Friday Five

The Friday Five: January 15, 2010

Friday Five

Friday Five : ‘frī-(,)dā,-dē ‘fīv : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button on my iTunes, share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a 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: Due to a recent hard drive crash, my library is a bit compromised at the moment. Today’s five comes courtesy of my iPod which, not surprisingly, has some holiday music that was skipped along the way.

The Five:

1. “She’s Got a Way” by Billy Joel (from Greatest Hits, Volume I & Volume II, 1985)

2. “Twice as Hard” by The Black Crowes (from Shake Your Money Maker, 1990)

3. “Cousin Mary (alternate take)” by John Coltrane (from Giant Steps, 1960)

4. “Sara Smile” by Hall & Oates (from Greatest Hits: Rock ‘n Soul, Part 1, 1983)

5. “Burning Down the House” by Dave Matthews Band (from 2008-08-09: DMB Live Trax, Volume 15: Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI, USA, 2009)

What’s on your shuffle today?


  • Matt

    Ha – quickly….

    Brenda Russell “Piano In The Dark”
    Survivor – “I See You In Everyone”
    Lemonheads – “Waiting Around To Die” (Townes Van Zandt cover, from Varshons)
    Mudcrutch – “Bootleg Flyer”
    Peter Gabriel – “Secret World”

  • Pete

    Quickly x 2

    1. “Whipping Post” – The Allman Brothers Band :: 20 minute live version from the deluxe set of Eat a Peach.
    2. “Take Two and Pass” – Gang Starr
    3. “Weeping in the Night (Joy In The Morning)” – Big Youth
    4.”Straight To Hell” – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros (live)
    5. “Techicolor Health” – Harlem Shakes

  • Gonzo

    1. White Stripes – Take, Take, Take
    2. A Tribe Called Quest – 8 Million Stories
    3. The Roots – Take it There
    4. Prince – 3121
    5. Alan Wilkis – Pink and Purple (Prophet Panther remix)

  • Kristi

    Def Leppard – Animal
    Tesla – Modern Day Cowboy
    Survivor – Is This Love
    Britney Spears – If U Seek Amy
    Tonic – Sugar

  • Anne

    Dreams in the Hollow — Jesca Hoop
    Keep Swinging–Pedro the Lion
    When It’s Good–Ben Harper
    I Wanna Be Ignored–Ezra Furman & The Harpoons: Don’t remember which blogger posted him but this group was compared to the Violent Femmes and I think that is a great comparison
    Electricity + Drums–The Apparitions

  • EightE1

    Tequila-fueled Friday night, so if this doesn’t make sense, you’ll know why. I’m going to regret this evening’s actions tomorrow. Right now, though, I don’t care. Let’s listen to some music …

    1) W.A.S.P., “Animal (Fuck Like a Beast).” Just fucking sleazy, almost comically so. No, wait, no “almost” about it. Blackie Lawless is hilarious to me; how anyone could find him even remotely dangerous is beyond me. Somewhere right now, Tipper Gore’s nether regions are getting inexplicably moist.

    2) REM, “Man-Sized Wreath.” Great track from Accelerate. Very funny juxtaposition with W.A.S.P.

    3) Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter.” One of my favorite songs, ever. Just the spookiest stuff you’ve ever heard. “War, children, it’s just a shot away.” I once read that tank crews in Vietnam used to bolt 8-track players in their tanks and play this shit while going into battle. Can you believe that? It’d get them psyched up to do what they had to do. I can’t imagine having a soundtrack for a kill-or-be-killed situation, but if I were to be in such a situation, I don’t know if “Gimme Shelter” would be my choice of theme song; it’d freak me the fuck out. I’d play it for the enemy, though. Really loud.

    4) LL Cool J & Boyz II Men, “Hey Lover.” Talk about a shift in mood. Love this, though. Reminds me of Aries Spears imitating LL, saying he didn’t even need a woman to turn him on — he’d just stand in front of a mirror chest-naked and turn himself on. Perhaps he’s singing this to his reflection. Fave line: “Now I don’t wanna violate your relationship / So I lay back in the cut with a crush / That’s a trip.”

    5) Def Leppard, “Photograph.” Fuck YEAH!!! How awesome was Pyromania? Fucking thing is 27 years old. Twenty-seven. Let that sink in. This has one of the greatest guitar solos ever (the second one, not the one-note thing that comes out of the first chorus, though that’s cool, too).

  • Laila

    “T” Plays It Cool – Marvin Gaye
    Overkill – Men At Work
    Warakurna – Midnight Oil
    The Choice Is Yours – Black Sheep
    War at 33.3 – Public Enemy

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