I hate ILoveMusic, it's got too many POLLS - Artist Poll #104 - THE REPLACEMENTS - RESULTS

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38 ILXors selected their favourite TRACKS by The Replacements, up to a maximum of 30.

30 selected their favourite ALBUMS by The Replacements (and associated projects), up to a maximum of 5.

11 also expressed opinions on the TRACKS recorded solo (and in other projects) by various Replacements members, up to a maximum of 20.

Let's start with the album votes first, and then tracks from solo projects, etc.

Here's a Spotify list for THE REPLACEMENTS tracks rollout which we'll get to last of all:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/44LeYuDXO7tV2ER7uxApBR?si=Ee3mpwarQR2EP51NCEpXBw

And here's a Spotify list for the SOLO AND OTHER PROJECTS:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2PbXH3iBoo7n6vXl1eDfm0?si=agdxx6PxT3yolqOcZ4R-1A

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:04 (three months ago) link

Tape’s rolling.

Erdős-szám 69 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:07 (three months ago) link

If you just grab your things and start POLLing, there won’t be any hassle

Erdős-szám 69 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:10 (three months ago) link

ALBUMS

Y'all came up with 14 different albums. Let's roll out every one...

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:11 (three months ago) link

dope smoking poll-on

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:11 (three months ago) link

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#13 (TIE)
PAUL WESTERBERG - Suicaine Gratification
February 1999
Score: 1
Votes: 1 (O)
Youtube excerpt:
Self Defence

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#13 (TIE)
PAUL WESTERBERG - 49:00
July 2008
Score: 1
Votes: 1 (0)
Youtube excerpt:
Almost of it!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:14 (three months ago) link

Suicaine Gratification

what a terrible title -- is this his synth pop experiment?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:19 (three months ago) link

Lol. Never got past the title myself.

Erdős-szám 69 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:21 (three months ago) link

almost wrote "synth pop excrement"

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:23 (three months ago) link

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#12
PAUL WESTERBERG / GRANDPABOY - Stereo / Mono
April 2002
Score: 3
Votes: 2 (0)
Youtube excerpt:
Call That Gone?

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:31 (three months ago) link

Oh, it shrunk the image. Too big, I guess. That'll learn me.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:33 (three months ago) link

This is a very well-regarded record, I have learned. If ballots hadn't been a cramped 5 entries long, I suspect could have been significantly higher.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:37 (three months ago) link

i like that excerpt! i haven't listened to it at all, i don't think

president of my cat (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:39 (three months ago) link

xpost:

Regarding the album's strange title, Westerberg said, "I don't want to think about it too deeply other than the fact that it seems wrong, and therefore it's attractive to me."

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:41 (three months ago) link

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#10 (TIE)
THE REPLACEMENTS - All Shook Down
September 1990
Score: 4
Votes: 2 (0)
Youtube excerpt:
Nobody

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#10 (TIE)
THE REPLACEMENTS - For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986
October 2017
Score: 4
Votes: 2 (0)
Youtube excerpt:
Hold My Life

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:51 (three months ago) link

Considered voting for For Sale but in the end saved my ballot bullets for proper, um, albums.

Erdős-szám 69 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:54 (three months ago) link

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#9
THE REPLACEMENTS - The Shit Hits the Fans
January 1985
Score: 5
Votes: 2 (0)
Youtube excerpt:
All of it!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:11 (three months ago) link

Classic

Erdős-szám 69 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:12 (three months ago) link

Haven’t listened in a long time though and these days listen to For Sale a lot.

Erdős-szám 69 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:13 (three months ago) link

SHTF is a chillout album for me

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:14 (three months ago) link

Seems I mangled the image:

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Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:15 (three months ago) link

Which was done by Christopher Mars, I believe.

Erdős-szám 69 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:16 (three months ago) link

Had totally forgotten about Bob’s dress wearing until I saw that and some other photo a few days ago.

Erdős-szám 69 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:17 (three months ago) link

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#8
THE REPLACEMENTS - Dead Man's Pop
September 2019
Score: 10
Votes: 6 (0)
Youtube excerpt:
Wake Up (Bearsville Version)

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:33 (three months ago) link

Like that one quite a bit but based on my simplistic criteria it didn't make the cut.

