Day 11 – A Song from Your Favorite Band: "Left of the Dial"

“Left of the Dial” – The Replacements

the congregation from Minnesota

Favorite band: The Beatles? The Rolling Stones? REM? The Pixies? U2? The Police? At first I thought it might be difficult to come up with  — and stick with –this one, but it only took a couple of minutes of soul-searching to name my all-time crush: the Replacements.  None of the music of the bands that I’ve loved over my lifetime still resonates for me like the music of the ‘mats, still tugs at my heart-strings like the melodies and lyrics of Paul Westerberg during his beer-sodden 90’s heyday.

Let it Be, Tim and Pleased to Meet Me — the middle record being the stand-out — are as good of a three-album run as any band has ever had, and in this regard I’ll put the ‘mats right up against any of the great bands I mentioned in the first paragraph.  “Left of the Dial”  is a great song  on an album absolutely packed with great songs — “Skyway,” “Bastards of Young,” “Here Comes a Regular,” “Hold My Life.”

An interview with the ‘mats …

Other people who love the Replacements include …


About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on April 22, 2011, in 30 Songs, Pop Culture, Rock and Roll and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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