They sing “I’m in love. There’s your superficial tourist take; now we’ll hear from one of the natives. . “That’s part of the reason people gravitated to him as an artist. 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? The second disc explores the creative process behind Pleased To Meet Me with 15 demos, 11 of which are unreleased, that were recorded at Blackberry Way Studios in Minneapolis during the summer of 1986. 342 Comments. Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements. “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. The Replacements. Let’s hit the reset button. I’ve never met a Roscoe. Rarely in the annals of music history has an album cover said so much. The seminal album Pleased To Meet You from The Replacements was unleashed on a very ravenous audience back in 1987 on Sire Records. The paradox couldn’t be starker. Nelson Rockefeller died “of an apparent heart attack.” Now that is fake news. You write these amazing songs. Music Reviews: Pleased to Meet Me (Deluxe Edition) by The Replacements released in 2020 via Rhino. I bought it years ago and forgot about it. Want more Rolling Stone? 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." I never liked going to Costco. It has a unique ring to it. The key to interpreting the song lies in what appears to be a throwaway line in the first verse. . 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. ( Log Out / 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 . Boston, MA: DaCapo Press, 2016. James Brown & The Famous Flames – Live at the Apollo, Update on Life, International Relations and the American Boycott, Book Review: Sleeping with Patty Hearst by Mary Lambeth Moore, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements, King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King - Classic Music Review, Fleetwood Mac - Future Games - Classic Music Review, The Kinks - Face to Face - Classic Music Review, Blur - The Great Escape - Classic Music Review (Britpop Series), The Kinks - Come Dancing - Classic Music Review, Frank Sinatra - In the Wee Small Hours - Classic Music Review. A part of them wanted to be hugely popular, but a part of them didn’t. The Replacements – Pleased To Meet Me Label: Sire – R2 643412 / 60349784647, Rhino Records (2) – R2 643412 / 60349784647 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. 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. The Replacements | Pleased to Meet Me-Deluxe Edition | (Rhino/Sire) 4 out of 5 stars. If you gotta go, you wanna go out onstage or fucking.”. It’s not as good as side one, but I think it’s solid all the way through, including “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Under the glossy (by their standards) exterior is a classic Replacements lyric that seems to be about wanting something very badly but not being sure what it is, against a backdrop of failure and decadence. So true. 'Can't Hardly Wait' is an awesome song too. Enter your email below to be the first to hear about new releases, upcoming events, and more from Rhino. 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. When you said iTunes, I went and searched the files and found the Hoboken concert. That’s what he wanted out of the Replacements. Every Replacements record is extraordinary in its way, but none exemplifies their garbage-to-grandeur alchemy like Pleased To Meet Me, which rocks like early Kinks, swaggers like T. … 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. The most interesting stuff here is in the Blackberry Way Demos, some of which came out on a previous expanded edition of the album. 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 pretended I was a punk, I pretended I was a rocker, and a drunk, and a hoodlum. 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. At the end of the song, I’ll say to the band, “That was real nice, boys. Like Lennon after the “more popular than Jesus” brouhaha, Westerberg had to defend the song repeatedly in interviews; unlike The Beatles, The Replacements were not the most popular band in the history of the universe. . ... Top review from United Kingdom There was a problem filtering reviews right now. What’s that song? Does anyone name their kid Roscoe anymore? .” 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. 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. The arrangement is one of blessed simplicity: acoustic guitar enhanced with echoing reverb and just a touch of vibraphone. " Pleased to Meet Me is the finest record The Replacements ever made," writes The Current's David Campbell. When the Yankee Clipper was asked why he consistently played so hard, he replied, “There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. Please try again later. ... but come on. It was always too cold inside. and "Shooting Dirty Pool" practically sound like Exile on Main Street at 78 rpm. Well, that would be my plan until the end of the first bridge when Prince Gabe makes his entrance. 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. While you do hear a few sops to commercial considerations on Pleased to Meet Me, most of those were added by Dickinson post-production. 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. Another interesting comment was from the author of the book, but was also backed up by Tommy Stinson. “IOU NOTHING,” penned Iggy, which Westerberg thought “was the coolest thing in the world.” (Mehr) While fans may interpret that act as cold rather than cool, it helped Westerberg clarify the attitude of an artist towards admirers: if you don’t maintain a healthy distance, you run the risk of letting them define you and deflect you from your artistic trajectory. Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? Roscoe. Shortly after a particularly disastrous Replacements performance, Russ Rieger, the head honcho of their management company, paid Westerberg a visit: The next day, at the band’s hotel, Rieger got into a heated discussion with Westerberg, telling him, “This car-crash mentality is something you have to move away from. 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. In today’s world, painters sell out to gallery owners, authors to publishing houses and musicians to media companies. April 18, 2020. 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. For better AND for worse. Pleased to Meet Me … (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 That was really the only song on the album where he just didn’t get it. All of the opinions presented below are my own. 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. I’m in love with that song” several times over a background of acoustic rhythm guitar and uncredited mandolin. Over in the far corner you see a worse-for-the-wear Westerberg at the upright piano, the slop from a glass of bourbon on the rocks barely glistening in the dim pink spotlight shining on the dust-encrusted piano top. And I look great in leather. “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. Original guitarist Bob Stinson was ousted from the band when it was time to record Pleased to Meet Me. And the strings on the original “Can’t Hardly Wait” stepped on the dropout when Westerberg sings the title. Case in point Pleased to Meet Me, the only album Minneapolis’ The Replacements recorded as a trio. But they were never going to be Cheap Trick. I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m an artist. 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. