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Editors’ Notes

Hootenanny is the bridge between the Mats’ slash-and-burn early music and the poignant college rock anthems of their albums to come. By 1982, the band’s reckless, restless attitude was running high, and the material they turned in for Hootenanny was a perfect reflection of their eclectic musical tastes and unwillingness to be anything but contrary. The fans wanted tunefulness; the band gave them the breakneck blast of “Run It.” The fans wanted straight ahead rock’n’roll; the band gave them the skeletal, sensitive “Within Your Reach,” which features only Paul Westerberg, his guitar, and a drum machine. The fans wanted anything but blues, country, or surf-rock; with “Hootenanny,” “Treatment Bound,” and “Buck Hill,” the band gave them cheerful pastiches of all three genres. When all else failed, the band tried to wile out of playing songs altogether; “Loveliness” is an impish swing tune with lyrics that consist solely of Westerberg reciting personal ads from the Minneapolis City Pages. The Mats seemed to want nothing more than to sabotage their careers, but for all its attempts to annoy us, Hootenanny ended up having something for everyone, and it remains the most endearing, down home album in the band’s catalogue.

Customer Reviews

i got tanked listening to this in 86

we escaped law inforcement officers actually at a fool hardy friends house party, he was dumb enough to pass out flier's at school the days before, his fear became his nightmare. father liquor cabnet raided. police. broken water main. all i can remeber of the end of that night after ditching my gallon milk carton fashioned into a cup for the keg was laying in the back of Mark Notstcka's 68 falcon as treatment bound blared and the exstascy of knowing we had escaped for at least one night and mark screaming out the lyrics as he drove and i held in my puke and Gerlach beside him

finally, my favorite Replacements album on iTunes

Finds the 'Mats perfectly in midstride between their slapdash, go-for-broke early style ("Run It," "You Lose") and Paul Westerberg's growing songwriting ambition ("Within Your Reach," "Willpower"), with none of the major label slickness that came later. Has TwinTone Records finally changed its tune about digital downloads? Will iTunes eventually get deeper into their Minnesota catalog, e.g. the Magnolias?

color me impressed

So, you already own Let it Be, Tim and Pleased to meet Me, and maybe you just picked up the Stink ep. Then, its time to buy Hootenanny. This is a definite transition album for the band. They have lost a lot of the rough edges of the earlier work, and they branch out musically, most notably on Within your reach (someone must have just bought a flange pedal), Buck Hill (The Mats channeling the Ventures), and Willpower (Maybe they had been listening to Bauhaus prior to recording). While the album suffers a little from the growing pains of a band trying to find their voice, it is a fantastic document of their progression.


Formed: 1979 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

The Replacements initially formed in 1979, when Paul Westerberg joined a garage punk band formed by brothers Bob (guitar) and Tommy Stinson (bass) and drummer Chris Mars. Originally called the Impediments, the Minnesota residents changed their name to the Replacements after being banned from a local club for disorderly behavior. In their early days, they sounded quite similar to Hüsker Dü, the leaders of the Minneapolis punk scene. However, the Replacements were wilder and looser than the Hüskers...
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