|Studio album by The Replacements|
|Released||October 14, 1985|
|The Replacements chronology|
Tim is the fourth studio album by American alternative rock band The Replacements. It was released in October 1985 on Sire Records. It was their first major label release and also the last album made by the original line-up of the band: guitarist Bob Stinson was kicked out of the band towards the end of 1986.
Like its predecessors, Tim achieved moderate mainstream commercial success despite critical acclaim. The album peaked at number 183 on the Billboard Music Chart's Top 200. It was placed 136th on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and ranked 4th in the Alternative Press list of the Top 99 albums of 1985–1995. Along with the band's previous album, Let It Be, Tim received five stars from AllMusic.
Bob Stinson is the only member of the band whose face is clearly visible on the cover.
Stylistically, the album shows Paul Westerberg's diverse influences, including Alex Chilton's Big Star on "Hold My Life," Roy Orbison and Duane Eddy on "Swingin Party" and Nick Lowe on "Kiss Me on the Bus". The song, "Can't Hardly Wait", was originally recorded for Tim, but was not included in the release. It appears later on Pleased to Meet Me with one of the original guitar parts changed to a horn part.
The album also contains the song "Bastards of Young", which was given a now infamous black and white video, consisting of mostly a single unbroken shot of a speaker. At the end of the song, the speaker is kicked in by the person who was listening to the song. Similar videos were also made for "Hold My Life" (in color), "Left of the Dial" (minus the speaker-bashing), and "Little Mascara" (also in color).
"Left of the Dial" is a reference to college radio stations which were usually on the left side of a radio dial. More than 20 years after the album's release, the song remains popular as a college radio anthem.
The band performed "Bastards of Young" and "Kiss Me on the Bus" on Saturday Night Live on January 18, 1986. It was the most television exposure the band had received up to that time, but the band's behavior on the show, including swearing during the broadcast, resulted in a lifetime ban from Saturday Night Live. However, Westerberg would later perform on the show as a solo artist.
The album was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment on September 23, 2008 with six additional tracks.
|The Austin Chronicle|||
|Christgau's Record Guide||A−|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|Spin Alternative Record Guide||9/10|
Like its predecessor, Let It Be, Tim was highly praised by critics upon its release. The album is frequently included on professional lists of the all-time best rock albums. Tim was ranked at number four in Alternative Press' list of the Top 99 albums of 1985–1995. Along with their previous album, Let It Be, Tim received five stars from AllMusic.
|“||Singer-guitarist Paul Westerberg once cited Tim's stylistic bookends to describe both the longevity of the Replacements' influence and their lack of mainstream success. "My style is ultimately both kinds of things," he said. "Sometimes you just love the little acoustic songs, and other times you want to crank the goddamn amp up, and those two parts of me are forever entwined." That cognitive dissonance — the Stonesesque swagger of "Bastards of Young," the unpolished reflection in "Swingin Party" — became a crucial template for grunge, alternative country and, recently, the noisy introspection of emo.||”|
All tracks written by Paul Westerberg, except where noted.
|1.||"Hold My Life"||4:18|
|3.||"Kiss Me on the Bus"||2:48|
|4.||"Dose of Thunder"||2:16|
|5.||"Waitress in the Sky"||2:02|
|1.||"Bastards of Young"||3:35|
|2.||"Lay It Down Clown"||2:22|
|3.||"Left of the Dial"||3:41|
|5.||"Here Comes a Regular"||4:46|
|2008 CD reissue bonus tracks|
|12.||"Can't Hardly Wait" (Acoustic Outtake)||3:52|
|13.||"Nowhere Is My Home" (Session Outtake)||4:01|
|14.||"Can't Hardly Wait" (Electric Outtake)||3:09|
|15.||"Kiss Me on the Bus" (Demo Version)||3:00|
|16.||"Waitress in the Sky" (Alternate Version)||2:00|
|17.||"Here Comes a Regular" (Alternate Version)||5:22|
- Tracks 12 and 14–17 were previously unreleased.
- Tracks 12–14 are session outtakes with Alex Chilton as producer.
- Paul Westerberg - Guitar, Piano, Vocals
- Chris Mars - Drums, Vocals (background)
- Bob Stinson - Guitar
- Tommy Stinson - Bass
- Alex Chilton - Additional Production and Vocals on "Left of the Dial"
- Tommy Erdelyi - Producer, guitar solo on "Kiss Me on the Bus"
- Steven Fjelstad - Producer, Engineer
- Jack Skinner - Mastering
- Robert Longo - Artwork
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