The Replacements – Stink

ARTIST: The Replacements 220px-The_Replacements_-_The_Replacements_Stink_cover

TITLE: Stink

YEAR RELEASED: 1982

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: It was an EP. The lead track was Kids Don’t Follow

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Pretty much everything is Replacements canon

LINEUP: Paul Westerberg, Bob Stinson, Tommy Stinson, Christopher Mars

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Recorded to make sure that Kids Don’t Follow was on record, this EP is a holding pattern.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Paul Westerburg had a habit of discarding some songs after he was sick of them. Peter Jesperson, their manager, wanted to make sure that “Kids Don’t Follow” wasn’t in the discard pile, so he arranged this one day session to record this and other songs they had added to their set.

Most everything is hard fast, snotty, and arrogant, but there’s some real poignancy is songs like “Go”, realism in “God Damn Job”, and anthems in “Kids Don’t Follow” and “Gimme Noise”

This will take 15 minutes of your time and there are worse ways to spend it. It doesn’t propel the group forward though.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The opening bit is an honest-to-God Minneapolis police raid.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a few outtakes

 GRADE B+: A couple of all timers, but nothing else is special.

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