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Pleased to Meet Me (Expanded Edition)

The Replacements

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The Replacements, led by songwriter Paul Westerberg, focused on life’s beautiful losers, those cursed by circumstance and the fatal flaw that never allows success through the door, no matter how loud the knock of opportunity. Southern cult rocker, Big Star’s Alex Chilton is lauded in a song bearing his name, and it’s to his wild, weary spirit that the band’s raucous Stones-esque sound is based. This 2008 reissue contains 11 bonus tracks, including seven previously unreleased demos and alternate takes. Most impressive is the alternate take of “Alex Chilton” that gives listeners an insight into what the album would have sounded like without the extra production touches. The demo of a song only known as “Photo” — and apparently judged a throwaway — ranks among the band’s finest material. “Can’t Hardly Wait” is presented in altered form (additional versions, including a worthwhile acoustic take can be heard on the deluxe reissue of their previous album Tim), while “Bundle Up” and “Kick It In” further embellish the band’s legacy as loose-kicking rockers. Goofy covers of “Route 66,” “Tossin’ and Turnin’,” and “Cool Water” display the band’s eclectic choice in cover material. Their anarchic streak remains intact.

Customer Reviews

Pleased To Meet Me

The 'Mats are the best band ever. It was with this album that I fell in love with them. That and listening to Paul and Tommy on WXRT in Chicago. I miss them.

Pleased To Meet Me - The Replacements

PTMM is probably one of the best rock and roll albums ever recorded. The boys once again prove that from the heart and off the cuff is what rock and roll really is. The songs are there. The playing is there. The production is there. Produced by Jim Dickinson at Ardent in Memphis after the release of Bob Stinson from the band. Paul, Tommy and Chris stretch themselves in new directions without losing any of their usual great stylings. If rock and roll is your bottomline this one will not disappoint.

Before there was grunge...

Those who followed The Replacements during their career were lucky to have witnessed a truly great rock and roll band. Their music epitomized the rebellious nature of the genre and their songs were full of the teenage angst that Nirvana made so popular just as The 'Mats were coming to an end. You were absolutely guaranteed a fun time at one of their shows. "Pleased To Meet Me" is a perfect title for a 'Mats album, as they always thumbed their noses as the establishment and then came right around and proved that they weren't just an ordinary band of slackers. This album has some of the best alternative rock from that era and it still is better than most of the stuff turning out these days. "IOU", "I Don't Know", and "Shooting Dirty Pool" are good representations of not only where The 'Mats came from, but where they were headed. The acoustic "Skyway" and "Can't Hardly Wait" became instant classics and "The Ledge" is an amazing gem sitting right in the middle. The Replacements came from the Minneapolis scene that gave the world the legendary Husker Du and the equally rocking Soul Asylum. It could be said that the music coming out of this scene was a direct influence on the grunge scene of Seattle that came after it.

Biography

Formed: 1979 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

The Replacements initially formed in 1979, when Paul Westerberg joined a garage punk band formed by brothers Bob (guitar) and Tommy Stinson (bass) and drummer Chris Mars. Originally called the Impediments, the Minnesota residents changed their name to the Replacements after being banned from a local club for disorderly behavior. In their early days, they sounded quite similar to Hüsker Dü, the leaders of the Minneapolis punk scene. However, the Replacements were wilder and looser than the...
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