Friday, October 10, 2014
"Off The Beaten Trax" : THE WEEKEND MIX
I would bet that "Nobody" by The Replacements would not appear on a 'Mats fans' list of Top 20 'Mats tunes. It's on mine though, and after hearing it pop up on shuffle a few days ago, I was moved to create a mix around it.
From "All Shook Down," the band's swansong, and really more a Paul Westerberg solo record, "Nobody" is a gem. I love The Replacements, but not because of the drunken 2 hour live shows with half-baked cover versions, broken guitars and forgotten lyrics. Yeah, those shows were special in their own way, but I am really not a fan of the "it was so bad it was good" school of rock. It works with movies but not with music. I love The Replacements because underneath that "Fuck the big time" persona, Paul Westerberg wrote three dozen songs that rank with some of the best of the last forty years and "Nobody" is one of them.
Seven of the twelve tracks here are deeper cuts than the usual fare we hear by some very popular artists, including the Ryan Adams produced Fleetwood Mac cover by Willie Nelson and an admittedly schmaltzy production behind a stellar Carl Wilson vocal on the late 70's track, "Full Sail."
The mix is filled out with a few tunes that also popped up on the pod while stuck on a train in Newark, including a fave by Lucinda and the incredibly greasy cover of "Susie Q" by the Stones, which opens the set.
Susie Q- Rolling Stones
I've Got Your Love- Boz Scaggs
Sweet Daddy Deacon- Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
Right Back Where We Started From- Chandler Travis Philharmonic
Watch The Sunrise- Big Star
Full Sail- Beach Boys
All Them Losers- Tim Christensen & The Damn Crystals
Mother Whale Eyeless- Brian Eno
Bumpercars- Andy Partridge
Essence- Lucinda Williams
Nobody- The Replacements
Songbird- Willie Nelson
On a side note, not one reader mentioned a word about the Junior Parker cover of "Taxman" posted on Monday. I think it's better than the silence.
Have a great weekend mix.