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Monday, March 05, 2007

Jesse Malin Butchers "Bastards of Young"

Alright, we get it-- you're gay

The Replacements' anthemic "Bastards of Young" has certainly left its own skidmark on the pages of rock history, no doubt helped along by the Replacements' infamous Saturday Night Live performance of the song, during which Paul Westerberg said "Get it right, fucker" to bandmate Bob Stinson on live TV, thus earning the 'Mats a lifetime ban from the show.

Now, Jesse Malin (above), who's apparently proud to have discovered classic rock 20 years after the rest of us and is now spending his retirement years putting out crappy CDs to prove it, is including a weepy, stripped-down piano version of "Bastards of Young" on his new CD, due to arrive in dumpsters stores any week now.

If there ever was a cover version that puts a stake through the heart of the original, this is it:

Jesse Malin, "Bastards of Young"

In an effort to be fair, here's one of Malin's better songs (from all the way back in the 90's) to help clean your eardrums out:

D Generation, "She Stands There"

And last, the classic non-video the Replacements made for "Bastards of Young":


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont mind some Jesse Malin stuff but wow thats pretty bad.

3/11/07, 9:34 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

Echoes my thoughts exactly.

3/11/07, 10:28 PM

Blogger Moses Lawn said...

That Malin guy sings like he's got a snot rag stuffed up his nose.

3/11/07, 10:50 PM

Blogger Supes said...

I think it's fucking great.

What good is a cover song if you aren't going to do something different with it?

3/16/07, 8:37 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

Hey, props to Jesse Malin just for covering the Replacements (instead of covering some schmuck band), but the execution is lacking and doesn't do the song any justice.

3/16/07, 9:09 PM

Anonymous random woodrow said...

Hearing that crappy cover actually makes me hate the Replacements.

Thanks for nothing, Mr. Malin.

4/10/07, 5:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coming from a guy where the Replacement's music played a significant role in my life from say 8th grade to college. Nothing wrong with the song. I like it.

6/22/07, 9:49 PM

Blogger Rivertown Tree Service in Hastings said...

I imagine this is how Barry Manilow would have done it. Except Barry wouldn't have gotten the words wrong.

3/5/08, 9:18 AM

Blogger Mark said...

Leave Jesse be, he's got his heart in the right place!; everyone worth his salt does a dodgy cover every now and then. If you want to hear some really good original Jesse material, listen to 'High Lonesome' with Ryan Adams producing.

5/17/08, 2:40 PM


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