Friday, July 1, 2016

MFD Random Five #10

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. "Key Largo" by Bertie Higgins (1981, Epic)
    I'm told I should like this song, but I've always been lukewarm on it. Other than a catchy first line of the chorus, it's pretty boring to these ears. I have no memory of the video, but its cheesiness is more entertaining than the tune itself:

  2. "I Told U So" by David Sanborn (1982, Warner Bros.)
    Despite the title spelling, this isn't a Prince tune. A fantastic album opener from the smooth jazz/instrumental pop Backstreet album.  So smooth and then Sanborn kicks it up a notch at the chorus. Production done up right by Marcus Miller.

  3. "One Night (Alone With You)" by Earl Klugh (1985, Warner Bros.)
    Along the same lines as above - in fact, it wouldn't surprise me if the two shared some personnel. Lemme check. Nope. The title suggests a ballad and maybe it should have been because its overpowered by LinnDrum. From the Soda Fountain Shuffle album, which sounds dated now, but it's always nice to hear Klugh's acoustic guitar in a shuffle. 

  4. "Reap the Wild Wind (Extended Version)" by Ultravox (1982, Chrysalis)
    My all-time favorite Ultravox tune in an extended mix (don't get too excited, it's not even a minute longer than the album version and just extends a few instrumental sections). I've got this one on two CDs: the "definitive edition" of Quartet and Extended: A Collection of 12" Remixes. Note to self: spin some more Ultravox discs today.

  5. "Rudie Can't Fail" by The Clash (1979, Epic)
    One of the best songs from "one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever recorded." 'Nuff said. Note to self: spin London Calling when you get tired of Ultravox.

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