The Friday Five (x 3): Days Of The Week

Got an email from my brother Pat this morning (I’m writing this Thursday):

Had a revelation while in this heavy work travel period that you should do a Friday Five with song titles including days of the week! Inspired by my shuffle that just played Another Park, Another Sunday by the Doobie Brothers. Perhaps you’ve done before, but, if not, happy searching….give me credit for that song though 😉

I’m glad he wrote, because in all the pre-A to Z Challenge confusion I realized I hadn’t written a post for today. So this was a good break, and when I got started with the songs I couldn’t stop, at least until I had fifteen, including Pat’s. There are so many, I built a playlist, which runs close to an hour. Hey, when I get going, sometimes I have trouble stopping…

  1. Another Park, Another Sunday – The Doobie Brothers Pat’s original idea, from 1974’s What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. This was the first single from the album, and while it only reached #32, it was played a lot on FM radio. Most people probably bought the album.
  2. Monday, Monday – The Mamas And The Papas Written by John Phillips in 1966, it was their only #1 hit.
  3. Saturday In the Park – Chicago From Chicago V, the song reached #3 nationally and spent several weeks at #1 in Chicago. It made the album a million-seller.
  4. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure The second single from their 1992 album Wish, it reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Modern Rock Tracks list.
  5. I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats This song by Bob Geldof only reached #73 on the Hot 100 and #84 on the Cash Box survey, but spent four weeks at the top of the UK charts in 1979.
  6. Stormy Monday Blues – Junior Wells With Buddy Guy A classic blues number, this is the first version I heard and still my favorite.
  7. Another Saturday Night – Sam Cooke From 1963, it reached #10 on the Hot 100 and spent a week at #1 on the R&B chart. Cat Stevens’s version from 1974 reached #6 on the Hot 100.
  8. Come Saturday Morning – The Sandpipers I always liked this one; it was the title track from their 1970 album and reached #17 on the Hot 100. A different version was in the movie The Sterile Cuckoo.
  9. Pleasant Valley Sunday – The Monkees Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote this one, and The Monkees recorded it in 1967. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 that year.
  10. Manic Monday – The Bangles This one was written by Prince under the pseudonym “Christopher” and was on The Bangles’ second studio album, 1986’s Different Light. It reached #2 on the Hot 100.
  11. Rainy Days and Mondays – The Carpenters Karen and Richard released this in 1971 and it reached #2 on the Hot 100 and Cash Box survey, as well as being their fourth #1 on the Easy Listening chart. Like I said, they were a hit machine in the early Seventies.
  12. Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones This was a double-sided single with “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and reached #1 in 1967, as well as providing a name for a chain of restaurants.
  13. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Elton John It’s Sir Elton’s birthday tomorrow. This was the first single off of 1973’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and only reached #12 on the Hot 100, but it’s one of his better-known songs and I remember it being on the radio all the time.
  14. Black Friday – Steely Dan The first single off of 1975’s Katy Lied, it rose to #37.
  15. Sunday Will Nver Be The Same – Spanky and Our Gang From their eponymous 1967 album, this rose to #9 and was their first charting single.

Anyway, thank you, Pat! And believe me, there are plenty more songs with days of the week in the title. If you come up with one or more of them, leave me a comment, and we’ll see if we can get it on the air. That’s The Friday Five (x 3) for March 24, 2017.

The Friday Five: Lá Shona Fhéile Pádraig!

Or, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! By the way, if you’re going to shorten it, it’s “St. Paddy,” not “St. Patty.” I hate to get fussy about it, but it was drilled into my head from an early age.

Anyhow, here’s a few Irish tunes for you.

The Minstrel Boy/Kelly, The Boy From Killane – My favorite of the bunch. In my piping days, when we would be successful in a piping competition, we’d play these as our march-off. Got under the skin of the English and Scots…

Speed The Plough – A reel, played on the fiddle by Stephanie Coleman with Fred Campeau on banjo. This was posted by Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune.

Rocky Road To Dublin – The Chieftains with The Rolling Stones, from the Chieftains’ 1995 album The Long Black Veil. An excellent album, by the way.

And a couple of sing-alongs:

Whiskey In The Jar – The Dubliners

The Unicorn – The Irish Rovers (Not actually an Irish tune; it was written by Shel Silverstein. But you’re bound to hear it if you’re in an Irish bar. It was a big hit for The Irish Rovers in 1967: #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #7 on the Hot 100, and #5 in Ireland.)

Have a good St. Patrick’s Day, and if you’re out driving, be careful and don’t drink. Better yet, call a taxi.

That’s The Friday Five for March 17, 2017.

The Friday Five: Your “Jump” Songs

So, last week, at Pat’s suggestion, we did five songs with “jump” in the title and I asked for any more that you could come up with. You managed to come up with six of them, including two by Dan. Here they are…

The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” One of the two Dan suggested, and I’m surprised I didn’t think of it myself. It came out in 1968 and rose to #5 in Canada, #3 on the Billboard chart and #1 on the Cash Box chart. For the year, it was #36 in Canada, #50 on Billboard, and #26 on Cash Box.

