ARTIST: The Replacements
TITLE: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
YEAR RELEASED: 1981
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: I’m in Trouble
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Takin’ a Ride, Kick Your Door Down, Johnny’s Gonna Die
LINEUP: Paul Westerberg, Bob Stinson, Tommy Stinson, Christopher Mars
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Legendary punk album from legendary Minneapolis band. It’s smart-aleck sass and shambling sound are refreshing and timeless to this day.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Who hasn’t been in love with the girl working the cash register at the mini-mart? Who hasn’t got a throbbing noggin from a concert by a shitty band? Who hasn’t been in trouble, with their parents or their girl? Who hasn’t made bad puns?
Everyone who is or was a teenager can relate to these songs. Paul Westerberg’s songs have a lot of sass and attitude, while the backing by the Stinsons and Christopher Mars may be punk in spirit, but is quite accomplished in practice (especially Tommy’s driving bass lines). This was a punk band that could play – when they wanted to.
“Johnny’s Gonna Die” may be the highlight. It’s a tender song (an outlier) about Johnny Thunders and his heroin habit. It opened Side 2, right after “I Hate Music” (it’s got too many notes), and “Shiftless When Idle”, which is my favorite pun, ever. (I’m lame.)
This has to be in your collection. Has to be. Yeah.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The owner of their record company (Twin-Tone) was their manager and co-producer (Peter Jesperson).
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A rare B-side (another tender one) and a bunch of demos and outtakes.
GRADE: A+: When I was making plans to review this, I thought I may give it a lower grade, but as I listen to it again, all of the reasons I love rock-and-roll and love music are evident here in this album – feedback, snark, and all.