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – Get Up! After he sees the girl walking high up in the Skyway, he turns his attention to his appearance: “In my stupid hat and gloves . I was really struck by a comment by Scott Litt, who produced the final Replacements album, All Shook Down. 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 him there was no middle ground,” said Rieger. 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. 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. 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. The ache in Westerberg’s voice feels deeper on several of the songs, and the way the group could settle into a jam, whether as a four-or three–piece, sounds easier. Oddly enough, Westerberg’s defense was pretty solid—he wrote about suicide because it was happening and no one seemed to give a damn. Amazon.com. They were contrarians right from the start. Being difficult was a key part of who they were. I think that underlines the fact that the appeal of the Replacements is not so much their outrageousness as just the fact that they were, in their own way, very genuine. Compare that to the orientation of Mr. Westerberg, as captured in Bob Mehr’s Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements. Let me buy you a drink.” Then I’d take them to my shag-carpeted apartment and fuck them all, taking care to ensure that the three young’uns would survive the experience. Perfection is the most pernicious lie of all, and the quest to achieve perfection is the ultimate fool’s errand. Sign up for our newsletter. The first seven of these demos represent the last recordings made by all four original members of The Replacements. Even the collection’s rough mixes — usually the most over larded part of a box set — offer new insights. 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. The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me. We want to hear from you! It was noted that Replacements fans are not like the Replacements, and they never were. 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. All my Replacements music was alphabetized under T except that one. 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. It took some doing, but I did find some Mud Boy stuff on YouTube, and his production was spot-on: roots music perfection. 4.5 superb. The sweet smell that they adore, I think I’d rather smother, Though he’s describing the same deal-with-the-devil dynamic depicted on the cover, to hear him sing it lets you know how strongly he felt it. The producer and Memphis mainstay entered the picture after abortive demo… 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. 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. 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. Westerberg hated the strings as much as I do, confirming my opinion of him as a man with excellent taste in music. The Replacements turned out to be one of the best bands to never have a Top 20 single or Top 20 album—pretty solid evidence that the sellout wasn’t much of a sellout. Review by JohnXDoesn't USER September 28th, 2015 | 11 replies. Pleased to Meet Me was acclaimed by music critics. Gospel organ ran through the original mix of “Valentine.” It sounds like somebody played a little mandolin in “Alex Chilton” at some point. Let me check something . The Replacements were fully committed to being real, and for the most part they managed to stay real despite enormous pressures to engage in pretense. Rieger’s platonic ideal of a performer was Bruce Springsteen: someone who wrung emotion out of every lyric, put himself on the line with each show, and gave 100 percent night after night. I’m in love with that song.”. 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. And now I can deal with that.”. 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. 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. 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. Album Review, Altrockchick, Music Review. 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. Why are you sabotaging your own songs?”. I’ve got 9 non-string versions on my iTunes alone. What takes the song to another level is the fade, where Westerberg repeats the line “I’m in love. “I just can’t fuckin’ mean it every night.”, Westerberg viewed performing, as he did everything, in stark black-and-white terms. 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. “I can’t mean it every night,” admitted Westerberg, meeting Rieger’s eyes. I’ve been cooped up in the house too long. Westerberg’s vocal starts out as if someone had nudged him out of a snooze, and remains a low-volume, low-energy effort throughout. Audio CD. Westerberg’s vocal is appropriately weary and tinted with heartache, completely free of any hints of sardonic compromise. 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, ” . But as he spit out the words again to Rieger, it went far deeper. The quirky lyrics certainly jibe with the quirky subject of the tribute, at one point “Checkin’ his stash by the trash at St. Mark’s Place,” then “Runnin’ ’round the house, Mickey Mouse and the Tarot cards/Falling asleep with a flop pop video on.” But the most memorable and poignant lyrics are saved for the remarkable chorus, a wish for a different world in which the obscure Mr. Chilton is lifted out of oblivion and into the hearts of children everywhere: Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes ’round Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 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. Now you can finally hear how they tried and where they succeeded. Mehr, Bob. “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. 4.8 out of 5 stars 71. 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). The Replacements – Classic Music Review – Pleased to Meet Me. In stock on November 18, 2020. 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. . In gearing up for their sophomore major label album the band began recording demos in a hometown studio. I’m not referring to the weather when I tell you that I think Minneapolis is a pretty cool city, and one of the coolest things about it is the Skyway, now consisting of 9.5 miles of second-floor enclosed walkways that connect the commercial and entertainment highlights, from stores to hotels to sports venues. And then they’d be too drunk, and they’d get useless. 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”). 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. Yeah, it’s a pretty good song when the Mats just let it flail. Paul Westerberg would write several songs about suicide, but “The Ledge” was by far the most controversial. “I. © Copyright 2021 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Pleased to Meet Me was the sound of the Replacements trying for once. 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. Where . Year in Review: So, How Was Your 2020, Lars Ulrich. “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. Mehr, together with Rhino’s Jason Jones, produced this new collection. . ( Log Out / Speaking of degrees of shame, Westerberg recorded this alone, early in the morning before his mates had recovered from the nightly bender, because he didn’t want them to see him as soft. 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. . 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. Altrockchick. 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. For years I pretended I wasn’t. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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