Erdős-szám 69 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:45 (three months ago) link

One could argue it should have been merged with DTAS for these purposes. It likely cost that record some points.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:49 (three months ago) link

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#7
THE REPLACEMENTS - Don't Tell a Soul
January 1989
Score: 14
Votes: 5 (1)
Youtube excerpt:
I Won't

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:51 (three months ago) link

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#6
THE REPLACEMENTS - Stink
June 1982
Score: 23
Votes: 7 (1)
Youtube excerpt:
God Damn Job

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 22:12 (three months ago) link

#5.5

FWIW, a combined Don't Tell a Soul/Dead Man's Pop would have placed here, leap-frogging only Stink, with a 1 point margin.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 22:25 (three months ago) link

just curious - did anyone vote for both DTAS and Dead Man's Pop?

president of my cat (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 22:26 (three months ago) link

*double checks* No!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 22:29 (three months ago) link

i think it's great you split the votes - this way you can see the breakdown, but also know what it would have been combined.

president of my cat (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 22:33 (three months ago) link

I voted for Stink, cuz it's cool, but I'm such a CD era fool that I didn't previously realise the original cover was hand-stamped and highly variable. Which makes it still cooler.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 22:38 (three months ago) link

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#5
THE REPLACEMENTS - Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
August 1981
Score: 37
Votes: 14 (2)
Youtube excerpt:
Kick Your Door Down

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 22:40 (three months ago) link

wow, thought that would make #4!

it's a fantastic punk album, one that really surprised me upon listening for this poll. i had never given it a solid listen to it, and it convinces me that they could have been a really great punk band if they kept going in that direction

president of my cat (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 22:45 (three months ago) link

I think I've owned Sorry Ma the longest (a result of mainly buying used, etc) but it's the least well imprinted onto my brain. I tend to underrate it horribly when it's not actually playing!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:00 (three months ago) link

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#4
THE REPLACEMENTS - Hootenanny
April 1983
Score: 50
Votes: 23 (1)
Youtube excerpt:
You Lose

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:02 (three months ago) link

quite surprised hootenanny placed above sorry ma

ufo, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:11 (three months ago) link

me too! i like hootenanny a lot and i look forward to feeling dumb and thinking it's my favorite a few years down the road. but overall, in my listening i found myself a little bit let down by it, especially sandwiched by so much amazing stuff directly around it

president of my cat (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:19 (three months ago) link

some days i think hootenanny is their pinnacle, some days i think it's a bit of a mess, but there is no day in which i don't thank the good lord above for the existence of "lovelines."

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:28 (three months ago) link

it's just a weird transitionary record to me, a few moments of brilliance and a bunch of other directions that don't work too well

ufo, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:29 (three months ago) link

solid thread title, btw

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:29 (three months ago) link

I always remember Hootenanny as a bit too jokey. In reality that's only really a couple of brief tracks and the highs are high. Without giving much away, almost all of it was pretty well represented on tracks ballots.

Also, fun fact: There's a typo in the opening post, as it was written in advance and didn't account for a ballot arriving slightly later. There were in fact 31 album ballots, not 30.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:30 (three months ago) link

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#3
THE REPLACEMENTS - Pleased to Meet Me
April 1987
Score: 82
Votes: 28 (4)
Youtube excerpt:
Red Red Wine

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:33 (three months ago) link

hootenanny is definitely transitional, partly still trying to be a punk band, partly shouting no way, partly laughing at the predicament, fully, um, stuck in the middle. but i think "run it" is as good as they ever punked, "color me impressed" is a clear arrow forward, and "mr. whirly" is pretty much a career declaration that they're not going to take this shit seriously, ever, no matter how badly someone wants them to. a weirdly quintessential mats album for me.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:35 (three months ago) link

and pttm is where end up deciding to take this shit seriously in spite of their own worst intentions, and is the beginning of their downfall, and is still a fantastic album.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:39 (three months ago) link

where *they* end up...

