May 4, 2006

New Replacements: “Message To The Boys”

Oh, this is soooo good: classic ‘Mats flavor and a rocking sound on this, the first new Replacements song in 16 years. I am loving it. The song was premiered earlier today on the Jim Rome show, which seemed an odd choice to many (apparently he is a sports radio guy), but his passion about music came through as he talked about his time working on college radio and his love for the Replacements.

Message To The Boys – The Replacements

(rip from streaming online radio, up for a limited time)

I heard Stinson’s interview, and Westerberg was also supposed to call in. Anyone catch the whole thing? I am anticipating the forthcoming album Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was: The Best Of The Replacements, due June 13 from Rhino Records.

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  • As a Twin Cities resident, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for this new song from our hometown heroes.

    Your Hometown Hero — May 4, 2006 @ 4:10 pm

  • Hey- I listened to the whole thing. As you mentioned, Paul didn’t call in, as a matter of fact, he pretty much blew it off, much to the disdain of Rome. But Tommy was a great interview. He pretty much downplayed the Replacements doing a tour, and eventually he got bored with the topic and wanted to discuss the Lakers instead. The song they played was Message to the Boys, which was very good, sounded like vintage Replacements. All in all, a good segment….

    Mikey Mo — May 4, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

  • So nice. Very good on a night that the Bulls are eliminated from the playoffs and the Cubs are getting spanked (again).

    Eric — May 4, 2006 @ 9:08 pm

  • You kick all of our asses all of the time.


    jennings — May 4, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

  • Sweet!! I like this! Great find.

    Gamer C. — May 5, 2006 @ 9:10 am

  • Wow, great post!

    OK, the opening riff sounds a little derivative of Paul’s “Dyslexic Heart” off the Singles soundtrack, but otherwise this is a great — dare I say “feel good” — melodic rock track that picks up where “Don’t Tell A Soul” left off. And it actually has a looser, less anxious feel than a lot of the songs on that album (on which they were trying so so so hard to break through).

    I listened to it three times before writing this comment. Happy Friday indeed!

    daver from chicago — May 5, 2006 @ 9:11 am

  • Daver — Totally agree with you on the “Dyslexic Heart” thing. I kept waiting for the Na Na Na Na’s to come in.

    Great tune. Great job!

    Steve — May 5, 2006 @ 9:44 am

  • awesome! are they doing an album?

    alias pail — May 5, 2006 @ 10:05 am

  • Kudos to MPLS. Thanks for the Mats, Husker Du, & Soul Asylum & that Purple Rain guy, too.
    It will be hard for any of these acts to reform and be vital I’m afraid. Nostalgia is a mixed bag & the sign of a dying culture.

    Wisconsin — May 5, 2006 @ 11:16 am

  • Oh Heather, once again you have made a little pixiegirl very very happy… xox

    lism. — May 6, 2006 @ 5:25 am

  • Oh man, I am totally flipped out. Thanks SO much for posting!

    steve — May 9, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

  • Went over a neighbor/friend’s house last night and we got to talking about regional beers – what one does when watching bball. He mentioned Grain Belt. Told him I never had it, but saw a photo of the mats standing in front of a Grain Belt billboard. This am got msg from friend attaching “Message to the Boys.” Ain’t life grand.

    Anonymous — May 20, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

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