The Friday Five: April 10, 2009

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For those who have not joined in the Friday Five here is all you need to know; each Friday I hit the shuffle button on my iTunes and share my five and drop a little knowledge and insight for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, sometimes there isn’t. Sometimes we have guest, but most of the time it’s just me.

The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up your media player of choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments. The more the merrier!

The Five:

Oh Sherrie” (mp3) by Steve Perry (from Street Talk)

Perry’s first foray away from Journey ended up sounding more or less like, well, a Journey record (albeit with less Neal Schon). I fondly recall this tune being absolutely everywhere the summer of 1984.

“Workin’ for a Livin'” by Huey Lewis & The News (from Time Flies… The Best of Huey Lewis & The News)

Between “Takin’ Care of Business” and “Workin’ for the Weekend” this completes the perfect trifecta of “Workin’ Man” songs that for some reason always remind me of 80’s Michael Keaton.

“U Don’t Have to Call” by Usher (from 8701)

Between 8701 and Confessions Usher Raymond cemented himself as the go-to Pop/R&B guy. Sure, he may not have Musiq‘s or Raphael Saadiq‘s soul or Brian McKnight‘s velvety voice, but the ladies love him and he can dance his ass off.

“The Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground (from Sex Packets)

Ya’ll know this… time to do the Humpty Dance!!

“Ask the Lonely” by Journey (from Greatest Hits)

Apparently iTunes is in the mood to hear Mr. Perry’s voice. I’ll abide…

What’s shuffling up on your player today?

3 thoughts on “The Friday Five: April 10, 2009

  1. Here is the Saturday Five. I restrained from listening to Party Shuffle/iTunes DJ all weekend so this list would be preserved in all its glory.

    1. “I Remember It Well” from the University of Michigan’s production of Kurt Weill’s “Love Life” sometime in the mid-1980s.

    2. “Look After You” by The Fray from “How to Save a Life” (2005). I know what everyone’s thinking, but we Denverites are very proud of these local boys gone big, and I’m always going to have a soft spot in my heart for them.

    3. “Watching the Sun Go Down” by Kevin Gordon from “O Come Look at the Burning” (2005). Boss-inspired rock.

    4. “Questions & Answers” by Kottonmouth Kings from “The Kottonmouth Experience” (2004). I attribute my dislike of hip-hop music to enormous ignorance on my part, and I’m constantly looking for ways to expand my knowledge. Somebody had left this album on a computer at the place I was freelancing, so I “borrowed” it. I think this is TERRIBLE, but I decided to keep it around to listen to whenever I’m in a really bad mood.

    5. “Wondering” by Puerto Muerto from “Songs of Muerto County” (2005). This sounds a lot like Pink Martini in a mariachi-inspired waltz. I’m not sure where I got this (I’m thinking it’s a SXSW download), but I didn’t like it much the first time I heard it, giving it two stars. I’m obviously in a much better mood today.

  2. Hmmmmmm….looking back at Friday on the Ipod:

    Heart – Nothin At All (live in Portland, 1987.)

    I have a weakness for 80s Heart (Actually, S/T, Bad Animals, and Brigade on the tail end) and this show always does me right.

    http://addictedtovinyl.com/blog/2008/07/15/interview-inside-the-studio-with-heart/

    Night Ranger – Seven Wishes (Extended Versions) – still one of the best live shows out there. Just saw them last summer, and I’m plotting another show this summer in Chicago.

    Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark

    Death Cab weren’t really on my radar, and then like a good lil lemming, I heard Soul Meets Body on the radio, and suddenly, I had to hear everything.

    3 Doors Down w/ Bob Seger – Landing in London.

    At the time this came out, where the hell was Bob? It was good to hear his voice again. I wish that the album that he put out after this (Face The Promise) woulda been better.

    Sheryl Crow w/ Keith Richards – Happy (Live in Central Park)

    This SC live album was a late discovery for me. I had everything else but for some reason, had bypassed this one. I think that when I looked at the track listing, it was a bit too guest-heavy, and I couldn’t picture liking it. Much later, heard MP3s and really liked it…and subsequently had to pick up the CD

  3. All right. It’s midafternoon on Friday.

    1. “Corn Circle” by the Waterboys from “Dream Harder,” 1993. When I’m asked to name favorite groups, I always forget the Waterboys, but whenever their music pops up, I always like it.

    2. “Honey Don’t” by the Beatles from “Beatles For Sale,” 1964. One of Ringo’s vocals, this is one of the first Beatles songs I ever knew. “All right now, George, one time for me!”

    3. “The Breaking of the Fellowship/In Dreams” from the soundtrack to “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” 2001. I’m still a sucker for a good orchestral soundtrack, and Howard Shore came up with some magnificent work for the three LOTR films.

    4. “Bring Your Fine Self Home” by Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland from Showdown!,” 1985. Three great players and singers challenge each other to a bluesfest.

    5. “Suntoucher” by Groove Armada from “Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub),” 2001. Some nice moody stuff here. Easy to get lost in.

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