The Replacements – Alex Chilton 12"
Acquired: Love Garden, New, 2008
Purchased on a fanatical whim, I really have no use for this. But I thought the cover art was cool and it was only $4 so I bought it. Maybe to give away as a gift someday, I'm not sure. Essentially, it's my favorite song of all time. It trounces everything else, and I've probably listened to it a couple hundred times and it never gets old. It's a perfect summertime jam, and also plays up music references, which I have a soft spot for. Writing an ode to your favorite songwriter is the best sort of review you could ever do. It's a way to give back! To express your admiration while using his influence to create something new. It has the same version of the song on both sides, which reminds me of my cassette copy of Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown EP, which had the same four songs on both sides and played on an endless loop on my drives from home to work to home to work, etc. An endless loop of “Alex Chilton.” I could live with that. Actually, it would probably be like that SNL short where Willem Dafoe gets “Private Eyes” implanted in his brain and then goes insane.