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:

“Song Cry” by Jay-Z (from UnPlugged, 2001)

They say, “You can’t turn a bad girl good, but once a good girl’s gone bad, she’s gone forever”

Jigga man coming on his peak + The Legendary Roots Crew = classic Hip-Hop.

“We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister (from Like, Omigod! The ’80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) (disc 5), 2002)

Dee Snider is one ugly woman. I probably should have added that to the discussion when the team was talking about this box set.

“Pleasure Dome / Drum Solo” by Van Halen (from Live: Right Here, Right Now (disc 1), 1993)

“Pleasure Dome” is probably my least favorite tune on For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. Add an extended Alex Van Halen drum solo—seriously, if it isn’t the lead into “Hot for Teacher,” or maybe “Panama,” I’m not interested—and you have yourself an instant “skip” in my book. Now, being it’s the Friday Five I’m going to let it play out. The tour was the last time I saw Van Halen live, and I don’t recall there being this long of a drum solo. Goddammit, we’re four minute and forty seconds in and not even halfway there. I wonder if this is what hell is like. No, really. Rototoms rolling around your head in stereo, while the bass alternates between double paradiddles and straight sixteenth notes. Oh, good! He found the ride cymbal! Has it really been seven minutes? Oh, a pause! Wait, what the shit is this … a timpani?! Please, for the love of God, just hit the gong and put us all out of our misery. Please just hit the damn gong. Hell, launch back into “Pleasure Dome,” I don’t care. Oh, here’s Eddie to save that day … and it’s over.

See what I endure for you guys?

“Haul Away” by Mark Knopfler (from Privateering (disc 1), 2012)

This is simple, beautiful tune; sadly devoid of Knopfler’s trademark guitar. Stylistically it reminds me of my favorite Knopfler tune, “Darling Pretty.”

“Mr. Completely” by Trey Anastasio (from 2003-05-31: The Warfield, San Francisco, CA, USA (disc 2), 2003)

Twenty-eight minutes and forty-four seconds long? TWENTY-EIGHT MINUTES and FORTY-FOUR SECONDS?! There is not a single song that deserves to be that long. I don’t care how heady the jam is, it’s just not sane. I’m calling it quits now, before I lose my damn mind.

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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