How I was introduced to the ‘mats:
As an 18 year old Johnny Thunders fan, I have absolutely no one in my life who even knows who the guy is. My peers here in socal (southern CA) like The Killers and stuff like that. Anyways, one day i was looking at Thunders CDs on the barnes and noble site, and i had an important question about one of the CDs, so I emailed the first reviewer on the page. He answered my questions and told me to check out The Replacements. I usually don’t check out ANY band suggested by a friend (see the second sentence in this paragraph), but I was so elated to talk to someone about Thunders. I took this stranger’s advice, and I downloaded (illegally) “Bastards” “Alex Chilton”, and “Can’t Hardly Wait.” I loved all three songs and now collect their material (legally) and dream of perhaps seeing Paul (once his hand is better from the screwdriver-wtf?) or Tommy (when he tours with GNR-wtf?) live.
Meeting my first (only) Westernerd on Myspace:
He is Brazilian, a Thunders fan as well. I was so excited but now he wants so send me discs in the mail, and I am scared to give out my home address to a stranger. Why I cannot find a single local ‘mats fan is beyond me. Sigh.
What Prompted Me To Buy My First ‘Mats CD:
I can’t really say album because I’m relatively young and this is 2007. Sorry. My first one was Let It Be. The cover had a lot to do with this purchase. At the risk of presenting myself as boy-crazy and shallow, I will admit that I have huge crushes on Paul and Tommy (mainly Tommy) from when they were younger (think from 1981-1991). Doesn’t anyone else around here?! Forgive me.