August 27, 2013


Celebrate The Replacements' Return With Career-Spanning Playlist

Clayton Call/Redferns via Getty Images
Clayton Call/Redferns via Getty Images

Although we weren't at the Replacements' reunion show in Toronto on Sunday, listening to audio online of their first concert in 22 years reminded us how much we adore the '80s alt-rock legends. 

And we aren't the only ones. The influential Minneapolis outfit have been idolized by artists as diverse as Kurt Cobain, Billie Joe Armstrong, Ryan Adams and Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, and their eclectic fanbase reflects their musical range. From 1981 to 1990, the 'Mats recorded minute-and-a-half punk rockers exploding with adolescent frustration, crafted confessional ballads that cut your heart in two and delivered jangly alt-rock delights like "I Will Dare" (featuring R.E.M.'s Peter Buck on guitar). And yes, they were masters at it all.

Below, listen to highlights from their remarkable discography, from their 1981 debut Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take out the Trash to their 1990 swan song LP All Shook Down.