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Songs That Make You Cry, Opinions on The Replacements & FKA twigs

For one reason or another, everyone has got a handful of songs that make them cry. Jim and Greg share some of the songs that bring tears to their eyes. They also review something old and something new: they revisit The Replacements' album Don't Tell a Soul 30 years later and share their thoughts on the new record from FKA twigs.

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The Replacements Dead Man's Pop

Legendarily shambolic, The Replacements were a great band often a few years ahead of its time. Their 1989 album, Don't Tell A Soul, attempted to polish up their sound in hopes of gaining radio airplay and commercial success, a far-fetched aspiration in retrospect. Still, Sire Records saw enough potential to scrap the original mix the band wanted in favor of a more polished radio-friendly version. The album wound up going nowhere commercially, though just two years later, things may have been different post-Nevermind. Mats fans have speculated ever since what would have happened had the original mix been released. The box set Dead Man's Pop provides a genuine article to fuel that speculation. Original producer Matt Wallace has remixed Don't Tell A Soul to capture the sound the band actually wanted back in 1989. The set also includes a session The Replacements recorded with Tom Waits around this time, as well as a complete live show.

Jim and Greg agree that the production wasn‘t the only problem with Don’t Tell A Soul, so Dead Man's Pop can only improve things so much. Greg finds that the new mixes reveal an inspiration he hadn't previously associated with the album: Rod Stewart's 1971 acoustic-electric album Every Picture Tells A Story. Jim is most appreciative of the concert recording that's included in the box set.

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FKA twigs MAGDALENE

Greg says that British avant electronic artist FKA twigs named her sophomore effort MAGDALENE after the biblical Mary Magdalene, a woman in The Bible who was“…miscast as a sex worker by a Pope. People don‘t realize that she was basically another disciple, and one of the greatest advocates of Jesus Christ’s teachings in the Bible.”Greg adds that to FKA twigs, Mary Magdalene represents all women“who have ever felt misunderstood, demeaned, mischaracterized… basically all women throughout history.”MAGDALENE features her sweet soprano voice contrasting with what Greg terms "crunchy production… This record is art-pop to the max." He compares her style to Kate Bush. Jim agrees, but adds that FKA's genre-hopping also reminds him of Bjork at her best, and can be seen as a companion piece to Lana Del Rey's Norman F *#$%&$ Rockwell. But beyond the comparisons, Jim asserts that FKA Twigs has "a personality all her own, commenting on where romance fits in her life [and] where women fit in the world at this moment," adding“it's a really smart, and very gripping record.”

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List: Songs That Make You Cry

Feel a lump in your throat? Go ahead and let it all out as Jim and Greg play some of the tracks that personally make them cry.

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“Let Me In”R.E.M.

Greg puts another coin into the Desert Island Jukebox, this time in appreciation of "Let Me In" from R.E.M.'s much maligned 1994 album Monster. Greg argues that despite the album's bad reputation, the track is“a beautiful mourning song”written by Michael Stipe in the wake of the deaths of his friends River Phoenix and Kurt Cobain (who died within six months of each other.)

Featured Songs

  1. The Replacements, I'll Be You (Matt Wallace Mix), Dead Man's Pop, Rhino, 2019
  2. The Replacements, Talent Show (Matt Wallace Mix), Dead Man's Pop, Rhino, 2019
  3. The Replacements, Rock 'N Roll Ghost (Matt Wallace Mix), Dead Man's Pop, Rhino, 2019
  4. The Replacements, Achin' To Be (Matt Wallace Mix), Dead Man's Pop, Rhino, 2019
  5. FKA twigs, cellophane, MAGDALENE, Young Turks, 2019
  6. FKA twigs, mirrored heart, MAGDALENE, Young Turks, 2019
  7. FKA twigs, mary magdalene, MAGDALENE, Young Turks, 2019
  8. FKA twigs, holy terrain (feat. Future), MAGDALENE, Young Turks, 2019
  9. Sinéad O'Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, Chrysalis, 1990
  10. Luther Vandross, A House Is Not a Home, Never Too Much, Epic/Legacy, 1981
  11. The Beach Boys, Lonely Sea, Surfin' USA, Capitol/EMI, 1963
  12. Joni Mitchell, River, Blue, Reprise, 1971
  13. Randy Newman (Performed by Sarah McLachlan), When She Loved Me, Toy Story 2: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, Walt Disney, 1999
  14. This Mortal Coil, Song to the Siren, It'll End in Tears, 4AD, 1984
  15. R.E.M., Everybody Hurts, Automatic for the People, Warner Bros., 1992
  16. Tom Waits, Martha, Closing Time, Asylum, 1973
  17. Rod Stewart, The Killing of Georgie (Pt. I & II), A Night on the Town, Warner Bros., 1976
  18. Al Green, For the Good Times, I'm Still In Love With You, The Right Stuff, 1972
  19. Dome, Rolling Upon My Day, 1 & 2, The Grey Area/Mute, 1996
  20. LCD Soundsystem, All My Friends, Sound of Silver, Capitol/DFA, 2007
  21. R.E.M., Let Me In, Monster, Warner Bros., 1994
  22. Billie Eilish, Bad Guy, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Darkroom/Interscope, 2019
  23. Brenda Holloway, Operator, (Single), Tamla, 1965
  24. Rush, The Spirit of Radio, Permanent Waves, Mercury, 1980
  25. beabadoobee, I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus, Space Cadet, Dirty Hit, 2019
  26. Blackwater Holylight, Motorcycle, Veils of Winter, RidingEasy, 2019
  27. Kimbra, Top Of The World, Primal Heart, Warner Bros., 2018
  28. Sue Saad and the Next, Gimme Love, Gimme Pain, Sue Saad and the Next, Planet, 1980