The Replacements are reliably raucous on 100-track expansion of debut album

The deluxe edition of The Replacements' debut album Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash is, if not ‘the’, certainly ‘a’ motherlode

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A deluxe 4-CD/1-LP of the first Replacements album, featuring 100 tracks – 67 of them previously unreleased (alternate takes, rough mixes, the band’s first demos from 1980 and so forth). There is a 12x12 hardcover book, an alternate version of the original album and a live set from January 1981. Whoa. 

Emerging from the Minneapolis hardcore scene of the late 1970s – Husker Du were notable peers, both bands influencing one another – The Replacements always were a little too loose, a little too reckless to fit alongside their more straightlaced compatriots. 

Plus, Paul Westerberg right from the off had a killer whiskey-soaked drawl of a voice – as evidenced by early songs such as the minimal Johnny’s Gonna Die and full-throttle Don’t Ask Why

Replacements’ songs were in search of the next cheap thrill, the next drunken party. Closer to Dave Edmunds or Johnny Thunders than Ramones, this album bristles with a youthful energy and rash brevity that serves it well, 40 years down the line. 

Songs slam-drive into other songs, few barely reaching the two-minute mark, ill-disciplined and wonderfully raucous, the brash young sound of a band still with the world at their feet.

Everett True

Everett True started life as The Legend!, publishing the fanzine of that name and contributing to NME. Subsequently he wrote for some years for Melody Maker, for whom he wrote seminal pieces about Nirvana and others. He was the co-founder with photographer Steve Gullick of Careless Talk Costs Lives, a deliberately short-lived publication designed to be the antidote to the established UK music magazines.