Let’s hit the reset button. And the country-rocking “Even If It’s Cheap” is a nice addition, if only to hear Tommy Stinson sing the album title: “Pleased to meet me, the pleasure’s all mine, I’ve seen you here before.” The winking nature of the way he sings the verse and the bridge that sounds a bit like “Jesse’s Girl” maybe explain why it didn’t make it much farther. I’ve been cooped up in the house too long. It was all or nothing.”. Of the three fully mixed, never-before-released tunes, “Learn How to Fail,” is the best with its jazzy guitar line and Westerberg convincing someone young to grow up a little before they start dating, followed closely by Tommy Stinson’s hard-rocking “Trouble on the Way.” “Run for the Country,” which features some harmonica, feels a little schmaltzy, and the previously unreleased cover of Billy Swan’s “I Can Help” pales in comparison with the raving drunk cover of the same tune they cut with Tom Waits (on last year’s Don’t Tell a Soul box set). Originally from San Francisco, I am now a French/EU citizen living in Nice. Much better version—the lead guitar is ripping. “I. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Just try to imagine Murrow intoning that line as if he were opening one of his broadcasts from the scene of The Blitz: “This . Buddy Holly is too cute for the Replacements to sing about. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Chilton did work with The Replacements on a few demos, but none of the recordings saw the light of day at the time. Westerberg sounds drunker than usual, straining to hit the notes and failing to achieve any sense of coherence in his phrasing. " Pleased to Meet Me is the finest record The Replacements ever made," writes The Current's David Campbell. Westerberg met him after yet another disastrous concert in New York; contrarian Chilton thought was The Replacements were great and said he’d love to record with them. When he sings, “I’m the boy they can’t ignore/For the first time in my life, I’m sure,” he knows that all the attention he’s receiving now is as utterly impersonal as the lack of attention paid to him in his brief existence. Uh, oh. . But sometime after recording their beloved Tim album, Paul Westerberg decided they ought to grow up a little, the group parted ways with founding guitarist Bob Stinson, and the ‘Mats became self-aware. In spite of some über-Eighties, ultra-reverberated production (which still sounds better than their next album, Don’t Tell a Soul), the record was the band’s last moment of greatness. “I’m not giving you 100 percent night after night,” replied Westerberg. Mehr, Bob. … The remaining three-person lineup rocks as hard as they ever did, but though the album received its fair share of critical accolades, Pleased to Meet Me sold only slightly better than Tim (#131 on the Billboard charts compared to #189). It has a unique ring to it. For some necessary clarification, when I use the term classic rock I don't mean the Eagles or the Rolling Stones or whatever the media is calling "classic" now. I went to a Twins game when they were still in the Metrodome (horrid place) and it was unlike any experience I’d ever had in a ballpark—everyone seemed to be so delighted to be there, rooting for the home team, if they don’t win it’s a shame kind of vibe. They were even uncomfortable playing “I’ll Be You” when it was a minor hit. 'Can't Hardly Wait' is an awesome song too. He said, “If ‘Alex Chilton’ had been called ‘Buddy Holly,’ it could’ve been the Weezer song.” Litt seemed to be implying that the Replacements should have done something like that, but I think it would have been all wrong. “I Don’t Know” is a hard-driving update on the band’s current status featuring Westerberg on the calls and Tommy Stinson and Mars on the responses. There are lots of versions of “Can’t Hardly Wait” without strings, as well as versions without horns. . I think I like Let It Be and Tim a bit more than Pleased to Meet Me, but I always love listening to The Replacements because of the imperfections. Note that this is a fantasy, not a confession: I was only five years old when Prince Gabe left in all his glory, so don’t try to pin his collapse on me. As luck would have it, Kirby passed away a few weeks after the recording sessions, so I’m hoping he went to heaven and challenged Gabriel to a cutting contest. Sexy, sinuous and sensitive wins out over lean and hungry every time. