Monday, December 9, 2013

#251: The Replacements-The Ledge (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#251
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "The Ledge"
Artist: The Replacements
Release Date: July, 1987
From the Album: Pleased to Meet Me (1987) 

 
Quick Take: A controversial song about teen suicide ? MTV refused to air the video without a disclaimer ? "The Ledge" courted outrage because Paul Westerberg's first-person lyrics, in the voice of a confused teenager crouching outside a high downtown window, don't take a strong stance against teen suicide. (Indeed, the final high-pitched squeal of the closing chorus is undoubtedly supposed to suggest that the kid has jumped.) "The Ledge" is not a pro-suicide song by any means, however; Westerberg's lyrics are merely sympathetic to the kind of emotional traumas that lead to such drastic measures. Musically, "The Ledge" is the hardest-rocking song on the Replacements' otherwise quite poppy Pleased To Meet Me, a dark-toned, Stonesy groove featuring some of Chris Mars and Tommy Stinson's most insistent rhythm section work, and the overall effect is more cathartic than depressing.

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