The Friday Five: October 4, 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:

“More Human Than Human (Meet Bambi in the King’s Harem mix)” by White Zombie (from Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds, 1996)

Once upon a time–in what feels like a galaxy far, far away–I was a DJ for an “Alternative Night” at a small college bar. This track was a sure-fire hit to get some butts on the dancefloor. Its protracted intro also afforded me more than enough lead time to bark the drink specials and remind everyone to tip their bartenders.

“Mr. Big” by Mr. Big (from Bump Ahead, 1993)

… I’ve got nothing.

“Dinner Bell” by They Might Be Giants (from Apollo 18, 1992)

Apollo 18 didn’t leave my cassette player (and eventually CD player) for a very, very long time. Now that I’ve got a little one running around the house (again) I find that my favorite TMBG records are all getting pulled out and played frequently.

“Explosion” by Eli “Paperboy” Reed (from Come and Get It, 2010)

I can dig it, I’m just not in the mood.

“Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby” by Counting Crows (from This Desert Life, 1999)

I feel like this tune has shuffled up before, but a quick search through my archives didn’t turn anything up. This Desert Life is probably the last Counting Crows records that I fell in love with immediately.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Superchunk – “Trees of Barcelona” (I Hate Music, 2013)
    So far 2013 has been a pretty good year for music as far as I’m concerned, albeit a weird one. Most of my 2013 release purchases have been fan-funded projects through PledgeMusic, Kickstarter, and Indigogo–Eureka Machines, Ginger’s Hey! Hello! project, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Dave Elkins of Mae with his Schematic release. But albums released through traditional means have been good, too–Black Sabbath, Dave Grohl’s Sound City project, QOTSA. But Superchunk’s latest is among the best front-to-back and has been one of my favorites of the year. This track is one of the 11 reasons why.

    Foo Fighters – “Hey, Johnny Park!” (The Colour and the Shape, 1997)
    And speaking of Dave Grohl, The Colour and the Shape contains some of my favorite Foos material. While this one isn’t one of those tracks, it’s nothing to sneeze at.

    Toad the Wet Sprocket – “Nothing Is Alone” (Pale, 1990)
    Again, not a favorite of mine, which is odd, because I tend to really like the songs Todd Nichols sings on the albums. But again, not a bad song by any means, and it ends up being a relatively upbeat end to an album that mostly feels dark and foreboding.

    Arcade Fire – “Empty Room” (The Suburbs, 2010)
    I don’t know why I just haven’t been able to get into this band. This song in particular tends to suffer from too much sameness from start to finish.

    Coheed and Cambria – “Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)” (Live at Starland Ballroom, 2005)
    I love the energy of this track and how the audience gets into it with the singalong sections. I love how completely weird Claudio is. I love the melodies he comes up with and how complicated some of his songs are. But you know what I love most about Coheed?! I love that Claudio plays a Gibson Explorer. There aren’t enough guitarists these days rocking that guitar.

  • dwalsh76

    1. Madness – “You Keep Me Hangin On” from their Dangerman Session of covers. I have heard plenty of worse covers.

    2. Morphine – “Cure for Pain” 14 years later and I still greatly miss Mark Sandman. So damn good.

    3. I Mother Earth – “Another Sunday” From their second album Scenery & Fish. All the magic from the first album was gone.

    4. Lowen & Navarro – “We Belong” Cover of the Pat Benatar tune. This comes from the Cities97 20th Anniversary CD.

    5. MyNameIsJohnMichael – “Why does the whirlwind weep?” I will never not enjoy a song by him.

  • nathan_az

    “Dr. Bernice” – Cracker (Cracker, 1992) You can’t go wrong with Cracker (or Camper Van Beethoven, for that matter). This is the last “official” track from the band’s first album. It’s typically weird.

    “So What’cha Want” – Beastie Boys (Check Your Head, 1992) Another classic from 1992. By about 45 seconds in, I’m ready to run through a wall. Yeah…you can’t front on THAT.

    “Masquerade” – Skids (Sweet Suburbia: The Best of the Skids, 1995, [originally released in 1979]) While I prefer Stuart Adamson’s work with Big Country, there’s a lot to love about Skids. This is one of their better songs.

