Friday Five

The Friday Five: April 8, 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:

“Can I Kick It?” by A Tribe Called Quest (from People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, 1990)
“Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard (from Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, 1995)
“Concentrate” by The Guggenheim Grotto (from The Universe is Laughing, 2010)
“Like a Prayer” by Madonna (from Like a Prayer, 1989)
“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” by Paul Simon (from Paul Simon, 1972)

What’s on your shuffle today?


  • Mike Duquette

    Pre-gaming another Friday full of live music (Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze! yes!). Let’s see what happens!

    1. John Mayer, “Who Says”: Gosh, I really didn’t like this album when it came out, and it’s not one I find myself going back to terribly often. It’s probably the best choice they had for a single, though.

    2. Billy Joel, “The Prime of Your Life (Demo)”: a half-mumbled song to a tune that would become “For the Longest Time.” Sometimes artists seem leery of putting their demos out because they sound vulnerable; I have a feeling Billy’s the same way, but I applaud him for doing so.

    3. The Smiths, “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”: not really sure what to say about this one. It was apparently the lowest-charting Smiths single in the U.K., and boy is it rather sad.

    4. Wendy Carlos/London Philharmonic Orchestra, “TRON Scherzo”: oh my goodness was I so excited to pick up TRON on DVD this week. Both have surprisingly strong film scores.

    5. The Jacksons, “Dreamer”: I picked up the first two Jacksons records for Epic (the ones produced by Gamble & Huff) for real cheap and I haven’t given ’em much attention yet. None of it seems as future forward as either Destiny or Triumph (which, I’ve often said, tell a complete, satisfying story when taken in on either side of Off the Wall), but it’s fun hearing Michael develop that voice.

  • de10ero

    J. Geils Band-Give It To Me

    …”Now don’t touch the knobs, cos I think we’re gonna have some fun with this one here…”

    Dan Bern-Graceland

    In search of all things Elvis

    Santana-Samba Pa Ti

    To my ears Carlos never sounded better

    Tommy Castro-The Trouble With Soul

    But for the definitive version seek out Jeff Turmes

    Johnny B. Moore-Crazy Over You

    Chicago blues with a little sugar on the side

  • Anonymous

    My Five:

    1) B-52’s – Pump
    2) Neil Diamond – I’m A Believer
    3) Duran Duran – Girls on Film
    4) Alanis Morissette – Right Through You (Acoustic)
    5) Starship – Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter Tonight

    Have a great weekend!!!

  • Anonymous

    1. “Born Under A Bad Sign” – Cream
    2. “Mustang Sally” – Wilson Pickett
    3. “Her Town Too” – James Taylor
    4. “The Way We Make A Broken Heart” – Ry Cooder
    5. “Meat Man” – David Lindley & Wally Ingram

  • Pete


    1. “Got a Lot O’ Livin’ To Do” – Elvis Presley (Essential Elvis – The First Movies, 1988)

    2. “By Your Side” – Sade (Lovers Live, 2002) – She’s coming to town, and I want to see her live, but I almost pooped my britches when I saw the ticket prices. I’ll save my money for the L.A. Prince trip which will soon be coming together…

    3. “Oppenheimer” – Old 97’s (Fight Songs, 1999) – Looking forward to an live show in Arizona – coming this June. Haven’t seen them in AZ since they were touring in support of Fight Songs (the old Nita’s Hideaway in Tempe).

    4. “Mary Queen of Arkansas” – Bruce Springsteen (Tracks, 1998) Early demo from the Boss.

    5. “Heads In Georgia” – Eric Clapton & JJ Cale (The Road to Escondido, 2006)

  • Chris Holmes

    1. Dusty Springfield, “I Only Want to Be With You” – God what a voice.
    2. The Kinks, “A Long Way From Home” – They could’ve released nothing but Lola Vs. Powerman and still been immortal.
    3. Soundgarden, “4th of July” – This sounds like dredging an old battleship off the bottom of the sea, and then it fires one of its cannons in your face.
    4. David Bowie, “Eight Line Poem” – Don’t love this one, but love the Hunky Dory album.
    5. Rush, “Anthem (live)” – HELLS YES! This is from the bonus live disc on the Different Stages album, which is awesome.

  • Anonymous

    “I’m a Wonderful Thing (Baby) (12″ Mix)” by Kid Creole & the Coconuts from 12″/80s (2005)
    “Now That We’ve Found Love (12″ Mix)” by Third World from 12″/80s Grooves (2007)
    “Larmes de Metal” by Soupir from DJ Kicks: Chromeo (2009)
    “Peace of MInd” by Bat for Lashes from Two Suns (2009)
    “All Night Long (12″ Mix)” by Lionel Richie from 12″/80s Dance (2006)

  • Anonymous

    “Live Right Now”- Eddie Harris from What it Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves 1967-1977 disc 1

    “The Remembering: High the Memory”- Yes from Tales from Topographic Oceans

    “Tomorrow and Me”- Michael Nesmith from …And the Hits Just Keep On Comin’

    “Devils Den”- Jefferson Starship from Dragon Fly

    “Losing Game”- Sandy Denny from The North Star Grassman and the Ravens

  • EightE1

    Bad Company, “Can’t Get Enough. One … two … one-two-three – buh-BOOM! RUUUUUUUUURRRRR BADDA-RUUUUUUUR! BAAAAH-BUUUUUUH!!!

    INXS, “Devil Inside.” Duh-duh-duhduhduh Duhduhduhduh Bah-duh … Duh-duh-duhduhduh Duhduhduhduh.

    Pearl Jam, “Go.” Ohpleasedontgoonme Dontgoonmenow

    Peter Frampton, “Day’s Dawning.” [Can’t do piano]

    Mission of Burma, “Weatherbox.” Wuckawuckawuckawuckawuckawuckawuckawuckawucka

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Stone rollin’ into my Friday Five

    1. “Hey Jude” by Wilson Pickett from A Man and a Half: The Best of. Fits right in with my R&B fueled evening. Features a smoking performance from Duane Allman, but you knew that
    2. “Ice Cream Man” by Van Halen from Van Halen. Eddie plays the blues
    3. “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” by, well you know who. this version from Hammersmith Odeon London ’75. As much Springsteen is there is in my iTunes, he hasn’t popped up in my 5 a lot
    4. “Circus Envy” by R.E.M. from Monster. It might be good old days syndrome, but they just don’t make them like that anymore
    5. “Not Fade Away” by well, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. Hardly any Bruce and now 2 in the same 5. This is from the Agora Night bootleg of that legendary show of Aug. 9, 1978

    Hope you hear something good this weekend!

  • Shari Schultz

    When You Got A Good Thing, Lady Antebellum
    Growin’ Up, Bruce Springsteen ~ Live In Dublin
    Take The Country Out Of Me, Bo Bice ~ See The Light
    Damn, Sam, Ryan Adams ~ Live At Usher Hall
    Bad Romance, Lady Gaga~The Fame Monster

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