“Wild Stab” Video Winners

Winner #2 is a stop-motion video for “Back” by Helen Frank from Sheffield, UK. Thanks Helen!

The first in the “Wild Stab” video contest was directed by Max Tullio with help from his pals at Sarah Lawrence College. Here’s the official video for “Outta My System”.

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“Trouble Boys”: Bob Mehr Interview + Book Excerpt

It’s still 2 weeks until the official release of “Trouble Boys” on March 1, but you can whet your appetite with an exclusive book excerpt rom Rolling Stone: Inside the Replacements’ Disastrous ‘Saturday Night Live’ Debut:

By that evening the band’s reputation as a handful was clear to everyone on the show’s staff. None of the Replacements realized they’d be trapped on the eighteenth-floor set from sound check till showtime. When Warner Bros. publicist Mary Melia arrived to look in on them, Tommy, Paul, and Chris were on a dressing room couch, watching uncomfortably as Bob paced like a caged animal. “He was out of his mind to leave,” said Melia. “Bob was scary.”

To soothe the band’s nerves, soundman Monty Lee Wilkes smuggled some alcohol into the studio in a little road case. As the ‘Mats began to dip in, the show’s host said hello. When “Harry Dean stuck his head in, we asked him to have a snort,” recalled Westerberg. “He slammed the door behind him and proceeded to gulp.” Word began to circulate that the host was getting drunk mere hours before the live show. Panic ensued until a production assistant dragged Stanton out of the band’s dressing room.

Sufficiently lubricated, the ‘Mats’ dress rehearsal set went off smoothly. Bob had wowed everyone by donning a striped lady’s unitard. The only hitch occurred during “Bastards of Young” — Bob was late coming in on the solo. Westerberg would make sure he didn’t miss his cue during the live broadcast. <more>

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Alan Singer/NBC/Getty

“Trouble Boys” author Bob Mehr was interviewed in The Washington Post: ‘He wrote the definitive bio of the Replacements and got Paul Westerberg’s tooth’.  Lots of good insights into the book and the band in the interview but I had to share the tooth story (and picture):

Paul Westerberg is one of rock’s great mystery men. How did you get him to talk?
First, I made a formal pitch to Paul. He was sort of into it. I had dinner with Tommy and he said, “I’ll do it if Paul will.” As it happened, Paul and I, sort of, we had had enough substantive conversations and he had enough of a good feeling about me that he agreed. Now, that doesn’t mean he trusted me immediately. Everybody’s kind of been surprised. Why did he agree to do this? I don’t know that I have an absolute answer. I would go interview him a couple times a year and then come back to him. I think over those years of working on the book, six years in total, he ultimately, developed a real trust. Because one day in the mail he had sent me some family photos and along with the family photos he sent a tooth. One of the teeth he had had removed. A childhood molar.

Paul Westerberg sent you his tooth?
He had recently had it removed. For what, I’m not sure. Maybe you’ve got a piece of me. Either playing with my head or trying to send a message.

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Wild Stab: Reviews & Lyrics

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Some very nice reviews have been coming in for Wild Stab:

Salon, Caryn Rose “There are hooks and riffs and clever turns of phrase; there are bold declarations, and much quieter ones. There is so much to like on the record, and it’s tremendously accessible and listenable.”

 Aquarium Drunkard “So – how does Wild Stab (more lowered expectations) hold up? It’s actually fantastic. From what has been said in interviews, Hatfield was allowed a look through Westerberg’s demos that had gone unreleased (mostly) and allowed to pick what she thought sounded worth tackling. The results are a record that sound a lot like this recent excellent period of Westerberg’s songwriting.”

AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine “Wild Stab emphasizes sharp hooks and smart songwriting, but the striking thing about the album is how it feels buoyant, an emotion that doesn’t come easy to either member of the I Don’t Cares.

And it was named an Album of the Week by Sun Media (CA newspaper chain).
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If you’re looking for lyrics (or best guesses on lyrics, to be more accurate) for Wild Stab, you can find some lyrics here, still 5 or 6 song left to go.

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The I Don’t Cares Want Your Videos

The I Don’t Cares want YOU to take a Wild Stab at making a video!

Are you an aspiring film maker? Clever or artistic? Too much time on your hands? Need to make a few bucks to cover rent this month?

Then what are you waiting for?

  1. Make a video for your favorite song on “Wild Stab”.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube and send us the link: theidontcares@tenpinmgt.com
  3. If we like your video, we will pay you $1 per second and feature your credited video on our websites.

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Peter Wolf Interviews Paul Westerberg (!)

Today is the release date for Wild Stab, which was already going to make this a banner day. And then here comes this completely unexpected interview on Vanyaland interview, way out of left field. Peter Wolf interviewed Paul at a hotel in Cambridge yesterday.  I can’t remember the last time Paul did an hour-long filmed interview.

In detailing each track over the course of the hour-long conversation, Wolf describes the album as a very romantic, spontaneous collaboration, with multiple layers of feeling. “It’s like a nice jewel,” he says, “you just keep rubbing it, and it starts shining.”

Throughout the chat, in which Westerberg touches on his career as a songwriter, his influences, and the recent Replacements reunion, the 56-year-old Minnesota native stresses that the raw, grittiness of the album is one of its finer qualities.

“I go with goosebumps and the ear,” he tells Wolf. “When I feel it, then it’s done, it’s ready…. You do it with computers and shit — you can fix everything. And people do. Why compete with that? Everybody can make a perfect record in their basement, bedroom, on their phone. That’s not gonna serve anything. I don’t want to make a perfect record.”

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Paul Westerberg and Peter Wolf – Le Méridien Cambridge

Over the course of the reunion tour, Paul mentioned “Daffodil” several times during performances, which had the message board wondering who he was referring to. At Boston Calling, he dedicated “Valentine” to Daffodil, and if memory serves, also during the performance of “Alex Chilton” (“I’m in love with Daffodil”). Mystery solved!

“We joke, we call each other ‘Sandpaper’ and ‘Daffodil’. I got this one voice and she’s got this other and I always thought let’s kinda meld the two together… she puts something very lovely and makes my voice an easier pill to swallow.”

Interesting background on the new version of “Born for Me”, Paul reveals that song was written about Juliana and touches on one reason he’s doing the interview rather than both of them. Peter asks him about the photo on the back of the CD, with their hands reaching out to each other:

“Read into it what you want…I think that’s why she isn’t here. Like it or not, there’s an element of romance to the record that is deep and in this day and age you don’t want to come out and lay it out there for people to speculate about and ask questions. The reason “Born for Me” is on there is because I wrote it about her, how many years ago (when) it came out.”

Born For Me Lyrics

Vanyaland helpfully provide a list of topics to jump to, I’ll spare you the agony of waiting regarding the tour question. The answer was basically “nothing is planned but never say never”.

3:25: How did the collaboration come about?
8:37: Bringing Sammy Davis Jr. to life
12:54: Dissecting I Don’t Cares songs, and writing for Juliana Hatfield
16:35: Letting the music do the talking
19:22: “There’s a certain mystery that sits with this [LP]”
23:27: Songs from Paul Westerberg’s basement
28:00: How old Replacements demos became I Don’t Cares songs
31:38: Westerberg’s first record purchased, first concert attended
35:45: Westerberg’s first guitars, and when music started paying the rent
40:03: Coming off the Replacements’ reunion tour
47:10: Singers in the band are the craziest
50:26: Let’s get a refill
51:00: “We teased ourselves… we’re not making a record” —
53:35: Life after the Replacements reunion
56:30: Where is Juliana?
59:56: Taking the I Don’t Cares on the road

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