Friday Five : |ˈfrÄ«dā – fÄ«v| : 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:

“Hear My Train a Comin’ (acoustic)” by Jimi Hendrix (from Blues, 1994)

While the likelihood that I would purchase this collection was high, the inclusion of this cut sealed the deal. Hand Hendrix an 12-string acoustic guitar that is tuned down 2 steps (a’la Lead Belly) and let him burn:

A little dose of Jimi does a soul good.

“Dirty Diana” by Michael Jackson (from Bad 25 (disc 1), 2012)

Speaking of doing the soul a bit of good. “Dirty Diana” is easily one of my favorite tunes on Bad.

“Paradise by the Dashboard Light” by Meat Loaf (from Bat Out of Hell, 2003)

My mother is fond of telling anyone who is willing to listen the tale of how a precocious, three-year-old me would sing every word to this record. Yep.

“Armenia (live)” by EinstÁ¼rzende Neubauten (from Strategies Against Architecture II (disc 1), 1991)

…and now for something completely different.

Thank you, Henry Rollins, for having the EinstÁ¼rzende Neubauten Toltec petroglyph tattooed on your arm, piquing my curiosity, and leading me down the path of enlightenment. This is Industrial music.

“Dancing Nancies” by Dave Matthews Band (from 1997-07-06: DMB Live Trax, Volume 17: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California (disc 2), 2010)

“Could I have been anyone other than me?” This sucker is over ten minutes long and it’s time to go.

What’s on your shuffle today?

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Michael Parr

Husband, Father, Writer, Musical Voyeur, Pop Culture Glutton, Gourmet in Training. I'm the tall guy behind all these short guys. You can find me on the Twitter.

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