The Replacements About

One of the most influential American alternative bands of the 80s, back when “alternative” actually meant something, The Replacements influenced innumerable bands in the 90s and beyond. A wholly unique blend of rock and roll thrash, punk, blues, and ballads augmented by some of the greatest lyrics ever written. In the tradition of The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The New York Dolls and The Ramones, they were perennial critics darlings, unforgiveably misunderstood or ignored by the general public, belatedly feted for their genius. Inability to break through to the masses and generate profits for their label, the pressure of constantly “failing” (in a commercial sense) resulted in their ultimate demise.

Their output is such that their fanbase often disagrees violently about what their best album was, and whether they were better with or without original lead guitarist Bob Stinson who was fired for unreliability. Regardless, their mid-career trio of albums Let It Be, Tim and Pleased To Meet Me are generally considered their artistic peak, although every album has something that will stand the test of time. While considered one of the best live acts of all time, their drunken escapades are the stuff of legend, with shows degenerating into false starts and half-played cover versions barked out by equally drunk fans.

It has been speculated that the only thing The Replacements feared more than failure was success. They were notorious for intentionally shooting themselves in the foot when it most counted, for example at shows where record exectives were in attendance, or at performances with national exposure. In this way, by sabotaging themselves, they were able to tell the powers that be in the recording industry: “You think you control our fate, and you can hold us down? No. We are holding ourselves down far worse than you could ever hope to.” If you destroy yourself, you simultaneously deprive anyone else of using their power to destroy you, and there is some perverse degree of power and agency in doing so.

Excellent resources for those who would like to learn more about one of the most important rock bands in the history of popular music include:
Trouble Boys, a biography by Bob Mehr
Color Me Obsessed, a film by Gorman Bechard
All Over But The Shouting, an oral history by Jim Walsh

The Replacements Albums

All Shook Down All Shook Down The Replacements Released September 25, 1990 24 53
Don't Tell a Soul Don't Tell a Soul The Replacements Released February 1, 1989 18 78
Pleased to Meet Me Pleased to Meet Me The Replacements Released June 17, 1987 22 60
Boink!! Boink!! The Replacements Released April 1986 8 54
Tim Tim The Replacements Released October 1985 17 55
Let It Be Let It Be The Replacements Released October 2, 1984 17 56
Hootenanny Hootenanny The Replacements Released April 29, 1983 17 55
Stink Stink The Replacements Released June 24, 1982 12 79

