Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Jul 8th 2009 4:00PM by Mark Yarm
1. 'Treatment Bound (Alternate Version)' from the 'Hootenanny' reissue: My favorite album of theirs right now is 'Hootenanny.' It's odd to hear a song so honest about being on tour and how they're goofing around. I recognize the aspects of touring, like how they're showing up drunk everywhere. It's a very honest song with laughing in it -- you can hear that they mean what they're singing about. Touring songs on a whole are pretty rubbish. They usually come when a band runs out of ideas.
2. 'Bastards of Young' from 'Tim': It's the most famous of their songs. At least I think it is -- I'm coming to this late, you know. The lyrics are amazing: "The ones who love us least are the ones we'll die to please." Part of what's best about the Replacements is that they've got a sad song like 'Bastards of Young,' then they've got a song like 'Gary's Got a Boner.' You've got so many bands, like the Manic Street Preachers, where every song they write is completely sad, so it doesn't mean anything anymore. It means a lot more to hear a sad song from a band that has a song called 'Gary's Got a Boner.' It seems more genuine. It makes them seem more human.
3. 'Gary's Got a Boner' from 'Let It Be': The first time I heard it, I was in someone's car. I couldn't believe that those were the actual words. I had to get the CD and check. He's genuinely singing, "Gary's got a boner/Gary's got a soft-on." It sounds jubilant and fun. It's straight to the point, isn't it? On our new album we have song called 'What a Rush,' where we refer to a boner as a "rebellious henchman" to make it more polite. [Singer Paul Westerberg] using the word "boner" is a lot more honest.
4. 'Here Comes a Regular' from 'Tim': The first time I heard that I was on the train, going to visit my girlfriend. I was really enjoying the album, then I heard this song. That bit -- "Am I the only one who feels ashamed?" -- nearly made me cry. I had a knot in my throat. My brother works in a pub, and we've got really similar taste in music. I texted him, "You've got to hear this song. Go and find it now." After working in some pubs myself and being the sort of person who does drink a lot and goes to the same pub all the time, it really hit home. It's a very sad song. They've taken the idea behind that 'Cheers' song, 'Where Everybody Knows Your Name,' and turned it on its head.
5. 'Sixteen Blue' from 'Let It Be': If I'd known that song existed when I was 16, I think that's all I would have listened to until I was 20 -- until now, probably. [Replacements bassist] Tommy Stinson was so young when he was in the band. [Westerberg has] never said it's about Tommy, but singing a song about 16-year-olds when there's a 16-year-old in the band -- that's what makes sense to me. It's brilliant. Time does "drag and drag" when you're 16. It is "the hardest age." When I was 16, I was grumpy and sulky. Angry, like all 16-year-olds. I was goth for a bit, but I was just pretending to impress a girl.