Over the The Replacements’ 12-year existence, the band’s live sets were magical. Gorman Bechard’s remarkable history of the ‘Mats takes us from their first show and everywhere in between. He relies solely on the fans; memories of their albums and antics. Material from Husker Dü, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus, and Goo Goo Dolls is included.
Dan Weiss writes about them:
No punk band was freer than the Replacements, which is why you never hear them talked about as spearheading some local scene. Sure, them and Husker Dü put Minneapolis on the map concurrently with Prince. But they weren’t part of a movement. They were misfits who covered KISS and Ted Nugent, turning the latter into a song about boners. Punk should only ever be associated with doing whatever the fuck you want, but it’s not; there are rules and codes and all sorts of wack stuff designed to make you strive for credibility. In an alternate universe where nobody thinks about that, the Replacements are king.