Tag: Friday 5ive

Friday 5ive: The Thin White Flu, Instead

I had grand plans of seeing the David Bowie Is exhibit in Chicago this week before it closes January 4th, but life got in the way and I was stuck home with the flu. Here’s some Bowie covers to make up for my loss:


Golden Smog – Starman

They put it on an album, but luckily somebody recorded this portion of a live version at the Cedar.


Dandy Warhols – The Jean Genie

Something they’ve done live, but it’s more fun to listen to them stumble through this album version.


Nine Inch Nails – I’m Afraid of Americans

A perfect combination for me: “Earthling” Bowie is one of my favorite phases of his, and I listened to NIN every time I mowed the lawn at age 14.


M-Ward – Let’s Dance

Doesn’t have to be bigger to be better (or equal, in this case)


Beck – Sound and Vision

And now for something completely different.

Friday 5ive: Karaoke Gone Bad

I associate karaoke with this time of year. It’s the holidays – you’re gathering with family and friends but it’s dark, cold and you can only spend so much time with them before you need a break. This is where karaoke at your hometown bar seems like an tinsel-wrapped oasis in the holiday wasteland. So let down your guard and sing like no one’s listening. Beware, though, I’ve made poor choices in the past and here here are five of them.  Avoid these potential pitfalls to when picking your song.


The Too Quiet Song: Waylon Jennings – Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way?

Simple, stately and so minimal that as soon as the DJ hits play, a black hole appears and voids the room of all sound and spirit. Congratulations, you’ve killed the vibe.
This may be the greatest backdrop in the history of backdrops


Too Fast to Keep Up: Busta Rhymes – Gimmie Some More
There’s a reason you and I aren’t doing what Busta does.


Should’ve Checked the Lyrics First: Led Zeppelin – Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?
I got a woman, wanna ball all day

I got a woman, she won’t be true, no no

I got a woman, stay drunk all the time

I said I got a little woman and she won’t be true
A song about falling for a prostitute and I sang it with my wife. Insult to injury, in the last few measures (album version) Robert Plant drops the phrase “keep ballin” no less than fifteen times.

Packers! (0:54)


There is a Mic, You Don’t Need to Yell: Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills
I can’t fly a plane or hold a tune…much less scream one. So here I sit in some stage of grief, admitting to myself that I’m not Bruce Dickinson.


Impossible Vocals: Queen – Somebody To Love

Unpredictable pacing, a range covering octaves and a significant need for backup singers; songs like this are best left to the icons who made them famous.
How good was Freddie Mercury? This good – playing a piano scattered with Heinekens AND singing flawlessly.