Wow! New music by the Replacements, back together for a benefit EP for Replacements member Slim Dunlap who suffered a stroke last year and who will likely need round the clock care for the rest of his life, which his insurance doesn’t cover.
“I’m Not Sayin'” is a rockin’ cover of a terrific Gordon Lightfoot song, that was also covered by Nico in the 1960s (both versions were posted a while back on Dave’s Strange World). It’s nice to hear the Placemats back so strongly. And if you like what you hear, download the “Songs for Slim” EP from iTunes, Amazon, or from some other legitimate source. Proceeds are to help Slim. More details can be found below:
During the 1980s, the Replacements were the critics favorite that everyone thought would be the Rolling Stones to REM’s The Beatles. And if you heard 1984′s “Let it Be,” it would be hard to disagree. There’s not a bad track on the album andit wasn’t foolhardy to predict big things loomed ahead for the Placemats …… And I guess you don’t need a road map to predict what happened next. The major-label follow-up “Tim,” despite some great songs, sounded tinny and under-produced (and that’s compared to the indie “Let it Be” which even today, just crackles). The next one “Please to Meet Me” was better, but was so overproduced that it’s damn near impossible to listen to these days without wincing. They finally scored a semi-hit with the admittedly great “I’ll Be You” in 1989, but the other albums were even more hit or miss and they called it quits around 1991.
“Here Comes a Regular” is one of the highlights from “Tim” and it’s presented here in an alternate take that has more clarity, but is also rawer than the version that made it onto “Tim.” A fine example of what a great songwriter Paul Westerberg is.
CORRECTION: Forget what I said about “Tim.” This is now my favorite Replacements album. All I can say is that I was wrong … dead wrong … about the quality of “Tim.” Check it out below: