Friday Five

Ickmusic’s Friday Five: October 10, 2008

Gort! Klaatu barada shuffle!

This week was almost the first Five-less week since the inception of the shuffle happy column. I’m a bit under the weather this week and am saving up my energy to go and see Jason Mraz tonight. Rather than cancel the Five, here’s a quick five (with two downloadable tracks this week!) as I’m resting up.

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 a bit of insight for each track.

Then it’s your turn! Just share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments and see what your fellow readers are listening to as well.

Here are this week’s tracks:

1. The Beach Boys – Little Deuce Coup (from The Platinum Collection)

Not my favorite

2. Donny Hathaway – Misty (from Everything Is Everything)

A torch song from the master, I love everything about this record.

3. Apollonia 6Sex Shooter (mp3) (from Apollonia 6)

Let’s see some action, let’s have some asses wiggling, I want some perfection. Whawhak!

4. DinkGreen Mind (mp3) (from Dink)

I used to spin this one weekly as part of my “Alternative Night” DJ set.

5. Van Halen – Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (from Van Halen)

One of the most recognizable riffs in the history of Rock n’ Roll.

So what’s making you feel better this week?


  • Gonzo

    Man – I haven’t heard “Green Mind” in years! What a trip.

    Here’s mine:

    1. The White Stripes – Little Cream Soda

    Icky Thump does not rank highly for me in the WS catalog. But it’s still pretty damn good!

    2. Hyper Crush – Boom Box

    Hyper Crush is a fun little electro group that put out their debut album Arcade this year. Good for dancing/running. Pretty tongue-in-cheek, which I always appreciate.

    3. Run DMC- Can You Rock it Like This?

    I can rock it like that. Included on my marathon mix for tomorrow. The solid Rick Rubin beats, rock and roll guitar samples and boasting raps of Run DMC make for great running accompaniment.

    4. Dizzee Rascal – Seems 2 Be

    From the Boy in Da Corner album. I like last year’s Maths & English a bit more, but this is still a good disc with the same vibe.

    5. Buzzcocks – I Don’t Mind


  • jbacardi

    I wanna play!

    1. Bryan Ferry- Don’t Stop the Dance

    Ferry’s lounge-lizard schtick was never as good as it was on Boys and Girls.

    2. Tony Ashton and Jon Lord- Celebration

    From Deep Purple keyboardist Lord and Ashton, Gardner and Dyke (“Resurrection Shuffle”) singer Tony Ashton’s ultra-obscure 1974 release First of the Big Bands. Folksy melody and sentiment lyric on a beautiful song.

    3. Linda Lewis- It’s the Frame

    Hypnotic acoustic guitar-based tune from the elfin-voiced British singer. From 1972’s Lark.

    4. Dr. John- (Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away

    Syncopated Cajun-flavored gospel-funk by the Doctor and the Meters, from the 1974 In the Right Place followup LP Desitively Bonaroo.

    5. Bee Gees- Swan Song

    If you’ve never listened to late 60’s-early 70’s Bee Gees, well, you’re missing out. Sterling, stately pop from 1968’s Idea.

  • whiteray

    I’m a bit under the weather myself. But here’s what I hear on Friday evening:

    1. “Don’t You Just Know It” by Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns, Ace single 545, 1958. New Orleans rock ‘n’ roll!

    2. “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Rod Stewart from “Never A Dull Moment,” 1972. Rod covers Etta James and, maybe, comes out with a draw.

    3. “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Pete Carr from “Multiple Flash,” 1978. Carr was one of the great session players and stepped out in front a few times, with good results. This is a great track!

    4. “Bird On A Wire” by the Neville Brothers from “Brother’s Keeper,” 1990. A nice track from a neglected album.

    5. “Crazy About The Ladies” by the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils from “What The Kids Want,” 1973. Missed these guys the first time around, and a pal recently shared the album. Not bad rock, but nothing remarkable.

  • Pete

    1. U2 – “Rise Up” – from The ‘Joshua Tree’ bonus disk. I haven’t listened too much to this bonus disc of outtakes and b-sides, but really, can you really go wrong with U2? Especially ‘Achtung Baby’ and earlier….

    2. Grateful Dead – “Dark Star” > “Terrapin Station” – Live, September 13th, 1993 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. I was heavy into the Dead between ’93 and ’96… once in a while it’s nice to put on a Dead show, kick back and take it all in… so much good stuff. I was very late to the party, but I did get to catch them 10 times. First show: March 5th, 1994 @ Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix. Last Show: May 21st, 1995 @ Sam Boyd Silver Bowl in Las Vegas.

    3. Bruce Springsteen – “State Trooper”, from ‘Prodigal Son at the Shrine’, live, November 17th, 1990. I recently posted this brilliant solo acoustic show, and if you haven’t grabbed it yet, it’s your loss.

    4. John Prine – “No Name Girl”, from ‘Pink Cadillac’ (1979). A little Bo Diddley shuffle…. you can’t go wrong with Prine.

    5. Public Enemy – “Prophets of Rage”, from “It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back” (1988). No brainer. Brilliant record.

  • KathyB

    I agree about late-’60s Bee Gees. In my opinion, they started to get unlistenable around the time of “Jive Talkin’,” but they’ve got some great, great stuff in their early output, like “Massachusetts,” “To Love Somebody,” “New York Mining Disaster” and one of my favorite songs of all time, “Words.”

    I don’t have very much that’s brilliant to say about the following.

    1. “Since I Still Tell You My Every Day” by The Innocence Mission” from “We Walked in Song,” 2007. A band I really like.

    2. “”Venus in Furs” by The Velvet Underground from “The Velvet Underground and Nico,” (whatever year this is from–1970?). A band I wish I really liked. I understand and appreciate their influence, but I’m not crazy about most of their output.

    3. “Fools Like You” by Blue Rodeo from “Lost Together” (1992). Another of my favorite bands–and one that did a cover of “To Love Somebody” (to bring it back to the Bee Gees)

    4. “Sleep” by Frank Black and the Catholics, from “Snake Oil” (2006). Another track that I have no idea where I got it from. I’ve never been much of a Frank Black/Black Francis fan, but I gave this one four stars.

    5. “Open All Night” by Son Volt, from “Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska'” (2000). This might be heresy, but I may like Son Volt even better than Wilco. Shhh….

  • Dave

    Springsteen’s 11-17-90 Shrine show is indeed a gem. SO pleased, and still so incredulous, that you find things like this, Pete.

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