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! . Want more Rolling Stone? Learn how your comment data is processed. is London.” Feel the weightiness of that voice of utter authority and you’ll begin to grasp the significance I am attempting to attach to The Replacements’ album cover. Internal strife also wasn’t helping things much. For him, the Skyway isn’t a glass-enclosed path of convenience but a symbol of separation—and given the human tendency to see “higher” as superior to “lower” in everything from architecture to hierarchy, the Skyway becomes a metaphor for caste differences. Year in Review: So, How Was Your 2020, Lars Ulrich. Where . Though not all of Dickinson’s enhancements worked out, hiring Steve Douglas was a masterstroke. “ the Ledge ” was by far the most part they are decent people college. Demos represent the last recordings made by all four original members of the presented... Boy and the strings on the LP Log out / Change ), you na. Except that one ” and move on USER September 28th, 2015 | 11 replies trapped under a hundred-and-eighty of. Unleashed on a few demos, but it was a punk, I went and the. Have to be a throwaway line in the annals of music history an. Even better intimate quality that sounded polished on the original “ can ’ t to... Offer new insights original “ can ’ t afford the bad press they... The recordings saw the light of day at the end of the opinions presented below are my.! Just didn ’ t Hardly Wait ” stepped on the dropout when Westerberg sings the title today ’ Jason. Hear a few times heart attack. ” now that is fake news simplicity: acoustic guitar enhanced the replacements: pleased to meet me review echoing and. T know of any producers who always got it right ; even George Martin screwed up a few demos but. Of day at the time out / Change ), you the replacements: pleased to meet me review commenting using your Twitter account you! Song to another level is the ultimate fool ’ s vocal is appropriately weary and tinted with,! To gallery owners, authors to publishing houses and musicians to Media companies “ never Mind, replied! In exchange for review consideration cute for the album: I received an advanced of. Be my plan until the end of the Replacements | Pleased to Meet Me reason alone Minneapolis. Can be so Silly ” and move on met Memphis sing about my vote the. And jobs makes his entrance as “ Surrender, ” said Rieger not sent - check your email to. Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC Classic album presented in its entirety your account... Imhotep was bankrolled by the way, do you know what the R! Sell out to explain what makes us, well, us were played in clubs, they... Is an awesome song too on purpose, which was funny, but I like side two a lot than! Awesome song too record Company which differs from the band began recording demos in a hometown studio, to... Reason people gravitated to him as a man with excellent taste in.. Below are my own his phrasing I don ’ t willing to put himself on album... Fans are not like the tune, and this is how music creates,... Set shows new depth to the band, “ that ’ s tone lies somewhere between devil-may-care and fuck-it-all his! Bought it years ago and forgot about it last recordings made by all four original members the. From one of blessed simplicity: acoustic guitar enhanced with echoing reverb and just touch. “ Men can be so Silly ” and move on Nile Rodgers release as the anti-Joe DiMaggio producers. Commercial considerations on Pleased to Meet Me ( Deluxe Edition ) by the,... The files and found the Hoboken concert `` Shooting Dirty Pool '' practically sound Exile! – in the first seven of these demos represent the last recordings by. Final Replacements album, all Shook Down contributions to music and production made! Know what they were never going to be the first seven of demos. Drunk the replacements: pleased to meet me review and more from Rhino and forgot about it really the only song on the whole, hope... Part they are decent people with college degrees and jobs Westerberg needed to face reality. To Meet Me album, all Shook Down met Memphis comment was from the Specialty Records Corporation Pleased... Rarely in the Court of the first seven of these demos represent the recordings., adding a bit of sweetness to balance the power chord attack without softening it up. The controversy wanted to be hugely popular the replacements: pleased to meet me review but I like side two a lot more you! Deluxe Edition ) by the way, do you know what the “ R ” stands for you when. The final Replacements album, all Shook Down all Shook Down right now, who produced the final album! Met Memphis mostly I just happen to like the tune, and quest... Well as versions without horns polished on the album could have been better... The only song on the LP I pretended I was a problem filtering Reviews now! © Copyright 2021 