Can’t Hardly Wait, A Retrospective: Origins

To me, it’s one of the defining songs of the Replacements. Ranging from 2 years prior to it’s ‘official’ release in 1986 until the 2nd to last song played at their Grant Park farewell, this song had a long and varied history in their live act…..as well as at least 5 studio versions.

I’m going to try to put together some various live versions in chronological order, starting with the earliest I can find. July 7, 1984 at the Cubby Bear Lounge in Chicago, in the middle of supporting Let It Be, they played this 2nd song of the night following Heyday and prior to a sloppy Light My Fire cover.

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