Monday, February 15, 2016

MFD Random Five #6

In which I click the shuffle icon on the increasingly frustrating iTunes app and listen to the first five songs that pop up from the years 1976-85.

  1. "Angel of the Morning" by Juice Newton (1981, Capitol)
    An oft-covered song originally writeen by Jon Voight's brother in 1967. It's got an okay verse, but wow wotta chorus! Newton's arrangement is a nod to Spector and I can dig that.  Soft Rock Kid approved.

  2. "Walking on the Moon" by The Police (1979, A&M)
    Heavily influenced by reggae, the real star of this one is Stewart Copeland who doesn't play what you'd expect a rock drummer to play.  Legend has it that Sting wrote this one while drunk and "walking 'round the room."  #1 in the UK, it didn't crack the Hot 100 in the US.

  3. "Only the Young" by Journey (1985, Geffen)
    I'm not much of a Journey fan and I can only assume this song has reached my iTunes as part of my Billboard Top 40 1976-85 Megalist Project. I will give credit to Steve Perry for having one of the highest-flying, most recognizable voices in '80s rock, though.

  4. "How Can You Do It Alone" by The Who (1981, Warner Bros.)
    Yeah! During colder winter months, I now find myself gravitating towards the Face Dances album, even though I was very late in discovering the album itself. While this track wasn't released as a single, it's a fun shuffle.

  5. "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson (1984, Columbia)
    Another one I'm gonna blame on Megalist.  If I were Blake, this song would shut down a shuffle immediately.  SHUFFLE KILLER.


  1. Love the Random 5 but still don't understand why people have songs in their iTunes libraries that they don't like.

    1. What can I say? Being a completist is a compulsive behavior. Just be happy you don't suffer from that particular neurosis.