After the reunited Replacements played a gigantic homecoming show in Saint Paul, Minnesota, a couple of weeks ago, the Internet started buzzing with the possibility of a new record from the indie-rock legends. While I absolutely love the Replacements, so many reunion records of the past have been such overwhelming disappointments (see: Indie Cindy by the Pixies
) and I don't think I can handle seeing that happen to another band so dear to me. So I'm choosing to ignore it all, and listen to today's 12 O'Clock Track
, "I Will Dare," over and over instead. This song comes off of the Mats' 1984 masterpiece Let It Be
, which marked their transition from fast 'n' loose punk into ragged and jangly alt-rock. It's a perfect opener to a perfect album, and even if these guys go on to make a new, crappy album, at least we'll always have this.