The Replacements signed with Minneapolis-based Twin/Tone Records in 1980. Over the next four years, the band helped shape the future of alternative rock with its "Left of the Dial" sound and notorious live shows, where the band often danced the razor's edge between brilliant and belligerent.
Rhino revisits the quartet's early years with this reissue of the 1984 EP, "Stink", on standard weight black vinyl. Stink is a rough and ready 8-track EP of punk rock finery.
Stink seemed more like a hardcore record: the band approximated a hardcore rave-up at the end of the white blooze parody "White and Lazy," and Paul Westerberg's songs bristled with anger against all manner of middle-class irritants as he spit vitriol at his "God Damn Job". Such a sudden burst of anger could almost seem parodic, especially with such snide jokes as the Frère Jacques chorus of "Gimme Noise," if the Replacements didn't sound so lethal: they're hard and merciless, never stopping for air.
Pressed on Vinyl for the First Time in Over 20 Years
1. Kids Don't Follow
2. F**k School
3. Stuck In the Middle
4. God Damn Job
1. White and Lazy
2. Dope Smokin' Moron
4. Gimme Noise
Recorded at Blackberry Way March 13, 1982.