All my Replacements music was alphabetized under T except that one. 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. Originally from San Francisco, I am now a French/EU citizen living in Nice. “I just can’t fuckin’ mean it every night.”, Westerberg viewed performing, as he did everything, in stark black-and-white terms. I was really struck by a comment by Scott Litt, who produced the final Replacements album, All Shook Down. Now you can finally hear how they tried and where they succeeded. Nelson Rockefeller died “of an apparent heart attack.” Now that is fake news. Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? Pleased to Meet Me was acclaimed by music critics. Let me check something . 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April 18, 2020. disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. Original guitarist Bob Stinson was ousted from the band when it was time to record Pleased to Meet Me. This review can also be found on my blog. I’ve got 9 non-string versions on my iTunes alone. It was noted that Replacements fans are not like the Replacements, and they never were. Point of fact, Pleased to Meet Me also has the unique distinction of being the last new album I bought on vinyl in the spring of 1987 before switching over almost exclusively to CDs a month later (though, of course, I returned to purchasing vinyl again before the decade was out). Compare that to the orientation of Mr. Westerberg, as captured in Bob Mehr’s Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements. Perfection is the most pernicious lie of all, and the quest to achieve perfection is the ultimate fool’s errand. For better AND for worse. The cover image of The Replacements' 5th studio collection is a telling one: PLEASED TO MEET ME has one foot in the door and the other one in the gutter, with the spirit of the Minneapolis band's punk roots given a newfound polish and a willingness to explore other genres. "It lands in that sweet spot where technology, team, craft, chops, guts, attitude, ideas, creativity and some major label money all intersected at the … I wanna be the platinum blonde in that bar consuming Pall Malls and vodka martinis (vodka from the well, of course), blowing off the soldiers in town on a weekend pass and the lonely conventioneers so desperate for a roll in the hay that they’ll bang a platinum blonde way past her prime sitting in a place that’s way past its prime listening to musicians who sound like they’re way past their prime. Internal strife also wasn’t helping things much. I’m not a hoodlum. Pleased to Meet Me should have ended with “Skyway,” but instead we get the producer-dominated “Can’t Hardly Wait.” This not-much-of-a-song had been around for a while, but The Replacements never found a satisfying arrangement. All of the opinions presented below are my own. the place I’d catch my ride most everyday While you do hear a few sops to commercial considerations on Pleased to Meet Me, most of those were added by Dickinson post-production. You know that he’s on his game in the second line of the song when he elongates the completely unimportant word “right” in the phrase, “Step right up son” with gravelly delight. What’s that song? Where . For their second major label album, fifth overall, first without founding member Bob Stinson, and lone offering as a trio, the 'Mats called upon Jim Dickinson. Boston, MA: DaCapo Press, 2016. Uh, oh. . Pleased to Meet Me … I’ll just say he should be very proud of “Skyway” and omit the urge to comment (again) on male silliness. Roscoe. “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. Pleased to Meet Me starts off strong with "I.O.U", a song that frequently exposes the Replacements' deep roots in classic rock. With dogmatic hard rocker Bob Stinson out of the band, Westerberg felt more comfortable expanding his songwriting playing field with touches of soul, folk and (most noticeably) cocktail hour accompaniment. The inspiration for “I. “I. I love that name. 'Can't Hardly Wait' is an awesome song too. But mostly I just happen to like the tune, and I think it sounds great. … You can also follow the Album of the Day - a classic album presented in its entirety. ... of that voice of utter authority and you’ll begin to grasp the significance I am attempting to attach to The Replacements’ album cover. Westerberg needed to face that reality without embracing it and learn to live with the tension. Your comment about the fans being of a different ilk than the band rings true because I have a hard time associating The Replacements with my experience of Minneapolis—civic-minded nice people who smile a lot. And it wasn’t just Paul. The equally raucous “I Don’t Know,” on Pleased to Meet Me, the Replacements’ fifth full-length platter, is Westerberg’s latest ode to his own uncertainty. Had they ever written something as catchy as “Surrender,” they would’ve been too embarrassed to play it in public. When you said iTunes, I went and searched the files and found the Hoboken concert. When Westerberg said it to Jim Dickinson (producer), it was a question of trust; as he acted it out with the record company, it was a matter of insecurity. Perhaps the best review I have read about Pleased To Meet Me