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:

Mary” by Kings of Leon (from Come Around Sundown, 2010)

Not for nothing, this tune is catchy as flies on honey.

Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler (from Top of the Pops 1983, 2000)

“Turn around… ” Oh, Jim Steinman, you power ballad writing fool.

Scandalous” by Prince (from Batman, 1989)

Oh, shit … did your screen just fog up a bit? When I saw the skinny motherfucker with the high voice back in February of 2011 he closed his first encore with a “Insatiable,” into “Scanalous,” and shutting it down with “Adore.” I’m not going to lie: I was screaming like a white girl.

Black Sweat” by Prince (from 3121, 2006)

Shut up, already! Damn! I can’t remember the last time I had a two’fer in the Friday Five. Let alone a one-two punch! Also, is this tune really six years old? Double damn. Well, yesterday was Prince’s birthday, but since he chooses not to celebrate I guess the shuffle is doing it for him.

Speaking of the birthday boy, I did a little bit of moonlighting over at Popblerd, writing a pretty inspired bit of prose on his 1986 release, Parade.

So What” by Miles Davis (from Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963—1964, 2004)

This was recorded in 1964 at Kohseinenkin Hall, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. A far departure from the original session–this take is almost double-time–this features Davis’ second great quartet. While Miles is clearly on fire, the absence of ‘Trane is definitely noticable.

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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