The Friday Five: September 20, 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:

“Greatest Love of All (live at Radio City Music Hall 1989)” by Whitney Houston (from Whitney Houston, 2010)

I’m sorry, I know… I know I shouldn’t. The only thing that I could think of the entire time this was playing was this. On a loop. For the entire seven minutes. Sexual Chocolate, ya’ll. Sexual. Chocolate.

“Twisted Logic” by Coldplay (from X&Y, 2005)

That it has been two years since the last time I listened to this record is probably indicative of just how much I enjoyed it. As much as I enjoyed “Fix You”–before it became as omnipresent as Jeff Buckley’s take on “Hallelujah” as every Music Director’s choice for the big dramatic scene–I found this record to be relatively, well, boring.

“Easy Way Out” by Elliott Smith (from Figure 8, 2000)

I did something that I rarely do; I listened to this tune three times in a row. That last refrain is just…

I heard you found another audience to bore
A creative thinker who imagined you were more
A new body for you to push around and pose
It’s all about taking the easy way out for you I suppose

“The Baron” by The Futureheads (from The Chaos, 2010)

I have little-to-no recollection of adding this to my library. Sure enough, it is in a pile of promo CDs that were ceremoniously received, ripped, and never listened to.

“My Biggest Fan” by Loudon Wainwright III (from 40 Odd Years (disc 3 – 1996-2010), 2011)

Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Loudon Wainwright III. I don’t know that I agree, but I sure dig the heck out of Mr. Wainwright.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Sexual Chocolate, ya’ll. Sexual. Chocolate.

    “That boy can sang. He good.”

    Too funny…

  • Phil

    Alice in Chains – “Head Creeps” (Alice in Chains, 1995)
    Heavy, doomy start to a gloomy, rainy-day Five. I’m beginning to realize there’s so much of Alice in Chains’ catalog that I am completely unfamiliar with even though I own all their albums.

    Ginger Wildheart – “Loveshit” (Potatoes and You, 2011)
    Live acoustic performance of a track from the Wildhearts’ excellent debut album. The show was recorded in Wales on a stop on Ginger’s 2005 acoustic tour. Great version of a great song. You can find out more and even purchase the “album” at Ginger’s Bandcamp store.

    Sufjan Stevens – “Jason” (A Sun Came, 1999)
    Where the heck did I pick this up?! I don’t think I’ve heard this more than once or twice. Weird, warbly tune that I probably wouldn’t listen to again, at least not on purpose. I like most of Sufjan’s music, but there’s just nothing that special about this one.

    Armored Saint – “Aftermath” (Delerious Nomad, 1985)
    I LOVE John Bush’s voice, especially in the context of Armored Saint. I don’t remember this sophomore effort doing especially well commercially, and while I tend to enjoy the Saint, and even this track, there’s just not enough here to make it a go-to album for me.

    The Cult – “A Flower in the Desert” (Dreamtime, 1984)
    An airy, psychedelic cut–but then again, what early Cult song isn’t?!–from the Cult’s debut, the opening which almost reminds me of the Cure. And thus ends one of my weirdest Fives on record since I started participating. Have a weird weekend folks!

  • Michael Parr

    Gets me every damn time.

  • nathan_az

    Happy Friday, one and all.

    “Silver & Gold” – Bono, Keith Richards & Ron Wood, Sun City (1985) If you’re familiar with this tune, chances are it’s U2’s live version from Rattle & Hum ,which is perfectly fine. The original version, recorded for Little Steven’santi-apartheid (ask your parents, kids) compilation, is far superior. It doesn’t rock, it burns.

    “Overrated” – Mika, The Origin of Love (2012) If there was more sense in this world, and work wasn’t so hard to find, Mika would be a huge star.

    “Acuff-Rose” – Uncle Tupelo, Anodyne (1993) This is roughly the moment I realized Jeff Tweedy’s every bit as good as–if not better than–Jay Farrar. One of Uncle Tupelo’s finest moments.

    “Believer” (Little Loud Remix) – Goldfrapp, Believer single (2010) I know plenty of people who pledge
    allegiance to Alison Goldfrapp. I’ve never understood all the excitement, but this is a pleasant enough tune. For the record, Vince Clarke’s remix of the single is nothing short of amazing:

    “Radio Sweetheart”– Elvis Costello, bonus track from Ryko’s My Aim is True re-release (1993),
    originally released as B-side of “Less Than Zero” single (1977). Elvis Costello’s first professional recording. Also, if you don’t know the guy playing pedal steel, it’s John McFee. If you don’t know who John McFee is,
    get to Googling! The man’s had a heckuva run over the past 40 years.

