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:

“Scream” by Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson (from HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (disc 2: HIStory Continues), 1995)

HIStory was the first Michael Jackson release that occurred during my time in music retail. While there were other high-profile releases before that, nothing prepared me for just how much a new Michael Jackson record meant in music retail (in 1995.) On slightly unrelated note, I recall having to skip “Scream” due to the very obvious f-bomb in the middle of the track. I don’t listen to this one often, but it’s much better than I recall (and I recall it pretty fondly.)

“Baby It’s You” by The Last (from Duck and Cover, 1990)

Joe Nolte, the vocalist for The Last, puts on an uber effected, Morrissey-esque tone for this Beatles cover. It’s otherwise pretty unremarkable, thought it’s worth noting that this comp features some brilliant covers.

“I’m the Man (Def Uncensored version)” by Anthrax (from I’m the Man, 1987)

If you don’t like this song you can can suck my sexual organ in the lower abdominal area! NOT!

Yo, watch the beat!

“Any Time, Any Place (CJ’s 12″ mix)” by Janet Jackson (from Janet.Remixed, 1995)

There is probably a good three minutes of extraneous keyboard solos on this cut. Taking one of Janet’s finest ‘grown folks music’ tunes and replacing the laid back, barely there beat and replacing it with a generic, mid-tempo ’90s programmed drum track seems like it just isn’t doing the track any justice.

“Last Nite” by The Strokes (from Is This It, 2001)

Cripes, is this tune really this old?

What’s on your shuffle today?