|Produced by Tommy Erdelyi|
|Released on November 1985|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
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O MFG don’t even mention OTH or I’ll BYlilyWA. You see, I don’t like the teavee. And as for Here comes a regular season finale, Tim is not on your side. This album, when it came out in Hatey Fi, was a minor revelation from four Minnesota kids who’d drunk themselves sober. It reeks of the feral, indomitable fire of youth; the same dirty gene that made stars out of the Stones and the Stooges. Produced by Tommy Erdelyi (nee Ramone to the rest of us), this was the major-label debut that everyone had been holding their breath for. Turns out we were in for one exhale of a time. “Hold My Life” comes at you like an unsteady drunk who’s made eye contact, and grabs your arm for the next forty minutes. You won’t mind as Tim sways between self-pity and self-righteous anger, the achingly sad and side-splittingly funny. This is a remarkably smart rock album that tries awfully hard to look like it isn’t trying. What it’s not is a sell out. This is a chance to buy in to The Replacements. They’re the punks let loose in the honky tonk, spilling drinks and starting fights and probably getting the puss beat out of them, all of which will make fine fodder for the next elpee. The songs of Paul Westerberg feel like drunk confessionals; you can see him driving the car on “Left of the Dial,” sitting at a bar on “Here Comes A Regular,” playing the unruly passenger on “Waitress in the Sky.” You wait a long time for a band like the Replacements to come along. Tim waits for no one. If you didn’t catch it the first time, run after it now.
CHRIS MARS -- drums
BOB STINSON -- guitar
TOMMY STINSON -- bass
PAUL WESTERBERG -- guitar, vocals
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|UK||2008||Rhino||CDX||deluxe ed. remaster w. bonus tracks|
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