In the wake of a recently-announced limited-edition covers EP, the merest inkling of a full-fledged Replacements reunion is reason enough to re-explore the revered cult band's songbook. Here are 15 of best songs by one of America's finest rock groups with a full playlist at the end.
"Night Rally" is threatening and filled with devastating imagery, and "Radio Radio" -- while no less subversive in its subject matter -- is more upbeat, and most satisfyingly, contains a proper resolution.
To put it simply, this record sounds like like it was made by a bunch of kids who barely have any idea what they're doing or where it's coming from. But it's that impetuous, unseasoned enthusiasm that makes pop music like this so personal and engaging.
"Hand in Hand" is overall reminiscent of Merseybeat, without a doubt one of Costello's major touchstones for This Year's Model and beyond. Yet the relatively tame vocal performance and buoyant melody offer a sharp contrast to the harsh lyrics.
On "You Belong to Me", the author's romantic possessiveness and sexual neuroses that are merely hinted at in previous selections from This Year's Model reach their volcanic acme here, where they stay for the impassioned remainder of the record.
The most stylistically New Wave cut from This Year's Model, the somewhat dated and overplayed "Pump It Up" serves as an arch between the lyrically-effusive "The Beat" and melodramatic "Little Triggers", a transition that otherwise wouldn't be as fluid.