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. 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