Friday Five

The Friday Five: April 22, 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:

“On Mercury” by Red Hot Chili Peppers (from By the Way, 2002)
“No World for Tomorrow” by Coheed and Cambria (from Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow, 2007)
“Uptown” by Prince (from Abu Dhabi 20ten, 2010)
“Club Tropicana” by Wham! (from The Best of Wham!: If You Were There…, 1999)
“Utee” by Rosa Lee Brooks (from West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, 2010)

What’s on your shuffle today?

24 Comments

  • Chris Holmes

    1. Isao Tomita, “Canon of Three Stars” – Ahhhhh, so peaceful. If you need classical music arranged for synthesizers, Tomita is your man.

    2. Dizzy Gillespie, “Here It Is” – From Dizzy’s excellent 1962 live disc, Dizzy On the French Riviera. If ever someone was worthy of inheriting the torch of Greatest Jazz Trumpeter from Louis Armstrong, it was Dizzy.

    3. Neil Diamond, “Heartlight” – Awwwwwwwwwwwwww yeah!!!!!

    4. The Beach Boys, “The Girl From New York City” – Bit of a step backwards, creatively, on the Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) album. Still, can’t beat those vocal arrangements.

    5. Crowded House, “Four Seasons in One Day” – I never really cared for Crowded House back in the day. Oh to be young and stupid.

  • dslifton

    1. “Tea In The Sahara” – Sting. From the Bring On The Night album, which I think was the first Import I ever got, and still some of the best music Sting has made in his solo career.
    2. “Substitute” – The Who (Live At Leeds)
    3. “I’m Coming Out (Chic-Mix)” – Diana Ross. I don’t know how this remained on my iPod, but I’ll admit I like the guitar part.
    4. “This Time Baby’s Gone For Good” – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (Live At Paradise Theater).
    5. “Shake For Me” – Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble. Four out of my Friday Five are officially released live cuts. Strange.

  • steph326

    1. The Bad Touch – The Bloodhound Gang. Starting this list with a guilty pleasure. Hey, it’s fun to dance to on a Friday at work.

    2. Under My Skin – Rachael Yamagata.

    3. So What’cha Want – The Beastie Boys. The most ridiculous sound in this universe is me rapping along with The Beastie Boys.

    4. Gracie – Ryan Adams & The Cardinals

    5. Because The Night – Rhythms del Mundo and KT Tunstall. One of my favorite Springsteen songs with a fun little twist.

  • David_E

    1. Steely Dan, “Ida Lee” (The Early Years) — Mmmm, the sweet taste of unauthorized demo …

    2. Grant Lee Buffalo, “My, My, My” (Jubilee) — Shoulda woulda coulda been bigger.

    3. Billie Holiday, “Gloomy Sunday” (Best Of) — Meh. Not in the mood for this today.

    4. Josh Ritter, “You Don’t Make It Easy Babe” (Hello Starling) — Two parts Dylan, one part Dylan.

    5. Toad The Wet Sprocket, “Jam” (Pale) — How old was Glenn at this point? 16?

  • Amy Petty

    1) 9 Crimes – Damien Rice
    I always forget how much I like his stuff.

    2) Frank and Ava – Suzanne Vega
    My shuffle loves this song. It plays every time I reset it.

    3) I Can’t Get My Head Around It – Aimee Mann
    I do my best to like her.

    4) Radio Ga Ga – Queen
    The best voice in rock music ever.

    5) Joi – Kaki King
    Saw her at Club Passim in Cambridge. She was late to the sound check and we were having dinner and she yelled at us for listening to her while she checked. She also played the same song twice that night. I don’t know if she did that on purpose or if she just forgot. I think I was the only one who noticed.

  • Amy Petty

    1) 9 Crimes – Damien Rice
    I always forget how much I like his stuff.

    2) Frank and Ava – Suzanne Vega
    My shuffle loves this song. It plays every time I reset it.

