The Friday Five

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:

“Apart” by The Cure (from Paris, 1993)

Oh! The tortured longing for the unattainable lost love. Robert Smith turns the gut wrenching emotion into an oddly beautiful dirge.

“Letter to Memphis” by Pixies (from Pixies at the BBC, 1998)

I should note that I skipped Darlene Love’s “White Christmas.” Before the Cure tune, I also skipped “All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth).” Perhaps iTunes is trying to tell me something. Oh, and PIXIES RULE! That is all.

“Love & Devotion” by Real McCoy (from Another Night, 1995)

Everybody … EURODANCE!

Go on with your bad self. No, seriously, go on. I’m looking at you, Mr. McCoy. I think I wrote a few weeks back “what were we thinking in the ’90s?” I’d like to bring that phrase back. What were we thinking in the ’90s?

“The Holy River” by Prince (from Emancipation, 1996)

A recent Facebook conversation between Rob Smith, Mike Heyliger, and the much missed Mojo Flucke, Ph.D. found all of us disagreeing on Terrance Trent D’Arby, but agreeing that if Prince boiled Emancipation down to a single disc, it would be an instant classic. This tune would not be included in my sequence.

“City Boys Blues (demo)” by MÁ¶tley CrÁ¼e (from Theatre of Pain, 1999)

This was included in the 1999 re-issue of the CrÁ¼e’s second record, though I’m not certain why as it sounds nearly identical to the recorded version. Seriously, with the amount of chemicals passing through these guys you’d think there would be some warts in these demos.

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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