Friday night shuffle XII

I put the ol’ iRiver on shuffle and post the first five songs that come up.

Hilary Duff – With Love (Richard Vission’s Big Room Edit): With a single release comes plenty of club remixes and as such, there have been plenty of remixes of Duff’s latest “With Love” hitting the airwaves. Richard Vission is a pretty big name in the remixsphere and probably up there with H/\L, Laugh & Peace, Above & Beyond, and Tommie Sunshine in terms of my favorite DJs and quality remixes. This is the shorter edit version and very upbeat, although it lacks the punch that the original song achieves, as well as the uniqueness of other remixes (I’m thinking DJ Laszlo’s version, which I highly recommend).

ABBA – The Day Before You Came: Ahh ABBA. How I listened to you a many, many time growing up. My mother was a huge ABBA/Saturday Night Fever fan, and unfortunately, instead of becoming completely disenchanted and annoyed with the disco-pop group, I ended up, like, really liking them. Go figure. This is one of their slower songs with a funkier groove then the frivolous boppity-bop the group is known for (I’m going to pretend I didn’t just use the word boppity-bop).

Hellogoodbye – Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn: This is from The Parachute EP. Definetly not one of my favorite Helloogoodbye tracks.

Cph Jet – Just Can’t Get Enough: A cover of Depeche Mode’s classicaly 80’s synth pop number. It’s strongly electronic, but that’s about one of the only differences between the original; you’ll probably recognize the song right away after hearing the first four notes. The lyrics, however, are, for the most part, spoken instead of sung, by a female vocalist in a computerized sort of way which takes it about four steps too far into electronic for me. I’ll stick with the original.

Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive: I can’t even listen to this song without thinking of Bon Jovi’s sketch on Saturday Night Live featuring the DeMarco Brothers with Chris Parnell and Chris Kattan. God, I wish that was up on YouTube. Yes, I know that tells you nothing about this song, but honestly, pretty much everyone is familiar with this song on some level or other.

Friday night shuffle XI

I put the ol’ iRiver on shuffle and post the first five songs that come up.

Bob Dylan – Most of the Time: This is one of my favorite Dylan songs of all time (though it doesn’t sound anything like my other favorite Dylan songs). It’s sad and melancholic and all those other sorrowful words that sum up break-ups. The words are almost painful to hear as Dylan sputters them out almost aggresively, suggesting the very irony of his own words. Regardless of the relatively ‘recentness’ in contrast to his complete discography, it was the first album to do relatively well on charts after a series of born-again Christian gospel records that comprised the 80s. But it’s Dylan, so you know…you won’t regret downloading it.

Piotr Rubik – Please Don’t Go: Yeah, sorry, this shuffle is getting depressing with another break-up song, but you know. Whatevs. Rubik is a successful Polish pop singer with almost flawless English. This song has another mopey feel to it, complete with violins and angst-ridden lyrics (“Please don’t go! Please don’t go!”).

Bon Jovi – Let It Rock: From the band’s highest-selling album, enjoy the opening track of Slippery When Wet, “Let It Rock.” It pretty much sounds like classic early Bon Jovi, you know, a rock-organ intro and predominantly electric guitar riffs. I’ve never really been a huge Bon Jovi fan, but this album is alright.

Placebo – Daddy Cool: Placebo is known for doing plenty of official cover songs, notably “Running Up That Hill,” the almost transcedently awesome cover of Kate Bush’s 80s synth track which made a huge hit in 2006 after being featured in an episode of The OC. Honestly, I can’t choose which song is better, they’re both so musically opposite, yet complement the lyrics both ways. “Daddy Cool” is a rock rendition of an old disco number by group Boney M., one of the many disco groups I was subjected to as a child, having a mother whose favorite performing group used to be ABBA. I was shocked that Placebo would pick such a (semi) obscure disco song to re-do and I was pleasanty surprised to find it used a few of the original vocals, simply placing more rhythm guitars and wasn’t all too bad (more accessible than the original, anyway).

SMAP – $10: SMAP is one of Japan’s all-time most popular boy bands. Of course, the word “boy band” means something different to the Japanese; sure it’s a group made up of boys who sing pop songs and dance, and are made up of the “cute” one, the “quiet” one, etc…but aside from their lack of vocal skills, the group is quite talented in other ways. The boys have been around for almost two decades, making their debut in 1991, and have since gone on to host an exceptionally popular show, SMAPxSMAP that features guest celebrities (both Japanese and American) whom they cook for. They also perform songs, compete in competitions and have short comedy sketches. Each member has gone on to pursue relatively successful solo projects, either in music or TV/movies. This song is a notable early single released in 1994 that was recently resurrected as a duet with Japanese pop queen Ayumi Hamasaki on a recent episode (it was quite comical hearing Hamasaki warble “I want you lady” in English, probably unaware of what she was actually saying).