The Friday Five: September 13, 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:

“The Creeper” by Pelican (from What We All Come to Need, 2009)

What better way to kick off a Friday Five than some atmospheric, instrumental, post-metal!(?) Featuring none other than a true pioneer of the genre, Greg Anderson of Sunn O))); seriously, your shuffle could start on a worse note. I usually pop this record on when I have to power through a long stretch of work.

“Elm Street Loverboy” by The Prize Fighter Inferno (from Half Measures, 2012)

The Prize Fighter Inferno is Coheed and Cambria mastermind, Claudio Sanchez’s side project (along with his wife, Chondra Echert.) Sanchez doesn’t really go to great lengths to hide his pop leanings in the contest of Coheed and Cambria’s music, but The Prize Fighter Inferno takes those tendencies and turns them up to eleven. “Elm Street Loverboy” is pretty much what you think; that is if you were thinking it was a love song penned from the perspective of Freddy Krueger dedicated to the object of his affection, Nancy Thompson. Come on, everybody, sing along! Oh, hey… it’s Friday the 13th! Double whammy!

“Light Is All That Matters” by Frank Zappa (from Trance-Fusion, 2006)

Trance-Fusion is a bit of an odd record, culled from live outtakes from various ’80s tours, and apparently one of the last things Frank worked on before his untimely death in 1993. This particular outtake is sourced from “Let’s Move To Cleveland,” circa 1984. I suppose the benefit of recording every single second of music you played over the years is that when you want to pull up that once-in-a-lifetime guitar solo that you played at a soundcheck in Spokane in 1982, you can. Given the amount of material that the Zappa family has released (and continues to release) I doubt we’ll ever be at a loss for more inspired moments from one of the last century’s greatest composers.

“I’ve Seen All Good People” by Yes (from Highlights: The Very Best of Yes, 1993)

Holy crap, could this Friday Five get any more odd? (Or, longer, for that matter? I mean, this is the third song clocking in over the six-minute mark!) Di-up, di-up, di-up, di-up … all we are saying, is give peace a chance … Ready? Set? Rock!

Here’s a bit of a fun fact: Robert Downey Jr. actually covered this tune on his 2004 record, The Futurist.

“I Just Want You” by Ozzy Osbourne (from The Essential Ozzy Osbourne (disc 2), 2003)

Again, I question Legacy Records’ definition of the word “essential.” This track has Jim Vallance written all over it. Ooh, a key change after the guitar solo! I wonder if he had to pay David Foster for that egregious use of The David Foster Key Change™. At least this clocked in under five minutes.

That’s it. Stick a fork in me, I’m done.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Spock’s Beard – “Beware of Darkness” (Beware of Darkness, 1996)
    This title track of the Beard’s second album popped up on a Five just over a year ago. My opinion hasn’t changed much since then. While not my favorite track on the album–that honor would be a toss-up between “The Doorway” and “Walking on the Wind”–I love just about anything from the ambassadors of the early 90s prog revival.

    Frente! – “Bizarre Love Triangle” (Marvin the Album, 1994)
    I much prefer this Frente! cover version to the original, and at this point I’ve heard it so many times that I tend to forget that it’s not their song. And anyway, Angie Hart is way cuter than any of the New Order guys.

    America – “A Horse With No Name” (History: America’s Greatest Hits, 1975)
    As much as I really liked this song at one point, it would be fine with me if I never heard it again.

    Teenage Fanclub – “What You Do To Me” (Bandwagonesque, 1991)
    I was a relative latecomer to Teenage Fanclub, but I quite enjoy their brand of simple, fuzzy alterno-power-pop on Bandwagonesque.

    PFR – “Wait for the Sun” (The Late Great PFR, 1998)
    CCM-ers PFR have popped up here several times in my Fives lately for some reason. This one is a slow starter with a bit of a half-time feel, but it kicks into gear at about the 2:00 mark with full-on 4/4 and eventually segues into a version of “Let The Sunshine In” complete with Hammond(-ish) organs and and a horn section before the ride is over. Nice.

  • Phil

    “I’ve Seen All Good People” by Yes

    This song keeps popping up on shuffle on my iPhone lately. Maybe the universe is trying to tell us something?!

  • gthradecky

    John Lennon “Nobody Told Me”
    Sparks “Beat the Clock” – A little manic first thing in the morning
    Imani Coppola “It’s All About Me, Me and Me” – From ‘Chupacabra’ the great album that fell through every crack
    De La Soul “Simply” – HipHop for mostly normal dudes
    Fancey “Dial Jupiter” – aaaaand it’s 1975 again!