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:39 (three months ago) link

shout-out to whoever had Hootenanny #1, I had it at #2. I feel like it's overlooked, the first classic.
No drama left now.

campreverb, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:41 (three months ago) link

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#2
THE REPLACEMENTS - Tim
October 1985
Score: 107
Votes: 31 (4)
Youtube excerpt:
I'll Buy

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:52 (three months ago) link

No drama perhaps, but still interesting that this was the only long-player that everyone voted for.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 23:53 (three months ago) link

Gee, even the edition of Trouble Boys I have here calls that Westerberg album Suicaine Gratification. Three times over.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Saturday, 17 October 2020 13:57 (three months ago) link

Got about 3.7K hits for the correct spelling and 2K for the wrong one, so yeah

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:04 (three months ago) link

And 7K for "Suiciane" so maybe other misspellings as well!

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:04 (three months ago) link

SUICAINE GRATIFACATION

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:05 (three months ago) link

Suicaine Gratificati

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:06 (three months ago) link

suicaine grat

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:07 (three months ago) link

Suicune is a legendary Water Pokémon.

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:07 (three months ago) link

Genealogy for Paulus Suicain

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:08 (three months ago) link

Hindrik Suicka (b. - c.1724) - Genealogy - Geniwww.geni.com › people › Henrik· Translate this page
Father of Matts Henriksson Suickain; Petrus Suickain; Paulus Suicain and Thomas Suickain Brother of Johan Henriksson Suicka.

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:44 (three months ago) link

Americaine Graffiti

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 18 October 2020 01:48 (three months ago) link

Someone should sue Paul for nuisance
god i hate that album title, misspelled

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 18 October 2020 01:49 (three months ago) link

misspelled or correctly spelled, thst should have said

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 18 October 2020 01:50 (three months ago) link

B-b-but, VG, have you ever thought that maybe Paul likes being a nuisance god?

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 18 October 2020 01:54 (three months ago) link

Also, to be clear, I didn't actively seek out Mehr's spelling of that title. LOL. Got the book and inexplicably found myself reading the epilogue first.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 18 October 2020 02:16 (three months ago) link

^Good piece, some thoughts of which Matt Wallace agrees on, going by this (grumpy) user review/response (!) to allmusic's review of Westerberg's 14 Songs.

willem, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 08:57 (two months ago) link

I didn’t even have a chance to read that article yet. Found it whilst looking up Guralnick, didn’t realize he was comparing Westerberg to Elvis.

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 October 2020 14:26 (two months ago) link

Is that a false/erroneous parallelism, last name to first name?

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 October 2020 14:27 (two months ago) link

Out on the street for a living

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 October 2020 20:08 (two months ago) link

Gee, Mehr notes that they recorded "First Steps" (#11 in the 'other' poll) during the DTAS sessions! That song could only have improved that record. And "Trouble on the Way" should have been on PTMM. I don't get why Tommy songs never got the nod. (Not even as outtakes of interest on reissues until 2020! I mean, even Mars got "All He Wants to Do is Fish" on All for Nothing.)

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Thursday, 22 October 2020 03:38 (two months ago) link

^ Oh wait, I forgot "Satellite". Never mind!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Thursday, 22 October 2020 11:52 (two months ago) link

Xgau in Color Me Obsessed: “Yes, I would go along with every grade except that casual listening to Hootenanny suggests that maybe it could be better than a B+.”

Spiral "Scratch" Starecase (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 19:18 (two months ago) link

Think the guy talking about the fight in New Haven is mixing up two different shows.

Spiral "Scratch" Starecase (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 20:14 (two months ago) link

Trying to remember, did "Heartbeat, It's a Lovebeat" originally come out as part of an "I Will Dare" EP or something?

Spiral "Scratch" Starecase (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 02:31 (two months ago) link

Thought “20th Century Boy” was on that EP as well, now they are listed as Outtakes.

Spiral "Scratch" Starecase (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 03:59 (two months ago) link

That was my understanding re: "Heartbeat, It's a Lovebeat." I think you're right about "20th Century Boy" though.

eg. https://www.discogs.com/The-Replacements-I-Will-Dare/release/1164440

It's kinda impressive how few actual b-sides etc they had, really, over a decade.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 28 October 2020 04:10 (two months ago) link

Yeah about the B-sides.

