Friday Five

The Friday Five: May 22, 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:

Last week my father-in-law commented that my shuffle seems to ignore the music of his generation, which I do actually have quite a bit of thanks to the “Oldies but Goodies” collection, so Sal… this one is for you…

Bob & Earl – “Harlem Shuffle” (from Oldies but Goodies, Volume 5)

For a moment I thought that I had hit the wrong playlist… I do quite like The Rolling Stones version of this tune.

The Supremes – “Where Did Our Love Go” (from Oldies but Goodies, Volume 8)

Classic. Classic. Classic.

Leslie Gore – “It’s My Party” (from Oldies but Goodies, Volume 3)

My least favorite tune out of the five.

Dion – “Runaround Sue” (from Oldies but Goodies, Volume 7)

Truthfully, this is one of my favorite songs ever. It’s downright infectious and you will be singing it in your head for days on end.

The Newbeats – “Bread and Butter” (from Oldies but Goodies, Volume 2)

Another ear-worm that will stick in your head for days on end.

What’s on deck for your holiday weekend?


  • Gonzo

    I’ve lost my power cord, so hopefully I make it through the 5 without my battery dying!

    1. Kylie Minogue – I Believe in You (Mylo vocal)
    One of the better mixes on the recent “Boom Box” compilation.
    2. A Tribe Called Quest – I Left My Wallet in El Segundo
    Classic! And samples The Chambers Brothers.
    3. Prince – Controversy
    4. Ludacris – Hoes in my Room
    I can’t deny the Chicken & Beer album. Something about Ludacris’ general demeanor.
    5. Annie – Sweet
    Swedish pop princess samples Them.

  • Kristi

    Runaround Sue is a most excellent song…you just brought me back to my childhood with that one.

    OK, my first five random tracks…

    1) Tom Sawyer (Rush)
    2) Everlong (Foo Fighters)
    3) Kiss Off (Violent Femmes)
    4) Alive (Pearl Jam)
    5) Sky Blue Sky (Wilco)

    On deck for my holiday weekend? Work, work, and more work. Ugh.

    Glad to have been pointed to your site. It’s a good’un!

  • Matt

    5 from moi:

    1. Kathleen Edwards – Pink Emerson Radio: Oh Kathleen, the many ways that I love thee, where do I begin?

    2. Bruce Springsteen – Cross My Heart: “Where the night gets sticky
    And the sky gets black, I grabbed you, baby, and you grabbed me back” – Ahhhhhh…. Not sure if he ever played this one live, but I would have liked to have seen it. One of my favorites from the Human Touch/Lucky Town days.

    3. Mike Ness – Ballad of a Lonely Man: From the Cheating At Solitaire disc.

    4. Anthrax – Strap It On: Man, the whole We’ve Come For You All album from ‘Thrax was a jam. I love me some John Bush-era Anthrax.

    5. Bruce Hornsby – Look Out Any Window: There’s always some Hornsby in my Shuffle somewhere. Good memories of the summer of ’88 everytime I hear this tune. Which is now 21 years gone…..dammit.

  • Ken Shane

    Here are my five. It’s a weird bunch:

    1. The Byrds – The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Byrds cover Dylan. ‘Nuff said.)
    2. Steve Wynn – Freak Star (indie rock pioneer)
    3. Alexander Spence – Cripple Creek (from the University of Mars)
    4. Frank Sinatra – None But the Lonely Heart (classic NJ crooning)
    5. The Showmen – A Little Bit of Your Love (Carolina Beach Music)

  • Pete

    My cinco… nothing brings in the weekend like a Prince-Greencards-Prince sandwich!

    1. “Stay With Me” – The Faces
    2. “Que Sera, Sera” – Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women
    3. “La, La, La, He. He, Hee” (extended) – Prince
    4. “Weather and Water” – The Greencards
    5. “Turn It Up” – Prince

  • Robert

    The first five songs that popped up on my Zune, randomly generated playlist… likely different from most!

    1. “She’s Country” – Jason Aldean
    2. “Killing in the Name” – Rage Against the Machine
    3. “Missing You” – Big Dismal
    4. “Belgium” – Bowling for Soup
    5. “Then” – Kenny Chesney

    How’s that for all over the place?

  • Michael


    I’m not sure why, but I don’t have a single Ludacris track in my library. I’ll have to fix that soon.


    If possible, crank the tunes and it will make the work go more quickly.


    “Only” is one of my favorite Anthrax tunes. Seriously, that song kicks a metric ton of ass.

    @Ken Shane

    And I thought I was all over the place.


    The Greencards
    record is solid. I need to give it another listen soon.


    From RATM to Kenny Chesney in 4 tunes? That’s skill!!

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