The Friday Five: September 7, 2012

The Friday Five

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:

“Horsin’ Around” by Prefab Sprout (from Steve McQueen, 1985)

This is clearly the influence of my Popdose colleagues. I know exactly nothing about Prefab Sprout; the foppish britpop is certainly right up my alley, though. According to my quick bit of Wikipedia research, the record was released in America as Two Wheels Good due to a legal conflict with the estate of the actor Steve McQueen. Because, you know, folks might get confused and think the actor rose from the dead to record an album.

“Don’t Got to Prove It” by CIV (from Set Your Goals, 1995)

Flash forward ten years! From the ashes of New York Hardcore band Gorilla Biscuits came CIV, though with the latter’s decidedly pop-punk leanings you’d be hard pressed to find the similarities. The band had a hit in “Can’t Wait One Minute More,” which was co-opted by Nissan for a 2005 ad campaign.

“On the Lookout” by Barenaked Ladies (from All in Good Time, 2010)

I try really hard to like Barenaked Ladies without Steven Page, I swear I do.

“If It Wasn’t You…” by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (from It’s a Corporate World, 2011)

I am a sucker for well executed pop music (see above), and these boys certainly know how to execute. Don’t believe me? Check the trio tackling Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love.”

“Take This Longing” by Leonard Cohen (from The Essential Leonard Cohen, 2002)

That, my friends, is the sound of a record scratching to indicate just how far from the last tune this one is. While this is a lovely song, I’d rather lift my spirits rather than drown in despair.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Mordalo

    Please ensure your seats are in their upright position and tray tables are returned before reading this Five. Any injuries from musical whiplash are not my responsibility.

    1) The J. Giles Band – Whammer Jammer (Live, 1972)
    Any time you start with live J. Giles Band, it’s a good thing, right? I grew up listening to WDVE in Pittsburgh, and lemme tell ya, they knew how to program Rock radio, and they got me to love live J.Giles.

    2) Dr Dre (ft. Snoop Dogg) – The Next Episode
    Jeez, I should’ve put a NSFW warning when at the beginning of this list. You’re not gonna be able to get Five at Wal-Mart, are you?

    3) Harry Connick, Jr. – Yes We Can
    Got this little gem off the Oh, My NOLA album. Mr. Connick, Jr. is one of the finest, all around talents out there, and likely as close as my generation will get to a Sinatra. Not that anyone will EVER match Francis Albert.

    4) James Taylor – Copperline
    This five started out swinging, and then just decided to get mellow, didn’t it? Do love this song, one of his best later offerings.

    5) Earl Klugh – Night Drive
    And then we end this week’s Five with a little Jazz. Hope the week’s been good to everyone, now get out there and enjoy a nice weekend!

  • nathan_az

    “The Ballad of John & Yoko” – The Beatles, Past Masters, Vol. 2 This hasn’t aged especially well, IMHO.
    “Just a Touch” – REM, Lifes Rich Pageant For about the first 30 seconds, this feels like lazy, side 2 filler before kicking in to a much more musically interesting rave-up for the remaining 2-1/2 minutes.
    “The Beast and Dragon, Adored” – Spoon, Gimme Fiction If pressed to play a single song that defines Spoon, I’d probably select this one. It’s one of the best album openers ever, too.
    “The Greatest Sum (Acoustic)” – The Avett Brothers, The Second Gleam EP This doesn’t do much for me. It’s pleasant, I guess.
    “Everybody Wants Some!” – Van Halen, Women and Children First How can anyone prefer latter-day VH to this? This has aged very well, IMHO.

  • MC_Snocap

    1) Zebra – “Who’s Behind the Door?”. I was inspired to purchase this after Popdose brought it back to my attention. Hear that, RIAA? Respect the Popdose!
    2) Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra – “Take the A Train”. From the Ken Burns Jazz Anthology. I imagine LCJO is either (1) a supergroup, or (2) the jazz Stars on 45.
    3) Peter Gabriel – “Solsbury Hill”. How classic is this song? So much that the animal noise breakdown at the end don’t seem odd at all because by then you are under its spell.
    4) Incognito – “Always There” (12″ mix). Italo-disco sounds bring me back to being in Europe, where (and when) this sound was in the mainstream. America ignored the trend, so it’s an experience my friends can’t relate to. Much like alien abduction, I imagine.
    5) Spoon – “Don’t You Evah”. This one’s goin’ out to nathan_az!