    “Love for Tender” – Elvis Costello & The Attractions (Get Happy!!, 1980) The opener from EC’s R&B album. I’m digging the way this five’s coming together.

    “Hey Annie” – Annie, (Don’t Stop, 2009) Pure Norwegian sugary bliss.

  • Rock_dawg

    “The Man That Never Was” – Rick Springfield and Foo Fighters, Sound City: Real to Reel
    Hot damn, this track kicks ass!
    “Cold Rain” – Crosby, Stills & Nash, CSN
    Graham Nash is probably my least favourite contributor to CSN(&Y), which doesn’t mean I don’t like him or his harmonies, but outside of “Our House”, his songs have never really done much for me. Like most that I’m familiar with, this one is pleasant but unremarkable.
    “Public Enemy #1” – Mötley Crüe, Too Fast For Love
    The lead guitar line and main vocal melody in the verse sound so much like the Bee Gee’s “Tragedy”, it’s distracting! Otherwise a little Crüe power is just what my Friday afternoon needs…
    “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” – Mötley Crüe, Dr. Feelgood
    …and hot damn, I get a two-fer!
    “We Are Young” – Fun. ft. Janelle Monae, Some Nights
    A while back either Michael or a fellow commenter (too lazy to go back and check) recommended this album, so since I liked the singles, I decided to check it out. Auto-tuned vocals are a real pet peeve of mine, but overall the great things about this album outweigh it’s unnecessary use and I like this disc quite a bit. So thanks, whoever-it-was!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Michael Parr

    Boo! “Nothing Is Alone” might be my second favorite tune on Pale. I have a bootleg where Glen introduces the song by saying, “it’s the song so sad we made Todd sing it.”

  • gthradecky

    “1969” Montt Mardie – Ever heard of this guy? Pretty slick stuff, is the ‘Drama’ album any good?

    “Grey Seal” Elton John – Always nice to hear the chorus with it’s hopeful chord changes

    “Laugh, Love, Fuck” The Coup – This song bottled something I like!

    “Bathwater” No Doubt – It’s not my favorite but I don’t turn it off either

    “Headache” Frank Black – Love the hook!

    Happy Friday! See you next week -

  • Keith

    “Petit Piano Electrique M1″ (unknown artist/unknown album) — from the bowels of my iTunes library, a pretty good early OMD-sounding track.
    “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thing” – Heaven 17. Essential classic that I discovered during the summer of 1982 when Cleveland’s 92-FM went new wave for a summer.
    “The Boxer” – Natalie Smith from Masquerade. Looks like Robyn with a longer bob and bangs. Sounds like a lovely piano-playing singer/songwriter busking at Uncommon Grounds on a Tuesday night.
    “Storm the Embassy” by Stray Cats. iTunes, you are on roll a new wave today. What a great, sinister, non-single.
    “New Wave” by Against Me! but of course. 0% new wave, 100% ass kicking rock god awesomeness.

  • paulzas

    “End of the Road” – Eddie Vedder (Into the Wild soundtrack) – Really liked the movie (particularly its 70s-esque experimental tone, which I wasn’t expecting), and Vedder’s “Hard Sun” from this soundtrack is a great cut. Most of the rest of the album, including this song, seems a little unfinished–nice, but a bit noodle-y.
    “Exhuming McCarthy” — REM (iTunes original version) – It’s not classic, but one of their more up tunes of their newer stuff. Some iTunes originals have been revelatory performances (Fiona Apple’s, for instance), but not this set–it’s pretty much same old same old.
    “Ain’t No Other Man — Christina Aguilera — My face is red with shame, but it’s on a “Workout Mix 2006″ playlist on my iPod, so I guess I’ll accept the consequences.
    “In the Ether” — The Who (Endless Wire) — I actually listened to this album quite a few times when it came out, and it’s not a complete loss, but definitely tour fodder more than a restatement. This track’s musical bed is nice in a reserved way, but Townshend’s “voices” don’t serve him well; it’s a bit jarring and even a little embarrassing.
    “So Cold in Ireland” — The Cranberries (The Complete No Need to Argue Sessions) — A live b-side to their “Zombie” 7″ single. I’ll admit, I don’t know where I got this from, but it’s a nice “classic” Cranberries track, if a little dark.

