Friday Five

The Friday Five: February 25, 2011

Friday Five

Friday Five : ‘frī-(,)dā,-dē ‘fīv : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button on my iTunes, then 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.

The Five:

It’s another busy Friday at the office. I’ve got the iTunes shuffling away in the background, here’s the first five tunes that popped up …

“Daylight Fading” by Counting Crows (from Recovering the Satellites, 1996)
“French Navy” by Camera Obscura (from My Maudlin Career, 2009)
“Follow You Down” by The Twilight Singers (from Blackberry Belle, 2003)
“Ship Shape” by Modern Skirts (from Gramahawk, 2011)
“Heaven” by Bryan Adams (from Reckless, 1984)

What’s on your shuffle today?


  • Anonymous

    1. “Gotta Serve Somebody” – Bob Dylan
    2. “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” – The Mamas and The Papas
    3. “You Can’t Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover” – Bo Diddley
    4. “Old Folks Boogie” – Little Feat
    5. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, et al (Happy Birthday George!)

  • Anonymous

    “Heaven” = Awesomeness.

    My Five:

    1) U2 – “Yahweh”
    2) Toto – “I’ll Be Over You” (live)
    3) Patty Smyth – “The Warrior” (bang bang!)
    4) Rick Springfield – “Jessie’s Girl” (acoustic)
    5) Night Ranger – “Sing Me Away” (live)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been keeping mostly new stuff on my MP3 player this year so that I’m forced to keep up with 2011 releases.

    “Gutter Rainbows” by Talib Kweli from Gutter Rainbows (2011)
    “Badaboom” by Tapes ‘n Tapes from Outside (2011)
    “The Operation” by Charlotte Gainsbourg from 5:55 (2007)
    “Written in Reverse” by Spoon from Transference (2010)
    “Patterns of Power” by Gruff Rhys from Hotel Shampoo (2011)

  • Bill C

    State Trooper by Deanna Carter from Badlands-A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen. I am not a fan of cover albums, but this is a good one and a good song.
    Monster Mash-Beach Boys Live. Yes, that Monster Mash. And yes, it sucks.
    Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit has Done Got Out of Hand-Waylon Jennings from Nashville Rebel. Great, great song.
    Cold Iron Bounds-Dylan from Time out Of Mind. An underrated album and an underrated song.
    Doctor Rober-The Beatles from Revolver. A cute little ditty.

  • Mindy

    1. Josh Ritter – Change of Time live
    2. Lady GaGa – Speechless
    3. Tired Pony – The Deepest Ocean There Is
    4. Bruce Springsteen – Tougher Than the Rest live
    5. Gary Nichols – Let Me Down Easy

  • Mike Duquette

    1. But It’s Alright – Huey Lewis and The News: Huey! Come back and do an album of original material. Please?

    2. Just to Be Close to You – The Commodores: maybe it’s from years of Lite-FM conditioning, but Lionel sounded strikingly different on this one. More…Southern-esque, maybe? You’d think “Stuck on You” would have a similar vocal approach.

    3. One of Those Days – Duran Duran: right after the last (fantastic) Duran LP came out, I attempted to rediscover the last two albums (Astronaut (2004), where this comes from, and Red Carpet Massacre (2007)). I haven’t changed my mind on these records (though I have friends who love RCM), and tracks like this aren’t helping. The chorus almost lifted the song out of its funk until it stopped developing past a certain point and started repeating. At least DD found their mojo eventually.

    4. Hold My Hand – Michael Jackson & Akon: this last album would have made a better EP (cut all the tracks MJ’s probably not singing on), but I would have kept this song around. Not groundbreaking, but a light, sweet little tune. This version that came up is listed as an “alternate mix” from a British CD single I bought a month ago, but I don’t hear a big difference.

    5. Moon River – Morrissey: not a bad song to close out on. A song and vocalist I adore, even if the result isn’t something to move mountains.

