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Editors’ Notes

No album has ever captured the reckless abandon of the teenage experience as well as the Replacements’ debut, Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash. If you’ve ever spent an evening in the backseat of a friend’s vehicle bouncing from convenience store to basement bedroom to backwoods beer bust fuelled by nothing but cigarettes, loud music, and the love of your dead-end high school pals, then you will recognize some part of yourself in the commotion of Sorry Ma. The album moves at such an overdriven whiplash pace that it’s hard not to feel like you are back in some buddy’s busted Trans Am as it takes the turns of a 25 mph suburban road at 65 mph, smashing mailboxes and tipping garbage cans at every corner. Many songwriters have attempted to translate the adolescent experience in solemn, lonely room desolation; the triumph of Sorry Ma is that it releases all the pent-up frustration, energy, and boredom in an unbridled exorcism that is never less than joyful. Some people celebrate when the screaming’s over; for the ‘Mats, the screaming was the celebration. And even in its most reckless, tuneless moments, Sorry Ma retains the bittersweet sensibility that separated this Minneapolis foursome from millions of similar-minded bands.

Customer Reviews

essential punk record

this is a classic front to back. never gets old. criminally underrated. bob's solos are treasures. chris is brutal. i think paul was singing with that voice at 17! tommy was, like 12 or something. one of my 3 favorite albums. not where punk came from. check out velvet underground, stooges, modern lovers, new york dolls, ramones, etc.


I can not believe I am the first to write a review. CLASSIC RECORD. Raw and loose recording. Guys who can hardly play their instruments. What else would you want. BUY THIS, Let it Be, Stink and Hoot. if you want great music from one of the best punk bands. Westerberg's solo material is good too, better than the last two Mat's records.

MAT$ Rock

The Replacements 'Sorry Ma' is an accomplishment in punk rock recording and a tablature requisite for those who want to play the real thing.


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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