  • MC_Snocap

    1. Boz Scaggs, “Breakdown Dead Ahead” (1980, off Hits!)
    Very much like this record, although Scaggs’ delivery, the back-up vocals, and the classy 70s studio sound work against the bite that the lyrics invite (and the guitar sniffs around.)

    2. The Plimsouls, “Oldest Story in the World” (1983, off Valley Girl soundtrack)
    This is probably sacrilege, but the vocal phrasings here sound Bon Jovi-esque.

    3. Konk, “Love Attack” (1988, off Bright Lights, Big City soundtrack)
    What we talk about when we talk about Konk.

    4. Talking Heads, “Electric Guitar” (1979, Fear of Music)
    My most favorite part of “Electric Guitar”? That sousaphone.

    5. Ricky Martin, “She Bangs” (2000, single)
    Do you think the record makers intentionally went full camp, or was it an unrecognized side effect of trying to outdo “Livin’ La Vida Loca”? Energy + Ridiculousness = Guilty Pleasure.

  • Phil

    3. I Mother Earth – “Another Sunday” From their second album Scenery & Fish. All the magic from the first album was gone.

    Sadly, I have to agree.

  • Phil

    “The Man That Never Was” – Rick Springfield and Foo Fighters, Sound City: Real to Reel

    One of my faves on the soundtrack!

    “Public Enemy #1” – Mötley Crüe, Too Fast For Love
    The lead guitar line and main vocal melody in the verse sound so much like the Bee Gee’s “Tragedy”, it’s distracting! Otherwise a little Crüe power is just what my Friday afternoon needs…

    I don’t think they ever topped that album.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Working from home means I can get a Five out before the sun goes down

    1. “Pigs, Sheeps, And Wolves” by Paul Simon from You’re The One. Well, um, that’s a start. I remember thinking “I waited 10 years for this?” when this record was released in 2000.

    2. “I’ll Get You” by The Beatles from Mono Masters Vol. 1 The B side of both “She Loves You” and its German sung companion “Sie Liebt Dich”

    3. “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles from Yellow Submarine. Just when I was thinking how I’m surprised the Beatles don’t show up more in my Five’s we get a two-fer

    4. “Say You Love Me” by Fleetwood Mac from the Live in Nashville bootleg. Some of the tracks from the live CD in this year’s Rumours super deluxe extravaganza set were taken from this recording which is very pristine. I always love a good Christine McVie tune

    5. “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra from The Capitol Years set. Such a great arrangement by Billy May. You know what, I think it’s cocktail time, cheers!

  • Phil

    I thought I might provoke your ire with that comment, although take note that I said “not a bad song by any means.” I guess there are just so many great tunes on Pale and in the rest of the TTWS catalog that I tend to gloss over this one.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Aimee Mann — “Mr. Harris” (Whatever, 1993). Exquisite songwriting.
    2) Joshua Redman — “Obsession” (Mood Swing, 1994).
    3) Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses — “Direction Of The Wind” (Junky Star, 2010).
    4) Dixie Chicks — “Not Ready To Make Nice” (Taking The Long Way, 2006).
    5) Geri Allen — “Gabriel’s Royal Blue Reals” (The Gathering, 1998).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • 1001Songs

    1.Del Fuegos – “Hold Us Down” ( Boston, Mass, 1985) Primo beer joint rock and roll. You can almost smell the sorority girl vomit when you listen to this

    2. Kraftwerk – “Autobahn” (Autobahn, 1974) Is there a better road song?

    3. Bloomfield/Kooper/Stills “Really” ( Super Session, 1968) deep cut on this album of high profile musicians just jamming …which peaked at #12 in 1968

    4. Love “Singing Cowboy” ( Four Sail, 1969) Arthur Lee is the only original member of Love left. Can’t imagine how disappointed fans of Forever Changes must have been to this follow-up

    5. The Clean “Beatnik” (Great Sounds Great, Good Sounds Good, So-so Sounds So-so, Bad Sounds Bad, Rotten Sounds Rotten,1982) Fiona Apple wasn’t the first artist to think a long album titles was a good idea. “Beatnik” has a definite ? and the Mysterians vibe.

  • Michael Parr

    I often have to clarify the concept of “least favorite.”