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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?