December 12, 2008

THE CLASH'S REPLACEMENTS AS THE WORLD'S GREATEST BAND:

A gift a day: The Replacements reissues ( Bobby Tanzilo, 12/12/08, OnMilwaukee)

he Rhino reissues of eight Replacements records -- "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash," "Hootenanny," "Stink," "Let It Be," "Tim," "Pleased to Meet Me," "Don't Tell A Soul" and "All Shook Down" -- are having a dual effect on me.

First, I'm re-hearing a lot of music I haven't heard in a really long time and it's transporting me back to New York City a bit, but especially to Milwaukee in the 1980s. The Milwaukee of Café Voltaire, Century Hall and Irene J's, of the Odd Rock Café, Zak's, Teddy's and The Toad.

But secondly, I'm hearing a lot of Replacements music I've never heard before, especially during the latter, Sire Records years when Paul Westerberg and company had morphed from a Midwestern good time punk band to the edgier outcroppings of heartland rock, where Westerberg melded a Springsteenian lyricism and workingman's approach to his Clash-based roots.

So, if there's a 'Mats fan on your list this holiday, get him or her one or more of these


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