The Replacements spotlight on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole: Stink

Yesterday, The Replacements re-issued their first four releases in Deluxe Edition form with re-mastered tracks, bonus material, and info-packed booklets: their debut Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, the EP Stink, Hootenanny, and Let It Be. Every day this week, I’m giving away the whole four CD set on The Afternoon Show today!

Just watch this video clip of The Replacements playing 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. It’s from the same 1981 show as yesterday’s clip, and it was probably one of their earliest performances of the song “Kids Don’t Follow.”

Maybe it was even the first time Twin/Tone Records co-founder (and eventual band manager!) Peter Jesperson heard the track… Apparently, after the first time he saw the ‘Mats play this, he told his labelmates, “I will do anything to get this out. I will hand-stamp jackets if I have to.” And as you can see from the cover, that’s exactly what happened, with Jesperson rallying friends to come over and hand-stamp ten thousand white record jackets for their 1982 EP Stink.

The other great thing about watching these old videos is reliving the energy these guys had live. There were some other bands back from those days who would just get up on stage, hardly move, hardly look at the audience (I won’t name names!), but with The Replacements, they just always looked like they were having a blast.

So, today, I’m spotlighting the 8-song EP Stink on The Afternoon Show. Included in the bonus materials on the deluxe edition is the never-before-released Paul Westerberg-penned acoustic ballad “You’re Getting Married.” Apparently, when he premiered it to his bandmates, it was met with dead silence until guitarist Bob Stinson finally blurted out, “Save that for your solo album, Paul (by stevens). That ain’t The Replacements.” (According to the CD booklet that comes with the Deluxe Edition, the band did try it live a few times, and even attempted it in the studio during the Hootenanny sessions, but the version on this CD is a real treat, just Paul by himself, recorded on a boom box in the basement of his parents’ house.)

Fun fact: the CD opens with audio of the Minneapolis police breaking up a Replacements show, and an audience member responding with profanity. Apparently, that is none other than Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum.

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