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.
“Stay” by David Bowie (from Station to Station, 1991)
We’re kicking off the festivities with a aggressively funky cut from the Thin White Duke. I especially dig the go-go congas panned hard left.
“Fireflies” by The Hush Now (from Constellations, 2009)
File these guy under “the best bands you’ve never heard.” Heck, I’m not even sure how I originally tripped over their 2008 self-titled effort, but it was one of the records that I ended up coming back to more than a few times. The second record was a bit uneven in spots, but still solid overall.
“Manipulation” by Chicago (from Chicago XIV, 1980)
In the year 1980 BDF—that’s Before David Foster, for the uninitated—Chicago released the record that got them dropped from Columbia records. Yes, boys and girls, it’s that bad.
“Speak Low” by Billie Holiday (from Verve Jazz Masters 12, 1994)
Oh, how I love Billie.
“Breakout” by Foo Fighters (from Greatest Hits, 2009)
Hail! Hail! Rock n’ Roll!
What’s on your shuffle today?