David Bowie, “Jump They Say” The other Dan suggestion. It was on Bowie’s 1993 album Black Tie White Noise album, and talks about his half-brother’s suicide. Kind of dreary, but it reached #26 in Canada and #9 in the UK, as well as #6 on the Dance/Club Play chart in the US.

Al Cooper, “Jumpin’ At The Savoy” Arlee came up with this one, and thought he might have it confused with Count Basie’s “Stompin’ at the Savoy.” I checked just to be sure, because I always get this one confused with “Jumpin’ at the Woodside.”

Kriss Kross, “Jump” Pat suggested this, because it was “all over the radio” when it was released. It was their biggest hit, released in 1992 and reaching #1 in the US, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland, and was certified double platinum in the US and platinum in Australia. They were from Atlanta, so they were big news here. Chris Kelly, half of the duo, was found dead in his home on May 1, 2013.

The Pointer Sisters, “Jump (For My Love)” Joey came up with this and thought of another by Rihanna, but didn’t like that one. This was a #1 single for them in 1984.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra, “Jump Jive An’ Wail” Jeanne came up with this goodie from guitarist extraordinaire Brian Setzer and his big band.

Thanks to everyone who contributed! That’s The Friday Five for March 10, 2017.

The Friday Five: “Jump” Songs

My brother Patrick, who had a hard time finding “pain” songs (i.e. songs with “pain” in the title) said “I AM quite familiar with the group House of Pain and their ever popular hit Jump Around (circa 1992.) To that end, I think that a Friday Five with “jump” in the title will yield good results.” And before I knew it, I had five songs and others were calling out to me. So, here are five songs with “jump” in the title.

House of Pain, “Jump Around” I’ll be honest, until I heard this one, I had no idea what song Pat was talking about, but as it happens this is one I’m familiar with, and it is indeed from 1992. It reached #3 on the Hot 100, #14 on the R&B chart, and #5 on the Rap chart that year.

Van Halen, “Jump” From the album 1984, Van Halen’s only #1 song, it’s been ranked at #15 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the 1980’s.”

Count Basie, “One O’Clock Jump” The Count makes two appearances this week. This is from the 1943 movie Reveille With Beverly which starred Ann Miller, William Wright, and Dick Purcell.

Duke Ellington, “Jump For Joy” I remembered this one because Chicago did this on a TV tribute to The Duke.

Oscar Peterson and Count Basie, “Jumpin’ At The Woodside” The Count jams with Oscar Peterson here. You’ll recognize the song as the one for Gene Gene, The Dancing Machine.

So those are my five. What are some of yours?

That’s The Friday Five for March 3, 2017.

The Friday Five: More “Pain” songs

Last week I was complaining of terrible pain in my knee, which just managed to get worse no matter what I did. This morning (it’s Wednesday as I write this), I did something drastic: I put on a new pair of shoes. And presto!, the pain was gone. There’s some residual pain, as well as the pain that occurs naturally when you’re close to 61 and very overweight, but the really bad stuff is gone. I had bought the new pair in 2015, not long after I had bought the previous pair, meaning I had worn the old shoes daily for over a year, and they were no longer giving any support. So, off to Hitchcock Shoes to get another pair (or two) of 10-1/2 6E’s to wear when this pair goes. I’ve been buying my shoes there for years, because I’ve got big ol’ feet, and they sell New Balance and Dunham shoes, which fit really well and give me the support that the old ones stopped giving.

Anyway, I asked if you could think of any more songs with “pain” in the title. I managed to stump several of you, including Arlee, which is a TV first, as Mom used to say, and probably puts me in line for an award or something. Pat said all he could think of was the band House of Pain, who did the song “Jump Around,” and suggested doing “jump” next, so I will, and hold onto his suggestion fo another week.

We managed to come up with six songs between us that had “pain” in the title, and here they are:

Suicide is Painless (theme from M*A*S*H) – Johnny Mandel Thought of this one myself. Note: Suicide is NOT painless for the people left behind. From the movie and TV show.

Pain In My Heart – Otis Redding Dan said, “I thought The Rolling Stones had a pain song.” He went on to say that he found a cover of an Otis Redding song they had done of this one. This was the title track of his 1963 album, and as a single it rose to #61 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tie You Up (The Pain Of Love) – The Rolling Stones After finding the last song based on what Dan told me, I found this other song, from The Stones’ 1983 album Undercover of the Night.

Love This Pain – Lady Antebellum Janet suggested this one. This is from their second studio album, 2010’s Need You Now. It wasn’t released as a single.

Painkiller – Judas Priest Jeanne Owens suggested this one, the title track from their 1990 album. It was released as a single, but no idea if it charted.

Feel No Pain – Sade Over on Twitter, user RelaxingSoundscape (who has a musical app that currently just runs on Android) saw that Alice Cooper’s “Pain” was removed (I’ll replace it soon) and suggesteed this instead, from Sade’s 1992 album Love Deluxe. It peaked at #59 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 1993.

And that’s your Friday Five for February 24, 2017.