Bongo Jazz is thrilled to learn Rhino's long-awaited Replacements reissue campaign will commence this spring.
First phase of the campaign will cover the Minneapolis band's TwinTone output: The albums Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash (1981), Hootenanny (1983) and the classic Let It Be (1984), as well as the Stink! EP (1982).
Every title comes with a generous selection of bonus tracks (see below) and one should expect Rhino to do its usual top-notch remastering job on these titles, which have always been poorly served on CD. (Which is a nice way of saying they sound like crap and the liner notes are virtually non-existent.) The TwinTone remasters are due in record shops April 22.
The bonus material:
Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the TrashExpanded versions of the band's four Sire records — Tim (1985), Pleased To Meet Me (1987), Don't Tell a Soul (1989) and All Shook Down (1990) — are expected to follow later this year.
Raised in the City, live, 1980 - demo
Shutup, live, 1980 - demo
Don't Turn Me Down, live, 1980 - demo
Shape Up, live, 1980 - demo
You Ain't Gotta Dance, studio demo
Get on the Stick, studio demo
Oh Baby, studio demo
Like You, outtake
Get Lost, outtake
A Toe Needs a Shoe, outtake
Customer, alternate take
Basement Jam, rehearsal
If Only You Were Lonely
Staples in Her Stomach, outtake
Hey, Good Lookin', outtake
(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock, outtake
You're Getting Married, solo home demo
Lookin' for Ya
Junior's Got a Gun, outtake - rough mix
Ain't No Crime, outtake
Johnny Fast, outtake - rough mix
Treatment Bound, alternate version
Lovelines, alternate vocal
Bad Worker, solo home demo
Let It Be
20th Century Boy (T-Rex cover)
Perfectly Lethal, outtake
Temptation Eyes (Grass Roots cover), outtake
Answering Machine, solo home demo
Heartbeat -- It's a Lovebeat (DeFranco Family cover), outtake - rough mix
Sixteen Blue, outtake - alternate vocal
Let It Be and Pleased to Meet Me likely will be the most coveted reissue titles but here's hoping record buyers will (re)discover Sorry Ma, the ragged, punkish debut that contains several hidden gems in the Mats catalogue: Takin' A Ride, Johnny's Gonna Die (a Johnny Thunders tribute — a live clip of the song, circa 1981, is below) and I Hate Music, which I love for the so-dumb-it's-brilliant lyric: "I hate music/Sometimes I don't/I hate music/Got too many notes!"
Oh, and one final thing: Now that the Replacements are taken care of, let's hope the reissue gods bless us soon with expanded and remastered albums by those other significant '80s Minneapolis acts, Husker Du and Prince. A boy can dream, can't he?
I Hate Music (link expired)
Buy it, starting April 22, here