Route 66 Song Of The Week: The Replacements, via Minneapolis

Hello again, fellow roadies!  IT’s that time of the week again, and here in Chicago, it’s a nippy evening after a sunny but cool day.  Looking forward to Easter Sunday, belatedly sending my Jewish friends Passover greetings (I always get that either too early or too late, darn it), and generally hoping that the tulips and daffodils start popping up soon.  Must need a few more April showers, I guess.

Anyway, our musical tribute this weekend comes in a roundabout way.  Some of you may know that Andrew Evans of NatGeo Traveler has just begun traveling down Route 66 form Chicago this week.  His Twitter feed (@WheresAndrew) has lots of entries for the last two days.  We’re glad he made it to Springfield, IL by evening for dinner at Saputo’s — but, like most non-Chicagoans, he figured there really wasn’t much to see between downtown Chicago (Noooooo!  Not again!!) and the city limits of Joliet, and so he skipped over most of what yours truly has been researching for almost three years.  Sigh … we knew there was a reason we’re writing this book, but honestly: you’d think more people would have caught on by now that they’re missing a lot in the metro area.

So, in honor of Andrew Evans, who may have missed a lot in metro Chicago even while he was techinically on the Route, this week’s rendition of our theme song comes from The Replacements, a garage-punk-alt-rock band that originated in Minneapolis, MN … which is way off the track of Route 66, but we applaud their hearty take anyway.  Listen in:


This particular track is from their 2008 album Pleased To Meet Me on Rhino Records.  The band was formed in 1979 and, like many others, suffered a break-up between 1991 and 2011, only to re-form and record again.  This particular track shows off a fine sound that is a few notches above even a very good garage band.  And even though they’re clearly using the general rockin’ blues arrangement laid down ages ago by Chuck Berry and followed by the Rolling Stones, among many others, it somehow sounds fresher than usual when The Replacements do it here.  Definitely a good track for this unwilling spring day and a test-cruise down Ogden Avenue.

Y’all have a really great weekend and a fine holiday with your loved ones — and don’t forget to keep your eyes on the road, preferably with a designated driver if you’re partying hearty.  And please, please, please:  if you like our posts, remember to ‘like’ the individual post and give us a star rating, too (the star rating only shows up on the home page, for some strange reason, but it’s right under the individual post’s headline, so look carefully for it).  We love that you’re following us and reading the posts, and we promise to keep you in the know in future, too, so don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and let your friends and neighbors know about us.  Thanks heaps!

Until next time,
your own DJ SweetMarie



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