Friday Five

The Friday Five: November 13, 2009

Friday Five : ˈfrī-(ˌ)dā,-dē ˈfīv : On the sixth day of every week 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.

Editor’s Note: While short on time it occurred to me that I always have time for some twitter-sized goodness so once again, this week’s five is all in 140 characters or less. @michaelparr

The Five:

Prince & The Revolution – “Paisley Park” (from Around the World in a Day, 1995)

Paisley Park is in your heart. I’ve spent a bit of time considering my ‘Desert Island’ discs lately, and I keep coming back to this record.

The Damnwells – “Down With the Ship” (mp3) (from One Last Century, 2009)

My earliest contender for album of the year, this record delivers on every level. You can help the band fund their next release here.

Weezer – “Buddy Holly” (from Weezer, 1994)

Save for “Say It Ain’t So” and playing “Undone – The Sweater Song” on Rock Band, I rarely listen to Weezer. I do still love those songs.

Janet Jackson – “Control” (mp3) (from Control, 1986)

This really should have been billed as Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – “Control” (feat. Janet Jackson), I’m just saying.

Camera Obscura – “French Navy” (from My Maudlin Career, 2009)

Another contender for album of the year,My Maudlin Career is the happiest group of utterly depressing songs you’ll ever listen to.
What’s next on your shuffle?


  • Bill C

    A rarity: I have time to post my five today!

    Crazy Love-Allman Brothers Band, from “Dreams” Not one of their best, but a good song.
    Unsettled-Robyn Hitchcock from “Globe of Frogs” I am not a huge Hitchock fan, but this is a really fun song.
    How Long-Dire Straits “On Every Street.” One of my absolute favorite bands. Not one of their better known songs, but still great.
    Cinturita-Various Artists “Salsa Cubana” I grew up in South Florida, and I love Cuban music. This is an infectious salsa number, as the name states.
    I’ll Never Play Jacksonville Again-Graham Parker “Deepcut to Nowhere” What an incredibl song from one of power punks greatest artists. GP is the bomb, as they say.

  • KathyB

    It’s a Friday Five I’m NOT proud of.

    1. Wildbirds & Peacedrums – “I Can’t Tell in His Eyes” from “Heartcore” (2008?) I got this from some music blog last year, and I have not warmed up to it.

    2. Dignan “Tangled Woods” I wasn’t even sure where I had gotten this from at first, but it turns out it was a Paste download for making a donation. Darned if I can remember it, though.

    3. Rockpile – “Fool Too Long” from “Seconds of Pleasure” (1980) The best song of this bunch. This is a special version that a friend gave me that has a bunch of scans of the lyric booklet and lyrics embedded in the song file.

    4. Leeroy Stagger – “I Break Hearts” from “Tales From the Back Porch” (2005) I normally like Leeroy Stagger. Don’t like this song much, though.

    5. Jay-Z and Linkin Park – “Izzo/In the End” from “Collision Course” (2004) I’m afraid that any attempt to explain this one is going to sound really lame. The real reason I have this in my iTunes IS pretty lame. I’ve been trying to learn more about hip-hop for at least the past 20 years. I have a great appreciation for the genre, but not much of a liking, unfortunately. When somebody left part of his hip-hop collection on the server at a place where I was freelancing, I thought I’d “borrow” it so I could listen to it at home, and maybe learn something. Jay-Z, however, is just not my cup of tea, and Linkin Park REALLY is not my thing. But I’m hanging onto it. Maybe someday I’ll grow to love it.

  • Kristi

    Man, “Control”… loved that one. And more Camera Obscura – Nice.

    My Five:

    1) John Hiatt – “Cry Love”
    2) Bat For Lashes – “Use Somebody”
    3) NIN – “Ringfinger”
    4) The Ting Tings – “Great DJ” (acoustic)
    5) Hilary Duff – “Reach Out” (3:27 of my life I can’t get back *weep*)

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