If you ever saw the Mats back in the 1980s you would know that it was hit or miss as to whether you would see a good show, or a adolescent drunken shebang. Either way it was always exciting. The Replacements for sale: live at Maxwell’s 1986 catches the band on a particularly good night. Paul Westerberg’s vocals and lyrics are somewhat coherent and comfortably, at home live on the small stage in this bar room setting. Bob Stinson’s guitar is electric, uncharacteristically sober. The Mats run through all their “not-so-greatest” hits up to that point. From Hayday to Fuck School, this hootenanny is a Dose of Thunder. Color Me Impressed. Enjoy!
Rock ‘n Roll music has always been a voice of self-consciousness and defiance. In the past it has called out abuse and questioned tyranny especially in the late 1960s and early 70s. It has rallied youth and provided a platform for generations to speak out against injustice, corruption and intolerance. Now especially is the time for underground American rock to reawaken. Who will be the new voice in these troubled times?
R.E.M’s Fables of the Reconstruction was one of the rural soundscapes of my youth in the 1980’s.
Surf, brass and crass. Today’s Runner is by 80’s house band The Fleshtones who, along with the movie Animal House, made loud drunken behavior and togas a requirement on college campuses all across the country.