    Really happy with this week’s shuffle. Have a great weekend!

  • Chris Holmes

    Peter Criss, “You’re the Kind of Sugar Papa Likes” (from Peter Criss, 1978) – I’ve always loved Peter’s solo album and still love it. There, I said it. Gene Simmons criticized Peter for being “out of touch” with his choice of more R&B-influenced numbers, then releases a shitty cover of “Firestarter” on his own solo album. OK Gene.

    Stateless, “Falling Into (Swell Session’s Boy Wonder mix)” – From one of my many Nu Jazz compilations, back when I was HEAVY into that genre (inspired by my love of Koop). I don’t listen to it nearly as much as I used to, but this is mostly really fun music. Great for a weekend.

    Frank Sinatra, “Deep in a Dream” (from In the Wee Small Hours, 1954) – Swingin’, happy-go-lucky Frank this is not. I love his more languid material, and this is from one of his very best albums.

    The Smashing Pumpkins, “Disarm” (from Siamese Dream, 1993) – I just could never really embrace Smashing Pumpkins, but this is an excellent song from an excellent album.

    Doves, “Spellbound (instrumental version)” (from Instrumentals of Rust, 2009) – Doves are, without question, one of the five best bands to emerge over the last 15 years. So criminally underrated. I can’t believe it’s already been 4 years since their last proper studio album. Now I has a sad.

  • Chris Holmes

    BTW Michael, that Futureheads album is great. Check out “The Connector” for a serious adrenaline rush.

  • 1001Songs

    1 Human Switchboard – “Say No To ( Saturday’s Girl)” from Who’s Landing in My Hangar (1981). New Wave critics darlings who toured with Toots and the Maytals.
    2.Neil Young – “I’ve Been Waiting for You” from Neil Young ( 1968) covered in later years by Bowie, Dinosaur Jr and the Pixies
    3. Manic Street Preachers – “Tsunami” from This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours ( 1998) The single went to #11. The album went #1. In the UK. Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation was #1 that same week in the US
    4. Luscious Jackson “Naked Eye” from Whatever-The 90’s Pop and Culture Box. A Top 40 hit in 1996
    5. The Allman Brothers Band – “Statesboro Blues” from At Fillmore East ( 1971) Ranked #9 in Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitar songs. Duane Allman on slide.

  • Michael Parr

    I’m partial to either Paul, or Ace’s solo record.

  • gthradecky

    Happy Friday –

    1) “Kid Charlemagne” Steely Dan – Every time I hear this song it’s a toss up to what I’ll listen to in it. The guitar solo? The groove? The changes? This time it was the groove …
    2) “It Don’t Come Easy” Ringo Starr – Ringo, Badfinger, bitchin’.
    3) “Steady As She Goes” Raconteurs – I never think I like this song until I’m in the middle of it
    4) “American Woman” Guess Who – Pure seventies sweat!
    5) “Troposphere” Steve Burns – The other ‘Soft Bulletin’

  • Rock_dawg

    I also can’t hear or think of “Greatest Love of All” without thinking of Sexual Chocolate.
    “You might remember him as Joe the Policeman in the “What’s Going Down?” episode of “That’s My Mama””

  • Rock_dawg

    “After The Goldrush” – Linda Rondstat with Emmylou Harris & Valerie Carter, The Very Best of Linda Rondstat
    A gorgeous version of the Neil Young song – basically the same as appears on the Trio II album swapping Dolly Parton for Valerie Carter. I can’t listen to Neil’s original anymore without hearing this three part harmony in my head. Can someone with more skill and equipment than me try to mix the two together?
    “Ladylike” – Big Wreck, The Pleasure and the Greed
    From one of my all time favourite albums, “Ladylike” is one of those songs that’s sounds incredibly heavy without being metal at all. The deep tone and crunch on the guitars probably do it, but the transition of the main riff from a banjo to electric guitar helps.
    “Brainiac’s Daughter” – The Dukes of Stratosphere (XTC), The Complete and Utter Dukes
    So delightfully whimsical, perfect for a Friday afternoon.
    “Sunday Blues” – Marshall Crenshaw, Jaggedland
    And that brings the mood down a touch! What happened to Saturday? A great tune by a great artist from a great album.
    “I Need You” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Concert for George
    I’ve never seen the video for this show (or listened to Disc 1, for that matter), but you can really hear the emotion of the evening. Even the original Beatle version doesn’t sound this sad.

    Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers!

  • Rock_dawg

    “Is there gas in the caaaaaaar?”

