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The Friday Five: April 24, 2009

I want that shuffle, not excuses.

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:

“Love Song” by 311 (from 50 First Dates)

On occasion a cover song reimagines the original to such a point that it becomes its own unique entity (see John Cale‘s “Hallelujah” and Jimi Hendrix‘s “All Along the Watchtower”) and far surpasses the original. This is one of those cases. As much as I love the original, 311‘s sun-drenched take on The Cure track captures the essence for me.

Love Left Us Strangers” (mp3) by Space Needle (from The Moray Eels Eat the Space Needle)

In the late 90’s I worked for a little record store in upstate New York. Anders Parker of Space Needle (and Varnaline) was a former employee and this record was the soundtrack to the winter of 1997.

“Song That Jane Likes” by Dave Matthews Band (from Remember Two Things)

“I’ve got a little sister named Jane and this is the ‘Song That Jane Likes’…”

Like It Is” (mp3) by The Damnwells (from One Last Century)

Easily a contender for one of my favorite records of 2009, this one came at the recommendation of Jeff from Popdose and it’s been in constant rotation ever since. If you like what you hear you can download the entire record (legally) from the band’s official website (and really it’s free, so why wouldn’t you download it?)

Don’t Get Me Wrong” (mp3) by Lily Allen (from Radio 1: Established 1967)

Sometimes the song just fits. I don’t think that I’ve exposed my deep seated hatred of The Pretenders on Ickmusic yet. Despite that I absolutely adore this reading of their 1986 classic. Miss Allen adds her signature ska-lite lilt to the tune while staying spot on in her rendition of Chrissie Hynde‘s delivery.

Tag! You’re it… what’s the soundtrack to your afternoon?

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6 Comments

  1. I love that 311 cover. One of the few shimmering moments in their recent output.

  2. Jud Ehrbar was also in a band called Reservoir. Anders was in Varnaline. I’m not sure what other groups Jeff was part of.

    I’ll save my completely irrational disdain for The Pretenders for another post on another day.

  3. Andrew Andrew

    My Friday…er Saturday Five

    Voxtrot – Kid Gloves
    Green Day – Long View
    Prince – All Along the Watchtower/Best of You
    Fountains of Wayne – Someone to Love
    Counting Crows – Hanging Around

    My question is: why the Pretenders non-love?

  4. Spaceman – Nilsson
    Librarian – My Morning Jacket
    Wild Honey – U2
    Ghetto Child – The Spinners
    Blue Valentines – Tom Waits

  5. Nick Nick

    Wow, Space Needle!
    What was the three-piece he played in, used to come up to Halifax now & then in the early 90s?

  6. friday 5

    Never Surrender by Corey Hart
    Breathing Slowly by Crossfade
    Doctor Doctor by The Thompson Twins
    By Your Side by Default
    Somewhere in the Middle by Dishwalla

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