Friday Five

Ickmusic’s Friday Five: June 27, 2008

Dude, You're Getting a Shuffle!

The post lunch dip is kicking in boys and girls and I need something to push me through the next two hours. The finish line for the week is in my sights and I’m ready to shuffle up and deal! Last week we covered everything from Travolta to Arquette, here’s hoping that this week uncovers yet more gems in my music library.

For those who have not played along yet here’s the scoop, open up whatever provides you with tunes and hit the shuffle button and let the music take you where it will and if you feel so inclined share the results with the rest of the musical voyeurs in the comments section.

So let’s see what comes up this week…

Here are this week’s tracks:

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Manic Depression (from Live at Winterland)

While I do love me some Hendrix, this particular performance is, to me, a mess. The rest of the recording is stellar and the performance is inspired, but this track just seems to meander too much for my tastes.

2. Kiss – Beth (from Double Platinum)

Boy, two stinkers in a row. Don’t get me wrong, I kinda like Beth, for what it’s worth but it’s just not doing much for me at the moment. Thankfully it’s short.

3. America – Tin Man (from History: America’s Greatest Hits)

Have I died and ended up in Jason Hare’s shuffle? Again, don’t get me wrong, I actually love the mellow gold of America, but it’s not exactly helping in my plight to stay awake. This is a great song though.

4. Green Day – Jesus of Suburbia: I. Jesus of Suburbia / II. City of the Damned / III. I Don’t Care / IV. Dearly Beloved / V. Tales of Another Broken Home (from American Idiot)

I give Green Day a ton of credit for managing to stay “punk” by pulling the most un-punk career moves time and time again. Let’s face it, it rings true that living well is the best revenge and they’ve certainly done just that. Clocking in at just over 9 minutes this is a great tune with more twists and turns then a roller coaster. Five individual movements make up the sum that is “Jesus of Suburbia”, each with its own tone and tempo.

5. Incubus – Stellar (acoustic) (from When Incubus Attacks, Volume 1)

I guess we’re wrapping on a very chill note again. I’m going to have to start setting some conditions for my Friday shuffles to get some boogie back in the Five.

So that’s mine for this week, what’s carrying you out to the car?


  • ljhord

    My Friday Five is sort of like a s’more…rocking and crunchy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside…but completely delicious:

    1. “Hold On To Midnight” by The Freddy Jones Band from “North Avenue Wake Up Call”, 1995.

    2. “I Saw A Stranger With Your Hair” by John Gorka from “I Know”, 1987.

    3. “Hold You In My Arms” by Ray LaMontagne from “The Last Kiss”, 2006.

    4. “Persuasion” by Richard & Teddy Thompson from “Action Packed:The Best of the Capital Years”, 2001. (Thanks to boyhowdy at the Star Maker Machine for posting this song!)

    5. “I Hear You Knocking” by Dave Edmunds from”From Small Things: The Best of Dave Edmunds”, 2004.

  • Anne

    1. “Mirando” — Ratatat from the CD that will come out soon. Great song to work out to.

    2. “Burn the Witch” — Queens of the Stone Age from Lullabies to Paralyze, 2005.

    3. “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)–Joe Tex, 1977 ?. This song is worth it just for the name.

    4. “Anyone Who Had a Heart”–Shelby Lynne from Just a Little Lovin’, 2008. An album of cover songs from Dusty Springfield done by Shelby Lynne should be a fantastic, can’t miss album. Sadly, I found it boring.

    5. “$20”–M.I.A. from Kala, 2007.

  • Skittles

    Let’s see what we’ve got.

    1. “Freaks Come Out at Night” by Whodini from Street Jams: Hip Hop from the Top, Vol. 3. I remember first hearing this song at my friend Rachael’s house and loving it. It still delivers.

    2.”Now We’re Even” by Michael Penn from Free-for-All. It’s been a REALLY long time since I listened to this album. I think I found this album at a used record store for, like. $1. I think it’s out of print now, which is a shame.

    3. “My Little Demon” by Fleetwood Mac from The Dance. I love Fleetwood Mac and, even more, I love Lindsey Buckingham, so of course I love this song to bits. I wish there was a studio version. but this is close enough.

