You know how music can bring you back to a place and time? Here’s an attempt for me to nail down the time and place Replacements albums take me to. It’s harder than I thought, probably due to 20+ years under the bridge and how some of these albums (Pleased To Meet Me) encompassed all parts of my life for a long time.
Sorry Ma/Hootenanny – Oddly, these came last for me. I didn’t own them until the early 90’s. Don’t really have a place to pin them on.
Stink – 1983-84 School bus to basketball away games. Other kids had Van Halen and The Scorpions in their warm-up headphones. I had White & Lazy. It showed on the court.
Let It Be – 1970 Dodge Dart. Metallic Pea Green. $20 cassette deck. 24 bottles of Old Mil returnables. My age was the hardest age, or so I thought.
Tim – UW-Milwaukee dorm room. At one point I was convinced the key to getting a girlfriend in my co-ed dorm was to play this record constantly with my door open. Plan B should have been to leave the room once in a while.
Pleased To Meet Me – My first apartment, a dive in St. Paul. Sundays were party day with water balloon launcher fights in the living room and Red Red Wine cranked and repeated.
Don’t Tell A Soul – St. Louis Park townhouse. Trying to live ‘upscale’. Trying to be something I wasn’t. Maybe I don’t like this one too much because I didn’t care for me then. We were both trying to act slicker than we were.
All Shook Down – Me and my future-wife’s first apartment. Playing it over and over to try and make her ‘get it’. Being in awe of her when she did.