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:

“Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam (from Live at the Gorge 05/06 (box 1: 2005-09-01, disc 3), 2007)

From the start, Pearl Jam has always treated fans to exceptionally strong b-sides (see also: “Yellow Leadbetter,” “Dirty Frank,” etc.) that made their way to radio, and became hits in their own right. This cover of a 1961 Wayne Cochran tune was originally released as the Christmas single for the band’s “Ten Club.” Later the following year, the band added it to the No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees compilation. I’m not sure if this was a regional thing, but I recall my local alternative radio station playing this single way too much.

“Saturday (Oooh Oooh!)” by Ludacris (from Word of Mouf, 2001)


“Over” by Drake (from Thank Me Later, 2010)

Or, how I feel about Drizzy.

“Girls on Film” by Duran Duran (from Just Can’t Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the ’80s, Volume 4, 1994)

Number of instances of this song in my library? Eight, including two cover versions (BjÁ¶rn Again and The Wesley Willis Experience, in case you were wondering.)

“Halloween” by Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds (from Live at Luther College (disc 2), 1999)

My least favorite version of this tune that I (actually) quite like. There is something lost in the translation from full-band to Dave & Tim on version. Having heard it with the duo in person, I can well assure you that it is possible to soak all that piss, vinegar, and spite into an unplugged version of this tune.

What’s on your shuffle today?

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