mustang sally’ (the young rascals, 1966) one of those fully formed bands that had it. all. going on by the time they released their debut album

    5. rickie lee jones ‘for no one’ ( it’s like this, 2000) when facing a dry writing spell there are worst things to do than an album of covers and this one has a lot of charm

  • Michael Parr

    Lido, whoa-oh-oh-oh!

  • Michael Parr

    Levi Stubbs is pretty damn underrated, and he’s pretty high on my list.

    Also, I’ll second the Sloan recommendation. For those of you interested, here is a free career-spanning retrospective. Did I mention that it’s free? [Sloan: SELECT SINGLES 1992-2011]

  • David_E

    “Let Nothing Come Between You” – Warren Zevon, The Envoy. One of his trifles, sure. But trifles *are* sweet. A rare bit of sentiment from the king of bitter irony.

    “Prison Sex” – Tool, Undertow. Wow. There’s some musical whiplash. Love this song. This is the scary that NIN never achieved.

    “Musta Notta Gotta Lotta” – Joe Ely, Musta Notta Gotta Lotta. #Boogie #Woogie #Texas #BluesRock #Funbutwhatever

    “Not Through With You” – Terje Fjelde, Pop Songs. How fun is this? A POPDOSE staff original! Love every bit of this song – the lyrics, the melody, the vocals. Honestly. A favorite find of the year I found it in.

    “Something To Say” – Toad The Wet Sprocket, Fear. Aaaaaannnnnd, I’m having dreams of being in college again. And missing finals. And I’m lost on campus. And probably naked. Wait, what?

  • B-ROCK

    Phish – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (Live Phish)
    The great debate going on in Phishland these days is which classic album will serve as the band’s musical costume on Halloween night in Atlantic City. Just for giggles, my vote goes to Frampton Comes Alive.
    Cream – I’m So Glad” (Royal Albert Hall 2005)
    It always amazes me how good this sounds after all those years apart – solid musicians all around.
    Kings Of Leon – “Don’t Matter” (Mechanical Bull)
    This album was slow to appreciate and because of that I haven’t given it the ear time it deserves. Movin’ on up!
    Minor Alps – “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands” (Get There)
    Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws gets Juliana Hatfield to rock again? More please.
    Lucinda Williams – “Righteously” (World Without Tears)
    A great song from an underrated record. Lucinda’s smoky growl is the perfect Friday closer.