  • Rock_dawg

    “Take Me” – KISS, You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best
    As I recall from when this came out, there is some question about the validity of this live track: the band claimed it was a long lost 70’s performance, others believe it’s the reunited band rehearsing, others think it’s a combination of both. I don’t really care, it’s just a kick ass tune and this “live” version has a nice bit of ooph to it.

    “Concrete” – The Darkness, Hot Cakes
    Still absorbing the new album, so I don’t really have an opinion of this track yet.

    “Crazy Cajun Cake Walk Band” – Robert Palmer, Drive
    Palmer’s last album has a lot more in common with his early albums than his 80’s pop heyday. A decent track with the sound that the title implies.

    “Slice of Your Pie” – Mötley Crüe, Dr. Feelgood
    Nobody does sleaze quite like the Crüe. And nobody pounds a drum quite like Tommy Lee. The touch of The Beatles’ “I Want You” at the end is a surprising touch.

    “Party Doll” – Buddy Knox, The Rock n’ Roll Era: 1957
    Whiplash! Record scratch! I ripped Time-Life’s Rock n’ Roll Era set to my library recently – I love oldies, but they rarely fit with anything other than more oldies.

  • Rock_dawg

    “…the animal noise breakdown at the end don’t seem odd at all because by then you are under its spell.”
    LOL, good point. In the million times I’ve heard this song, I’ve never once thought of it as odd!

  • Phil

    R.E.M. – “What If We Give It Away?” (Lifes Rich Pageant, 1986)
    This is the R.E.M. that I prefer—catchy songs, jangly guitars, and Michael Stipe’s voice at times just on the verge of cracking. Love it.

    Foo Fighters – “Have It All” (One By One, 2002)
    I guess if Stipe and the boys give it all away, Dave Grohl and company can have it all. I love Foo Fighters, and they can do very little wrong in my eyes. This album was heavier and more aggressive in places than previous ones and is full of the stadium anthem rock that the Foos have come to be known for. If There Is Nothing Left to Lose had not already sucked me in, this album would definitely have done it.

    Black ’N Blue – “Action” (Black ‘N Blue, 1984)
    Terrible cover of Sweet’s (or The Sweet’s) “Action.” Worst song on the album, and I’m really at a loss for why they included it given the strength of the rest of the album. Unfortunately they never repeated the magic of their debut.

    The Police – “How Stupid Mr. Bates” (Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings, 1993)
    How stupid, Police. This sounds like it could have been some of Copeland’s soundtrack fodder. Unlike his excellent work for the 80s TV series The Equalizer, this is just meh.

    Portnoy, Gildenlow, Gilbert, LaRue – “In the Light” (Hammer of the Gods: Two Nights in North America, 2006)
    Dream Theater founder and former drummer Mike Portnoy is no stranger to side projects and supergroups. This time he teamed up with Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), and Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs) for a one-off Led Zeppelin tribute band (similar to his Beatles tribute band Yellow Matter Custard, also with Paul Gilbert) to play and film a couple of shows that ended up on a DVD. Here I guess they do a respectable job of “In the Light” (never one of my faves, by the way), but if memory serves (I haven’t listened to the entire album in quite awhile), this combo makes for a great Led Zeppelin cover band. Search the YouTube to see for yourself.

  • Phil

    Love that Zebra track (good grief, Jackson’s range can drive dogs batty), and yes, “Solsbury Hill” is definitely a classic. I will never switch away from that song, nor do I think I will ever be able to get the image of Gabriel riding around the stage on a bike out of my head when I hear it.

  • MC_Snocap

    A bike? I’m going to stick with blissfully ignorant, bike-less impressions. (Though … was he dressed as a flower while on the bike?)

    BTW, thanks for directing me to the Tsar podcast last week! The EP and Drugboy are now in my sights, and I owe it to you.

  • Ted

    “Galbi,” Ofra Haza – This was from a remixed version featured on the “Just Say Yo!” CD series put out by Sire Records. The original doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but this version just kind of hits you over the head with the hammering electronic drums.

    “Pop Song 89,” R.E.M. -Not my favorite R.E.M. song, but it’s one that is a good lead track from Green

    “Take Me Anywhere,” Tegan & Sara- I saw them open for Paramore a couple of years ago, and they were so much better than the other opening bands.