comes from David Fricke (Rolling Stone Magazine) who gave it a glowing review, saying "Tracks like "I.O.U." So true. Westerberg hated the strings as much as I do, confirming my opinion of him as a man with excellent taste in music. ( Log Out /  Channeling the guitar through a Leslie speaker gives the song a mid-period Beatles or early-period Who touch, but can’t save what is essentially a poor performance. In stock on November 18, 2020. Year in Review: So, How Was Your 2020, Lars Ulrich. That’s what he wanted out of the Replacements. © Copyright 2021 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Westerberg’s tone lies somewhere between devil-may-care and fuck-it-all; his voice is filled with grit and power. Jim Dickinson took over and added horns in all the wrong places and (gasp) strings to a song that simply couldn’t handle their weightiness. The feeling isn’t so much discomfort as “what-the-hell, it-is-what-it-is, this-far-and-no-further.”. Mehr, together with Rhino’s Jason Jones, produced this new collection. .” The cause behind the failure to connect isn’t about physical separation or even class in and of itself, but the separation caused by the shame of perceiving himself to be “less than.” That last verse serves as sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy of personal shaming. Jim Dickinson took over and added horns in all the wrong places and (gasp) strings to a song that simply couldn’t handle their weightiness. Sign up for our newsletter. Released in 1987 by Sire Records, Pleased To Meet Me is the only album recorded by the band as a trio, after original guitarist Bob Stinson acrimoniously left the band. Doh! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Eight of the tracks feature some of Stinson’s last recordings with the band, and his whiplash snarls on “I.O.U.,” rockabilly shredding “Time Is Killing Us,” and tasteful accents on “Valentine” show what the album could have been. Up in the skyway. O. U.” is rough, raw and loose, driven by classic guitar riffs and a no-bullshit snare attack from Chris Mars, sustained by Paul Westerberg’s unique approach to phrasing and nasal background vocals that mirror the timbre of a moaning sax. The joy generated by that fade makes “Alex Chilton” a leading contender for that all-important song I’m going to play at full blast when this fucking coronavirus shit finally comes to an end. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. O. U.” came from none other than Iggy Pop, who became Westerberg’s hero when he witnessed an interchange between Iggy and a fan asking for an autograph. The music is presented in a 12 x 12 hardcover book loaded with dozens of rarely seen photos along with a detailed history of the Pleased To Meet Me era written by Bob Mehr, who authored The New York Times bestseller, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements. Well, yeah, unless you’re the girl trapped under a hundred-and-eighty pounds of dead weight. I don’t know of any producers who always got it right; even George Martin screwed up a few times. Replacements fans are not horrible drunks and screw-ups. If you can find any of his Mud Boy and the Neutrons recordings, I hope you’ll agree. 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. 'Pleased to Meet Me' is considered the 'sell-out' album but really it sounds like a slightly more buffed up and moderately less consistent 'Tim'; I still like it a fair deal, the curveball tracks in particular ('Nightclub Jitters' and 'Skyway') do an excellent job of breaking up the track flow and stop monotony from their typical sound setting in. Its release as the lead single—a pretty questionable decision from any perspective—has been blamed for the weaker-than-anticipated sales of Pleased to Meet Me. Chilton did work with The Replacements on a few demos, but none of the recordings saw the light of day at the time. On the whole, I think Jim Dickinson’s contributions to music and production have made the world a better place. Ladies with delicate skin like mine can download a map of the Skyway system when preparing for a visit and work out how to avoid interactions with sub-zero temperatures or breath-sucking heat and humidity. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I’m in love with that song” several times over a background of acoustic rhythm guitar and uncredited mandolin. Westerberg’s vocal starts out as if someone had nudged him out of a snooze, and remains a low-volume, low-energy effort throughout. Though not all of Dickinson’s enhancements worked out, hiring Steve Douglas was a masterstroke. Taken as a whole — along with Replacements’ biographer Bob Mehr’s ever-excellent liner notes (which shed some light on Bob Stinson’s departure) — the holistic skyway-view of the album shows a band that was a little looser than they would want to let on. While some continue to champion the Replacements' Don't Tell a Soul and All Shook Down exit albums, Pleased to Meet Me truly represents the last vital effort of a great band beginning its descent. 