    4. “Come On-a My House” by Rosemary Clooney from Respect: A Century of Women in Music. Rosemary Clooney is one of the brightest stars to come from my area (she’s from Northern Kentucky…I’m from Cincinnati). I always wanted to go see her live when she’d do shows here, but no one would go with me. Of course, I was a kid, so that meant no Rosemary for me. 🙁

    5. “Happy Birthday America” by Sybris from A Time for Hollerin’. This would have been a more appropriate song for NEXT week’s Friday Five. This is a great band from Chicago that I first saw on a bill with my friends Oh My God (another amazing Chicago band). I saw them play here last year and was blown away once again. I also happened to have run into a few of them standing outside a bar in Chicago one drunken evening last summer. But, that’s neither here nor there.

  • Gonzo

    Anne- You win for having my favorite 5 this week. That Ratatat album is great.

    Skittles- I was just listening to that Whodini track recently and yes – it still jams!

    Here’s mine for the week:

    1. Remote Control – “Bruno” This is off of a compilation called Groovejet that I got when I worked at the college station. I haven’t really listened to it since then. This song is pretty typical techno, kind of disappointing. But I do remember this having a great remix of Moloko’s “Sing it Back” as well as the Police’s “When the World is Running Down”.

    2. Ministry – “Corrosion” Another one I haven’t listened to in a while (read: years). I put it on my Zune because it’s driving and aggressive – thought it would make good running music. I don’t know how much tolerance I have for industrial these days though.

    3. Client – “Heartland (reprise)” Unfortunately only the reprise, but I was just listening to this the other day. One of my picks from 2007. I’m glad electro is making a comeback.

    4. Busta Rhymes – “Everything Remains Raw” From his debut, The Coming. Still a great hip hop album. Sadly, he never matched it afterwards. I hate to use the term “sellout,” but…

    5. Robyn – “Handle Me” I really like the new Robyn record. I think it lives up t o the hype. However, it’s about 1/2-2/3 bangin’ dance music, while the rest just sounds so painfully an attempt to get airplay. This falls into the latter camp. It isn’t horrible, it just doesn’t have the uniqueness that tracks like “Cobrastyle” and “Konichiwa Bitches” do.

  • RobC

    1. “E Street Shuffle” by Bruce Springsteen from The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle – Can’t really beat early Boss, and I’m happy to say that his latest really kicks ass too.

    2. “La La Love You” by Pixies from Doolittle – My fave band, and a really great song. They had such a wide range of styles. You really have to whistle along.

    3. “Walking The Fine Line” by Red Rider from Over 60 Minutes With Red Rider – I think this is one of those CDs I picked up back when I was doing the Columbia House thing. I didn’t realize at the time how many great songs Red Rider had. Much better than Tom Cochrane’s solo stuff.

    4. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem from Curtain Call: The Hits – I’m not a huge Eminem fan (Kanye West is probably the only hip-hop I listen to these days), but this is probably my favourite Eminem song. This was from 8 Mile, a movie I really enjoyed.

    5. “We Are The People” by John Mellencamp from The Lonesome Jubilee – I have a complicated relationship with John. He has been one of my favourites at various times, but I rarely listen to him these days. Still a half-decent song.

  • whiteray

    Saturday evening, and I finally have time to get here. That should tell you all you need to know about how it’s going . . .

    1. “Three Days” by Pat Green from “Three Days,” 2001. Solid country from a Texas guy.

    2. “Fortune Teller” by Benny Spellman, Minit single 644, 1962. Some classic New Orleans R&B.

    3. “The Rill Thing” by Little Richard from “The Rill Thing,” 1970. The title track from one of Little Richard’s Reprise albums. A nice greasy groove!

    4. “Hart’s Island” by Tom Jans from “Tom Jans,” 1974. A album track from a singer-songwriter who died so many years too soon.

    5. “Hold Me Tenderly” by Bobby Blue Bland, Duke single 318, 1959. Not as well known as some of his sides, but still so smooth.

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