MP3: The Replacements - Here Come ...Some Regulars (?)
There's no doubt that The Replacements were one of the best, most influential and yet now unknown bands of the 80s. They were definitely as important as REM or The Smiths in influencing current musical trends, and yet the poor quality of a lot of their recordings and the scarcity of reissues of their albums (which are also spread over a bunch of different labels) has often meant that they're not listened to in the same way those other mentioned bands are. Thankfully the wonderful Rhino have just released a great hits compilation featuring songs from all of the bands labels as well as two new tracks (which I've yet to hear but are apparently very good). It's a damn good compilation, and the only downer about it would be that if you're not a fan, after buying and hearing this you probably will be and then will have to shell out on some of the same songs again when you buy all the albums, but then I guess thats the same for most greatest hits packages. If you're not a fan, here's a few songs to hopefully influence you to go and check out that compilation. First up is a rare(ish) version of the song Can't Hardly Wait, which was featured on the bands 1987 album Pleased To Meet Me. However this mp3 is an early version of the song recorded for the earlier classic Tim, and only otherwise available on an older greatest hits compilation called All Or Nothing. Second up is an album track, again from Please, the quite great Alex Chilton. Enjoy.