Wonder if I saw them do “Heartbeat is a Lovebeat” back then or if somebody had a bootleg of the outtake.

Spiral "Scratch" Starecase (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 04:18 (two months ago) link

I remember seeing them do “Hitchin’ a Ride” and was worried as the years wore on that I mixed it up with “Takin’ a Ride” until it appeared on For Sale.

Spiral "Scratch" Starecase (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 04:21 (two months ago) link

Something so melancholy about “Talent Show.” It’s like an Elliott Smith song.

Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 9 November 2020 22:52 (two months ago) link

"It's too late to take pills, here we gooooooooooo..."

I had no idea about the International Rock Awards performance before Trouble Boys. (ie. a couple of weeks ago, for me.) Melancholy was certainly the prevailing vibe by that point in the book.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 9 November 2020 23:17 (two months ago) link

i've been reading and really enjoying the Trouble Boys bio. also, i'm a fool for not realizing "Johnny's Gonna Die" is about Thunders

@oneposter(✔️) (Karl Malone), Monday, 9 November 2020 23:51 (two months ago) link

I loved the behind the scenes stuff about that awards show: Clapton showing them how iron a suit, Dave Edmunds' death stare etc.

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 00:11 (two months ago) link

"How to iron"

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 00:12 (two months ago) link

Haha, yes. Edmunds' death stare went unexplained IIRC. I'd like to think he somehow heard and disapproved of the basement rendition of "Trouble Boys" mentioned early in the book.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 07:41 (two months ago) link

I totally saw that telecast when it was on. I remember living colour doing a really crazy version of Johnny B Goode.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 13:17 (two months ago) link

Are there other tunes besides “Johnny’s Gonna Die” where Bob and Paul both solo? Weird how Bob takes the Sterling solo and Paul takes the Lou solo.

An Andalusian Do-rag (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 20:42 (two months ago) link

There's lots of good Bob-tastic stuff apart from his solo though, kind of like on the "Can't Hardy Wait" from For Sale where he doesn't even solo.

An Andalusian Do-rag (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 20:57 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

So hey, guess who turned up as my number 2 artist in the Annual Algorithmic Lookback the other day.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 December 2020 02:35 (one month ago) link

Yeah this poll boosted them to #4 for me.

#1 for me. (The top 5 were all poll-related, I think: Cramps, Prefab Sprout, etc. I'm not much of a binge listener otherwise.)

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 4 December 2020 04:12 (one month ago) link

#2 for me, only beaten out by cocteau twins fever

Karl Malone, Friday, 4 December 2020 05:32 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

came across this interesting internet exchange. possibly writing over the distance of many years? the review sounds like a contemporary one, while wallace's response is from 2017).

Paul Westerburg - 14 Songs
AllMusic Review by Jack Rabid

Paul Westerberg's second solo LP (we all know the Replacements' final All Shook Down was really not a band LP) is a damn sight better than his first, with a batch of really nice tunes and some renewed enthusiasm (it's not as much of a downer); still, it's hard to resist the belief that he's capable of more than this. The fault is two-fold: One, fire co-producer Matt Wallace, who is more and more looming as the villain on Paul's last three LPs. The most convincing recordings here are the two crude demos Westerberg set down alone in the kitchen of his house. His voice and tune devastate or kindle one's inner emotions by themselves. Compare these naked pathos with the somewhat rote "Knockin' on Mine" (a rip-off of Don't Tell a Soul's "Talent Show") or the just-tossed-off "Things," and it appears the lack of warmth in Wallace's familiar sound is pulling Paul's otherwise tremendous fervor down. Secondly, the first six Replacements' LPs all had more convincing material than this, culminating in the terrific Pleased to Meet Me. When inspired, he can still recall some of those heights: "Dice Behind Your Shades" remembers that former intimacy and sharp hooks, as do bits of "First Glimmer," "Runaway Wind," and the attempts at old raucous pounders, "Silver Naked Ladies" and "World Class Fad." But they all still fall short of his former one-in-a-zillion singer/songwriter greatness. In fact, what really saves him on this record is his singing -- since the melodies and riffs are just good, not great, it takes a vocalist of his throaty gifts to deliver the pleasure. At times tender, sometimes who-gives-a-crap, other times amused or mildly sad and pensive, Westerberg makes us shower singers jealous over how much he can convey with just his pipes. All the more reason to record future albums by himself in his kitchen? Or how about Westerberg "unplugged" from his living room? Talent like this is always best raw, whether "Kids Won't Follow" or "Never Mind" or "Kiss Me on the Bus." He'll never get that from Wallace, but he'll still shine through anyway.


