Into the Vault, Part 3

The third installment of four, for all of you waiting with bated breath. Hello? Bueller?

  1. “Black Diamond” – The Replacements,  Let It Be 

The Mats loved covers; a classic from one of the best albums ever.

 

2. “White Queen” – Queen  Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, December 1975

A magical “delicate little number.” This was a breakthrough year for the band; they bookended it with triumphant concerts at the legendary Odeon. The recent reissue album is an absolute treasure trove of revelatory material and info-a must for collectors.

 

3. “All Mixed Up” – The Cars, The Cars 

The last song in the Benjamin Orr-sung trilogy (Bye Bye Love, Moving in Stereo, All Mixed Up) that closed the band’s 1978 debut album. Combining Cars coolness and precision playing with with barely contained passion, it was a mainstay on their early tours.

 

4. “Every Day” – Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr

This dates to 1974, when Ocasek and Orr gigged on the coffeehouse circuit under that name, even before the advent of Cap ‘n Swing and the subsequent retooling that created the Cars. One of the prettiest things you’ll ever hear.

 

5. “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” – Linda Ronstadt, Heart Like a Wheel 

Also from 1974 and Ronstadt’s iconic album. Another of the prettiest things you’ll ever hear.

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3 thoughts on “Into the Vault, Part 3

  1. Nice set of music. I wasn’t really a Replacements fan but we did see them open for Elvis Costello way back in ’91. I should spend more time listening to them. What balls to call an album ‘Let it Be,’ eh? Nice Queen song. I may have to give that live album a spin. Who doesn’t love at least one Queen song? Interesting that your last two songs are Buddy Holly. Well, he wrote ‘Everyday’ but is associated pretty closely with ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.’ I knew of Cap ‘n Swing but hadn’t heard anything by them. Thanks for filling in that gap.

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  2. Saw the Mats open for Tom Petty in maybe ’89-’90; that tour has become legendary for the ill-fated pairing. The Petty fans were rabid in their contempt and the Mats were obviously miserable; the night I saw them Tommy Stinson tried repeatedly to unstrap his bass and take off and had to be physically kept onstage. The fan hatred was physically palpable. It’s a shame; they were a great band and in their own environment could be a blast.

    I have to admit the Ronstadt version is the first version of that song I ever heard; since my guest DJ spot was a bit of a celebration of covers it made sense to pair those two tracks up.

    Cap ‘n’ Swing was a good little band although they ended up as a footnote as the last failed band for Ocasek before the Cars. They had an almost jazzy little vibe, especially in Todd Roberto’s bass work. “Strawberry Moonlight” was covered by a band called Elfin Hill.

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  3. Yes, opening acts really have to be picked with care or fans will show their displeasure. The Monkees loved Jimi Hendrix and invited him to open for them. It became difficult when he came out to waves of “We Want Davy” from teenyboppers. Needless to say, he didn’t last very long. And it doesn’t even have to be an opening band. I just read Robbie Robertson’s bio. The Band were booed consistently while they backed Dylan in ’66. According to him, people shouted out regularly to get rid of them. This took its toll on Levon Helm who quit for a while.

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