    “Working in a Coal Mine Smash-Up,” Lee Dorsey and Devo – Back when I was doing the Mix Six series for Popdose, I started playing around with ProTools and decided to create something called a “Smash-up”– where originals and covers are mixed together so people could hear them on one track. Some songs worked better than others. Alas, this smash-up was not my finest moment.

    “America,”Neil Diamond – Why was this album on high rotation on my cassette player back in 1980? Oh yeah, I was too lazy to take it out, but it was also one of Neil’s best albums.

  • Michael Parr

    Love the segue from the R.E.M. track to Foo Fighters. Nice!

  • Michael Parr

    That reminds me, I have to pick up that Darkness record. Also, there is no way that “Take Me” is ’70s KISS.

  • Phil

    No, no flower costume. This clip came out in the last 10 years or so. I think the intention was to give it a light-hearted quirkiness to go along with the “grab your things, I’ve come to take you home” line —

    As for the Tsar, you’re welcome. Always glad when I can turn someone onto to something new.

  • Michael Parr

    I have an utter weakness for Incognito. Have you ever heard Tony Remy & Bluey’s instrumental record First Protocol?

  • Michael Parr

    “The Ballad of John & Yoko” might be my least favorite Beatles tune.

  • Michael Parr

    Save for the Dre, this was a pretty mellow Five (by your well established standard.)

  • MC_Snocap

    Haven’t heard, and haven’t heard of – the Incognito came on a compilation, so again I’m ignorant. Your enthusiasm will get me to fix that (and your 5 is drawing me back to Prefab Sprout, sir.)

  • MC_Snocap

    Much love for Geils and WDVE.

  • Michael Parr

    Oh, good God, I remember listening The Jazz Singer soundtrack over, and over, and over … I was a strange kid.

  • Rock_dawg

    It certainly never sounded like 70’s Paul Stanley to me.

  • Ted

    You and millions of others who bought the record. :-) Except for a couple of songs, the whole record is very solid. The movie, however…That was crap.

  • Rock_dawg

    I remember using the program button on the 8-track version so I could go from “America” to the reprise and start over again.

  • Rock_dawg

    Love “Have It All”. The change up in the melody for the chorus is a real grabber. Glad to see there are other One By One fans out there – I’ve read a lot of others write it off as a weaker effort and I believe Grohl himself has even dismissed it. I think it may be their best!
    I ripped the whole Message In A Box to my computer years ago and I think that “How Stupid Mr. Bates” and “A Kind of Loving” are the only tracks I’ve never played.

  • Mordalo

    That’s what I get for writing the header before I wrote the Five.

  • Mordalo

    Even though i left the ‘Burgh some time ago, at least I have the online stream. I can carry a little 102.5 anywhere. :)

  • pidge

    “Fix It” – Ryan Adams
    “Rock, Salt and Nails” – Kate Wolf
    “Texan Love Song” – Elton John
    ‘Caroline” – The Belleville Outfit
    “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” – Chris Rea

  • Phil

    I actually have a blog post about the drama surrounding One by One (, if you’re interested) which also features a demo version of “Come Back” that was completely rewritten, and as I stated there, I think the conflict made this a better album and may have made the Foos a better band. Something similar happened with King’s X’s self-titled fourth album, which is a favorite of mine, although the guys in the band can’t stand it these days.

  • Phil

    Nice how that worked out, huh?

  • Jay Blerd

    Waiting the rain out so I can grab some dinner:

    1) Whatever Makes Baby Feel Good by Funkadelic: George Clinton showing us his doo-wop roots.

    2) Still Breathing by Duran Duran: I’d forgotten that there were any good songs on this album. Very reminiscent of “Ordinary World.”

    3) 3rd Degree by Cadillac Sky: I saw these guys open for Mumford & Sons last year, and they slayed me. What an awesome show. Then they broke up right after…sucks. They’re a great band.

    4) Gotta Find A Lover by Roy Ayers Ubiquity: Perfect rainy day soul music.

    5) Nice Boys by Guns ‘n Roses: What a way to end the Five!

  • Rock_dawg

    Interesting demo. I’ll have to see about the Have It All demo on YouTube. I’ll have to add you site to my reader too!

  • Phil