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Independent music reviewer on altrockchick.com and 50thirdand3rd.com. Audio CD. As for the album: I enjoyed your analysis of side one, but I like side two a lot more than you do. Then again, the Replacements don't make sense as a success story, so the failure of the gleaming, glistening Pleased to Meet Me winds up making its polish kind of heart-rending. Pleased to Meet Me was the sound of the Replacements trying for once. Having now reviewed three Replacements albums and listened to all the others, I can safely say there never was nor should there have ever been a perfect Replacements album. Later in the chapter covering Pleased to Meet Me, producer Jim Dickinson recalled that “When we started, ‘art’ was a word he wouldn’t let me use . Meanwhile, Tommy Stinson stares idly at the filthy vinyl floor, occasionally yawning as he plunks gently on his bass and Chris Mars plays no-effort rim shots while keeping his eyes on the faded Longines clock, its hands steadfastly refusing to fast-forward to quitting time, much to his chagrin. Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements. I’ve never met a Roscoe. Does anyone name their kid Roscoe anymore? Which the world sorely needs to be. The opening track manages to affirm their disdain for commercialism and their rejection of the DiMaggio Doctrine while confirming their ability to dish out nasty, bad-ass rock ‘n’ roll without Bob Stinson lending a hand. His three Big Star albums and the fabulous anti-masterpiece Like Flies on Sherbert didn’t do dick as far as the charts were concerned but turned out to be a source of inspiration for bands driving the alt-rock/indie movements in the ’80s and ’90s. What’s that song? A: We Are Devo! Douglas spends most of the time in minimalist mode, strengthening the bottom, but when he finally gets his place in the sun (after the countdown pause in the middle and on the fade), his wild solos sync perfectly with the drunken exuberance of the band. It also comes with a 12" x 12" hardcover book with rare photos and new notes by Bob Mehr, author of Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements. If you gotta go, you wanna go out onstage or fucking.”. At the end of the song, I’ll say to the band, “That was real nice, boys. Want more Rolling Stone? There are lots of versions of “Can’t Hardly Wait” without strings, as well as versions without horns. Sort of rhymes with Costco. . After he sees the girl walking high up in the Skyway, he turns his attention to his appearance: “In my stupid hat and gloves . . Yes, I’ve taken a lot of heat for my opinion of “Can’t Wait.” Perhaps if I heard a stripped-down version I’d like it better, but Dickinson’s enhancements really turn me off. The seminal album Pleased To Meet You from The Replacements was unleashed on a very ravenous audience back in 1987 on Sire Records. I don’t know what they were thinking with “Never Mind,” but it sounds like they weren’t. Oddly enough, Westerberg’s defense was pretty solid—he wrote about suicide because it was happening and no one seemed to give a damn. The Replacements – Classic Music Review – Pleased to Meet Me. ... Top review from United Kingdom There was a problem filtering reviews right now. What takes the song to another level is the fade, where Westerberg repeats the line “I’m in love. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. They lost some of their danger, recording the very produced LP as a trio with a supporting cast of thousands, yet still managed to cough up two all-time classics — the beat-skipping “Alex Chilton” on which you can hear Westerberg exuberantly catching his breath and the mellow love letter “Can’t Hardly Wait.” They also recorded a handful of almost classics (“Skyway,” “IOU”), and some tongue-in-cheek head scratchers (the faux-jazzy “Nightclub Jitters” and what might be the Replacements band diary, “I Don’t Know”). Buddy Holly is too cute for the Replacements to sing about. Oh, well. Unlike, say, the Velvet Underground, who turned into just as wonderful a group when John Cale was axed, the Replacements lost a good bit of steam once the elder Stinson was gone. " Pleased to Meet Me is the finest record The Replacements ever made," writes The Current's David Campbell. Pressed by Allied Record Company which differs from the Specialty Records Corporation pressing Pleased To Meet Me. I’m in love with that song.”. Another interesting comment was from the author of the book, but was also backed up by Tommy Stinson. The Replacements' Pleased to Meet Me marked the moment when Minneapolis met Memphis. Music Reviews: Pleased to Meet Me (Deluxe Edition) by The Replacements released in 2020 via Rhino. We want to hear from you! The most interesting stuff here is in the Blackberry Way Demos, some of which came out on a previous expanded edition of the album. ( Log Out /  “That’s part of the reason people gravitated to him as an artist. The Associated Press reported that Kirby died after he had “collapsed at home,” which sounds like journo-speak for dying in the middle of a glorious ejaculation. . Case in point Pleased to Meet Me, the only album Minneapolis’ The Replacements recorded as a trio. 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. According to Mehr, Tommy Stinson heard that Prince Gabe had died “fucking a whore,” adding, in what were no doubt rapturous tones, “That’s the way we wanted to go out. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. £11.19. Even the demos they cut as a three-piece show how playful they could be; the two versions of Westerberg’s anti-TV screed “Kick It In” demonstrate how they could give a song a facelift on a whim, playing it straight on the first demo and adding bongos and more guitar textures to the second. Just in case you’re misinterpreting my commentary as negative criticism, let me clarify: the apparent lack of anything closely resembling a pulse in The Replacements’ performance on “Nightclub Jitters” is just about the most perfect thing they ever did. Please try again later. Even the collection’s rough mixes — usually the most over larded part of a box set — offer new insights. The key to interpreting the song lies in what appears to be a throwaway line in the first verse. . yep . There’s your superficial tourist take; now we’ll hear from one of the natives. And the strings on the original “Can’t Hardly Wait” stepped on the dropout when Westerberg sings the title. I pretended I was a punk, I pretended I was a rocker, and a drunk, and a hoodlum. I bought it years ago and forgot about it. As it turns out, this was the last time they could still shoot for the stars and seem like their scrappy selves and, in many ways, it was the last true Replacements album. The Replacements recorded a lot of music around Pleased to Meet Me, much of which came out on various singles and compilations, as well as demos, alternate versions of songs, and tunes that for whatever reason were forgotten in the back of the beer fridge. . Pleased to Meet Me was recorded in Ardent Studios in Memphis, and as a member of The Dixie Flyers, producer Jim Dickinson just had to infuse some of the tracks with Memphis Soul. Learn how your comment data is processed. Westerberg sounds drunker than usual, straining to hit the notes and failing to achieve any sense of coherence in his phrasing. ... but come on. 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. It’s a “wow” moment guaranteed to get you out of your seat, shake your fanny and clap like there’s no tomorrow. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Figuring that she would never lower herself to walk the streets, he decides to take the elevator up to the Skyway: Oh, then one day, I saw you walkin’ down that little one-way The kudos to Jim Dickinson keep on comin’ with his decision to bring it Edward “Prince Gabe” Kirby to play alto sax on “Nightclub Jitters.” Kirby was a Beale Street fixture for five decades who earned his nickname because someone told him he played trumpet like the angel Gabriel. If I were to record this review in a podcast, I’d try to make my voice sound like Edward R. Murrow when delivering that opening sally, but I’ve never been able to chain smoke and my voice is just too damned girly. Much was made of it being a digital recording, which in 1987 was seen … So, fuck it—he jumps with a scream to his death, the reporters have their story, the cop did the best he could, viewers of the nightly news shake their heads and ask, “What’s for dessert?” Yes, “The Ledge” is an uncomfortable song indeed, but a damn fine piece of work from a guy who had attempted suicide but somehow managed to distance himself enough from the subject matter to write a believable, evocative story. “Shooting Dirty Pool” is just Westerberg bitching about a no-account promoter who bad-mouthed The ‘Mats on college radio after yet another crappy concert. Essentially, Westerberg poses a series of questions to which his bandmates usually respond with “I don’t know.” An amateur detective would put two and two together and conclude that the opening laughter combined with poorly-articulated responses indicates that the boys were probably shit-faced drunk at the time, a daily reality that Dickinson learned to work with. The Replacements ‎– Pleased To Meet Me Label: Sire ‎– R2 643412 / 60349784647, Rhino Records (2) ‎– R2 643412 / 60349784647 Musically, it’s easily the tightest song on the album, featuring an exceptionally sensitive and emotionally expansive performance from Westerberg; lyrically, Westerberg does a marvelous job by having his suicidal narrator comment on the indifference that surrounds him while standing on the ledge (“Wind blows cold from the west/I smell coffee, I smell doughnuts for the press”) as opposed to reciting a long litany of grievances or delving into excessive self-pity. In “Skyway,” Paul Westerberg positions himself on a one-way street below the Skyway, “the place where I’d catch my ride most every day.” His wait coincides with the schedule of a woman who uses the Skyway regularly to get to wherever she’s going, most likely to work. 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. and "Shooting Dirty Pool" practically sound like Exile on Main Street at 78 rpm. In many ways Pleased to Meet Me is the most mature of the Replacements albums; they're no longer the drunk, immature kids of their early records (instead they're just drunk), nor do the songs contain the youthful exuberance that Let It Be and Tim held. Oh by the way, I saw the Replacements in 1991, five months before they called it quits, and I remember that bassline from “Alex Chilton” sticking in my head for days afterwards. Rarely in the annals of music history has an album cover said so much. Writing for Rolling Stone, David Fricke described it as "an album alive with the crackle of conflicting emotions and kamikaze rock & roll fire." 