Wednesday, November 24, 2004

More than a feeling.

Many of you know of my disdain for The Replacements. out of the money
behind Husker Du, Prince, and The Time in my book.

I decided to give them another chance and ordered the mid career three:

Let it Be
Pleased to Meet Me.

Let me just start by posting another such grouping:

Bee Thousand
Alien Lanes
Under The Bushes, Under The Stars.

Sorry Westerberg, Pollard rocks you off the planet.

However, the albums held up better for me than I remembered.

Let It Be
O.K. but let's face it, it's really just a youthful Americanized Faces rekkid.

Back in the day all I remember was "Kiss Me on the Bus" and the waitress thingy.
Shouldn't an ex-Ramones have made a harder edged record.
"Left of the Dial" and "Here Comes A Regular" were revelations this time around.

Pleased to Meet Me
This is the one I kinda liked back then and have on vinyl. But don't get me
started on Alex Chilton, Gorjus!

"Lonely days are gone, I'm a-goin' home,
'Cause my baby wrote me a letter."


Robert said...

Cool site - I hope to keep seeing lots of the cool stuff. I'm going to be listening to Pollard & Co. on my way to the remote regions of NE MS this evening. (no Under The Bushes Under The Stars - sigh)

G. E. Light said...

Happy Trails to you. I'm off to Fairhope, AL to hook up with the folks midmorning tomorrow.

John said...

I went to Ramsey Junior High and then Highland Park Senior High in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was paying attention in 1975-1978 before going off to college.

Here's the way the local scene was perceived by someone who wasn't old enough to go to the clubs:

- The first Mpls. funksters the local kids' scene grooved to was Lipps.
Inc. ("Funkytown").

-- When I was in junior high, an article came out in the Minneapolis
Tribune on Prince. This was before he had any records -- it was about
him as a teen multi-instrument prodigy. Also, it was very interesting that he didn't
talk. That was a part of his early mythos: like he was so creative he just really expressed himself through his music, man. I didn't like his first album, but was on board with "Dirty Mind."

-- The Time, Jam and Lewis, etc., were all after my time. I guess the Time was already playing, but they didn't get through to the local teen brain.

-- Husker Du vs. The Replacements.

Husker Du came out of the Macalester College scene, and their very
first single (Statues) was disliked by everyone I knew. We just
thought it was garbage. It was sludgy Vanilla Fudge-esque slabbery. I think my dad actually has a copy of this, which is probably now worth
a lot of money. We all perceived the Du as very serious, kind of arty,
college kids, etc. When "Land Speed Record" came out, we all got much
more interested.

The Replacements really came out of the scene around the Oarfolkjokeopus record store (best record store ever). Just as a tidbit of what people liked back then, who also loved the Replacements: The people behind the counter at Oarfolk just LOVED the Only Ones and the Saints.

I always preferred the Replacements because their sound was so natural
and emotional. Plus, there were some songs you wouldn't unless you were local: "Buck Hill" is an instrumental about a ski slope: But mind you, Buck Hill was like the lamest hill in relatively flat Minnesota; so at the end of the song where you hear the skier fall off his skis: You'd have to suck pretty bad to fall off at Buck Hill. Even the great earlyish Du songs I still listen to -- e.g., "Pink turns to Blue" -- have this frosty quality that compelled me to respect them, but maybe not love them.

G. E. Light said...


Since I know the latish Dü albums (New Day Rising on) much better we're talking at cross purposes here. I get the emotional thing, although I'd argue that 1) a little "Ice Cold Ice" adds some needed bite thus my disdain for the record that the ex-Ramone produced, but our aesthetics might just differ on this point and 2) there's an awful lot of feeling in songs like "The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill," "Keep Hangin' On," "Don't Want to Know if You are Lonely?", and pretty much all of Warehouse Of course, since the three named songs are by Grant hart, maybe what we're talking about is a difference over Bob Mould, hmm.

have you ever heard their covers of "Eight Miles High," "Loves is All Around," and "Helter Skelter." The last contrast nicely with Siouxsie Sioux's slow burn by blasting through at a 9,000 rpm redline.

Don't know if you knew that the only concert on harvard campus while I was an undergrad (not counting our Freshman mixer featuring The Cars!; rich smug bastahd school) happened in Spring 1984 REM as openers a week before Reckoning dropped in support of Hüsker Dü. It was at the IAB where they ahd just put in an expensive new floor which immediately got trashed by all the slush and crap people dragged in on their LLBean duck shoes and Sperry Top Siders.