Friday Five

Ickmusic’s Friday Five: May 30, 2008

Shuffle, and on, and on...

Four day work weeks always throw me for a loop. If it weren’t for the season finale of Lost being on last night I may very well have missed this week’s Friday Five. That said let’s cut straight to the main course…

Here are this week’s tracks:

1. Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm (from Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm)

This has to be one of the oddest tunes ever. Three seemingly unrelated tales with a disjointed chorus that consists merely of a hummed tune and somehow it was a huge hit.

2. Taco – Puttin’ on the Ritz (from Taco: The Greatest Hits)

It’s shaping up to be an odd shuffle with another bizarre “one hit wonder” track, this time from the 80’s. Taking the Irving Berlin and putting a new wave twist on it this was a radio staple for the better part of the decade. It’s aged surprisingly well and I really enjoyed hearing it again. I imagine ya’ll might too…

3. Snoop Dogg – Who Am I (What’s My Name?) (from Doggystyle)

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Funky as hell, Snoop never disappoints.  A little bit of Funkadelic‘s “(Not Just) Knee Deep” and a sprinkle of George Clinton‘s “Atomic Dog” makes for a instant party starter.

4. Beastie Boys – Body Movin’ (Fatboy Slim remix)  (from Anthology: The Sounds of Science)

Looks like the shuffle is gonna keep the party moving with some help from Bed-Stuy’s favorite sons with a detour to Kent courtesy of Mr. Norman Cook.

5. Shania Twain – You’re Still the One (from Come on Over)

There was a time when you could not escape this tune. Hell, even Prince covered it. Perhaps a bit ironic these days (the tune was written by Twain in response to critics of her and soon to be ex-husband Robert “Mutt” Lange) it still stands as a beautiful testament to the power of love.

Now it’s your turn, grab a Coke, Pepsi, Stella or Mojito, hit shuffle and let the world know what’s getting you started on your weekend!


  • ljhord

    1. “Real Real Gone” by Van Morrison from “Enlightenment”, 1990.

    2. “Mean Old World” by Eric Clapton (and Duane Allman, I believe) from “The Blues, Disc 1”, 1999.

    3. “True Companion” by Marc Cohn from “Marc Cohn”, 1991.

    4. “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones from “Forty Licks, Disc1”, 2002.

    5. “Billy The Kid” by Ry Cooder from “Into The Purple Valley”, 1971.

  • RobC

    1. “An Inch An Hour” by The Tragically Hip from “Day For Night” – I don’t listen to the Hip much anymore, but I saw them live many times & they put on a great show. I traveled over 12 hours to see them in small venue once.

    2. “Don’t Pass Me By” by the Beatles from “The White Album” – One of my least favourite tracks from this album (which is one of my fave Beatles albums).

    3. “A Kind Of Loving” by The Police from “Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings (Disc 3)” – I hit the strangest Police songs on these Friday shuffles. Not a song I can say I regularly listen to.

    4. “Immigration Man” by Crosby & Nash from “Crosby, Stills & Nash (Box Set) (Disc 3)” – I went through a heavy CSN&Y phase, but I’ve been out of it for a while.

    5. “Revolution Rock” by The Clash from “London Calling” – OK, here we go. The greatest album of all time? I think so!

  • Gavinsdad

    1)” For All We Know” Billie Holliday – Lady in Satin —– do I need to say anything.
    2) “Love Please Come Home” The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol 111 ( with Del McCoury -the voice)
    3)” Windy” The Association – AM Gold —- does the reflect the summer of love or what ?
    4)” Bus to Baton Rouge” – Lucinda Williams – Live at Filmore —— if you dont have this record, leave the house right now and go by. Or download like the youngins.
    5) “Time” – The Gibb Droll Band – Narrow Mouth Jar —— this was a very well written and produced jam band album in the 90s.

    My shuffles are wierd with over 34,000 tracks.

  • girasol

    1. “Jet Airliner” by Paul Pena from “New Train” – Recorded in 1973 and finally released in 2000. Yes, this is the same song made popular by Steve Miller, but it was written by the great, late Paul Pena.

    2. “Go to Sleep”, by the Avett Brothers from “Emotionalism” – Kind of an upbeat bluegrass/rock vibe.

    3. “Kamera”, by Wilco from “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” – My cousin recommended this CD to me and although I like a couple of songs on it, I’ve never really gotten into it.

    4. “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” by Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles from a ramdom MP3 I got from somewhere

    5. “Soy Luz y Sombra” by Ry Cooder from Chavez Ravine – A really great CD that I like the more I listen to it. This CD is based on a historical incident (the building of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles). The songs all tell stories of the people who lived in Chavez Ravine, which was demolished to make way for the stadium. The songs range from funny to heartbreaking. I highly recommend it!

  • whiteray

    Well, late in the evening here in the Midwest. What’s easing our way into the weekend?

