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Originally issued in 1981, The Replacements’ debut album came at a time when punk rock was slowly morphing into ‘80s indie rock. Singer-songwriter Paul Westerberg shows hints of his poignant rock ‘n’ roll heart with “Johnny’s Gonna Die,” but mostly settles for the fearless and free speed and aggression of “Takin’ A Ride,” “I Hate Music,” and “Shutup.” The band’s genuine irreverence would turn them into one of the decade’s most unpredictable and, therefore, exciting live bands. However, at this early stage, no one could’ve predicted that they’d even be together long enough to make a second album. Their bassist Tommy Stinson was all of 12 years old when he joined the band with his older brother Bob and wasn’t yet 16 upon the album’s release. This expanded edition includes 13 extras: the demos Westerberg handed to their eventual manager / label head Peter Jesperson in 1980 in hopes of landing a recording contract, along with outtakes, studio demos, a powerful alternate take on “Customer,” a ridiculous “Basement Jam,” and the excellent acoustic b-side “If Only You Were Lonely.”

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Why isn't the final track insanely famous?

"If Only You Were Lonely" is one of Westerburg's best songs and has been a favorite of mine for years. Many thanks to iTunes for finally making it available. I love the Mats, but gotta admit that there is not a whole lot on this album worth repeated listening. Fun for a romp, but the real story of the Mats starts at "Hootenanny."

If Only you were loney too

I also have to agree that If only you were lonely is one of their best tunes ever!! I have it on a cassette tape from 1985...and have been listening to it since then! Glad to see I can get in on i-tunes now. Hooray for the 80's!


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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