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The Replacements in Madison?

Postby markkay » Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:12 pm

I'm reading All Over But the Shouting, an oral history of the Replacements and am curious if anybody has any memories of Madison shows. I only saw them once, in Boston, must have been 1986, with Slim Dunlap, instead of Bob Stinson. I recall they tried playing Tied Down with Battleship Chains, which I thought was a hoot.

A website with bootleg info (colormeimpressed.com) lists the following shows in Madison: 1982-02-22 and 1982-10-31 at Merlyn's; 1983-06-08 at Club DeWash; 1984-01-18 at someplace called G.S. Vigs; 1986-04-12 and 1987-05-12 at Headliner's.

Anybody have good/bad memories? Just curious.
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby Kenneth Burns » Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:17 pm

I saw them open for Tom Petty at a Nashville amphitheater in about 1988. They wore dresses, drank from Jack Daniel's bottles and played a very short, very bad set. Then they taunted the audience. The many bikers and rednecks who'd come to hear Petty were not amused.
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby Deitrich » Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:28 pm

July 1982 at Merlyns opening for X. Still the best rock show I've ever been to. Sorry Jesus Lizard.
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The Replacements in Northfield

Postby Marvell » Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:36 pm

Fall of 1984 - they played my campus student union. Rolling Stone printed the show as one of their tour dates, helpfully neglecting to mention that you had to be a Carleton student or their guest to get into the show. Subsequently, the crowd outside the hall was bigger than the one inside.

I was in the front row the whole time, which required me battling it out with the starting defensive line of the football team for my position in front of the stage.

Good thing Carleton is a Div III school. I was still black and blue the next day, though.

I did see them again with Slim instead of Bob, up in Green Bay in 1990 or 1991. It just wasn't the same.
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby markkay » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:15 am

Thanks for the memories.

The X show is mentioned in the book. Referring to Billy Zoom, Westerberg said to some women in attendance, want to meet the world's biggest asshole? And the Tom Petty disaster gets some mentions too. They started drinking at noon for some of those shows. And Bob Mould says something to the effect of feeling bad for Replacements fans, as 9 out of 10 shows would suck, but that one would be killer. I don't think the oral history is that good, as oral histories go, but it's easy to read a few paragraphs before dozing off to sleep. Has anybody read Please Kill Me, the oral history of punk? It's next on my list of nighttime reading.
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby mrak » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:40 am

I appreciate learning about the book, markkay. I downloaded the beginning of it free via Kindle last night, and I see your point, it isn't great, but it's a bit enjoyable. Maybe I'll see if I can request a copy from the library, rather than pay $10 for my own.

I haven't read Please Kill Me, but I thought Legs McNeil's history of the porn industry (The Other Hollywood) was a decent read with the anecdotes well-structured. I'm guessing Please Kill Me is probably written/edited in a similar manner.

(And the only 'Mats show I ever got to was their second-to-last, at Summerfest in 1991.)
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby Henry Chinaski » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:54 am

Please Kill Me is an enjoyable before bed/lunch hour read.
I would also recommend " Our Band Could Be Your Life" by Micheal Azerrad.
There's a nice chapter on The Replacements.
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby markkay » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:26 pm

mrak wrote:Maybe I'll see if I can request a copy from the library, rather than pay $10 for my own.

I will be returning my Madison library copy soon, if that's any help. And I did enjoy Our Band Could Be Your Life. On a rather unrelated topic, the oral history of Ed Wood Jr. is pretty good, it's called Nightmare of Ecstasy.
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby boston_jeff » Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:50 pm

Henry Chinaski wrote:Please Kill Me is an enjoyable before bed/lunch hour read.
I would also recommend " Our Band Could Be Your Life" by Micheal Azerrad.
There's a nice chapter on The Replacements.


This is an excellent read.
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby dead ed » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:06 pm

Saw them tons of times at Merlins in the early 80s. They could be drunk and/or brilliant. I remember the show at GS Vigs that was packed, but the mats were too drunk to really do much. Also, there were a lot more Merlins shows than listed in the OP.

they liked coming down to madison and had a real drinking routine with cronies and girls they'd pick up.

Some of the very earliest Merlins shows were the best in my memory. I think that they knew how potentially good they could be and were really trying then. Tommy was so young. I remember a show where they played with Loud Fast Rules, ne:Soul Asylum that almost made me cry it was so good. Also, a couple of good Merlins shows opening for the Suburbs they were really on.

After Bob was kicked out, I couldn't really get in to them live (too tame), although they made some great albums after he left. For me, Bob was the point man of the band. If he was too wasted, the show sucked. If he was on, it didn't really matter what was going on with the rest of the band, they were great. Live shows after Bob was out were a completely different thing.

There a lot of youtube stuff, but this one sums it up for me (Stuck in the Middle starts at 1:45). The guitars are out of tune, yet it's perfect.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBh5ZtAT ... re=related
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby iwiw99 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:17 pm

I saw the show with X, I don't remember the show but I know where I fell at the GYROS place,

It was a great show, the best was Black Flag and the Lubticants.

# 1 was the SLITS,

I'm guessing around 16 years old.
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby boston_jeff » Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:47 pm

iwiw99 wrote:I saw the show with X, I don't remember the show but I know where I fell at the GYROS place,

It was a great show, the best was Black Flag and the Lubticants.

# 1 was the SLITS,

I'm guessing around 16 years old.


Officially jealous of all these. Was a bit young (and sheltered by my parents) so I missed out on Husker Du, Mats, Pixies shows in the Hartford area that I yearned to go to and of course they all broke up before I was out on my own and going to clubs. Historically, never seeing early Black Flag, Ramones, The Clash, and less known bands like The Slits, Television, Liliput, etc. are big regrets even though I was just a first grader when all that was going down. Seeing a Gang of Four reunion show just doesn't measure up. Then again I missed out on Thin Lizzy, Roxy Music, T. Rex and Sweet too. So many rock n' roll regrets...
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby iwiw99 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:15 pm

Here is what Governor Walker wants to fix.

We toddled in late during the week after great bands at Merlyns, (ceramics), The next thing you know was good pot across the street listening to the CLASH, (the green album).

Madison Memorial high school and teachers sent me on my way.

It was good pot.

I am very proud of having a public education.
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby defactobrigade » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:05 am

Marco Pogo told me he saw The Replacements in some basements in Madison or Minneapolis. But yeah he said it was pretty good, but not excellent. hahah. Marco.
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Re: The Replacements in Madison?

Postby Mean Scenester » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:46 am

I saw one of those Headliner's shows, though I couldn't tell you which one. While it was enjoyable, even in my impressionable teens I didn't consider it a great show, but more like a great experience.

Three words: Drunk. As. Fuck.
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