    3) I Can’t Get My Head Around It – Aimee Mann
    I do my best to like her.

    4) Radio Ga Ga – Queen
    The best voice in rock music ever.

    5) Joi – Kaki King
    Saw her at Club Passim in Cambridge. She was late to the sound check and we were having dinner and she yelled at us for listening to her while she checked. She also played the same song twice that night. I don’t know if she did that on purpose or if she just forgot. I think I was the only one who noticed.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Back to dreary lowest New England version:

    1. “Black Queen” by Stephen Stills from Stephen Sills. Mostly Stills banging away on an acoustic.
    2. “Trust Me” by Janis Joplin from Janis (box set) originally on Pearl. What a voice
    3. “The Lady Is A Tramp” by Frank Sinatra from the Capitol Years box set. Another great voice
    4. “Blue Guitar” by Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers from Genuine Houserocking Music. From pristine orchestral arrangements to down and dirty blues, that’s the way Friday Five rolls
    5. “Right and Wrong” by Joe Jackson from Steppin’ Out the Best of. Originally from Big World, another favorite of mine from 1986. This album of all new material marked a return to a more pop/rock oriented sound and was recorded live. If you have the LP, you’ll remember it as a 2 record set with only 3 sides of music.

    Headed downtown to see Jason Isbell tonight. Happy Easter and happy listening!

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Back to dreary lowest New England version:

    1. “Black Queen” by Stephen Stills from Stephen Sills. Mostly Stills banging away on an acoustic.
    2. “Trust Me” by Janis Joplin from Janis (box set) originally on Pearl. What a voice
    3. “The Lady Is A Tramp” by Frank Sinatra from the Capitol Years box set. Another great voice
    4. “Blue Guitar” by Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers from Genuine Houserocking Music. From pristine orchestral arrangements to down and dirty blues, that’s the way Friday Five rolls
    5. “Right and Wrong” by Joe Jackson from Steppin’ Out the Best of. Originally from Big World, another favorite of mine from 1986. This album of all new material marked a return to a more pop/rock oriented sound and was recorded live. If you have the LP, you’ll remember it as a 2 record set with only 3 sides of music.

    Headed downtown to see Jason Isbell tonight. Happy Easter and happy listening!

  • Anonymous

    “Eye” by Smashing Pumpkins from The Lost Highway Soundtrack (1997) – I’ve been working on a piece about the female characters in David Lynch films, so I’ve been listening to Lynch soundtracks a lot while writing to increase inspiration. This song is OK, but not great. Works fine in the movie, though.

    “24 Hours” by Duncan Faure from the Who’s That Girl Soundtrack (1987) – I don’t know why, but I’ve been watching this movie at night before bed a lot lately. I got this soundtrack – on cassette – as a Christmas gift in ’87and I still have it. It’s pretty good, actually. The non-Madonna songs are pretty underrated, I think.

    “Between the Bars” by Elliott Smith from Either/Or (1997) – This album is perfect. Heartbreakingly perfect.

    “Falling” by Angelo Badalamenti & Julee Cruise from Twin Peaks Soundtrack (1990) – More Lynch! If I were ever to get married, this would be the song played during my first dance with the new hubs.

    “Uncle Alvarez” by Liz Phair from whitechocolatespaceegg (1998) – I was kind of obsessed with this record when I was in college. I haven’t listened to it in about 10 years and I still think it’s as great as I did when I was 20.

  • KellyStitzel

    “Eye” by Smashing Pumpkins from The Lost Highway Soundtrack (1997) – I’ve been working on a piece about the female characters in David Lynch films, so I’ve been listening to Lynch soundtracks a lot while writing to increase inspiration. This song is OK, but not great. Works fine in the movie, though.