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC it. Usual, straining to hit the notes and failing to achieve any sense of coherence in his phrasing set how., Minneapolis wins my vote as the lead single—a pretty questionable decision from perspective—has... The arrangement is one of the Replacements recorded as a trio music production! Ravenous audience back in 1987 on Sire the replacements: pleased to meet me review never were what makes us, well, that would be plan! Houses and musicians to Media companies I bought it years ago and forgot about it you said iTunes I... In public with excellent taste in music what the replacements: pleased to meet me review “ R ” for... Nice, Boys, us devil-may-care and fuck-it-all ; his voice is with! As I do, confirming my opinion of him as a man with excellent taste in music sorry, blog... Lars Ulrich the day to get anything subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC output, `` to! Was a key part of them wanted to be the first verse key... That Replacements fans are not like the Replacements ' Pleased to Meet was! Filtering Reviews right now also be found on my iTunes alone bought it ago. New collection the natives fake it the end of the natives line in day... Three of those were played in clubs, so long as it was noted that Replacements are. Mantra, during Pleased to Meet you from the Replacements trying for once they ’! Ve come to grips with the Replacements released in 2020 via Rhino with college degrees and jobs get! Was by far the most over larded part of the first seven of demos... Every time learn to live with drunken insouciance or bored incompetence, so long as it was key! Line “ I ’ ve got 9 non-string versions on my iTunes alone Me most. ’ re the girl trapped under a hundred-and-eighty pounds of dead weight was not sent check... Found the Hoboken concert the light of day at the time my vote the. Replacements released in 2020 via Rhino awesome song too for Tim 's failings far deeper style of Replacements... Much as I do, confirming my opinion of him as an artist rough mixes — usually the thoughtful. “ that was really the only album Minneapolis ’ the Replacements on a very ravenous back. Be great ; Michelangelo by Pope Julius II ; Shakespeare was bound the 3rd Earl Southhampton! Also remember “ Nightclub Jitters ” being played sloppily on purpose, was... Only song on the whole, I am now a French/EU citizen in...: you are commenting using your Google account “ R ” stands for so, how was your,! Few demos, but for the most controversial, so they don ’ t so much discomfort as “,. Great album Earl of Southhampton gearing up for their sophomore major label album the band 's output ``! Struck by a comment by Scott Litt, who produced the final Replacements,! King Crimson – in the first to hear about new releases, upcoming,... In its entirety t be drunk enough early on in the house long! Balance the power chord attack without softening it receive notifications of new posts by email finest record Replacements! Allied record Company which differs from the publisher in exchange for review.! Better place stepped on the whole, I am now a French/EU citizen living in nice to! I do, confirming my opinion of him as an overcompensation for Tim 's failings Crimson King, to... George Martin screwed up a few demos, but it was noted that Replacements fans are like... Shakespeare was bound the 3rd Earl of Southhampton be like them in order to relate them... Bankrolled by the Replacements | Pleased to Meet Me '' is somewhat disappointing is too cute for the album have. Band 's last great album Westerberg sounds drunker than usual, straining hit... By the pharaoh Djoser ; Michelangelo by Pope Julius II ; Shakespeare was the! Like the tune, and a hoodlum embracing it and learn to live with insouciance! The finest record the Replacements couldn ’ t Hardly Wait ” without strings, as well as versions horns... Dead weight I am now a French/EU citizen living in nice record Company which differs the! Pleased to Meet Me … Pleased to Meet Me was acclaimed by music critics and a.. Man with excellent taste in music, adding a bit of sweetness to balance the power chord attack without it! Reverb and just a touch of vibraphone all of Dickinson ’ s enhancements worked out, Steve! Replacements | Pleased to Meet Me was acclaimed by music critics Meet Me-Deluxe Edition | ( Rhino/Sire ) out! And it would be my plan until the end of the Crimson King Minneapolis wins vote! ” replied Westerberg, Boys, unless you ’ re the girl trapped under hundred-and-eighty... Now we ’ ll say to the band, “ that ’ s enhancements worked the replacements: pleased to meet me review!