  • Mike

    1-“Walking on the Chinese Wall”-by Philip Bailey (1984)- I actually like Collins’ production with Bailey’s vocals. I keep looking around for a copy of this album (on vinyl, since I figure I’m SOL on CD) and haven’t managed to snag a copy yet.

    2-“Newness” by Musiq (2002)- I like Musiq or Musiq Soulchild (he seems to alternate names with every album). His first two albums are essential, but his last couple of albums have been exercises in “how many times can I make the exact same song over and over?”

    3-“See Line Woman” by Nina Simone (1964)- Proof that you don’t have to have a pitch-perfect voice to have a beautiful voice. This woman’s voice is amazing. She could write a mean song, too.

    4-“Love Story” by Katharine McPhee (2007)- Considering the material she performed on “American Idol”, it came as a shock when her album wound up being a contemporary pop/R&B album. Despite the fact that it flew under the radar, it’s actually one of the stronger “Idol” releases.

    5-“Alley Katz” by Hall & Oates (1978)- Probably one of the hardest rocking things I’ve ever heard from Daryl and John. Sounds VERY 1978, if you know what I mean.

  • Chris Holmes

    1. “Like to Get to Know You” – Spanky & Our Gang
    2. “This Old House” – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
    3. “Entering White Cecilia” – The New Pornographers
    4. “Pensativa” – Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
    5. “Broken, Beat & Scarred” – Metallica

  • Anonymous

    Get ’em Out By Friday- Genesis from Foxtrot
    First Girl I Loved- John Hartford from Aereo-Plain
    Keep On Dancin’- Sly and the Family Stone from Fresh
    Lost!- Coldplay from Viva La Vida
    Poison- Bert Jansch from Birthday Blues

  • de10ero

    Creedence Clearwater Revival-It Came Out Of The Sky

    A close encounter of the profitable kind

    John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band-Hangin’ Out At The Beach

    Would love to have their pre Eddie And The Cruisers stuff officially released

    Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings-Better Things

    After seeing them in Hartford, it’s hard to imagine there’s a better soul revue in the land

    Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls-Big Heart

    The Boss down under

    NRBQ-Captain Lou

    Tribute to the legendary? Captain Lou Albano with cameo vocals by the man himself..RIP

  • Shannon J

    “Hand in Hand” – Dire Straits, from Making Movies. One of my favorite albums.
    “Let Me Share the Ride” – Black Crowes, from Freak ‘N’ Roll…Into the Fog (Live). Awesome live album.
    “Sleep’s Dark And Silent Gate” – Bonnie Raitt, from The Glow. Another soulful Jackson Browne cover. I like both artists, but much prefer her version over his.
    “Peace” – Weezer, from Make Believe. I don’t listen to these guys much anymore. Good tune, though.
    “Concerto in F Major: Allegro Assai” – Baby Genius, from Breakfast With Bach. I’m sure my babies (now children) are geniuses, all because of this album. Seriously, I love Bach.

  • Catfish Vegas

    1. Pearl Jam – Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
    2. Elliott Smith – Needle in the Hay
    3. Morphine – Super Sex
    4. Neil Diamond – Solitary Man
    5. Calexico – Victor Jara’s Hands (live 2008-10-11 BBC)

  • EightE1

    Bee Gees, “Love So Right,” from Children of the World. The Gibb bros in 1976 were untouchable. That falsetto … those strings … that melody … The next year would see the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack drop, and all heaven broke loose.

    Indigo Girls, “Ghost of the Gang,” from Poseidon and the Bitter Bug. One of my first reviews for Popdose was of this album; I probably haven’t listened to this since then, and I should. This track is wonderful — the lyrics chock full of regret and wistful sadness, the harmonies spot-on. Really good stuff.

    Pink Floyd, “Is There Anybody Out There,” from The Wall. Whaddya say about this? It’s Floyd, it’s The Wall. This one can’t stand on its own, though — it’s gotta be heard in the context of the record.

