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The Replacements

The Replacements: StinkStink (1982)

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This is the Minneapolis Police Department, the party is over. Nothing could be more farther from the truth. Back in 1982, one of (and some might call them the) greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time was just emerging, playing small crowds in a drunken stooper and disrespecting everything in th.
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This is the Minneapolis Police Department, the party is over.

Nothing could be more farther from the truth. Back in 1982, one of (and some might call them the) greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time was just emerging, playing small crowds in a drunken stooper and disrespecting everything in their path. They'd just released the classic 'power trash' that was Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash one year earlier and were ready to take things farther (or make them more ridiculous, however you wanna look at it) than ever before.

Stink is one of those short, sweet and to-the-point records that never seems to get old (though it is an EP, granted). It sounds leagues ahead of its time and flows straight through from start to finish. It's one of those records that makes you wanna get shitfaced drunk, put on a guitar and maybe, just maybe, make some music.

"Kids Won't Follow," the album's opener, gives you a taste of what's to come. It's a melodic, pissed off anthem for a generation of kids who don't give a shit. "Fuck School" should be everyone's high school prom song with frontman Paul Westerberg screaming "Fuck school! Fuck school! Fuck my School!" during the blazing chorus over furious fretwork by none other than the late, great Bob Stinson.

"Stuck in the Middle" and "Goddamn Job" could easily fit anywhere on Sorry Ma but still manage to sound like the band entering "new grounds." Maybe it's the step up in production and Westerberg seeming to be more "chaotic" this time around, but one thing's for sure -- like always, the 'Mats have done it again!

"White in Lazy" comes in a suprise with the addition of harmonica until the end of the tune when they take things up a notch and turn it into a mosh pit-worthy piss fest. "Dope Smokin Moron" -- what else can I say? "Hey Merle, I was wonderin' if ya got any ludes on ya?"

"Go" is a beautiful, almost ballad-like tune, and sounds like a blueprint for what was to come on 1983's Hootenany. It's one of my personal favorites and, in my opinion, one of the most underrated 'Mats tunes of all time.

"Gimme Noise" is probably the most "in your face" track on the disc and is sure to get you up and out of your seat. It's a great way to end the eight-track 'mini LP' and will most definitely leave you wanting more (as with all 'Mats albums).

The Replacements are one of my all time favorite bands, and anyone else who likes a little Westerberg and crew in their lives will definitely love this disc: raucous, roarin' and ready to tear it up. This is the 'Mats, with some of their best material, but as anyone with a 'Mats disc in their collection will tell you...well, I don't know, grab a bottle of cheap wine and give it a spin and maybe it'll change your life. I know it did mine.


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sean021122 (March 1, 2012)

Absolutely perfect record. Nothing neft to say but buy it now!

William_Jess (March 31, 2008)

Husker Du > Replacements

timorous_me (March 30, 2008)

Tim is my favorite is well.

jumptheshark (March 30, 2008)

I fucking love the Replacements. This one is pretty rad, but Tim is probably my favorite.

TheOneTrueBill (March 29, 2008)

i didn't read the reivew. the replacements are my sxoend favorite band of all time.

i am drunk. i lov eth repplacenbts.

i am not ahsmned.

vivia la repacents.

fuck school fck school fuck my school.

elmstreetkid (March 29, 2008)

Agreed with DrGunn. It's a fun album, but the straightforward hardcore style carried for most of a record just doesn't work particularly well with the Replacements' mindset. They're a band that plays with contrasting tones, that mixes humor and earnestness in deceptively complicated ways, and hardcore doesn't lend itself really well to that.

ozmanx (March 29, 2008)

This is the only Mats record I haven't listened to yet.

branden (March 28, 2008)

sorry ma is also my favorite mats album.

GlassPipeMurder (March 28, 2008)

Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash is their best stuff, but this is great.

SlackMFr (March 28, 2008)

A bad 'Mats album still beats anything else reviewed on this screen rag!

DrGunn (March 28, 2008)

i think this is probably the weakest 'mats record. it seems like they were trying too hard to do "hardcore" and lost a lot of what made that first album so memorable and fun, and the song-writing is not up to the par of later records. it's still enjoyable (i really like gimme noise), but definitely the record that i'm least likely to play when i'm in the mood for the 'mats.

Ollywood (March 28, 2008)

We need more review like this

lostandclowned (March 28, 2008)

nice review.

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