The Replacements

Replacements Reunion & Classic Album Dissection

Jim and Greg dissect The Replacements' classic album Let It Be in honor of the band getting back together after a twenty-two year hiatus.

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After more than 20 years, The Replacements have finally reunited for a series of RiotFest shows. Fans have been clamoring for a Replacements reunion since the band broke up in 1991. So was it a success? Jim and Greg share their experience at the RiotFest show in Chicago. You can also check out their print reviews here and here.

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The Replacements Let It Be

The Replacements reunion offers us a great reason to revisit our 2007 Classic Album Dissection of the 1984 release Let It Be. Unlike previously dissected albums like Revolver and Songs in the Key of Life, Let It Be wasn't a major critical or commercial success. But, Jim and Greg believe it's one of the greatest albums ever made. It was the 4th album from the Minneapolis band, which was comprised of four“scruffy”members: Paul Westerberg, Bob Stinson, Tommy Stinson and Chris Mars. As Jim and Greg explain, this album put the band on the map and helped to define what we know today as "indie music." To learn more about the making of Let It Be and why it's so special, Jim and Greg talk with longtime Minneapolis music journalist Jim Walsh, author of The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting. To cap it all off Jim and Greg play what they think is the ultimate Let It Be song: Unsatisfied.



“Pouring It All Out”Graham Parker

Jim and Greg continue to inspire one another. Last week Jim chose a track by Australian punk band The Saints (inspired by Greg's Australian pick the week before). Now this week Greg wanted to continue highlighting an artist who, like The Saints, kept soul music alive. British“Pub Rocker”Graham Parker emerged out of a very white, male scene in the 1970's. But he also incorporated the Stax and Motown sounds he grew up loving. Greg adds Pouring It All Out to the Desert Island Jukebox. And you know who else loves Graham Parker? Judd Apatow and Adam Carolla, to name a few. Pub Rock fans should also check out our interview with Nick Lowe.

Featured Songs

  1. Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray,“Caramel,”Pure Sunray, 2013
  2. Metz, Get Off, Metz, Sub Pop, 2012
  3. Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mladic, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, Constellation, 2012
  4. Tegan and Sara, Closer, Heartthrob, Warner Bros., 2013
  5. A Tribe Called Red, Electric Pow Wow Drum, A Tribe Called Red, Free release, 2012
  6. Purity Ring, Lofticries, Shrines, Last Gang Records Inc, 2012
  7. Zaki Ibrahim, Heart Beat, Every Opposite, Motif Records, 2012
  8. The Replacements, Favorite Thing, Live at Riot Fest, Restless Records, 1991
  9. The Replacements, Seen Your Video, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  10. The Replacements, Favorite Thing, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  11. The Replacements, Hootenanny, Hootenanny, Twin/Tone, 1983
  12. The Replacements, Sixteen Blue, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  13. The Replacements, Gary's Got a Boner, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  14. The Replacements, Unsatisfied, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  15. Paul Westerberg, World Class Fad, 14 Songs, Sire/Reprise, 1993
  16. The Replacements, I Will Dare, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  17. The Replacements, Answering Machine, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  18. The Replacements, We're Comin' Out, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  19. The Replacements, Androgynous, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  20. Graham Parker, Pourin' It All Out, Pourin' It All Out: Mercury Years, Mercury, 1986
  21. Blondie, Call Me, Autoamerican, Chrysalis, 1980
  22. Janelle Monae, Prime Time, The Electric Lady, Bad Boy, 2013
  23. Cheap Trick, Surrender, At Budokan, Epic, 1979
  24. U2, I Still Haven't Found What I am Looking For, Rattle and Hum, Island, 1987

Footnotes Polaris Prize Founder Polaris Prize Greg's Riotfest review Jim's Riotfest review Jim Walsh's website All Over But the Shouting“Pouring It All Out” Adam Carolla & Graham Parker Judd Apatow & Graham Parker Pub Rock Nick Lowe on Sound Opinions