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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Replacements March 10, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

Ever been flying and found yourself singing “Waitress in The Sky”?…..

I got into the Replacements in reverse … Heard some Paul Westerburg, bought his ‘Suicaine Gratifaction’ album and soon realised that until then I’d let a brilliant band called The Replacements pass me by.
One “Let it be” later and “Tim” , “All Shook Down”  , “Hootenanny” and “Pleased to Meet Me” all joined the CD shelf at home. It can be safely said that “Let it be” and “Tim” are two of the finest albums I own. Indeed I was surprised that there had been no TWIMBLT done for them previously.

Fairly recently a documentary “Color Me Obsessed” (which I’ve yet to see) was made about them. This trailer describes them


Its over 30 years since their debut album ‘Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash’ and having broken up 1991 there is little chance of a reunion (although we’ve heard that before from many bands). Trying to choose a selection of songs was difficult as I’d put one in and think of another song. They have been described as a “Glorious Mess” with Westerbergs growly voice on top of an array of tunes and styles. They had something to please everyone from the early punkish numbers and loud songs such as ‘Bastards of Young” to the brilliant ‘Androgynous” , “Here come the regulars” and other slow numbers.
Tons of bands cite them as influences.
Here’s some decent Replacements links
You’ll find a list of articles on them here
Another good article The Twenty Best Songs Of The Replacements -Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album
Another good Replacements/Westerberg site



1. anarchaeologist - March 10, 2012

The Mats! (from the Placemats…) one of those great groups that got away, great choice. I hadn’t known about the documentary. I always had the impression that they might’ve made it had they stayed away from the bottle. If you’re on facebook there’s a ‘We want a Replacements reunion and we want it now’ page which occasionally throws up the odd good tune. Right, I’m now gonna make the kids’ breakfast to loud guitar music, which invariably attracts one of those ‘turn it down it’s too loud dad’ comments. Pathetic.


LeftAtTheCross - March 10, 2012

It gets better, my 14 year old started singing along to SoS’s post below, “who’s that again dad, great song?”. Victory!


WorldbyStorm - March 10, 2012



2. sonofstan - March 10, 2012

The Olympia 1989 (?) – the ‘Mats played late, kicking off at about midnight: and their first song was

It took me months to come down


WorldbyStorm - March 10, 2012

A great great band. Always loved Pleased to Meet Me, Let it Be and oddly enough Don’t Tell A Soul, though a bit of rot had set in by then.


sonofstan - July 18, 2017

AGAP reminds me….new (!) Peter Perrett album is rather good.


crocodileshoes - July 18, 2017

He was interviewed in ‘Newsnight’ a few nights ago – wouldn’t have bet much on that 35 years ago.

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3. irishelectionliterature - August 26, 2013

They played a Reunion gig the other night in Toronto….


4. This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The I Don’t Care’s | The Cedar Lounge Revolution - February 20, 2016

[…] and then a succession of her own bands – and Paul Westerberg, once of The Replacements (much loved round these parts) and then of his own band, and then of the Replacements again and now solo again since last year. […]


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