Replacements Albums, Best of the Worst: Don't Tell a Soul vs. All Shook Down

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Probably bad form to do this while there are other Replacements polls extant, but I had to do it before I forgot. Most people seem to agree that these are their two least interesting records (doesn't matter if do you agree with this). What I wonder is: Which of the final two is better?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Don't Tell a Soul 23
All Shook Down 17


Mark, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 02:31 (ten years ago) link

All Shook Down. I'll take giving up over selling out any day of the week.

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 02:41 (ten years ago) link

I like the song "Attitude" a lot, a few others. The bonus tracks on the reissues are better than much of the official tracks. I wish "Date to Church" was fleshed out into a real song. You can make a Let it Be Naked out of outtakes and best tracks from these two platters.

bendy, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 02:53 (ten years ago) link

Don't Tell A Soul for sure: "Talent Show" is incredible (when the drums first kick in is such a great moment), "I'll Be You" is a better single than "Merry Go Round", and "Achin' To Be" is their best ballad.

Euler, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 02:57 (ten years ago) link

Don't Tell for me too, by a fair amount.

Mark, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 03:13 (ten years ago) link

I gotta find the SPIN review of Don't Tell A Soul where they figure that "Achin' to Be" is about some "Natalie Merchant type".

I'll go with enjoying the bonus tracks more from DTaS. "Portland" is better in my book than "Talent Show". And I liked the sentiment of "Talent Show" back when it was played in "We're Comin' Out".

All Shook Down takes it knocks, but I do love "Merry Go Round" and "Attitude" and "Torture" and fuck, if you're obliged to play "Bent Out of Shape" as the warm-up to my funeral, you won't hear any objections from me.

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 03:59 (ten years ago) link

Well, the "Natalie Merchant type" was seen as an appealing model for a prospective girlfriend for a lot of lonely male college rock fans in 1989. Take it from me.

Mark, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 04:25 (ten years ago) link

don't tell a soul has better songs, all shook down has a better vibe.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 05:14 (ten years ago) link

don't tell a soul is worse, even if the songs should be better, the production is horrible and annoying, all shook down at least sounds more like the replacements to me even if it factually is less of them.

akm, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 06:23 (ten years ago) link

the production is horrible and annoying

yup.

love portland though

velko, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 06:30 (ten years ago) link

I'm gonna stick my neck out for Don't Tell a Soul even though the production is horrible. "Asking Me Lies"- in my top ten favorite songs ever, seriously.

Morley Timmons, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 06:50 (ten years ago) link

(born yesterday...it's a wonder you're still alive!)

Morley Timmons, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 07:04 (ten years ago) link

All Shook Down. There's scmething compelling and urgent about Westerberg's broken-down whisper/croaking on this disc. And Torture is a great little song.

Don't Tell A Soul is an album-length life-support system for one great song: Talent Show.

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 10 June 2009 10:36 (ten years ago) link

I've listened to "Don't Tell a Soul" nearly as much as any Replacements album. When it was just reissues, that was the first time I gave "All Shook Down" a fair shake. Never bothered before that.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 11:26 (ten years ago) link

I've loved All Shook Down since it came out; still pretty much loathe Don't Tell A Soul, though I feel - like many on this thread - that the production may be the real culprit and not the songs. Just can't get past the audio experience to find out.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:39 (ten years ago) link

It's amazing how much production hate that album gets. As if any other major label guitar-based/marshmallow-drums album from the era sounds much better. (Though a look at the 1989 Pazz and Jop reveals some OK sounding stuff, actually).

Anyway, "Tim" has less of an excuse for sounding so cruddy.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:57 (ten years ago) link

DTAS is one of the worst failed attempts at a mainstream crossover ever recorded. And yet, and yet..."I'll Be You" is one of their very best, horrible drum sound and all, and "I Won't" is cute.

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 13:18 (ten years ago) link

i like "they're blind" too. and "anywhere's better than here."

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 13:29 (ten years ago) link

I don't really like Tim either, and the production is most of the reason (though I think the songs as a whole are weaker than on the two albums that bookend it). The demos from Tim are better than the album as released.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 13:30 (ten years ago) link

Don't Tell a Soul without a moment's hesitation. It at least had great tracks like "Anywhere's Better Than Here." All Shook Down has absolutely no redeeming value whatsoever.

