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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:

“Batdance” by Prince (from Batman, 1989)

For all its hokeyness this tune is actually a jam; hidden among the pull quotes from the film are some fiery Prince licks.

“Safe Upon the Shore” by Great Big Sea (from Safe Upon the Shore, 2010)

I enjoy Great Big Sea in the live setting far more than I do in a recorded form. Tunes like this a capella sea shanty fall flat, where live it may be a powerful experience. Alas, it looks like the boys of GBS have hung up their boots and are all doing their own things these days.

“Sanctus” by Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble (from Officium, 1994)

Why the hell do I have this in my library? Those of you old enough will likely remember the mid-’90s fascination with Gregorian Chant music; this is (if you can imagine) that, with a Kenny G-esque soprano saxophone floating over top of it. It’s positively horrible (and was a promo disc, not something I paid for.) Delete! Delete! Delete!

“Given to Fly” by Pearl Jam (from 2011-09-11: Toronto, Canada, 2011)

I don’t mind middle-aged Pearl Jam. They don’t really inspire the same feelings as their younger selves did, but (being I’m middle-aged, too) should they?

“Driver” by Orange 9MM (from Orange 9MM, 1994)

Oh, shit! It’s been a long time since I’ve last heard this song. This was a staple of my “alternative night” DJ set, and would usually set the place off.

What’s on your shuffle today?