Friday Five

Ickmusic’s Friday Five: July 18, 2008

Popping Fresh Shuffle!

Is it really Friday already?

I’ll admit that I got through the first 4 hours of my work day without even realizing what day it was. Time flies, or so they say. Now if one of you could kindly point me in the direction of where this “they” sit I’ll be on my way. Oh, this baseball bat in my hand, it’s… um, a gift. That’s it, a gift for “them”. In keeping with what I’m now dubbing “The Theme Days of Summer” I’ve cobbled together the following playlist to reflect my current mood with hopes of pulling some uplifting tunes to pass the hours until I’m free to count down to Monday. That said, here’s the playlist for this Friday:

Match ANY of the following conditions

NAME contains Work
NAME contains Time
NAME contains Passing
NAME contains Quick
NAME contains Slip
NAME contains Flash

This pulled about half the amount of tracks as last week‘s playlist.

For those who have not joined in the Five, here’s how it works: … I hit the shuffle button on my iTunes and share my five with some words for each track.

Then it’s your turn! You can play along with the themed playlist or just share the first five of your shuffle, either way the fun is in playing musical voyeur for the day.

That said…

Here are this week’s tracks:

1. The S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right) (from The 70’s Preservation Society Presents Disco Fever)

Now there is nothing like a little slice of premium 80’s funk (I do realize this particular track is a 1979 vintage) to kick off a Friday Five. More and more lately I’ve been a sucker for the likes of The S.O.S. Band, The Dazz Band and The Brothers Johnson. If anything this one was too short and went by to quickly, so I’m going to do something I rarely do and listen to it again.

You know you ought to slow down
You been working too hard
And that’s a fact
Sit back and relax a while
Take some time to laugh and smile
Lay your heavy load down
So we can stop and kick back
It seems we never take the time to do
All the things we want to, yeah

Yeah, that’s the stuff…okay, next!

2. Prince -Let’s Work (from Controversy)

Now I don’t want to go ruining this by saying something, but this is a turning out to be one funky five. While Controversy was never my favorite Prince record, it does contain quite a few of my favorite individual tracks. I mean come on, who can resist “Do Me, Baby”?

3. The Black Crowes – Sometimes Salvation (from The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion)

It might not be funky, but this is damned soulful. I’ve had an odd love/hate relationship over the years with The Black Crowes. To me, this is where they shine. Soulful, Bluesy and with a passion that seems to play hide and go seek with every other record they release. This one is brilliant though, and I’m enjoying hearing it after a long while.

4. The Meters – Love Slip Upon Ya (from Fire on the Bayou)

And right back to the funk, bubbling up from the Louisiana Bayou. I had the pleasure of seeing The Meters live a few years back at the “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy” benefit show at Radio City. So funky.

5. The Dave Matthews Band – Stay (Wasting Time) (from Listener Supported)

Recorded September 11, 1999, this was the second live record that Dave and the Band released and to me really captured the essence of the live DMB experience at the time. Featuring “The Lovely Ladies” this down-tempo version of their funky as hell New Orleans tribute is a perfect coda on today’s Friday Five, cause don’t it make you wanna stay?

Okay, now it’s your turn, what’s wasting time with you this Friday?


  • ljhord

    Ahhhh…one of the joys of being retired is that you can usually be close to the front of the line.

    1. “I Think It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” by Ry Cooder.
    2. “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” by The Allman Brothers.
    3. “Papa Come Quick (Jody & Chico)” by Bonnie Raitt.
    4. Slippin’ & Slidin'” by Little Richard.
    5. “Morning Arrival In Goa-Lighthouse Flash Over The Sea” by Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra.

  • whiteray

    Mid-afternoon here in the Midwest, and here we go:

    1. “Work Your Magic” by Melanie Mason from “Bendin’ The Blues,” 2001. Every time something from this CD pops up, I think that I need to listen to the whole thing at once, and I always forget. Great voice, great sounds behind, and this one’s especially spooky.