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. Was quite enjoying the style of the review up to this. The first seven of these demos represent the last recordings made by all four original members of The Replacements. Pleased to Meet Me was the sound of the Replacements trying for once. For that reason alone, Minneapolis wins my vote as the most thoughtful and considerate city in the USA. “They wouldn’t be drunk enough early on in the day to get anything. https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the-replacements/pleased-to-meet-me Album Review, Altrockchick, Music Review. Year in Review: So, How Was Your 2020, Nile Rodgers? “Valentine” was a song pulled out of the reject pile at the last minute because Warner wanted another track to comply with the running time paradigms of the day, and the less-than-enthusiastic performance reflects that. Then they’d be good and drunk, and it would be great. I know there’s a dark underside in every city, but Minneapolis just seems so neat and tidy—and neat and tidy doesn’t come close to describing The Replacements. The Replacements. I also remember “Nightclub Jitters” being played sloppily on purpose, which was funny, but it was still musical. 4.5 superb. (Mehr).” Though the background “singers” are as sloppy as a poorly aimed-ejaculation, Paul Westerberg is on full-throated fire, a condition most apparent when the voices of his bandmates disappear on the chorus: One foot in the door, the other one in the gutter ( Log Out /  Lawmakers Promise Investigation, Firings of Capitol Police Following Insurrection, The Attempted Coup at the Capitol Proves This Is the United States of QAnon, Joe Scarborough Drops F-Bomb on MSNBC, Calls for Arrest of Donald Trump After Capitol Raid, Twitter Takes Bold Action Against President Who Can’t Hurt It Anymore, John Fogerty Debuts New Gospel-Flavored Protest Song to See Trump Off, The Best Albums of December 2020: Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and More. By the end of the session, he was calling himself an ‘artist.’” Westerberg had always resisted such an elitist label, but by the end of the sessions he admitted, ” . Enter your email below to be the first to hear about new releases, upcoming events, and more from Rhino. Label and pressing variation, '®' in Sire label logos, differs from The Replacements - Pleased To Meet Me which has 'TM' in label logos and embossed 'A' on labels. “I’m not giving you 100 percent night after night,” replied Westerberg. Getting back to “Nightclub Jitters,” I love how the song immediately transports you to a dark and smoky joint that may have a neon sign out front advertising the place as a “cocktail lounge,” but the two or three burned-out letters tell you that it’s a dive bar way past its prime. I’m a fucking artist. They may not have done as well in the charts as they might have if they’d totally sold out, but they made a greater contribution to music by remaining true to their blessedly human flaws. Anyway, Westerberg remained an admirer, deciding to transform a song he’d been working on with the curious title “George from Outer Space” into a tribute to the underappreciated Chilton. Reading Bob Mehr’s book a few months ago made me lean more in the direction of answering “No” to that question. By the way, do you know what the “R” stands for? . . In today’s world, painters sell out to gallery owners, authors to publishing houses and musicians to media companies. I owe him my best.” DiMag was the ultimate professional, giving it his all even when his body howled in protest, even when he would have rather skipped the doubleheader and stayed in his New York hotel residence bonking Marilyn Monroe. 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). Pleased to Meet Me should have ended with “Skyway,” but instead we get the producer-dominated “Can’t Hardly Wait.” This not-much-of-a-song had been around for a while, but The Replacements never found a satisfying arrangement. Mehr describes the cover as “A Faustian handshake between a scruffy rock-and-roller, played by Westerberg, and a bejeweled record company executive.” Given his fuck-the-fans orientation, it is doubtful that Westerberg designed the cover to serve as a heads-up to the fan base, a la “Hey, I’ve sold out to the establishment, but I’m still me.” It is more likely that the cover depicts Westerberg looking at his reflection in the mirror and facing the reality of his situation. That was really the only song on the album where he just didn’t get it. The others felt that way too, with the possible exception of Tommy, who may have been happy to go along for the ride regardless of what they decided to do. “Alex Chilton” is alternative power pop at its best, an explosive, bouncy number with a delightful rhythmic kick in the chorus accentuated by sharp, reverberating hand claps. Some producers are helpful, some are not. And I look great in leather. 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