    “24 Hours” by Duncan Faure from the Who’s That Girl Soundtrack (1987) – I don’t know why, but I’ve been watching this movie at night before bed a lot lately. I got this soundtrack – on cassette – as a Christmas gift in ’87and I still have it. It’s pretty good, actually. The non-Madonna songs are pretty underrated, I think.

    “Between the Bars” by Elliott Smith from Either/Or (1997) – This album is perfect. Heartbreakingly perfect.

    “Falling” by Angelo Badalamenti & Julee Cruise from Twin Peaks Soundtrack (1990) – More Lynch! If I were ever to get married, this would be the song played during my first dance with the new hubs.

    “Uncle Alvarez” by Liz Phair from whitechocolatespaceegg (1998) – I was kind of obsessed with this record when I was in college. I haven’t listened to it in about 10 years and I still think it’s as great as I did when I was 20.

  • Zack Stiegler

    1.Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Cuttin’ Headz (Return to the 35 Chambers)
    2. Ladytron – Seventeen (Light & Magic)
    3. Buzzocks-I Don’t Mind (Singles Going Steady)
    4. Public Enemy – Revelation 33 1/3 Revolutions (He Got Game)
    5. Ludacris-Hard Times (Chicken N Beer)

  • Anonymous

    1. “The Naked Ride Home” – Jackson Browne
    2. “If I Needed You” – Asleep At The Wheel
    3. “Baby Scratch My Back” – Slim Harpo
    4. “How Long” – Ace
    5. “Joanna” – Kool & the Gang

  • Matt Springer

    “How Can You Be Mean To Me,” Dale Vaughn–From the Fast, Loose and Out of Control box set Rhino put out of early rock and rockabilly. I love you, Rhino.

    “Do You Believe in Love,” Huey Lewis and the News–This is a mistake.

    “Brilliant Disguise,” Bruce Springsteen–from a 1993 radio broadcast of a live show. So, yeah, the “other” band. Or whatever it was.

    “Twilight Time,” The Platters–Doo wop balladry.

    “Long, Long, Long,” The Beatles–Yep.

  • de10ero

    Little Village-Solar Sex Panel

    Good news for George Costanza

    Deep Purple-Highway Star

    When you got to get somewhere…fast

    Elvis Presley-Memories

    …”The King is gone but he’s not forgotton…”

    Patti Scialfa-Rose

    Mrs. Springsteen’s finest effort?

    Shirley Bassey-Diamonds Are Forever

    Alright, I admit it, I’m a sucker for a Bond track

  • Jason

    It’s Not The End of the World – Sloan
    From My Own True Love – The Decemberists
    A Car That Sped – Gene
    Best of Souls – Tobin Sprout (Thank goodness, this thing was coming out pretty maudlin until Sprout rescued it).
    Tommy Gun – The Clash (Fuck and Yes. Perfect song to end the week on.)

  • BillC

    She’s Gone Away-Blasters from American Music-I have said before: There are no bad Blaster’s songs.
    Jersey Girl-Bruce from Live ’75-’85.
    Lovin’ Money-Cheap Trick from Sex, Drugs, America. There are bad Cheap Trick Songs. This is one of them.
    Put It There-McCartney-Happy Birthday America (bootleg.) Cute diddy.
    Dull Edge of the Blade-Derailers from Reverb Deluxe-I love the Derailers. This is a great song.

  • Mike

    1. Led Zeppelin “When the Levee Breaks”- If I ever make good on my threat to learn how to play drums, this is the first song I want to master.

    2. JC Chasez “Build My World”- No one seemed to notice that Justin’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” was a Timbaland-assisted remake of JC’s unfairly ignored solo debut. Damn shame.

    3. Donny Osmond “My Love is a Fire”- Donny goes new jack. Embarrassing rap in the bridge and everything.

    4. Robbie Williams “Rock DJ”-My iTunes is going heavy on the boy band today.

    5. Bee Gees “I Started a Joke”- Just now getting into Sixties-era Bee Gees. Still can’t deal with Robin’s voice.

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