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 13:51 (ten years ago) link

Don't Tell a Soul for me. Some surprisingly good songs, like "Talent Show," "Anywhere's Better than Here," and "Rock'n'Roll Ghost." Also, even though the production is dated and 80s, I think it has a good vibe and gives me fond memories of that time.

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:27 (ten years ago) link

WIth these two records, it's pick your poison: on DTAS, it's "who's ass can we kiss" and of ASD, it's "who's ready to kiss the ass of me, genius songwriter."

I just shuffled together the tracks where I don't get those vibes, plus the bonus track which show the Replacements at their big-haired best. And removed from the execrable "We'll Inherit the Earth" (Kid, I want you to write a song like "The One I Love" or "Where the Streets Have No Name") and "My Little Problem" (ahead of it's time, if you were hoping the future would be John Cougar/Sheryl Crow duets), they sound a lot better. I even like the electric piano on "I Won't" now.

A
1. Talent Show
2. I'll Be You
3. Portland
4. All Shook Down
5. I Won't
6. Gudbuy T' Jane

B
1. Wake Up
2. Attitude
3. Anywhere's Better Than Here
4. Merry Go Round
5. Kissin' In Action
6. Date To Church
7. The Last

bendy, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 15:56 (ten years ago) link

Am I the only one who likes "Rock'n'Roll Ghost"?

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:04 (ten years ago) link

probably?

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:04 (ten years ago) link

Don't Tell a Soul and these aren't the worst

Reggiano Jackson (gabbneb), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:14 (ten years ago) link

Achin to Be might have some embarrassing lyrics, but the reason you care is that you showed up for the melody

Reggiano Jackson (gabbneb), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:16 (ten years ago) link

the embarrasing lyrics can be found on We'll Inherit the Earth and Asking Me Lies, not Achin To Be

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:24 (ten years ago) link

(relatively speaking of course--maybe all of the lyrics on Don't Tell a Soul are kinda bad?)

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:25 (ten years ago) link

yeah, "Asking Me Lies" is a really weak song, from lyrics to rhythm to production. "We'll Inherit the Earth", on the other hand, has such a inflated sound that it's hard to pay attention to the lyrics. I think it's a pretty good song overall, and great at the end, but then again I have a soft spot for Air Supply.

Euler, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:27 (ten years ago) link

i guess i'll go with All Shook Down, even though it has that song Don't You Wanna Be My Little Problem, ugh. . .

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:27 (ten years ago) link

If not for the shiny production, Don't Tell a Soul might be their strongest album front to back.

No, I'm not kidding.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:56 (ten years ago) link

Gotta be All Shook Down for me...Don't Tell a Soul had some great songs ("I'll Be You" is stunning despite the extremely dated production) but All Shook Down had a vibe that just made it so much more comforting to listen to, and the ragged desperation in Paul's songs and singing was so much more authentic than the corporate ass-kiss that Don't Tell a Soul ended up being, whether that was the intention or not.

People railing about the production quality on DTaS is entirely fair - this was a band that made its entire career up to that point being ragged fuck-ups. Dressing them up with a new suit and hair cut may make them look better temporarily, but ultimately there's just something wrong about it. Would really much rather have heard those songs (stadium-fist-pumping glory of some of them notwithstanding) without the gloss...would have made for a much better record.

Sean Carruthers, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:57 (ten years ago) link

the production's never bothered me on Don't Tell A Soul--it's not half as noticable as it is on Tim--it's that the songs kinda suck except for Talent Show

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:59 (ten years ago) link

Keep in mind that I love some of the production/engineering work done by the people that worked on DTaS - the Sons of Freedom s/t album was amazing and it was enhanced by that production thump. With the 'mats, it was just the wrong fit.

Sean Carruthers, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:59 (ten years ago) link

the production's never bothered me on Don't Tell A Soul--it's not half as noticable as it is on Tim

You've got to be kidding.

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 17:57 (ten years ago) link

I resent the characterization of All Shook Down being one of the worst, really. It's my favorite 'Mats album, even over Tim and Let it Be or whichever one seems to be the consensus fave at the moment. There's a great warm, sort of private sound on All Shook Down that was a perfect goodbye kiss from the band (or what was left of the band at that point).

Conversely, Don't Tell a Soul is tied with Pleased to Meet Me as the worst, most phoned-in sounding 'Mats album. All Shook Down was a welcome step up after two dud albums.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 17:58 (ten years ago) link

You've got to be kidding.

didn't PP say something about Tim sounding like the band was playing down the hall? at least On Don't Tell a Soul you can hear everything, nothing's muffled

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 18:02 (ten years ago) link

Where the first four records sounded like The Replacements were playing live in front of you, this one sounded like they were playing in a room through the wall and down the hall in some loft you were trying to sleep in.

