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- Listening Length: 20 hours and 34 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: June 6, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072LQWY5L
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Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements Audiobook – Unabridged
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Besides their early punk inspired salvos that made up the first handful of albums, they were one of the most self destructive, childish, naive and ill behaved brats to ever be in a band, on stage or in a helpless van or touring bus together. Substance abuse, especially alcohol was rampant and the tales of incredible amounts of booze they ingested would have killed most people sooner than later. Add a truly mentally ill lead guitarist in Bob Stinson, who was horribly abused as a boy and suffered greatly from it, culminating in every kind of abuse imaginable and several trips in and out of institutions, a very young teenager on bass, a nihilistic lead singer/guitarist front man and a drummer who usually behaved a little better, and you had a band that confounded itself, managers who tried to deal with them, labels, and other music biz people by shooting themselves in the proverbial feet whenever an influential person or persons showed up to watch them live by playing as horrible as possible and behaving even worse in off stage antics.
The potential for greater glory alongside friends like REM was there - the energy though was focused in every possibly wrong way you could think of. By the release of "Let It Be", considered by many the ultimate Replacement album where Paul Westerberg truly matured at least artistically into a very good songwriter, with songs like "I Will Dare" and "Sixteen Blue", the pressures of signing with a major label started appearing, and "Tim", the major label debut on Sire is the other indispensable album, and probably about half of the followup "Pleased to Meet Me", especially "I Can't Wait", proved to be the great shot that never quite got out of the gun barrel, as personal problems, addictions and just plain horrible behavior hung around their necks as they could not achieve the balance between raw talent and vulgar lifestyles.
Of course most bands were and are not squeaky clean, and the book offers a lot of insight from the band members, the original line-up and um, replacement players. It has horrible tragedy, recklessness and hopefully redemption all wrapped up in one very good book. They will never achieve the status of the megabands sales wise, but their influence still rings out today. For those interested in the band and the time period, it's a very good read.
Paul Westerberg, who is the lead singer/song writer for the band, comes across as such a petulant, angry, hateful idiot, it is hard to reconcile that with a lot of his music. The excuse that the author uses for all of the band is they had horrible childhoods (and some certainly did), they were all alcoholics/druggies (OK) and they were uneducated (whatever), but that does not mean that you cannot look at these guys, see how many people supported them to the hilt, how many music insiders did everything they cd for them, their dedicated fan base and etc and forgive them for basically spitting in everyone's face.
They would go out of their way to sink any chance of stardom or success, but then complain that REM sold more albums than them, or Goo Goo Dolls were just a cheap imitation of them - the difference is REM, the Dolls, Green Day, etc, didn't think they were the smartest guys in the room, go out of their way to humiliate people and refuse the simplest requests.
Again, very good book, but it really reveals a band that should have never made it out of bars and backyard bbq.