The Replacements Lyricsby Popularity

1 Swingin Party The Replacements 566 2 I Will Dare The Replacements 217 3 The Ledge The Replacements 158 4 Gudbuy t'Jane The Replacements 156 5 Staples in Her Stomach The Replacements 146 6 Kick It In The Replacements 144 7 Unsatisfied The Replacements 141 8 Can't Hardly Wait The Replacements 135 9 You're Getting Married The Replacements 128 10 Waitress in the Sky The Replacements 127 11 Till We're Nude The Replacements 125 12 Junior's Got a Gun The Replacements 123 13 Bastards of Young The Replacements 121 14 Can't Hardly Wait (The Tim Version) The Replacements 119 15 Never Mind The Replacements 116 16 Answering Machine The Replacements 114 17 Kiss Me on the Bus The Replacements 113 18 Kiss Me on the Bus The Replacements 113 19 Alex Chilton The Replacements 112 20 20th Century Boy The Replacements 111 21 Asking Me Lies The Replacements 110 22 Heartbeat – It's a Lovebeat The Replacements 109 23 Red Red Wine The Replacements 108 24 Shutup The Replacements 108 25 Ought to Get Love The Replacements 108 26 Here Comes a Regular The Replacements 107 27 Run It The Replacements 107 28 Little Mascara The Replacements 105 29 Left of the Dial The Replacements 104 30 Beer for Breakfast The Replacements 103 31 Gimme Noise The Replacements 101 32 Tiny Paper Plane The Replacements 101 33 Here Comes a Regular (live) The Replacements 100 34 Little Mascara The Replacements 99 35 I Will Dare The Replacements 97 36 Kiss Me on the Bus The Replacements 96 37 All He Wants to Do Is Fish The Replacements 96 38 Tossin' n' Turnin' The Replacements 95 39 If Only You Were Lonely The Replacements 94 40 Unsatisfied The Replacements 94 41 Here Comes a Regular The Replacements 94 42 Otto The Replacements 93 43 You Ain't Gotta Dance The Replacements 93 44 Answering Machine The Replacements 93 45 Rock 'n' Roll Ghost The Replacements 93 46 I Don't Know The Replacements 93 47 Can't Hardly Wait The Replacements 92 48 Birthday Gal The Replacements 92 49 Can't Hardly Wait (alternate version) The Replacements 91 50 Lookin' for Ya The Replacements 91 51 Androgynous The Replacements 90 52 One Wink at a Time The Replacements 90 53 Photo The Replacements 89 54 Somethin' to Dü The Replacements 89 55 Skyway The Replacements 89 56 Hangin' Downtown The Replacements 88 57 Portland The Replacements 88 58 Rattlesnake The Replacements 87 59 If Only You Were Lonely The Replacements 87 60 Talent Show The Replacements 87 61 Portland The Replacements 87 62 Answering Machine (live) The Replacements 87 63 I.O.U. The Replacements 87 64 Valentine (demo) The Replacements 85 65 Can't Hardly Wait The Replacements 85 66 Jungle Rock The Replacements 84 67 Can't Hardly Wait (The Tim Version) The Replacements 84 68 Sixteen Blue The Replacements 84 69 Kids Don't Follow The Replacements 84 70 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock The Replacements 84 71 Kick Your Door Down The Replacements 84 72 Shutup (demo) The Replacements 84 73 Cruella DeVille The Replacements 84 74 All Shook Down The Replacements 84 75 Darlin' One The Replacements 84 76 Love You Till Friday The Replacements 83 77 Talent Show The Replacements 83 78 Liking a Rolling Pin The Replacements 83 79 Election Day The Replacements 82 80 Nowhere is My Home The Replacements 82 81 Stuck In The Middle The Replacements 81 82 Shiftless When Idle The Replacements 81 83 Satellite The Replacements 81 84 Anywhere's Better Than Here The Replacements 81 85 Bundle Up The Replacements 80 86 Willpower The Replacements 80 87 Hayday The Replacements 80 88 Customer The Replacements 80 89 Merry Go Round The Replacements 80 90 Shooting Dirty Pool The Replacements 79 91 Dose of Thunder The Replacements 79 92 Black Diamond The Replacements 79 93 I Bought A Headache The Replacements 79 94 Skyway The Replacements 78 95 Take Me Down to the Hospital The Replacements 78 96 Kiss Me on the Bus The Replacements 78 97 Someone Take the Wheel The Replacements 78 98 Another Girl, Another Planet (live) The Replacements 78 99 Perfectly Lethal The Replacements 77 100 Lovelines The Replacements 77 101 Radio Hook Word Hit The Replacements 77 102 Pool & Dive The Replacements 77 103 I Don't Know (alternate take / hidden track) The Replacements 77 104 Valentine The Replacements 76 105 White and Lazy The Replacements 76 106 Can't Hardly Wait (Acoustic) The Replacements 76 107 Waitress in the Sky (alternate version) The Replacements 76 108 You Lose The Replacements 76 109 Careless The Replacements 76 110 Like A Rolling Pin The Replacements 76 111 Cool Water The Replacements 75 112 Takin' a Ride The Replacements 75 113 Bastards of Young The Replacements 75 114 Back to Back The Replacements 75 115 Nowhere is My Home The Replacements 74 116 Color Me Impressed The Replacements 74 117 Here Comes a Regular The Replacements 74 118 Favorite Thing The Replacements 73 119 Nowhere Man The Replacements 73 120 Alex Chilton The Replacements 73