26
Jan
09

‘Mats reissues

Trying to get back at this sorry, neglected blog here. The knee’s feeling much better; thanks for the kind emails folks. Anyway, at long last I got to indulge in a bit of used record shopping for the first time since the ol’ leg hinge crapped the bed and had to be refurbished (my ortho referred to it as “spring cleaning”). And what was waiting for me at dear old Amoeba Berkeley? A fourtet of the Rhino Replacements reissues: Sorry Ma,…; Hootenanny; Let It Be & Tim. Sweet!! I’ve had ‘em on such heavy rotation I can’t even recall at the moment what else I bought.  Some thumbnail first impressions:

Sorry MaStarting at the beginning with Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash. The most bonus tracks by far at 13 (out of 31, I love symmetry). My personal highlight isn’t even one of the 12 unreleased tracks but rather a strong candidate for my favorite b-side ever. So excited that I can finally post this without having to rip one of the most battered 7 inch’s in my collection.

If Only You Were Lonely – the flipside of “I’m In Trouble”

Hootenanny

Skipping Stink (just for now, trust me) we get  Hootenanny. No sophomore slump for these dudes. And consider notice served that they are no one trick pony either. The bonus stuff is leaner but still very interesting; a studio take on “Treatment Bound” (though I’m glad they went with the recording from their rehearsal space), a couple versions of “Lovelines” and a jacked up version of “Johny’s Gonna Die” (a ballad from Sorry Ma,…). At the risk of getting stuck in mellow mode I must say my personal fave is this solo home demo of a lost Westerberg gem.

Bad Worker

Let It BeNext is one of the most lauded albums in the annuls of indie rock and my first Mats purchase, Let It Be. By far the worst liner notes of the lot. Gina Arnold’s hyperbole about how great the Replacements were provides zero insight into the creation of this college rock landmark. Someone  telling us something we don’t already know instead of preaching to the choir would have been nice. Bonus tracks include another fabulous b-side, the gloriously shambolic cover of T.Rex’s “20 Century Boy,” and another solo Westerberg home demo, a positively feral take on “Answering Machine.” In the end I decided to share a pretty rocking outtake and a regular album track because if I had to decide on my top Replacements tune I’d go with this one. Plus I think of my wife whenever I hear it.

Perfectly Lethal (outtake)

Favorite Thing

Tim

The best Replacements show I ever saw was at the Fillmore in support of Tim. Sadly the last with Bob Stinson on board. These are the bonus tracks I’m returning to far more than those the other three. The first  up is from a session “produced” by Alex Chilton. Serious food for thought hearing Bob playing on a future classic. The next is from a “get your feet wet” session in the spring of 1985 with new producer Tommy Erdelyi (aka Tommy Ramone). Though the final version definately benefits from a more subdued approach this demo of another favorite is a ferocious,  infectious rocking revelation.

Can’t Hardly Wait (alternate version)

Kiss Me On The Bus (alternate version)

Now off to the local and search for Stink and Pleased To Meet Me.


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