Tim (album)

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Tim is an album released in October 1985 on Sire Records by the alternative rock band The Replacements. It was their first major label release. It was also the last album made by the original line-up of the band: guitarist Bob Stinson was kicked out of the band shortly after the album's release.

Tim's mainstream commercial success, like its predecessors, was moderate at best, despite the critical acclaim it garnered. The album peaked at #183 on the Billboard Music Chart's Top 200.

Like its predecessor, Let It Be, Tim was highly praised by many critics upon its release.[1] Tim placed 136th on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and it ranked #4 in the Alternative Press list of the Top 99 albums of 1985-1995.[2] Along with their previous album, Let It Be, it received the full five stars from Allmusic.

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Songs

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 Chuck Berry and Nick Lowe on "Kiss Me on the Bus". Lyrically, the album is typical of Westerberg's style. The songs are an assortment of alienated narratives from a motley crew of low-lifes and losers, often tragically unable to function as responsible adults. 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 famous 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) and "Left of the Dial" (minus the speaker-bashing).

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