OTM^^^

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 18:03 (ten years ago) link

Pleased to Meet Me is their best, Don't Tell a Soul is their worst (unlistenable apart from Talent Show and I'll Be You), All Shook Down is like half of a good album

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 18:04 (ten years ago) link

Pleased to Meet Me has a lot of really half-assed songs on it. Aside from "Alex Chilton" and "Skyway," most of this album teeters on total shitdom. The songs on Don't Tell a Soul are not all that bad; it's a production issue more than anything else. And "Anywhere's Better than Here" flat out kicks ass.

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:01 (ten years ago) link

I.O.U. - - Great opening song
Alex Chilton - classic
I Don't Know" - - silly and stupid in a good way, total throwaway, not in a Kiss Me on The Bus sentimental way
Nightclub Jitters" – i could see people not liking this, but i dig it
The Ledge" – good, not great
Never Mind" – great
Valentine" - - this plus Never Mind great one two punch
Shooting Dirty Pool" - get your money on the table, get your head out of your ass
Red Red Wine" how could you not like this song?
Skyway" – fuck yeah
Can't Hardly Wait" fuck yeah part II: the return of Fuck Yeah

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:05 (ten years ago) link

start to finish excellent

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:05 (ten years ago) link

The problem is that most of the PTMM album is just Replacements-by-the-numbers. It has their unique sound, and it's instantly recognizable. It's just not that good. Even though it's the first Replacements album I owned, it's the one I always forget exists. The songs for the most part don't warrant returning to. "Never Mind" is like a bad attempt at re-writing "Unsatisfied." "Nightclub Jitters" is an interesting genre exercise, but it's not that great of a song. "Valentine" is pretty much the definition of a generic Replacements song. "IOU" is almost a carbon copy of "Gary's Got a Boner" but less memorable and less funny. "I Don't Know" sounds like it was written in the studio 5 seconds before the record button got pressed. "Shooting Dirty Pool" is faceless bar-rock, and might as well have been performed by George Thoroughgood and the Destroyers. I have to really try to enjoy this album.

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:18 (ten years ago) link

Pleased to Meet Me has a lot of really half-assed songs on it.

REAL TALK

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:19 (ten years ago) link

every Replacements album has a bunch of half-assed songs on it - this is a band whose entire rep is based on pretty much never using their whole ass.

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:22 (ten years ago) link

"Never Mind" is like a bad attempt at re-writing "Unsatisfied."

???? The two songs don't sound anything like each other

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:23 (ten years ago) link

OU" is almost a carbon copy of "Gary's Got a Boner" but less memorable and less funny.

don't get this at all, the latter is a jokey throwaway lyric and the the former is a barnstorming opener. I agree with Mr Que's assessments of the individual tracks fwiw. If this is by the number those are some damn good numbers.

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:23 (ten years ago) link

"Never Mind" is like a bad attempt at re-writing "Unsatisfied."

???? The two songs don't sound anything like each other

also this. one is a 12-string acoustic ballad and the other is a mid-tempo rocker

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:24 (ten years ago) link

I Don't Know" sounds like it was written in the studio 5 seconds before the record button got pressed.

That's what makes it good!

"Shooting Dirty Pool" is faceless bar-rock, and might as well have been performed by George Thoroughgood and the Destroyers.

hahaha no.

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:24 (ten years ago) link

Let's go back to pretending these two records don't exist, okay?

Jeff LeVine, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:30 (ten years ago) link

"Achin' to Be" is still a moronic song about a dude who can't write about a woman whose virtues have nothing to do with malehood.

― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, September 27, 2019 4:16 PM (four hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

The musical structure of the chorus outweighs any lyrical weaknesses

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:37 (two weeks ago) link

"Achin' to Be" is still a moronic song about a dude who can't write about a woman whose virtues have nothing to do with malehood.

― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, September 27, 2019 3:16 PM (five days ago)

this song really truly spoke to me as a young woman (age 14) trying to figure out wtf was going on -- what strikes me as funny now is that i did want to be him. i did not want to be his woman-object, i wanted to be HIM (only still be myself). i still think it's poignant & good. maybe not the 'mats everyone wanted but they were the 'mats i needed at the time.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:55 (two weeks ago) link

i was still a kid really, not a young woman. a girl.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:56 (two weeks ago) link

Hey wait, what about if he was not really singing about someone else but was actually mostly singing about himself? Wouldn’t looking at it that way that bring the song into better focus and improve it?