    2. “Round-Up Time In Texas” by the Girls of the Golden West, Bluebird 5382, 1933. Not sure where I got this one, but I like a dose of old-time western music next to Bjork now and then.

    3. “Passing By Blues” by Howlin’ Wolf, RPM 340, 1951. An elemental force of nature, the Wolf was.

    4. “Quicksilver Dreams” by Townes Van Zandt, Freddy Fender & Rubin Ramos from “Texas Rain,” about 1995. For the album, Van Zandt invited all his friends to come by, and it’s a grand country time.

    5. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash/Youngblood” by Leon Russell from the “Concert for Bangladesh,” 1971. Probably my favorite track from George Harrison’s noble experiment.

    Well, how about that? Only one from the Sixties or Seventies!

  • RobC

    1. “Sometimes” by Ours from “MTV2 Handpicked, Vol. 1”. If you played this for me, I wouldn’t be able to name it or tell you it was in my collection. Sounds like a million other bands, but not bad though.

    2. “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel from “Hit (Disc 1)”. Never one of my favourite Peter Gabriel songs.

    3. “No Time This Time” by The Police from “Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings”. There are very few bad Police songs. Wish they would have found their way here on the tour.

    4. “Time Has Come Today” by Chambers Bros. from “Rock: The Train Kept A Rollin'”. Wicked little song.

    5. “Fourth Time Around” by Bob Dylan from “Vanilla Sky”. Cameron Crowe movies usually have kick ass soundtracks (thanks to Nancy Wilson for this one).

  • KathyB

    How come every time I play this lately, I get only ONE WORD in my shuffle? I don’t have anything but “time” for the next 15 songs. I even double-checked the playlist to make sure I had actually put the other words on it.

    1. “Summertime” by Sidney Bechet. This is the transition between last week and this one. 🙂

    2. “Long Time Ago” by Golden Smog from “Another Fine Day.” It’s OK, but there are better songs on the album.

    3. “How Many Times” by Zack Hexum from “The Story So Far…” (2006) Another iTunes single of the week that I didn’t care for too much, but didn’t hate enough to get rid of.

    4. “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” by Fairport Convention from “Unhalfbricking.” Finally, something that makes me happy that it came up. And it fits the theme of the week extremely well!

    5. “Time for Me to Come Down” by Amy Rigby from “Diary of a Mod Housewife” (1996) I LOVE this album. It’s one of those that I play over and over, and one of the few where I put the entire thing into my iTunes.

  • girasol

    1. “Break This Time” by Alejandro Escovedo from The Boxing Mirror – One of my favorites from this CD. You really can’t go wrong with Alejandro.

    2.”Ain’t No Time” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals from This is Somewhere – Very nice

    3. “One Time One Night” by Los Lobos from Los Lobos: Just Another Band from East L.A. – They got that East L.A. country twang thang going on here!

    4. “Mustt Mustt (Lost In His Work)” by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan from Mustt Mustt – An amazing singer from Pakistan. He sang songs from the mystical Sufi tradition. I don’t know what he’s singing, but it’s great.

    5. “To Be Someone (Didn’t We Have a Nice Time)” by The Jam from The Sound of the Jam – Sometimes you just have to have a little Jam in your day.

  • Pete

    KathyB – are you sure you have “Match Any of the following rules” selected in your Smart Playlist? Are you using iTunes?

    Happy Summer Weekend all, here’s my Friday Night 5…..

    1. “My Summertime Thang” by the Time, from Pandemonium (1990) – Still throwing around the idea of going to Vegas to catch the Time at the Flamingo, but I gue$$ it’$ not the wi$e$t deci$ion at thi$ juncture.

    2. “Race Against Time” by U2, from The Joshua Tree (Deluxe Edition Bonus Disk) – can’t say I’ve spent a lot of time with this Bonus Disc of B-sides and outtakes from the era, but I really like the sound of this one. This was a B-side to “Where the Streets Have No Name”. You can really hear the Daniel Lanois influence on this one.