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Matt Wallace
January 8, 2017

I just found Jack Rabid's review of Paul Westerberg’s 14 Songs here on AllMusic and I’m sorry that the music Paul made during specific points of his artistic development didn't jibe with what Jack's brain demanded it should have been. It’s possible that he believes that his opinion is more ‘right’ or ‘correct’ than what Paul’s personal experience, intention and inspiration dictated and, unfortunately, he comes off as being mired in the past, overly critical and a bit arrogant.

As much as it appears that Jack wants artists to stay within the confines of his own perception (generally lauding their younger days) and not allowing them to grow older gracefully, life does move forward. Artists can start off with bluster, anger, speed, and a yearning for the world to change but, in time, they learn to express themselves in subtler and, one could argue, more mature ways that take into account years of genuine experience that changes their minds, hearts and perspective. Paul Westerberg knows how disingenuous it is for an older artist to attempt to recapture the piss and vinegar and agitated momentum of his former glory. He was acutely aware of his quieter and more introspective approach as he was making records over the years and he attempted to age gracefully while working and living within a noticeably younger man’s field. Yes, even artists grow up, they have children, they buy houses, they become responsible (often reluctantly, just like us producers) as is normal and natural but they can still write and sing with power and ferocity without his music always having to be loud and fast.

Along with Jack Rabid's unfortunately misguided review he is also incorrect in stating that I was “the villain on Paul’s last three LPs” because I only worked on two albums with him (Don’t Tell A Soul and 14 Songs). Jack also erroneously stated that “the first six Replacements’ LPs all had more convincing material than this, culminating in the terrific Pleased to Meet Me” when, in fact, Pleased to Meet Me is the fifth Replacement’s LP after Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (1981), Hootenanny (1983), Let It Be (1984), and Tim (1985). Album #6 would actually be Don’t Tell A Soul (1989). Stink, released in 1982, was an EP.

I genuinely hope that Jack finds a sense of peace and contentment as well as some empathy and understanding within his own life so that he might be able to see the world in general and, specifically the world of musicians struggling to create, from a different, possibly more humanist, perspective.

Matt Wallace
Record Producer/Mixer/Engineer/Remedial Musician
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i'm just getting to the all shook down years in Trouble Boys (which has been excellent and just gets more bonkers as it goes on)

Karl Malone, Saturday, 26 December 2020 02:10 (three weeks ago) link

I just looked up Jack Rabid. It's amusing in light of Wallace's remarks, because Rabid has indeed gotten married, bought a house and settled down in the stroller haven known as Park Slope, Brooklyn. (For example, he specifically mentions Southpaw which would be replaced by a daycare center the same year this interview was published.) https://www.brooklynpaper.com/meet-jack-rabid-the-godfather-of-punk-rock-journalism/

birdistheword, Saturday, 26 December 2020 05:51 (three weeks ago) link

I like The ‘Mats and I like R.E.M. but I still don’t really rate “I Will Dare,” sorry.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 02:29 (one week ago) link

IWD is a fine song, but nowhere near the 'Mats best

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 16:43 (one week ago) link

I like the riff, the rest of the song's fine but the riff is the thing. I like it as a curtain-opener on Let It Be, it's a jaunty way to start. You don't yet know that you're going to hit "Unsatisfied" at the top of side two.

I love it, it's a great little pop tune. No beating "Unsatisfied" (or "Androgynous" and "Sixteen Blue" for that matter), but it's still a great track.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 03:23 (six days ago) link


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