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->''"Oh, meet me anyplace or anywhere or anytime\\
Now I don't care, meet me tonight\\
If you will dare, I might dare"''\\
--'''The Replacements''', ''"I Will Dare"''


Defining AlternativeRock bands, before it was cool. The definitive lineup included Paul Westerberg (rhythm guitar, vocals), Tommy Stinson (bass), Bobby Stinson (lead guitar) and Chris Mars (drums). Bobby Stinson was replaced by Slim Dunlop in 1987 and Chris Mars by Steve Foley in 1990. Since the breakup of the band in 1991 Westerberg has released numerous solo records, and Tommy Stinson has played in a number of bands, most notably with [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose and Friends]].

Starting out as a loud fast HardcorePunk band, they transitioned into a melodic alternative rock band, driven by the heart on the sleeve, earnest songwriting of Paul Westerberg. In terms of general popularity the Mats barely register compared to the likes of their contemporaries Music/{{REM}} or their arguable successors Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/PearlJam and Music/{{Soundgarden}}. But don't feel too sorry for them though, much of their unpopularity can be attributed to their drunken stage antics and penchant for biting the hand that feeds.

The band reunited in 2012. They will be playing several shows in 2013, and Westerberg has not ruled out a new album.

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[[folder: Discography ]]


* 1981: ''Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash''
* 1982: ''Stink: "Kids Don't Follow" Plus Seven''
* 1983: ''Hootenanny''
* 1984: ''Let It Be''
* 1985: ''Tim''
* 1987: ''Pleased to Meet Me''
* 1989: ''Don't Tell a Soul''
* 1990: ''All Shook Down''

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Replacements_(band) The Other Wiki]].

