The Friday Five: September 27, 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:

We’ve got an abbreviated Friday Five this week, courtesy of the financial quarter end, and the stack of work in my inbox.MP

“In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3″ by Coheed and Cambria (from Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition (disc 2), 2009)

Man your own jackhammer! Man your battle stations!

“Tomorrow’s Just Another Day” by Madness (from The Rise & Fall, 1982)

Decidedly less Ska, more Pop.

“A Working Day” by Ben Folds (from Lonely Avenue, 2010)

Nick Hornby plays Bernie Taupin to Ben Folds’ Elton John to uneven results.

“Candy Girl” by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (from Anthology, 1988)

This one is for my father-in-law, Sal.

“All the Critics Love U in New York” by Prince (from W2A: Opening Night (disc 2), 2011)

Psudo-spoken-word take on the classic funk workout.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • jcb7472

    “This Heat” by Generation X (from Fridays Angels, 1979); Really good punk/post punk song. Fitting too, because it’s still hot as hell in FL…no Fall here yet

    “West of the Fields” by R.E.M. (from Murmur, 1983) Album track off Murmur. An OK song.

    “Flaggin’ a Ride” by Divine Fits (from A Thing Called Divine Fits, 2012). Off Brit Daniel (from Spoon) and the guy from Wolf Parade’s supergroup album…this one sounds like a Spoon song for sure

    “Knocks Me Off My Feet” by Stevie Wonder (from Songs in the Key of Life, 1976). Typical Stevie love song here

    “Around and Around” by Chuck Berry (from Chuck Berry is on Top, 1959). For old school rock in roll (50s/early 60s) you gotta love Chuck Berry. Guy is a legend. He turns 87 next month, by the way.

    Happy Friday y’all!!

  • Phil

    “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3″ by Coheed and Cambria (from Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition (disc 2), 2009)

    Man your own jackhammer! Man your battle stations!

    We’ll have you dead pretty soon…

  • Phil

    Trivium – “Insurrection” (Shogun, 2008)
    Well that’s one heck of a way to start a Five! If I wasn’t awake before, I surely am now.

    Lenny Kravitz – “Deuce” (Kiss My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved, 2009)
    Lenny puts the groove in regrooved on his rendition of one of my favorite KISS tunes.

    The Gap Band – “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” (Gap Band IV, 1982)
    From one groove to another. This is shaping up to be an even stranger Five than last week.

    Whitesnake – “Spit It Out” (Slide It In (UK Release), 1984)
    Now iTunes is reading my mind. Just this morning I was going over the opening bars of the solo of “Here I Go Again” (the ‘87 hair metal version) in my head as I was listening to podcasts on my commute into the office (don’t ask, I’m weird like that). Anyway, I was thinking just how great Vandenberg’s simple, melodic solo was and how I wish I could come up with something like that. This, however, is just simple, generic Whitesnake—nothing too bad, but nothing too special—from what I think is a very uneven album. Slide It In definitely has its upside with some very strong material, but the downs are just too low and mediocre for me to care much about.

    R.E.M. – “Pale Blue Eyes” (Dead Letter Office, 1987)
    Maybe I just haven’t given this Velvet Underground cover much of a chance, but it just doesn’t do anything for me.

  • Rock_dawg

    “Don’t Say Goodbye” – Rick Astley, Whenever You Need Somebody
    He looked like a dork, he sure as hell couldn’t dance and had a voice better suited to crooning than SAW-style dance pop, but his first two albums have remained cheesy favourites of mine since they came out.
    “Good Thing” – Keith Urban, Fuse
    Methinks Mr. Urban spent too much time on the American Idol set. While this new album isn’t bad and has it’s fair share of catchy numbers (this one included), the drum machines and pop touches are very distracting. Still a damn fine guitar player though!
    “Journey of the Sorcerer” – Eagles, One of These Nights
    Only really knowing the hit singles before getting this album in my teens, this one was a serious WTF moment the first time I heard it. But I loved it immediately. Then I got into the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy and it’s coolness stock went up even higher.
    “Imitation of Life” – R.E.M., In Time: The Best of…
    Wow, seems like an R.E.M. kind of day in comment-land! I think my biggest problem post-Monster is that (with exceptions like Daysleeper, Bittersweet Me, Horse To Water and At My Most Beautiful) the songs were good, but not great.
    “Now I Need You” – Donna Summer, Once Upon A Time
    Meh. Not her best material.

    Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers.

  • Rock_dawg

    I always assumed that they subtitled it “Classic Kiss Regrooved” just because of the Kravitz cover.

  • Mordalo

    Hmm. Been quite some time since I’ve done this. Let’s see if I remember how:

    1) Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself
    Always a good way to start the weekend.

    2) Bill Haley & The Comets – Shake Rattle and Roll
    Nothing beats the classics, eh?

    3) Elton John – Kiss the Bride
    Haven’t head this one in ages. Always good to welcome back an old friend.

    4) Beats Antique – Skeleton Key
    Ah, the Famous Five Whiplash. How I’ve missed ye.

    5) Doris Day – Que Sera Sera
    If you didn’t have whiplash before, you will now.

    i’ll see ya when I see ya…

  • gthradecky

    1. “The Body Says No” New Pornographers – BLAST!
    2. “Roll Away the Stone” Leon Russel – Singlehandedly out rolling the Stones
    3. “Summer in the City” Lovin’ Spoonful – Part ‘Good Times, Great Oldies’ part ‘Less Talk, More Rock’
    4. “Bananas & Blow” Ween – If Jimmy Buffet covered this at one of his shows nobody would notice
    5. “Scoobidoo Love” Paul Rothman – From the ‘Breaking Bad’ Crystal Palace montage I ripped it off YouTube and it sounds thin. Anyone know where I can get a full, higher ‘Fi’ version?

