Tag: the replacements

  • Going Down With the Replacements

    Not a Bunch of Loads “Go ahead RJ, get the notebook out,” Tommy cackles. A bubble of beer hangs from his chin, but he doesn’t know about it. Four nights into the Replacements’ road trip and already things are getting ugly. The Replacements, four miscreants from Minneapolis, are setting up their equipment in a cafeteria […]

  • 1987 Pazz & Jop: Significance and Its Discontents in the Year of the Blip

    I grew up in a time when elections still had their popcult charm, like baseball standings. Since age 10 I’ve been rooting for a presidential convention to go into extra ballots, and despite the lives at stake, the first Tuesday of November is my idea of a good night for a TV party. That’s how […]

  • 1985 Pazz & Jop: Virtue Rewarded

    Nineteen eighty-five sure was busy-busy-busy for Chuck and Elvis’s love child. You’d think it’d have its hands full just perverting the nation and feeding the world, but those were epiphenomena. Now more than ever, “rock music” is first and foremost an engine of the culture industry, whence all the rest of its inescapable visibility flows. […]

  • 1984 Pazz & Jop: The Rise of the Corporate Single

    The 11th or 12th Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll is fraught with many significances. You got capitalism rampant and alternative capitalism and maybe even alternative politics, you got 1984 come true and the light at the end of the tunnel. You got three top 10 bands from Minneapolis and try to make a “sound” out […]

  • Everybody Get Psyched for Those Replacements Reissues

    So next week Rhino unleashes the first wave of its grand refurbishment of the Replacements catalog, spanning the Twin/Tone years, and thus including Stink, Hootenanny, and Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. But the crown jewel of this haul is obviously 1984’s masterpiece Let It Be, and this seems like a fine occasion […]