Paul Westerberg

World Class Fad

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"World Class Fad" should have been the song that launched Paul Westerberg to mainstream stardom -- as catchy, clever, and caustic as anything he ever recorded with the Replacements, it's a diatribe against success and ambition delivered in the form of a near-perfect pop song, and it's probably no surprise that Westerberg never did manage the trick of having his cake and eating it, too. This four-song EP is the first of two British singles promoting "World Class Fad" -- for Replacements completists, it's particularly noteworthy for including blistering live readings of the Mats classics "Left of the Dial" and "Can't Hardly Wait" as well as a cover of the Only Ones' "Another Girl, Another Planet," a longtime mainstay of the band's stage repertoire.

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