Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I got an invite from Uncle Al to go to a Replacements night over at Delilah's, a punk bar around the corner from my house, but I was in a shitty depressed mood so I just watched the Replacements documentary that they were going to be showing at the bar in the confines of my own apartment.  I was loving it, but midway through Uncle Al texted me: "Does this thing have any live footage or music from the band or is it just dorks talking about the band?"  It was just fans talking about the band, and I absolutely loved it.

I can sit around talking about music for a lot longer than most, and as it turns out, I can watch other people talk about music for a good while too.  This band meant so much to some of these people, especially those from Minnesota, and one guy pointed out that there is a Replacements song for just about any occasion, from a wedding to a funeral.

Watching this thing, I was thinking of how many bands out of the 100's on my iTunes could I actually sit down and be interviewed about for an hour, and the answer is around 5 or 6.  The band has to really mean something to you to be able to expound passionately for that long.  Even if I know that Bob Dylan and the Beatles are great, what can I say about them that hasn't already been said?  Yeah, three out of those 4 Beatles would be the best songwriter in just about any other band and blah, blah, blah, but someone certainly already pointed that out.  What matters is what that band meant to you at the time you heard them.

It would be great if at this time I wrote a sentence about each one of those 5 or 6 bands, but I'm just too tired right now, so why don't you guys do that and I'll respond with something interesting.


Gorilla Bananas said...

I think there are still a lot of avenues for Beatle cogitation. Did George write that riff? Did Ringo play the drums in the songs he sang? Was Paul really the walrus?

Kenneth Noisewater said...

Gorilla: You're right, but I guess I just have the emotional connection. Yes, best rock band to ever walk the earth in many ways, but I don't get as passionate about them as someone like Kyuss who mean something to me because of the way they push me to work out, turn me into a total psycho. There is more of a mystery about Kyuss too. I like a mystery and I like unsung heroes.

Mr. Shife said...

I love The Replacements. I will never forget the first time I heard them and how it changed my life. I was 19 in Japan and just by dumb luck I bought their CD. It blew me away. Still love listening to their stuff as it takes me back to some good times.

Kenneth Noisewater said...

Shifey: In Japan of all places! Would love to hear that story some day over a beer or two, or 10, enough to get Bob Stinson drunk.