THE REPLACEMENTS [EXPANDED]: THIS BAND COULD BE YOUR LIFE
The ‘Mats made it all wrong: they were too drunk when it happened to perform on important occasions, too great when the executives of record companies didn’t leave home, unable to shoot a decent video (Bastards Of Young’s is the only legendary one, one single freeze-frame on the stereo amplifying the song), lost and stoned in front of TV cameras (the memorable series of “fuck” pronounced live on Saturday Night Live during the days of Tim). Yet, the influence of this group on thousands of subsequent bands (from Guns N Roses to Josh Rouse) is enormous.
It means that among the scars and bruises of their songs, people can find a meaningful part of one’s truths.
Anyways I must point out that my love for Westerberg and his Replacements, which was born and raised during the excess of the 1980s, is strictly linked to the dreams they meant to me; among them, the one about a band somewhere ready to shove every nerve, every fibre and every mistake on an album, accepting the idea that none of their fans wanted them to be perfect, but simply real.
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