  • gthradecky

    HA! Unfortunately it’s never the lyrics I stick around for … ;)

  • gthradecky

    Actually, I take that back, the line “Son, you were mistaken, you are obsolete, look at all the white men on the street” seems to get better every year -

  • Rock_dawg

    It always stands out for me (besides the obvious sonic reasons) because it’s such an odd couplet for such acclaimed lyricists. That and it’s like the only sing along at a Steely Dan show.

  • Phil

    I’m an Ace man myself. Despite Gene’s argument to the contrary, I think Ace’s solo album proved he was the only one that was really plugged into the typical KISS fan’s wavelength. I’ve often wondered if the success of Ace’s album was part of the animosity Gene had for him.

  • keith

    If I had to pick the top 20 albums of the 2000’s, the Futureheads’ self-titled debut and “This is Not the World” would rank very high. I was indifferent to News & Tributes and the Chaos. I’m still steamed that Rant never came out over here.

  • keith

    “Your Song” by the Streets (Radio 1 Established 1967) — despite the many winning covers on this compilation, Mike Skinner bypassed the opportunity to totally reinvent this Elton John classic — going for deadpan spoken word and cheeseball orchestration. Perhaps the worst song ever recorded by anyone in the history of everything.

    “2-4-6-8 Motorway” by the Tom Robinson Band. This one shows up on a lot of punk compilations, but would/should also be a staple on classic rock radio.

    “Recoker” by Radiohead — absolut perfektion.

    “Homo Sexual” by Angry Samoans. A great hardcore song marred only by its insensitive, homophobic lyrics. Though the lyrics “We love you/things you do/can’t explain/I’m ashamed” could be loosely interpreted that the problems lie solely with the song’s antagonist.

    “Mechanics of the Heart” by Cheryl Cole (Girls Aloud) a moderately tolerable track from her tepid third platter, A Million Lights. The only thing worse than this album is the fact I paid $45 for the import Super/Deluxe import version.

  • Ernie G

    1. Doctor’s Orders – Carol Douglas (with a perfect segue into…)
    2. January Hymn – The Decemberists
    3. Wall of Death – Richard & Linda Thopson
    4. Just Like A Woman (live bootleg, 1971) – Van Morrison
    5. Masosayithi – General Muzka

  • Ernie G

    By “Thopson” I mean “Thompson”, of course. No disrespect to any Thopsons out there

  • MB

    John Hiatt – Tip Of My Tongue (Bring The Family, 1987)

    Jimmy Buffett – Railroad Lady (A White Sport Coat And A Pink Crustacean, 1973)

    America – Sandman (America, 1972)

    Yes – Wonderous Stories (Going For The One, 1977)

    Beatles – No Reply (Beatles For Sale, 1964)

  • jhallCORE

    1) TLC – “Red Light Special” (Crazysexycool, 1994).
    2) Everclear – “Amphetamine” (So Much For The Afterglow, 1997).
    3) Cassandra Wilson – “Memphis” (New Moon Daughter, 1995).
    4) Matthew Sweet – “Back To You” (Blue Sky On Mars, 1997).
    5) Carl Allen – “Come Sunday” (Testimonial, 1995).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • geoviki

    I’ve never tried this, so I’ll give it a go (spins the wheel):

    1. Angels – Robbie Williams (Life Thru a Lens, 1997)

    2. City, Country, City – War (The World is a Ghetto, 1972)

    3. Four on Six – Pat Martino (Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery, 2006)
    Martino is a terrific jazz guitarist with an unusual history: a severe brain aneurism left him with significant amnesia and he had to relearn guitar. This song is post-recovery.

    4. Jikoai, jigajisan, jiishiki kajou (acoustic version) – Miyavi (Miyaviuta ~Dokusou~, 2006)
    I’m a big J-rock fan. I have tons of this stuff. It’s all I listen to in my car.

    5. One (Hu)’man One Vote – Johnny Clegg and Savuka (Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World, 1989) Another musician with a fascinating history. Formed one of the first interracial South African bands during apartheid. Still on the road, too – I saw him live last year.

  • EightE1

    Eminem, “Without Me.” My jam, circa ’02. My kid even loved it. The censored version, of course; he was, like, three years old at the time. Truly, “Little hellions, kids feelin’ rebellious.”

    Johnny Cash, “I Will Rock and Roll with You.” Nah … he probably wouldn’t.

    Mission of Burma, “Train.” Yes.

    Talking Heads, “Gangster of Love.” Yes, yes.

    Billy Joel, “This Night.” Possibly the ultimate slow dance. At least, back in February of 1984.

  • EightE1

    Geoviki, aka She-Who-Introduced-Me-To-J-Rock. Back when I couldn’t say no. Good to see you here. Hope you’re well.