The Replacements

The Replacements

All Over but the Shouting : An Oral History

Book - 2007
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At the dawn of "Morning in America"--a period that would nurse the rise of suit-and-tie culture--there emerged a national network of anti-corporate record shops, college radio stations, fanzines, nightclubs, and entrepreneurial record labels.

In the watershed year 1981, this "indie" scene fostered several seminal releases. Among recordings by bands such as Sonic Youth, Black Flag, Husker Du, The Minutemen, and R.E.M. was an album called "Sorry Ma . . . Forgot to Take Out the Trash", recorded by a scruffy, flannel-clad quartet from Minneapolis called The Replacements. Now, for the first time, all of the hearsay, half-truths, legends, and allegations associated with this maelstrom of a rock & roll band are unraveled in this oral history by longtime Twin Cities music journalist Jim Walsh.

Through interviews with family, friends, and fans; former manager Peter Jesperson; Twin/Tone record label cofounder Paul Stark; and musicians around the nation influenced by the band, Walsh lays bare with painful clarity a tale that unfolds like a tragic comedy in three perfect acts. Celebrated by national publications, "the Mats" often seemed more hell-bent on sabotaging their status as critical darlings than parlaying it. With their markedly apolitical stance amid their decidedly political peers, their uncool embrace of "classic rock" influences like KISS and The Faces, and their Dionysian appetites (and the resulting tendency to literally fall on their own faces), The Replacements lasted 12 years despite themselves.

From the bands founding to their rise through the local and national club circuits, their major label deal in 1985, and the slow and painful implosion that followed, The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting lays down the gripping oral history behind the little band that could--but didn't.

Publisher: St. Paul :, MBI Pub. Co. and Voyageur Press,, 2007.
ISBN: 9780760330623
Branch Call Number: 782.4216609 WA
Characteristics: 304 pages : illustrations ; cm


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Sep 18, 2016

poorly written

for hardcore fans seeking minutia, only.

Apr 13, 2014

"I'll try to find you left of the dial."
While there were a lot of great underground/proto-indie bands in the 80s (a scene documented in the indispensable "Our Band Could Be Your Life"), The Replacements hold a special place in many fans' hearts. Maybe it's because they always seemed on the cusp of bigger things, maybe because they mixed charm and self-destructiveness in equal measure or maybe just because they made some of the decade's best music. The title of a documentary a few years ago, "Color Me Obsessed," sums it up pretty well. Superfan Jim Walsh, who also did a photo history of the band, put together this oral history of the 'Mats and it's a must read for any fan. It can be a little heartbreaking, as founding member Bob Stinson was kicked out the band and later died and the band never really got the success they deserved. They broke up in '91 only to see the sound/image they helped define become huge. But this is part of their legend and maybe it was for the best because they are a band that remains ours. So crank "Tim" up to 10 and enjoy.


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