Friday Lunch Break – The Replacements "Pleased To Meet Me"

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If you’re looking for something to pass the time between your coffee break and happy hour today, you could do a lot worse than this excellent article on this excellent album (my favorite from The Replacements).

I don’t have much to say about the record that isn’t covered (more skillfully) here, but I will say that I saw them play on campus at UC Davis in 1989, and the four of them had clearly ingested more alcohol than the 800 people in the audience combined. Paul Westerberg asked the audience for requests, ignored everything anyone said, then asked if we wanted to hear “Cruella DeVille”, from 101 Dalmatians. I said “yeah!”, from about the 5th row. He looked right at me, said “Fuck you”, and then the band exploded into that very song, and it was easily the high point of the night.

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