i want it in writing, i owe you nothing

twenty five years ago to-day the last great Replacements album came out.

“Pleased To Meet Me” opened with ripping guitar and a smack of a snare drum from “I.O.U.”

begging to “get me out of this stinkin fresh air”

while defiantly advised the listener to never do what your told.

the album had minor hits with “Alex Chilton” (which appears on a Rock Band 2 game)

“Skyway” is so gorgeous.

The most notorious song was “The Ledge”

when it was banned by MTV because of its suicidal lyrics

but I guess no one in NYC actually read how the big single of the album

“Can’t Hardly Wait” ends

heres the demo version, first recorded for the “Tim” album where you can hear the lyrics better

I’ll be there in an hour
It’d take half a month there on foot
Watering hole, scummy water tower
Said I’ll avoid if I could

I’ll be sad in heaven
You won’t follow me there

Jesus rides beside me
And never buys any smokes
Hurry up, hurry up, I’ve got enough of this stuff
Ashtray floors, dirty clothes, filthy jokes

Lights that flash in the evening
I guess we’ll follow them there

I’ll be sad in heaven
If I don’t find a hole in the gate
Climb on to the top of this scummy water tower screamin’
I can’t hardly wait
I can’t wait…

’til it’s over

Pleased to Meet Me and Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation were easily the main stepping stones for grunge which would come just a few years later.