There is really not much one can say about The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me that hasn’t already been said a thousand times in a thousand different contexts.
There are two different camps of Mats fans; those who prefer the band’s earlier material rooted in punk, and those who prefer the bands output beginning with the transitional 1984 album Let It Be. I personally fall into the second group, preferring the more pop oriented post-punk sound to the rawer early material. Different strokes.
The third album, Pleased To Meet Me, in the triumvirate comprised of (it), Let It Be, and Tim remains my favorite album overall from beginning to end. And by favorite, I mean a narrow favorite, as the other two come damn close at taking that title. In fact, if you’re reading this and fall into the latter Mats category, I imagine a 1/3 or you are disagreeing with me as you read these words. So, please – List your favorite LP – and thoughts – in the comments.
I’ve been listening to Pleased To Meet Me all weekend, and just now, when I considered what tracks to post off the album, I initially thought to post something more obscure off the LP, say “Nightclub Jitters” and “The Ledge,” but, alas, the power-pop won out, so here is “Alex Chilton” and “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Two songs that if you don’t already have in your life, you need.
MP3: The Replacements :: Alex Chilton
MP3: The Replacements :: Can’t Hardly Wait
Video: The Replacements :: Bastards of Young
Video: The Replacements :: Replacements Interview 1984
Amazon: The Replacements – Pleased To Meet Me