    Night Ranger, “Sentimental Street,” from 7 Wishes. Shoulda seen the smile on my face as the drums and keyboards kicked in just now. This brings back the summer of ’85 like few other songs can.

    Rush, “Cold Fire,” from Counterparts. One of my favorite Rush albums. Good song. “I’ll be around if you don’t let me down.” Thanks, baby. ‘Preciate it.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Tonight’s Friday Five sponsored by Highland Park 12 year old single malt Scotch:

    Baby Don’t You Do It by Marvin Gaye from Anthology: I’ve said it a million times. I love this song in all it’s incarnations, but this is the original Holland-Dozier-Holland classis
    Epilogue (Nothing ‘Bout Me) by Sting from Ten Summoner’s Tales: I enjoyed this record when it first came out but haven’t listened to it since I don’t know when
    Magic In The Air by Badly Drawn Boy from Hour Of The Biwilderbeast: One of those “I don’t listen to this record enough” records. His new one last year was really good, too
    Keep The Customer Satisfied by Simon & Garfunkel from Bridge Over Troubled Water
    Unfaithful Servant (Live) by The Band from A Musical History originally on Rock of Ages. Just a wonderful version of this song

  • Zack Stiegler

    Ugh, I still need to buy a legit copy of that Camera Obscura album.

    1. Prince and the NPG – Walk Don’t Walk

    Kinda cheesy, but I kinda like it.

    2. Cee-Lo Green – Love Gun
    3. Blackalicious – Paragraph President

    Was wayyy into this album when it came out. Probably time to give it a fresh listen.

    4. The Roots – Doin it Again

    How I Got Over is a total return to form for the Roots, their best since Phrenology.

    5. Prince and the Revolution – When Doves Cry

    Ending on a high note!

  • terje

    EightE1 led me in the right direction.

    What can I say? At least I’m honest.

    1. Jon B. feat. Babyface – “Someone to Love”
    2. Snoop Dogg – “Serial Killa”
    3. Joe Jackson – “Fools in Love”
    4. Jean Wiener – “Maurice Charleston”
    5. Henry Mancini – “W.A. Mozart, I Love You”

  • whiteray

    1. “Words” by the Leaves from “Hey Joe,” 1966. The softer side of garage rock with some harmonies that were actually pretty tight. Not so soft that they lose their garage cred, though.

    2. “Freeway Pleasure” by John Stewart from “The Lonesome Picker Rides Again,” 1971. “The road is my woman and she’s never done me wrong.” A simply stunning piece of songcraft.

    3. “But For Love” by Cashman, Pistilli & West from “Bound to Happen,” 1967. Soft but insistent. Reminds me a bit of Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talking” or maybe something by Gordon Lightfoot,

    4. “Black Mirror” by Arcade Fire from “Neon Bible,” 2007. Bleak, haunting and enticing.

    5. “Fish in the Dish” by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings from “Naturally,” 2005. Not sure I want to know what this one’s about, but it’s saucy and it has a great groove.

  • dslifton

    “Ain’t That Fine” – Ray Charles
    “From Small Things” – Bruce Springsteen (12-19-04)
    “Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes” – Chuck Willis
    “Dinner At Eight” – Rufus Wainwright
    “Livin’ While I’m Livin'” – Sly & The Family Stone

  • Pete

    This 5 brought to you by a couple glasses of Shiraz and a long 4 day week…

    1. “Pink Bullets” – The Shins (Chutes Too Narrow, 2003).

    2. “I Fought the Law” – The Clash (Clash Calling, 1983 live bootleg).

    3. “Trenchtown Rock” – Bob Marley & the Wailers (Welcome to New York, 1976 live bootleg).

    4. “Cryin’ In The Streets” – Buckwheat Zydeco (Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album, 2005).

    5. “Bastard of Midnight” – The Damnwells (One Last Century, 2008).

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