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 74
Don't Tell a Soul Don't Tell a Soul The Replacements Released February 1, 1989 18 109
Pleased to Meet Me Pleased to Meet Me The Replacements Released June 17, 1987 22 83
Boink!! Boink!! The Replacements Released April 1986 8 75
Tim Tim The Replacements Released October 1985 17 71
Let It Be Let It Be The Replacements Released October 2, 1984 17 72
Hootenanny Hootenanny The Replacements Released April 29, 1983 17 72
Stink Stink The Replacements Released June 24, 1982 12 100

The Replacements Lyricsby Popularity

1 Swingin Party The Replacements 612 2 I Will Dare The Replacements 240 3 The Ledge The Replacements 191 4 Gudbuy t'Jane The Replacements 180 5 Kick It In The Replacements 174 6 Staples in Her Stomach The Replacements 173 7 Unsatisfied The Replacements 164 8 Waitress in the Sky The Replacements 158 9 Can't Hardly Wait The Replacements 157 10 You're Getting Married The Replacements 154 11 Alex Chilton The Replacements 154 12 Till We're Nude The Replacements 152 13 Never Mind The Replacements 150 14 Junior's Got a Gun The Replacements 150 15 I.O.U. The Replacements 148 16 Can't Hardly Wait (The Tim Version) The Replacements 146 17 Red Red Wine The Replacements 145 18 Asking Me Lies The Replacements 145 19 Bastards of Young The Replacements 141 20 Answering Machine The Replacements 140 21 Kiss Me on the Bus The Replacements 139 22 Here Comes a Regular The Replacements 138 23 Shutup The Replacements 138 24 Run It The Replacements 136 25 I Will Dare The Replacements 133 26 Heartbeat – It's a Lovebeat The Replacements 133 27 20th Century Boy The Replacements 133 28 Kiss Me on the Bus The Replacements 132 29 Little Mascara The Replacements 132 30 Little Mascara The Replacements 129 31 Tiny Paper Plane The Replacements 127 32 Beer for Breakfast The Replacements 126 33 Here Comes a Regular (live) The Replacements 126 34 I Don't Know The Replacements 126 35 Ought to Get Love The Replacements 125 36 Tossin' n' Turnin' The Replacements 123 37 Gimme Noise The Replacements 122 38 Otto The Replacements 121 39 Can't Hardly Wait The Replacements 121 40 Here Comes a Regular The Replacements 120 41 Birthday Gal The Replacements 120 42 Left of the Dial The Replacements 119 43 Somethin' to Dü The Replacements 119 44 All He Wants to Do Is Fish The Replacements 119 45 Can't Hardly Wait (alternate version) The Replacements 118 46 Customer The Replacements 118 47 You Ain't Gotta Dance The Replacements 118 48 Answering Machine The Replacements 118 49 Skyway The Replacements 116 50 Sixteen Blue The Replacements 116 51 Androgynous The Replacements 115 52 Lookin' for Ya The Replacements 115 53 Hangin' Downtown The Replacements 115 54 Rock 'n' Roll Ghost The Replacements 114 55 Rattlesnake The Replacements 113 56 Kiss Me on the Bus The Replacements 113 57 All Shook Down The Replacements 113 58 Portland The Replacements 112 59 Answering Machine (live) The Replacements 112 60 Photo The Replacements 110 61 If Only You Were Lonely The Replacements 110 62 Bastards of Young The Replacements 110 63 Pool & Dive The Replacements 110 64 Talent Show The Replacements 110 65 Jungle Rock The Replacements 109 66 Can't Hardly Wait (The Tim Version) The Replacements 109 67 Kick Your Door Down The Replacements 109 68 If Only You Were Lonely The Replacements 109 69 Shutup (demo) The Replacements 108 70 Unsatisfied The Replacements 108 71 Skyway The Replacements 108 72 Merry Go Round The Replacements 108 73 Cruella DeVille The Replacements 108 74 Darlin' One The Replacements 108 75 Election Day The Replacements 107 76 I Bought A Headache The Replacements 107 77 Talent Show The Replacements 107 78 One Wink at a Time The Replacements 107 79 Portland The Replacements 107 80 Careless The Replacements 106 81 Love You Till Friday The Replacements 106 82 Willpower The Replacements 105 83 Shooting Dirty Pool The Replacements 104 84 Kiss Me on the Bus The Replacements 104 85 Valentine The Replacements 103 86 Valentine (demo) The Replacements 103 87 Bundle Up The Replacements 103 88 Black Diamond The Replacements 103 89 Kids Don't Follow The Replacements 102 90 Liking a Rolling Pin The Replacements 102 91 Dose of Thunder The Replacements 101 92 Bastards of Young The Replacements 101 93 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock The Replacements 101 94 Takin' a Ride The Replacements 101 95 Get on the Stick The Replacements 101 96 Another Girl, Another Planet (live) The Replacements 101 97 You Lose The Replacements 100 98 Satellite The Replacements 100 99 Nightclub Jitters The Replacements 100 100 Can't Hardly Wait The Replacements 99 101 Can't Hardly Wait (Acoustic) The Replacements 99 102 Take Me Down to the Hospital The Replacements 99 103 Lovelines The Replacements 99 104 Hayday The Replacements 99 105 Anywhere's Better Than Here The Replacements 99 106 Route 66 The Replacements 98 107 Stuck In The Middle The Replacements 98 108 Merry Go Round The Replacements 98 109 Someone Take the Wheel The Replacements 98 110 Nowhere is My Home The Replacements 96 111 Nowhere is My Home The Replacements 96 112 Radio Hook Word Hit The Replacements 96 113 Back to Back The Replacements 96 114 Can't Hardly Wait The Replacements 95 115 I'll Buy The Replacements 95 116 Waitress in the Sky (alternate version) The Replacements 95 117 Color Me Impressed The Replacements 95 118 Like A Rolling Pin The Replacements 95 119 Cool Water The Replacements 94 120 Perfectly Lethal The Replacements 94