  • gthradecky

    I keep coming back to ‘Bandwagonesque’ and recently listened to it for three days straight -

  • MB

    Joe Bonamassa – Ball Peen Hammer (Nowhere In Particular, 2008)

    Stephen Stills – Cold Cold World (Stills, 1975)

    Jefferson Airplane – Lather (Crown Of Creation, 1968)

    Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride (Nantucket Sleighride, 1971)

    Joan Baez – Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (Blessed Are,, 1971)

  • Rock_dawg

    “I Just Wanna” – Kiss, Revenge
    Boneheaded rock of the highest order. Revenge is one of my favourite Kiss albums and Carnival of Souls isn’t bad either. I was happy with the reunion, but always wondered how the Stanley-Simmons-Kulick-Singer line up would have continued in the late 90’s. Surely they wouldn’t have made something as mediocre as Psycho Circus.
    “Drifting” – Jimi Hendrix, First Rays of the New Rising Sun
    An apt title, this mellow jam would be better suited for after work.
    “Here To Love You” – The Doobie Brothers, Listen To The Music: The Very Best of…
    It may be a long way from the straight ahead rock of this compilation’s title track, but I love me some smooooth McD led Doobies.
    “The Thrill Is Gone” – B.B. King, Time presents Music Men compilation
    I’ve gone the whole 5:26 of this song trying to think of something to say about it and can’t come up with anything but: Just awesome.
    “Moments” – Breathe, All That Jazz [Deluxe Edition]
    A b-side from the late-80’s group that gave us lite-FM staple “Hands To Heaven”.

    Have a good weekend, Fivers!

  • jcb7472

    El Guincho: “Antillas” (Alegranza, 2008). A Spanish-language track from this indie artist from Spain. Very tropical-sounding. You could jam to this on the beach despite having no idea what he is singing.

    The Jesus and Mary Chain: “Just Like Honey” (Psychocandy, 1985). 80s indie. This song is just OK in my opinion.

    Vitalic: “Poison Lips” (Extended mix) (unknown album, 2009). An electronic/MDM song I had in my library and i don’t think I have every listened to. Well. probably once. I actually kind of like it -would be a good song to drive to or exercise, dance, something active.

    The Flaming Lips: “The Observer” (The Soft Bulletin, 1999). A mellow, mostly instrumental track from The Flaming Lips. Almost sounds like something off a dramatic movie soundtrack.

    The Rosebuds: “Blue Bird” (Birds Make Good Neighbors, 2005). Very good song from this husband and wife indie duo from North Carolina. They are really talented and this album is a favorite. Check them out if you haven’t heard them.

    Happy Friday y’all!

  • Ernie G

    1. Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On – Hank Locklin
    2. Crystal Anis – Les Liminanas
    3. Ooh Baby, Baby – Laura Nyro
    4. To Dream The Dream – Frankie Miller
    5. Chirrin Chirran – Los Van Van

  • EightE1

    “A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix)” — Elvis Presley vs. Junkie XL. My kid knows this song, only through the remix. I suppose that’s better than not knowing it at all.

    “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” — Hall & Oates. Heard the tail end of this on the radio in the car yesterday, and really wished I’d heard the whole thing. “Easy, ready, willing, overtime / Where does it stop, where do you dare me to draw the line?” Been there. Tried to do that.

    “Possession” — Sarah McLachlan. The sexiest she’s ever sounded, and it was on a song about a stalker. Fuck if I know why these things happen the way they do. I just listen.

    “Cuyahoga” — REM. Let’s put our heads together and start a new country up. I mean that. Popdose readers, “Friday Five” contributors … Music geeks. Carve out a few hundred square miles of land, plant a flag. Elect Jeff Giles president. Bank the quarry river, swim. We’ll knee-skin it, all of us.

    “Hey You” — Pink Floyd. This could be our national anthem! I’m starting to like this idea. Anyone else for secession?

  • Phil

    Anyone else for secession?

    Count me in.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Better later than never

    1. “No Reason to Cry” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers from Mojo. Never really warmed up to this record

    2. “Don’t Cry” by Joe Louis Walker from Hellfire hhmm, me thinks my iTunes is depressed. Fairly generic and has neither hell nor fire

    3. “Million Miles” by Bob Dylan from Time Out of Mind. Love the sound of this record, particularly this track, but I’m prone to liking Daniel Lanois productions

    4. “Mona Lisas and Mat Hatters” by Elton John from the To Be Continued box set (originally from Honky Chateau). Can’t hear this song anymore without seeing William Miller chase after Penny Lane before she OD’s

    5. “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke from The Man and His Music. The great Sam Cooke. The kind of song you want to dance with your baby to late at night, so what the hell am I doing in the basement?