Lost CD…sadly I might argue a Lost Band.
Let’s start this thing off by saying if for some reason you don’t have all three of the holy trinity of ‘Mats CDs then you need to remedy that right now. It’s a perfect trifecta. “Let it Be”, “Tim”, and “Pleased to Meet Me” should be in each and every CD collection. Murmur by REM was released in ’83 and the ‘Mats perfection was recorded during that same time(’84 to ’87). Green came out in “88. How did REM get sooo huge while The Replacements watched the world pass them by? You might know the stories and if not search them out. There are some truly wonderful Rock N Roll stories. The Replacements really have no one but themselves to blame but that doesn’t change the fact that we have the chance to “do it right” now. If your favorite radio station plays more REM songs than Replacement songs something is terribly wrong. Call them. Email them and ask them why they don’t love music.
Ok enough of that little rant. So this is a Lost CD review and obviously I can’t pick one of the big three so I picked “All Shook Down”. It is basically the first solo Paul Westerberg CD. The CD sounds like an almost defeated Paul. I think by this time he knows that The Replacements should have and/or could have but didn’t. This CD is not classic sounding Replacements but it’s the perfect ending that knows that it is an ending. It is full of med tempo rockers and low key acoustic numbers. It’s a good CD to listen to when the party has ended but you are not ready to call it a day. You want to hang on to the buzz and kick back with one last beer — or maybe two so that you can slowly pull on the beers and hear the entire CD. All I am saying is give Paul a chance.
I listen to this CD constantly. This song inspired a short story. I based the story on this song and it included every title from Pearl Jam’s “Ten” hidden with in it. I should look for that story. I know it would embarrassing but maybe I’ll post it.
So sad. So beautiful.
Hey we remember how to plug in guitars
Popcorn for dinner…I mean who hasn’t done that? Great first line.
Horns…love them. Lyrics, of course, brilliant.
Comments? I welcome them.
Enjoy it all