The Hillbilly Chespirito (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 22:03 (two weeks ago) link

Which is already built into the song, innit, DO U SEE?

The Hillbilly Chespirito (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 22:04 (two weeks ago) link

I know that this slant has just improved the song for me.

The Hillbilly Chespirito (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 22:04 (two weeks ago) link

this song really truly spoke to me as a young woman (age 14) trying to figure out wtf was going on -- what strikes me as funny now is that i did want to be him. i did not want to be his woman-object, i wanted to be HIM (only still be myself). i still think it's poignant & good. maybe not the 'mats everyone wanted but they were the 'mats i needed at the time.

― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, October 2, 2019

this is awesome

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 22:11 (two weeks ago) link

what about if he was not really singing about someone else but was actually mostly singing about himself?

doesn't Westerberg say this outright in Trouble Boys?

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 22:14 (two weeks ago) link

Could well be, can’t remember. I was probably dazed from reading about another blown interview or tour bus trashing or maybe this piece of info was buried in between the two.

The Hillbilly Chespirito (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 22:58 (two weeks ago) link

Also, new remixes and live versions breathing, um, new life into this stuff and lifting every boat, such as this previously underappreciated gem.

The Hillbilly Chespirito (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 23:03 (two weeks ago) link

“Mostly singing about himself” sounds about right given what I know of the guy

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 23:45 (two weeks ago) link

Because who else would he bother to write or care about?

The Hillbilly Chespirito (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 October 2019 00:06 (two weeks ago) link

Tommy and Bob

Οὖτις, Thursday, 3 October 2019 01:20 (two weeks ago) link

Thats p much it tho

Οὖτις, Thursday, 3 October 2019 01:20 (two weeks ago) link

Alex Chilton?

Which would indicate a certain orneriness is needed. Seems like Slim might fit the bill but not aware of any songs written about him.

The Hillbilly Chespirito (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:09 (two weeks ago) link

Too bad he never wrote a song about Lou Reed.

The Hillbilly Chespirito (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:09 (two weeks ago) link

Still sniffing around the cheese baited in the trap by Alfred when he accused us of being guitar-centric rockists for wanting to hear the guitars on a Replacements record. We’re blind!

The Hillbilly Chespirito (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:11 (two weeks ago) link

Mostly singing about himself” sounds about right given what I know of the guy

Yeah, well, I love that degree of ambiguity that is key in the Replacements. Not being really sure of whether he's writing about themselves or the others, happy or sad, angry or forsaken, serious or funny. Most likely all of it, at the same time.

This is a great record, so close to the sound of "Pleased to Meet Me". "We'll inherit the earth" sounds like the same band that did "The Ledge" this time! "Achin' to be" and "Back to back" do the same thing with "Never mind"! And putting "I'll be you" at #2 is a great choice, it ramps up the album just when it needs it (like "Alex Chilton" in PTMM). I was always uncomfortable with having "Back to Back".

cpl593H, Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:20 (two weeks ago) link

hahaha if we're gonna start hunting down songwriters that mostly sing about themselves gonna need a big reeducation camp

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:46 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah well the ambiguity and confusion is what's key here; it's not as resonant or interesting if it's 100% clear.

cpl593H, Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:51 (two weeks ago) link

You be me for a while and I’ll be you, why dontcha

Three Borads and the HOOS (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:18 (two weeks ago) link

finally i can call this my favorite replacements record and no one will look at me like i have two heads

― american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, September 27, 2019 2:26 PM bookmarkflaglink

Well now your favorite replacements record has two heads!

pplains, Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:22 (two weeks ago) link

lol

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:24 (two weeks ago) link

it's my not-so-secret theory that Westerburg's most poignant tunes are about and for Tommy.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:24 (two weeks ago) link

Love the way Anywhere's Better ends now.

pplains, Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:29 (two weeks ago) link

The only subject I know for sure is his sister, who inspired "Waitress in the Sky." I think some are about Lori Bizer, who worked at Twin/Tone?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:34 (two weeks ago) link

it's my not-so-secret theory that Westerburg's most poignant tunes are about and for Tommy.

― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:24 AM (eleven minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

I always tear up about those lost tonsils

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:37 (two weeks ago) link

Other Subjects:
Johnny Thunders "Johnny's Gonna Die"
Bob Stinson "Good Day"

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:39 (two weeks ago) link

"Lay It Down, Clown" was about Peter Buck's reluctance to share his speed stash.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:48 (two weeks ago) link

Don’t forget Gary!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 3 October 2019 14:21 (two weeks ago) link

“Left of the Dial,” one of the members of Let’s Active (Faye?)

Three Borads and the HOOS (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 October 2019 14:30 (two weeks ago) link

Left of the Dial” is the story of this girl, a guitar player, Lynn Blakey, who toured with Mitch Easter’s Let’s Active. We got to be friends. She wanted me to write her a letter, but I never write letters. I figured the only way I’d hear her voice was with her band on the radio, left of the dial on a college station. And one night we did. We were passing through a town somewhere, and she was doing an interview on the radio, left of the dial. I heard her voice for the first time in six months for about a minute. Then the station faded out.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Thursday, 3 October 2019 14:33 (two weeks ago) link

yep
it's almost like this theory he only wrote about himself was total bullshit!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 3 October 2019 14:34 (two weeks ago) link

also I tell you what I don't know how many artists would give their blessing to a book that makes them look that bad, then give the author the plum gig of writing liner notes to a big box set

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 3 October 2019 14:36 (two weeks ago) link

also isn't Achin' to Be about his sister Mary Lucia?? I swear that was in the book

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 3 October 2019 14:40 (two weeks ago) link

What did it take to twist Paul’s arm to get this to come out?

It was funny. I think he left it up to management and Bob Mehr, like, “If you guys want to do this. Fine. Fuck it.” And he’s kind of checked out on it. I don’t know if there was anything bad about it. He just doesn’t like going backwards in time. He doesn’t like the whole idea of, “We released this and that.” Like, what about this painting I’m making right now? I get it. The fans like that kind of stuff. He’s enough of a music fan to know that.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/replacements-tommy-stinson-dead-mans-pop-interview-889797/

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 3 October 2019 14:41 (two weeks ago) link

Well, damn. According to Mehr’s liner notes, Westerberg wanted Pete Townshend to produce DTAS. I’m absolutely certain that my 16-year-old brain would’ve exploded had that come to fruition.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 5 October 2019 18:46 (one week ago) link

This was only an opinion, but didn't Chuck or somebody draw the conclusion that "Achin' To Be" was about a Natalie Merchant-type?

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 October 2019 18:56 (one week ago) link

What’s a Natalie Merchant type?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 5 October 2019 19:15 (one week ago) link

Girl.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 5 October 2019 19:29 (one week ago) link

Too Liberal To Function

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 October 2019 19:54 (one week ago) link

Kidding aside, I guess artistic, kind of shy, earnest, partial to granny dresses and thrift stores.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 October 2019 19:57 (one week ago) link

Manic Pixie Song Character

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 October 2019 20:06 (one week ago) link

Kidding aside, I guess artistic, kind of shy, earnest, partial to granny dresses and thrift stores.

So he WAS singing to little 14 year old me?? Whoa

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 5 October 2019 20:16 (one week ago) link

"She's kind of like an artist, and kind of like a movie, but mostly Saoirse Ronan is... ACHIN' TO BE"

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 October 2019 20:17 (one week ago) link

There’s a little part in the recent oral history of Lilith Fair where Liz Phair remembered having water splashed in her face by Natalie Merchant that made me lol
It made me think Natalie Merchant had/has more impish spirit than I gave her credit for!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 5 October 2019 20:19 (one week ago) link

I very distinctly remember the Natalie Merchant connection coming from this article in Spin where the writer says Achin' To Be is about a "girl who you know looks like Natalie Merchant." (Totally recommend flipping through that issue btw)

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Saturday, 5 October 2019 21:05 (one week ago) link

I'm pretty sure in the book it specifically says it was about his sister but maybe I'm misremembering

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 5 October 2019 21:11 (one week ago) link

That issue had a reasonably significant impact on me. While Sex Machine isn’t quite as great as they make it out to be (though an un-futzed-with version is coming out next month), many of the other lists sent me on investigating scurries.

And the Winger ad is all-time.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 5 October 2019 21:13 (one week ago) link

> That issue had a reasonably significant impact on me.

Me too! I still have my copy

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Saturday, 5 October 2019 21:19 (one week ago) link


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