Friday Five

The Friday Five: April 3, 2009

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:

“Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” by Beastie Boys (from Paul’s Boutique)

20 years ago this was ground-breaking and it stills sounds just a fresh. One of the archetypes for the rap-rock and nü-metal of the 90’s, this is just one of the many reasons Paul’s Boutique will always be, for me, the B-Boys magnum opus.

“Alfie” by Lily Allen (from Alright, Still)

Lily embarked on her US tour earlier this week in support of her latest It’s Not Me, It’s You. This is one of my favorite tracks off her debut; it’s sprightly and cheeky with a melody that will stick with you for days.

“Us and Them” by Pink Floyd (from Dark Side of the Moon)

It’s a rainy day here in the northeast and this track fits the grey day perfectly. I don’t visit the Pink Floyd in my collection nearly enough.

“Take a Chance on Me” by ABBA (from Gold: Greatest Hits)

No comment.

“Busted Stuff” by Dave Matthews Band (from Busted Stuff)

I’ve been looking for an excuse to share this…

I’ve not been so geeked out to over 60 seconds of music in ages (go to about 1:05 to hear the tunes). The new record is going to slay. Hearing Roi‘s cadence, so clear, strong and vital blowing into some of the funkiest sounds the band has produced in the last 18 years put my arm hairs on end.

It’s your turn, what’s getting you through this afternoon?


  • KathyB

    If Michael can share his embarrassing tracks (and I really like that ABBA song, by the way–I still have the 45 of it that I bought in the 5th grade), I guess I can share mine.

    1. “Christmas Downer” by Departure Lounge from “It’s a Cool, Cool Christmas.” Well, it is expected to snow about 8″ overnight, so Christmas music seems about right.

    2. “I Was Wrong” by the Morning Benders from “Loose Change” (2006) A song that I picked up for free somewhere that I like somewhat. It’s neither exceptional enough nor terrible enough to go on about.

    3. “Can’t Buy Me Love” by Manfredo Fest from “Os Sambeatles” (1966). A samba version of the Beatles! Interpret what you want from that. 🙂

    4. “Tomorrow, Tomorrow” by the Bee Gees from “Best of Bee Gees” (1969). I love early Bee Gees – their songwriting and arrangements are unmatched. They start to lose their appeal for me around the time of “Jive Talkin'” and I’m not at all into the disco and post-disco period, but their early stuff is fantastic.

    5. “Westfall” by Okkervil River from “Don’t Fall in Love with Everyone You See” (2002). A song I had forgotten was in my collection. I’m a sucker for anything with mandolins.

  • Gonzo

    1. Stereo MCs – “Creation”
    Still love this album (Connected) and Deep Down and Dirty

    2. Run DMC-“Sucker MCs [Krush Groove 1]”
    Run DMC is one of my very favorite groups to listen to while running

    3. Suicidal Tendencies – “Memories of Tomorrow”
    Don’t really listen to this at all, save for “Institutionalized.” Can probably delete from the Zune.

    4. Battles – “Atlas”
    Yes! One of my favorites from 2007. I saw them that summer and when they played this, the place literally shook from everybody jumping up and down in the second floor club.

    5. Yoko Ono – “Yes, I’m a Witch”
    Remix from the project of the same name. I heart Yoko. Seriously.

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