Side 2, Track 1: Unsatisfied

Sure Rob Gordon can give you his Top 5 Side 1, Track 1s … but what about Side 2? Does anyone give a crap about Side 2 anymore?

What’s a Side 2? For the record (pun … intended), “Side 2” refers to the time when music came on these large black vinyl discs with grooves. “Side 2” was the flip side of “Side 1.” Got it?

There’s no way I can come up with a Top 5 Side 2, Track 1s list off the top of my head. However, if I WERE going to have a list like that, The Replacements’ “Unsatisfied,” off their classic Let It Be (1984) album, would definitely be on the list.

The thing about the Let It Be album is that it’s an album of possibility. On it, the ‘Mats seem to be a band on the verge. Their giving these wonderful, classic songs, and you say, ‘Man, these guys are gonna be legends.’

But, sometimes, the greatest legends are the ones that aren’t heard.

And that’s The Replacements.

At least to me.

Westerberg’s voice is full of the angst-laced wonderings most guys experience at least once in their lives. Of course, it’s the cigarettes and alcohol and drugs that give the voice its character, but the emotion seems straight from the heart. It’s a wonderful pop song that also recalls this quote from High Fidelity:

What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?

Hmmm …

What’s your Top 5 Side 2, Track 1?

(Note: video may have language inappropriate to sensibilities. You have been warned.)


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