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THE REPLACEMENTS@ROUNDHOUSE

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:17 am
by Garth Cartwright
Last time I was at the RDH was for Television. I guess I've got to that age where I go to gigs of bands who peaked when I was a youth and then split, only to reform decades later to play to sheds full of middleaged blokes. Thing is, back then I always thought the Replacements were overrated, a band who aspired to greatness but never came near it. And tonight only confirmed that. Where they were once famously drunk n sloppy in concert they are now very tight, speeding through songs - a few of which I recognise, most of which I don't (and just sound like pedestrian thrash). They do "ironic" covers - Dust My Broom, My boy Lollipop, Lost Highway, Another Girl Another Planet - but the sense of fun appears long gone: I always thought the R's aspired to be The Faces but lacked what that band had (magnificent singer, amazing players, great songs) and now with Luther Dickinson (I think) on lead guitar and Tommy having spent longer on bass in Guns N Roses than in the R's they have reformed as a big loud charmless hard rock band. Playing same venue tonight but I'd suggest you save your money and go to Joe Baatan at 229 on Thursday. If you must go take earplugs. Too fucking loud.
PS I only attended as a friend offered me a freebie. Mistake.

Re: THE REPLACEMENTS@ROUNDHOUSE

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:37 am
by Adam Blake
Haha! It's great when I agree with one of your critical pastings, Garth. I always disliked The Replacements and would drolly and humorously call for the record (or even the CD) to be replaced when played at parties of ironic, overeducated young people that I would sometimes find myself at in what can only be described as the 80s.