So when did you first discover Paul and/or the Replacements?
I will admit to being a little behind the curve on the Mats. I distinctly remember hearing “Bastards of Young” in a record store in college probably around 1985-86 and liking the tune but I never acted on it (this was sadly during my MTV/hair metal phase.) Ditto with “I’ll Be You” – saw the video, liked the song but never went further. Fast forward to 1990 where one of the guys who worked me asked me if I had ever heard of the Replacements. I told him I’d heard of the name but didn’t know much about them. He just smiled, handed me a cassette of Please to Meet Me and said that I had to listen to it immediately. I was blown away. I proceeded to buy All Shook Down, which had come out recently, and worked my way through the back catalog. I got to see the band once – on July 4th in Chicago for what turned out to the last show they’d ever play. Wherever you are – thanks Wayne for insisting I listen to that tape.