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The Replacements Best


05/22/06
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(Press Release) Of the legions of bands that came to prominence in the ’80s few remain as legendary or influential as The Replacements, who embodied the DIY spirit that fueled the alternative underground. On June 13 Rhino Records releases the band’s first-ever single-disc overview, Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?: The Best of The Replacements, available at regular retail outlets for a suggested price of $18.98.

From their debut on Sorry, Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash as a ragged hardcore outfit through the ragged glory of Let It Be and the heartfelt rock of Tim and Pleased To Meet Me to the intimacy of All Shook Down, The Replacements embodied rock ‘n’ roll and crafted some of the best music of the ’80s along the way. Rockers like “Kids Don’t Follow,” “I Will Dare,” “Bastards Of Young,” and “Can’t Hardly Wait” sound as fresh today as they did when first released, and soul-laid-bare songs like “Here Comes A Regular” and “Unsatisfied” pack the same emotional wallop twenty-some years later.

THE BEST OF THE REPLACEMENTS includes tracks from every one of the band’s seven albums as well as the Stink EP, making it an essential introduction for new listeners, while the new songs make it a must-have for the band’s longtime fans. This 20-track compilation makes an undeniable case for The Replacements’ inclusion in the rock pantheon.

Perhaps the most exiting news about THE BEST OF THE REPLACEMENTS is the inclusion of the first new recordings by the band in 16 years. Fans will be delighted with these two slabs of vintage-sounding ‘Mats—songs that could easily have come off of Tim or Pleased To Meet Me. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson reunited last December to record the tunes (“Message To The Boys” and “Pool & Dive”) that Westerberg wrote specifically for inclusion on this compilation. Chris Mars sang backing vocals and Josh Freese played drums.

DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I THINK I WAS?: THE BEST OF THE REPLACEMENTS

Track Listing
1.Takin A Ride
2.Shiftless When Idle
3.Kids Don’t Follow
4.Color Me Impressed
5.Within Your Reach
6.I Will Dare
7.Answering Machine
8.Unsatisfied
9.Here Comes A Regular
10.Kiss Me On The Bus
11.Bastards Of Young
12.Left Of The Dial
13.Alex Chilton
14.Skyway
15.Can’t Hardly Wait
16.Achin’ To Be
17.I’ll Be You
18.Merry Go Round
19.Message to the boys *
20.Pool & Dive *

* previously unreleased brand new recording

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