    Since ‘Scoobidoo Love’ was barely 1.5 minutes I’m offering –

    6. “Just the Way it is, Baby” The Rembrandts – These dudes could bring it, it’s the shame they took the fall for that TV show like the Bee Gees did for that movie

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Heading back to the old alma mater for a ballgame always makes me nostalgic, so here’s a Five straight out of 1987:

    1. “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil from Diesel and Dust One of those songs that seemed to be everywhere back in the day

    2. “Gun Shy” by 10,000 Maniacs from In My Tribe. A mainstay LP in my junior/senior year rotation. One of the dozen or so records I immediately associate with the college years

    3. “Jerusalem” by Sinead O’Connor from The Lion and the Cobra. “You know, the bald chick”, said by every college kid in ’87/88

    4. “The Dogs of War” by Pink Floyd from A Momentary Lapse of Reason. I know this record sold a boat load of copies, but it always left me cold

    5. “You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart” by Eurythmics from the European version of Greatest Hits (4 more songs and different track order vs the US). Have to admit I got more into Eurythmics only after Annie Lennox released her first solo record, Diva.

    Hear something great this weekend – I’m hoping for lots of the Notre Dame Victory March!

  • Michael Parr

    Don’t forget Extreme’s take on “Strutter,” that was a straight up groove.

  • Michael Parr

    I love Keith Urban the guitar player. I find myself—more and more—loathing Keith Urban and Country-Pop star. He needs to get over this phase and go the Vince Gill / Marty Stuart route.

  • Michael Parr

    Elton’s new record is quite good, albeit a bit subdued.

  • Michael Parr

    This song—and specifically this version—just kills. The breakdown is so huge.

  • Rock_dawg

    Good point. I’m going to have to dig that disc out this weekend.

  • Rock_dawg

    I had a this thought when the rumour was that John Mayer’s throat issues a while back meant he might not be able to sing again: he’d be a force to be reckoned with showing up to drop solos on other people’s records or just playing in a small group behind another singer. It’d be pretty awesome if Keith Urban did that too.

  • Phil

    Great album. I’m not a fan of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ cover of “Detroit Rock City,” but the rest of it kills. The Extreme cover and the Lenny Kravitz cover were what drew me to it.

    I especially like Anthrax’s rendition of “She,” although I would rather they had included their version of “Parasite,” but I’m sure there was no way Gene was going to let Ace get royalties for that (assuming he hadn’t already screwed him in that regard by a previous contract). And I will argue with anyone that Anthrax is the ultimate cover band.

  • Phil

    I feel the same way about Brad Paisley. Love him as a guitar player. Not so much as a country star.

  • Rock_dawg

    It’s been years since I’ve listened to Kiss My Ass, but I remember listening to the answering machine message at the beginning of “Detroit Rock City” ’cause I found it funny and then reaching for the skip button.
    I love Joe Jackson, but the Anthrax version of “Got The Time” has way more plays in my iTunes library.

  • 1001Songs

    1. Brian Eno “The Big Ship” ( from Another Green Word, 1975) one of two songs on AGW in which Eno plays all the instruments.
    2. Steve Earle “Hometown Blues” (from Train A Comin, 1995) Earle’s comeback album from his dark days of addiction
    3. Led Zeppelin “Living Loving Maid” ( Led Zeppelin II, 1969) Jimmy Page’s least favorite Zeppelin tune? That’s the rumor.
    4. Mott the Hoople “Sweet Jane (live” ( All the Young Dudes, 1972) a decent bonus cut from the remastered Dudes album
    5. Supergrass “Mama & Papa” ( Supergrass, 1999) the follow up to In It For The Money pales in comparison.

  • Phil

    Love Anthrax’s version of that song, and it understandably became a live staple. Actually, I have quite a few of their covers in my library that I love, many much more than the originals:

    * “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”
    * “Bring the Noise” – Scott Ian does a great job rapping on this one
    * “Parasite”
    * “Love Her All I Can”
    * “Rip It Out” – Scott, Frankie, and Charlie covering Ace along with Zach Throne
    * “No Time This Time” (The Police) – with Frankie on lead vocals
    * “Celebrated Summer” (Hüsker Dü)
    * “Auf Wiedersehen” (Cheap Trick)

  • MB

    Subdudes – Time For The Sun To Rise (Behind The Levee, 2006)

    John Lee Hooker – Leave My Wife Alone, 1951 (His Best Chess Sides, 1997)

    Bob Dylan – Hurricane (Desire, 1976)

    Buffalo Springfield – Pay The Price (Buffalo Springfield, 1966)

    Howard Tate – Show Me The Man (Rediscovered, 2003)

  • Michael Parr

    Anthrax’s “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” is a masterpiece.

  • paulzas

    “Jerusalem”–great song. In fact, that album still holds up pretty darn well.

  • paulzas

    “Going Up the Country”, Canned Heat — This song always seems like an alternate track for Fozzie and Kermit driving down the road in the original “The Muppet Movie.”
    “And I Was a Boy from School”, Hot Chip — Huh. Apparently Pitchfork lists this as No. 29 on the top 500 songs of the 2000s, but it leaves me cold.
    “Changed and Waited”, Peggy Sue — Insistent indie with a sly guitar.
    “Perfect 4/4″, Paula Paulusma — Wow, whip change to bedside ballad. A little too straight-ahead to be my favorite Paulusma tune, but it’s got heart.
    “Family Portrait”, Pink — Love her pipes, and a great song.