    3. “Stop Time” by Horace Silver & the Jazz Messengers, from Horace Silver & the Jazz Messengers (1955) – I have a decent amount of jazz in my library. Always refreshing to hear, and a testament to the timelessness of the sound. A 53 year old tune that cooooks baby.

    4. “Let’s Work” by Prince, from Controversy (1981) – My favorite Controversy track. Did I ever mention I like this fella Prince’s music?

    5. “In My Time of Dying” by Led Zeppelin, from Physical Graffiti (1975) – What can really be said? A bona fide classic album, with nary a weak song to be found.

    I think I’ll continue on with this playlist, I like where this is going…

  • Anne

    I too only had songs come up with the word “time” in it. I checked my playlist but I guess I just don’t have that many songs that have the other songs. Oh well. I also have some songs that others have already listed.

    1. “Ain’t No Time”–Grace Potter & The Nocturnals from This is Somewhere. I love this album!

    2. “Lost Time”–Maria Taylor from Lynn Teeter Flower. Beautiful vocals and music.

    3. “Everytime”–Donavon Frankenreiter from Move by Yourself. Nice, mellow music. Reminds me alot of Jack Johnson.

    4. “Anytime”–My Morning Jacket from Z. I am pretty sure that the last time I put up my Friday 5, I had a different song from this same album.

    5. “Life During Wartime”–Talking Heads. Hard to beat the Heads!

  • gulu

    a bit o something for (almost) everyone, as it turns out…

    we can work it out – the beatles
    a time for love – bill evans
    passing me by – the pharcyde
    this is the way the quick cut goes – k9 posse jumping jack flash – the rolling stones

  • Skittles

    Okay, so it’s Saturday now. Better late than never, right?

    1. “Time Bomb Town” by Lindsey Buckingham from Back to the Future Motion Picture Soundtrack. My love for Lindsey Buckingham knows no bounds. This is a fantastic track that’s very different from most of the other songs he’s contributed to soundtracks. It is actually one of my favorite Lindsey songs and I would LOVE to hear him play it on his upcoming tour.

    2. “Send Yourself to Work” by All City Affairs from Bees. ACA is actually Peter Andreadis from the wonderful Chicago band, Baby Teeth. Peter is a great guy and was kind enough to be my first interview for my almost-defunct blog. You should check his stuff out, and Baby Teeth’s as well.

    3. “The Time Warp” from Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s been a really long time since I caught a midnight showing of the Rocky at my local indie movie theatre. I might have to remedy that soon.

    4. “Flash” by Queen from Flash Gordon Soundtrack. My brother and I were obsessed with this movie when we were kids. We used to run around the house singing “Flash…ah ahhhhh.” We were odd children.

    5. “Flight of the Passing Fancy” by Squirrel Nut Zippers from Hot. Every time I hear a SNZ song, I think of my time working at The Body Shop (the cosmetics retailer…not the type for cars). My co-workers and I were all in love with this band and saw them together three or four times. They really did put on a great live show.

  • Gavinsdad

    I love this Friday project — ohh man, its Sunday wonder if I can still play? I bet I can !!!!

    1) Once There Was A Time – Ten Years After from A Space in Time —- I love this albums sound !!
    2) No Place Like the Right Time – Donna the Buffalo from Positive Friction — a great summer band to get you feeling right
    3) Ten Men Working – Neil Young from This Notes for You —— great band song with great horns !! If you dont have Prarie Wind ( his last one) go get it !!!!
    4) Help is On the Way / Slipnot — Greatful Dead from Blues for Allah —–yes sir you can get lost in Jerrys guitar on this one.
    5) Anytime – My Morning Jacket from Z —- Jim James is doing a great job keeping this band fresh — get the last 3 albums if you can !!! They will grow on ya.

    Thanks for the great list from everyone !!

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