BCB 100 - The Replacements

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BCB 100 - The Replacements

Postby geoffcowgill » 04 Jul 2006, 17:16

Here's a band I really like and yet hate almost all of the bands they obviously inspired. What was it that made them work? It must be Westerberg's writing, no?

Everyone raves about Let It Be, but it just sounds too sketchy in places for me. "Answering Machine" is one of their best, but even a 'classic' like "Unsatisfied" just sounds unfinished. Pleased To Meet Me is my favorite. Maybe it's too slick, too un-Matsy for some, but every song is at the least very good, and many are amazing. "Can't Hardly Wait" is the one, though, a legitimate classic. It even got used as a movie title :roll: .

Favorite Album - Pleased To Meet Me

Favorite Song - "Can't Hardly Wait"

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Postby Sea Of Tunes » 04 Jul 2006, 17:21

Album: Pleased To Meet Me
Song: Alex Chilton
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Re: BCB 100 - The Replacements

Postby PENK » 04 Jul 2006, 17:24

geoffcowgill wrote:What was it that made them work? It must be Westerberg's writing, no?


Yes, more or less. I don't attach that much importance to them and don't regard them as a seminal or truly great band but they were the best at what they did and wrote some wonderful songs.
Album: Let It Be, which is patchy and shaky but packed with charm and exuberance. Even the Kiss cover works.
Song: Left of the Dial. Probably their most commercial moment but the best song anyway.
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Postby Clippernolan » 04 Jul 2006, 17:28

Album: Let it Be

Song: "I Will Dare"
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Postby king feeb » 04 Jul 2006, 18:14

Yow! I sure do like these guys. Saw them play twice- one show was a great howlingly-hilarious drunken abortion and the second was a stellar set of selections from Let It Be with selected earlier songs in the mix.

Album: Let It Be

Song: (happy Mats) "I Will Dare"
(sad Mats) "Here Comes A Regular"
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Postby bixhenry » 04 Jul 2006, 19:27

Album - Let It Be

Song - 'Unsatisfied'

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Postby automatic_drip » 04 Jul 2006, 20:57

Album - Tim

Song - Answering machine (There's soooo many, but that one slays me).
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Postby yomptepi » 04 Jul 2006, 21:03

They have no place in anyones top 100.

Tuneless mithering. Boring as hell.
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Postby Yyzlin » 04 Jul 2006, 21:31

Album- Tim
Song- Seen Your Video
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Postby Beno » 04 Jul 2006, 22:03

Fantastic band and in Paul Westerberg one of the great rock voices.

Album: Let it Be
Song: Never Mind

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Postby toomanyhatz » 04 Jul 2006, 22:33

I remember when I first heard them, what a revelation they were- here were a band that really represented everything great about the punk era- nothing special as musicians or singers, they got by on enthusiasm, energy, and an unbridled love of all forms of music. They were amateurish in all the right ways- they'd jump from a tight little Westerberg pop gem to a Kiss cover to minute and a half punk song to a jazzy version of the theme song for the US Marines, all short, sharp, and with little break in between. In the early to mid 80s, they were a breath of fresh air, and enjoyed the hell out of them the numerous times I saw them live.

To me they became inconsistent when people started telling Westerberg his songs were significant - not that they weren't, but their casualness were part of the joy, and they lost it at some point. I think Let it Be and Tim are incredibly overrated, though Pleased to Meet Me is probably where they pulled themselves together the best.

Album - Hootenany (where I came in) or Pleased to Meet Me

Song - Probably something silly and tossed-off like "Red Light."
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Postby Jeff K » 04 Jul 2006, 22:56

Album: Tim

Song: Little Mascara
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Postby automatic_drip » 04 Jul 2006, 23:10

Unlucky Bear wrote:They have no place in anyones top 100.

Tuneless mithering. Boring as hell.


Wrong wrong wrong.
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Postby Shagger Dave » 05 Jul 2006, 03:12

automatic_drip wrote:
Unlucky Bear wrote:They have no place in anyones top 100.

Tuneless mithering. Boring as hell.


Wrong wrong wrong.

It's beyond wrong. He gets his Doyens club card revoked for that statement.

Album- Tim

Song- A three way tie between Can't Hardly Wait, Bastards of Young and Unsatisfied.
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Postby Oscar » 05 Jul 2006, 10:19

Album: Let It Be
Track: 'Waitress In The Sky' or maybe 'Unsatisfied'

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Postby Sea Of Tunes » 05 Jul 2006, 10:21

Shagger Dave wrote:
automatic_drip wrote:
Unlucky Bear wrote:They have no place in anyones top 100.

Tuneless mithering. Boring as hell.


Wrong wrong wrong.

It's beyond wrong. He gets his Doyens club card revoked for that statement.

Album- Tim

Song- A three way tie between Can't Hardly Wait, Bastards of Young and Unsatisfied.


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Postby nathan » 05 Jul 2006, 17:50

Album: Tim

Song: I'll Be You

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Postby yomptepi » 05 Jul 2006, 17:59

Sea Of Tunes wrote:Can I have that Doyen's Club Card then?


Don't be ridiculous. A doyens club membership is not so easily lost, or won. I maintain my position on this worthy but drab bunch of losers, and will tolerate no further debate on my future within the doyens club.
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Postby German Dave » 05 Jul 2006, 18:10

Unlucky Bear wrote:They have no place in anyones top 100.

Tuneless mithering. Boring as hell.


i don't actually dislike them these days but they are certainly hopelessly overrated, especially by americans. they do largely bore me, yeah, but i can find some enjoyment in let it be when i'm in the mood.
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Postby nathan » 05 Jul 2006, 18:19

The Giraffe wrote:
Unlucky Bear wrote:They have no place in anyones top 100.

Tuneless mithering. Boring as hell.

i don't actually dislike them these days but they are certainly hopelessly overrated, especially by americans. they do largely bore me, yeah, but i can find some enjoyment in let it be when i'm in the mood.

I actually prefer Paul's solo material to the Replacements proper, but I have a hard time understanding how one could hear tracks like I'll Be You and not be won over by their unpretentious brand of rock and roll.