Left Of The Dial

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  • Touring can be lonely and good warm moments are fleeting. As the song states, Paul Westerberg caught part of a friend's band on the radio, but the song faded out. >>
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    Jack - Chicago, IL

Comments: 5

  • Rabbit Bunny from Westminster MdOne of the most perfect Rock songs ever!
  • Brian from Boston, MaLeft of the dial is a reference to where on the radio you will find smaller indipendent stations.These stations are were you would be most likely to find alternative bands such as R.E.M. the previous posts are correct however in saying that the song is not about R.E.M. My purpose here is just to explain the term Left of the dial. This is a great song The Replacements are an underrated band.
  • Terry from Ottawa, CanadaMaybe my friends and I just weren't clued in so much. We always thought this was a tribute to college radio. The Replacements were a staple at my college radio station in Calgary Ab. Most college stations in Canada on FM were on the left side of the radio dial, like 91.5 or 89.9 etc. It's true that The Replacements' career, radio-wise, was at the college level. never knew about any tributes to people or bands.
  • Mister Whirly from Minneapolis, MnYep, the song was written about Lynn Blakey of Let's Active. The song is often misattributed to being written about R.E.M.
  • Don from San Antonio, TxI've heard this was written for the girl in Let's Active, they met at a gig and exchanged phone numbers. He lost hers...and while on tour he came across an interview on the radio, but she never mentioned him.
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