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!!! "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Tropes":
* TheAlcoholic: All the original members, particularly Bobby Stinson.
* AlternativeRock
* BigShutUp: "Shutup"
* BitingTheHandHumor: The back cover of ''Let It Be'' is a closeup of what looks to be a garage door covered with various in-jokey graffiti, including "Twin Tone eats slotty crap" [[note]]or possibly "sloth crap" depending upon how you interpret the scrawled handwriting[[/note]] - Twin/Tone was the record label they were signed to at the time. Humorously, on some editions of the album, the Twin/Tone logo appears directly beneath that message.
** The rarity "Lookin' For Ya" (which they would re-work into "Love Lines") ends with Paul Westerberg ad-libbing "Keep your riches, give me a Budweiser!" This is because it was originally recorded for ''Trackin' Up The North'', a compilation put together as part of a "Rags To Riches" battle of the bands co-sponsored by Miller High Life.
* ClusterFBomb: "Fuck School"
* CollegeRadio: The subject of "Left of the Dial".
* CoverVersion: "Black Diamond", originally by Music/{{KISS}}. They were also known for throwing in sloppy, half-remembered covers during their live shows - the bootleg turned semi-official LiveAlbum ''The Shit Hits the Fans'' consists almost entirely of such things.
* DanceSensation: "Mr. Whirly"
* DownerEnding: "The Ledge".
** The band's career in general.
* DreadfulMusician: All of their albums have ropey parts, but ''Hootenanny'' really takes the cake.
* DrivenToSuicide: The main character of "The Ledge". It's never explicitly stated why he wants to kill himself, but the song implies he feels ignored by the world.
** The demo version of "Can't Hardly Wait" had alternate lyrics that made it much clearer that the song was about suicide. It's possible they changed the lyrics because it was going to be on the same album as "The Ledge" and ''two'' songs about the topic on the same album could have been pushing it.
* DrowningMySorrows: "Here Comes a Regular"
* DrugsAreBad: "Dope Smoking Moron"
* DrunkenSong: "Beer For Breakfast"
* EmoTeen: "Sixteen Blue", likely semi-autobiographical.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Bobby Stinson was let go from the band partly as a result of his excessive drinking. YMMV on how impressive/shocking that is.
* FanNickname: The Placemats, the Mats
* {{Gayngst}}: Possibly the protagonist of "Sixteen Blue". He wonders if he is gay, because he shows no interest in girls and doesn't understand sexuality, and he lies to his dad about going on a date.
* HardcorePunk: Most noticeably on the first two albums, occasionally thereafter.
* HarshVocals: Most of the rocky tracks.
* IAmSong: "I'm in Trouble"
* IAmTheBand: Increasingly Westerberg, much to Tommy Stinson's well publicised chagrin, to the extent that ''All Shook Down'' was nearly released as a solo record
* IWantSong: "Here Comes a Regular" and "Unsatisfied".
* IndecipherableLyrics: Applicable to a lot of the rockier tracks.
* JanglePop: One of the genre's more Punk-influenced and aggressive bands, but they still count. They started to play songs in this style on ''Hootenanny''. "I Will Dare", incidentally, is perhaps the band's most "jangly" sounding track- it even features [[Music/{{REM}} Peter Buck]] as a guest guitarist!
* LampshadeWearing: From "Swinging Party":
--> "Bring your own lampshade, somewhere there's a party"
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: The video for "Bastards of Young", a static shot of a stereo system playing the song at the wrong speed.
* LuddWasRight: Westerberg has a thing against the Answering Machine.
** In the liner notes for the CD of ''All Shook Down'': "The musicians who played on this recorded thing include"
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Dick and Jane from "Androgynous".
* MeaningfulEcho: "Here Comes A Regular" has "ain't much to rake anyway in the fall".
* MinisculeRocking: They ''did'' start as a hardcore punk band. Specifically, ''Sorry, Ma'' packs 18 songs into 36:47.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Their early, HardcorePunk material is normally in the 6-7 range, while the later AlternativeRock / JanglePop stuff ranges anywhere from a 2 (or even a 1 in a handful of cases) up to a high 5/low 6.
* MoodWhiplash: They go from earnest, genuinely touching songs like "I Will Dare" or "Sixteen Blue" to blatantly crass ones like "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out" and "Gary's Got A Boner" seemingly at random. "We're Coming Out" does it in a single song: it starts out as one of their HardcorePunk songs, slows down for a jazzy, piano-based section, then starts speeding back up again and quickly ends in chaos.
* NamesTheSame: "Red Red Wine" is NOT the same as the [=UB40=] song.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Hootenanny'', which introduced the CountryMusic and FolkMusic influences and more varied and introspective songwriting that characterized their later records. ''Pleased To Meet Me'' and ''Don't Tell A Soul'' marked a slight shift in sound towards more "polished", characteristically [[TheEighties 80s]]-sounding production (it's the reverb!) and more obvious PowerPop influences. And finally, ''All Shook Down'' was in a more low-key, even more Folk-and-Country-influenced Singer/Songwriter sound, basically being a Paul Westerberg solo album in all but name.
* NonSequitur: "Asking Me Lies" is made up of these.
* {{Rockumentary}}: [[http://www.whatwerewethinkingfilms.com/colormeobsessed/ Color Me Obsessed]]
* ScareChord: The beginning of "Anywhere's Better Than Here" if you aren't expecting it.
* SelfDeprecation: Most evident in the EP titles ''Stink'' [[note]]The cover of course reads "The Replacements Stink" in all caps[[/note]] and ''Don't Buy Or Sell, It's Crap''. Even their name was picked to make them sound second-rate - the intended implication is that they'd only be added to a concert lineup if a more popular band backed out and it was the best the promoters could do on short notice.
* SexyStewardess: Skewered in "Waitress in the Sky"
* ShoutOut:
** "Something to Du" (for Music/HuskerDu)
** ''[[Music/TheBeatles Let It Be]]''
** "[[Music/BigStar Alex Chilton]]"
** Received one via Music/TheyMightBeGiants' "We're The Replacements"
* SoundtrackDissonance: Some variation of this occurs in the video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPAmM0rR4yg The Ledge]]", about a man DrivenToSuicide. The video consisted of a bunch of generic shots of people eating chips and sitting on couches. About halfway through there's an inspirational scene in which Westerberg stares at the camera for a few seconds and then picks his ear using his middle finger.
* TakeThat: "Seen Your Video", a swipe at hair metal bands of the era.
* TalentShow: "Talent Show"
* ThisLoserIsYou: The whole band, and a significant part of their appeal.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Gary's Got a Boner", subverted after the first chorus with "Gary's Got A Soft On".
* UsefulNotes/TwinCities:
** "I Bought A Headache" mentions the St. Paul Civic Center.
** The Minneapolis police break up the party at the start of "Kids Don't Follow"
** "Run It" mentions Lyndale, which is a neighborhood in Minneapolis, and Garfield, which is an avenue in Minneapolis.
** "Buck Hill" is named for a ski hill in Burnsville, a suburb south of Minneapolis.
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