    1. “If You’ve Ever Been To Georgia” by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, WGST studio, Atlanta, April 8, 1954. Maybe not the greatest blues singer of his generation ( Son House, Robert Johnson for two) but a good writer, and Big Boy could bring it pretty well.

    2. “Girl From The North Country” by John Gorka from “A Nod To Bob,” 2001. One of several fine tracks from this salute to Bob Dylan by artists on Red House Records (a Minnesota label).

    3. “Reinlender” by Folque from “Folque,” 1974. Violins and heavy guitars from a folkish group that comes, I think, from somewhere in Scandinavia. I need to find out more about the group, but they had an interesting sound.

    4. “Heed the Call” by Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, Reprise single 0953, 1970. One of those “Let’s get it together and save the world” singles from that era. Not a bad sentiment, even though the record is kind of lame.

    5. “Roamin’,” by Fat Mattress from “Fat Mattress 2,” 1970. Pleasant folkish rock from the British group that Noel Redding joined after his days with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

  • Skittles

    Okay, so it’s Saturday morning. But, I’m going to pretend I did this on purpose because I decided to do a space theme for my 5 in honor of today’s launch of Shuttle Discovery.

    1. “Looking for Astronauts” by The National from Alligator. This band is from my hometown, Cincinnati, and they’re one of the better bands to come out of this boring city in the past few years.

    2. “Man from Mars” by Kristen Vigard from the Grace of My Heart Soundtrack. This is a cover of the Joni Mitchell song. Kristen Vigard supplied the vocals for songs that were supposed to be sung by Ileana Douglas’s character in the film.

    3. “Launch Pad” by Some Girls from Feel It. This is from one of Juliana Hatfield’s many side projects, which also includes Freda Love, her former Blake Babies bandmate.

    4. “Outa-Space” by Billy Preston from Ultimate Collection. This is one of those tracks that I acquired somewhere along the way that I didn’t realize I even had. Good stuff, though. Probably the only Billy Preston track I have. That should be remedied.

    5. “Star Wars Theme (Disco Mix)” by Meco from The Best of Meco. First: HAHAHAHHAHAHA! Second: Why do I have this? Third: HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!

  • Anne

    I did this shuffle yesterday but didn’t post until today. I should be studying for a big exam and I am stalling.

    1. Brianstorm by Arctic Monkeys from “Favourite Worst Nightmare”, 2007.

    2. Call Me the Breeze by Lynyrd Skynyrd from “Second Helping”, 1974. After all of these years, I still have to look up how to spell their name. What a pain in the butt.

    3. Wild Night by Van Morrison from “Tupelo Honey”, 1971. I love old Van Morrison.

    4. Blame It On the Tetons by Josh Ritter from “Girl in the War EP”, 2006. Another fantastic artist.

    5. Razor by Foo Fighters from “Skin and Bones”, 2006. I personally loved the acoustic portion of their “In Your Honor” CD. Although this live CD is not life changing, I enjoy listening to it. I know that I am in the minority though. Maybe I just have a hard time find fault with FFs.

  • Gonzo

    Had to split town for a road trip and didn’t make it in time. Alas, a late entry:

    1. Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction

    Every once in a while I revisit my youth and listen to the Megadeth, Metallica, etc. Hasn’t happened in a while. I *really* have to be in the mood.

    2. Public Enemy – “Rebirth” a short almost segue track from Apocalypse ’91.

    3. White Stripes – Little Cream Soda. From last year’s Icky Thump. Not my favorite track on the album, but still a great one.

    4. Detroit Cobras – “Insane Asylum” – one of my favorite neo-garage groups. Sadly, this is another non-favorite track though.

    5. Van Halen – “Oh, Pretty Woman.” Hey remember when Roy Orbison covered this? 😉
    I ran a 20k this morning (first time) and for the last 15 minutes or so all I wanted to listen to was DLR-era Van Halen. Go figure!

  • Jim Russell

    Okay, here’s my Monday Friday Five:

    1. The Neville Brothers / Can’t stop the funk (2006, at the Vienna Jazz Festival) — The Nevilles demonstrate their love for George Clinton.

    2. Groucho Marx / Everybody works but Father (1972, from “An Evening with Groucho”) — Groucho at 82, telling stories and singing songs at Carnegie Hall, with a then-unknown Marvin Hamlisch at the piano. Love it.

    3. Will Smith / La fiesta (1999, from “Willennium”) — Yes, Will’s mainstream-friendly raps are a guilty pleasure.

    4. Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana / Watermelon man (1981 boot, concert in Tokyo) — Herbie in his full electronic phase, along with Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, trades off trademark songs with Carlos Santana. (The track after this one is “Evil ways”.)

    5. Harry Nilsson / Coconut (1971, from “Nilsson Schmilsson”) — My all-time favorite one-chord song. (For the musicians among us, it’s a C7).

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