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We Look Back on the Replacements “Pleased to Meet Me” as If We Didn’t Just Hit a Kid and Flee the Fucking Scene

Oh my god! Oh my God! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck me! Fuck me! Ok damage control… damage control… Jesus fucking Christ HE CAME OUT OF NOWHERE! OK OK deep breaths… deep breaths… everybody just fucking be cool alright?! JUST FUCKING BE COOL!

Pleased to Meet Me, arguably The Replacements most eclectic release, marked a true turning point from the band. It was the first album after the departure of original guitarist Bob Stinson who left the group in an attempt to kick drugs, giving Paul Westerberg complete creative control. Westerbergs penchant for experimentation and…

What am I doing? I’m taking control of the situation that’s what the fuck I’m doing!

The introduction of horns and incorporation of a wide range of musical styles including R&B may have been too much for some fans to handle at the time, most critics saw the album as the genius…

Who the fuck lets their kid ride his bike on a road like this?! People fly down this road, everyone knows that!

Although Pleased To Meet Me was undeniably a departure from the bands purely punk roots it’s undeniable ambition more than…

What do you mean “What are we going to do?” There’s nothing to do! You think a fucking kid could survive that you’re out of your fucking mind.

Track 2, a tribute to Westerberg’s personal hero Alex Chilton of Big Star, remains one of the most enduring anthems The Replacements have ever produced. It’s huge, undeniable power pop energy…

Why do you have your phone out? I don’t like that. Get rid of the phone now. Now. No don’t toss it out the fucking window! We were NEVER HERE don’t you get it?!

Chilton makes a cameo on the record, not on the track that shares his namesake but on the records closing song “Can’t Hardly Wait,” a song which later served as inspiration for the 1998 Jennifer Love Hewitt movie of the same…

Listen to me. LISTEN TO ME! It didn’t happen. Ok? It just didn’t happen. There is absolutely no point in us throwing our lives away because of some freak accident. We are moving forward. We’re going to do a Hard Style retrospective piece on a classic punk album like any other day of the fucking week and everything is fine. I promise, you will be amazed at how easy it is to just walk away. Trust me. I’ve done things.

Sure, Pleased to Meet Me had a few tracks that many would consider to be forgettable fillers but those few less than perfect tracks don’t detract from the albums overall…

Woops, yeah you’re totally right. Little blood on the windshield there. Just gonna spray some fluid aaaaaannnd… there. Now it’s in the past. It never happened. Look, everything is going to be fine. This is just like that time we reviewed Tim after I started that house fire.

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