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Cover Band: The Replacements do The Kinks

By 16.Nov.0720 Comments

As Jim Walsh’s book gives witness to, the Mats frequently played the role of a cover band live. Many times the covers were delivered with purpose and practice. Sometimes they were tossed off in bits and pieces seemingly killing time. Either way covers seemed to be solely a way for them to entertain themselves.

So, in the dorky fashion I rolled out way too many Can’t Hardly Wait’s…’s a series of live Mats covers. Starting with The Kinks…



  • jay says:

    my favorite cover of theirs is Never take the place of your man by Prince.
    That and I wanna Destroy You.
    Fuck School sung to Let it Be is also pretty great.

  • Scott says:

    when was that clip from? weird- doesn’t sound much like westerberg at all.

  • Wolfdog says:

    It’s from the Longhorn Bar in Mpls. July of 1980.

  • Placemat says:

    “One Man Guy” was another classic cover.

    I’ve been meaning to comb the boot collection & compile all the different covers, but alas ’tis a daunting task my two year old doesn’t seem that into.

  • jay says:

    a mats cover disc would quickly turn into a 20 disc box set.

  • “a mats cover disc would quickly turn into a 20 disc box set.”

    I wouldn’t mind that! I’d love to hear “I could never take the place of your man” done by the Mats.

  • honkywithahaton says:

    LP, check yer gmail

    fans could create their own mats cover box set

    theoretically …

  • Some Guy In The Corner says:

    Can anybody help me out on this one:

    I heard a show with the Mats doing a song called “She’s A Goer” and have been doing all sorts of google searches to find out who it’s originally by (or is it an unreleased Mats’ tune?). It’s a really cool little song.

    BTW: just for the sheer insanity of it, one of my favorite Mats cover moments is at the infamous CBGBs show when Bob and Tommy start playing “Iron Man” by Sabbath and then Paul and Chris start playing “War Pigs” AT THE SAME TIME!

  • Shim says:

    The favorite cover I remember was , “IF I only had a brain”, from the Wizard of Oz”, a friend of mine jumped up on stage and sang along, it all seemed pretty appropriate at the time. This was at a place called Amelia Ehradts in Iowa City, I think the year was 1985.

  • Chris says:

    The place in Iowa City was actually called Amelia Earhart (named after the famous aviator).

  • Chris says:

    Amelia Earhart’s

  • Mark Hutchins says:

    I’d kill for a compilation of ‘mats covers. How ’bout “Cover Me Impressed” for the name of the rekkid. I’m serious I want this shit to hit my fan!!!!!!

  • David Todd says:

    Don’t foget “Another Girl, Another Planet”, but you can get that on cd. There’s also a live bootleg of Westerberg with a cover of “Daydream Believer”.

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  • Steven says:

    Well said, finally a good report on this stuff

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