The Ledge #595: Replacements Tribute Albums
As one of those lunatics who tends to collect anything and everything asoociated with artists I love, it's probably no surprise that I have quite a few tribute albums devoted to The Replacements. When Let the Bad Times Roll (a Tribute to The Replacements) was released earlier this month, I did a deep dive in my archives and discovered that I actually owned seven of these types of records.
With that in mind, it was a no-brainer to do a show devoted to nothing but Replacements tribute albums. The seven records represented tonight have been released throughout the last three decades, and include releases originating in Australi and Italy. There's a few semi-big names but there are as many, if not more, bands whose career I know nothing about.
I also made myself a challenge that I would try not to duplicate any songs...and I succeeded! There are 35 different Replacements tracks covered by 35 different artists. Ok, there is one artist who appears twice - Mikey Erg's band, Ergs, covers "I'm in Trouble" while as a solo act he performs "Wake Up"
Just because the overall theme revolves around The Replacements doesn't mean that I'm ignoring the "52 Weeks of Teenage Kicks" series. In fact, you get a double dose of covers tonight to open and close the show. The first version is by an L.A. band called Kolars. They're a duo that features a drummer that tap dances rhythms with her feet atop a bass drum while simultaneously playing a stand-up kit. The version that closes the show, Freddy Lynxx and the Jet Boys, is led by a Johnny Thunders fanatic who actually allowed his hero to choose his band's name.
As I do every week, however, I must again plead with y'all for more versions of "Teenage Kicks". If you are a musician, or have any contact with artists that could record their own take on the classic, please contact me!
Along wth the "Teenage Kicks" bookends, tonight's episode included these tracks:
From Let The Bad Times Roll (a Tribute To The Replacements):
Mikey Erg - Wake Up
The Color Fred - The Ledge
Crazy Tom Martin - Sadly Beautiful
Jon Snodgrass - Go
Crossed Keys - I'll Be You
From Graduate Unskilled: Un Tributo ai Replacements:
Lester Greenowski - God Damn Job
Laser Geyser - Answering Machine
Irene Sciacovelli - Achin To Be
Edward Abbiati - If Only You Were Lonely
Panamas & Massilanciasassi - Shiftless When Idle
From We'll Inherit The Eart: A Tribute To The Replacements:
Ergs - I'm In Trouble
Queers - Unsatisfied
Tiltwheel - Skyway
Drag The River - Portland
Against Me! - Bastards Of Young
From Left Of The Dial - A Pop Tribute To The Replacements:
Happy Regrets - Kiss Me On the Bus
Cockeyed Ghost - I.O.U.
The Put Outs - Nowhere Is My Home
Day of Reckoning - Left of the Dial
The Cables - Valentine
From I'm In Love With That Song:
Brad Shepherd - Alex Chilton
The Celibate Rifles - I Will Dare
DM3 - Rock 'n' Roll Ghost
Half Miler - Here Comes a Regular
You Am I - White & Lazy
From So What: A Tribute To The Replacements:
Buick McKane - I Hate Music
Fastball - Androgynous
Beggar's X-mas - Johnny's Gonna Die
The Gourds - Favorite Thing
The Asylum St. Spankers - Treatment Bound
From Sorry Ma, Forgot To Let Out the Cats: A Tribute to The Replacements:
The Stonesouls - Mr. Whirly & Can't Hardly Wait
Hayride - Heyday
The Germans - Seen Your Video
The Woggles - Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
Baby Fishmouth - Kids Don't Follow