The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting: An Oral History
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The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting: An Oral History

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Formed in a Minneapolis basement in 1979, the Replacements were a notorious rock 'n' roll circus, renowned for self-sabotage, cartoon shtick, stubborn contrarianism, stage-fright, Dionysian benders, heart-on-sleeve songwriting, and-ultimately-critical and popular acclaim. While rock then and now is lousy with superficial stars and glossy entertainment, the Replacements wer...more
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Published November 30th 2009 by Voyageur Press (MN) (first published November 15th 2007)
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D.R. Haney
A reviewer somewhere below refers to the Replacements as “tragically overrated.” Clever line, dude, in a mediocre sort of way. Now let’s see you sustain that level of mediocre cleverness in review after review, as consistently as Paul Westerberg wrote songs with gems small and large in a lyric as well as sonic sense.

I’m holding my fucking breath.

Now comes before us a bunch of reviewers who apparently think that oral histories began with Please Kill Me, so that this oral history of the Replacem...more
George Bradford
In 1983 in Austin, Texas my path crossed the path of four guys from Minneapolis. I was 18 years old. And, after that night, as the cliché goes, nothing would ever be the same. I was totally unprepared for The Replacements. And, yet, in retrospect, everything in my life had been leading me to that encounter.

The early 1980s were bleak times for me. Lennon was gone, Reagan was president, the music on the radio was insufferably lame, childhood was over and adulthood was imminent. Just when it appea...more
matt
Aug 27, 2012 matt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: who've work up a mean mean thirst after a hard day of nothing much at all
A lot of the reviews here compare this to "Please Kill Me" since both are oral histories of rock bands within the (relative) same time period but "All Over but the Shouting" utilizes this writing style to its benefit (an appropriately narrow focus) instead of something as broad as Punk in the 70s.
All the major players are here (most of the times culled from earlier interviews, however) and Walsh puts the puzzle pieces together just as nicely, if not better, than Azerrad did in "Our Band Could B...more
Tony Mize
Jan 08, 2008 Tony Mize rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: flannel-wearing slackers who are "too smart" to be successful
Not really an oral history, more of a fan's scrapbook. It doesn't cover much of the Replacements' history in any depth, but it does convey, precisely and in great detail, the sensation of being on the upwards side of 40 and looking back on your 20s when finding a great band seemed like the most important thing on earth. If you're not a fan of the Replacements already, you'll think it's all a little pathetic. If you are a fan, you'll still think it's pathetic, but you won't care. Either way, chan...more
Angela Pezel
The Replacements. I am very fortunate to have seen them at one of their reunion gigs at Riot Fest in Denver 2013. The performance changed my life. I wasn't the overweight and underwhelmed with life 40 year old; for about two solid hours I was young and alive, and the world was still beautiful because we are all ordinary and nothing matters. There are no solutions and no one has an answer, but for once I was okay with that.

The book was not a hagiography of the band. The recollections are mainly f...more
Warren Truitt
Needed more imput by Peter Jesperson and MUCH more imput from the actual members of the band. If you're gonna do an oral history, you have to concentrate on the main five or six people involved in a band's history, not just buddies who saw a few early shows or neighbors who went to school with a friend of the singer. The Replacements deserve a better bio than this, but then again, in true Replacements fashion, maybe they would get a kick out of a shitty recounting of their musical career.
Eric
There probably is a compelling narrative in the life and music of the Replacements, but unfortunately this book doesn't find it. The oral history format is always a gamble because one is depending on the cast of characters to carry the day. This worked well in Legs McNeil and Co.'s history of Punk, "Please Kill Me," mostly because the accounts came from such a compelling group of witnesses, and the story itself had an inbred dramatic arc. But in this book, there really aren't any insightful voic...more
Christopher
Jon Bon Jovi: "How can the Replacements be the best band of the 80s when I've never even heard of them?"

Peter Buck [quoting Paul]: "Uh, Peter? You might want to throw everything out of the refrigerator. Bob's been opening up all of the condiments and pissing in them everywhere we stay."

Tommy was 12 when the band started, would drink tons of coffee and wear ankle weights all day before a show so he could jump more and higher, and he dropped out of 10th grade to go on tour (at which time his Mom m...more
Robert
Like the Pixies, I discovered the Replacements after they had broken up. In high school they were my favorite band, along with R.E.M. I missed their rambunctious early days (I was 5 when Sorry Ma came out) and was only fortunate to catch Paul solo a few times. In any rate I recently made plans to see the reunited 'Mats (Paul and Tommy) play in Boston this fall, and Jim Walsh's oral history seemed a great way to prepare, especially for a late blooming fan like me.

The oral history seems like the...more
RandomAnthony
Dec 28, 2007 RandomAnthony rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Replacements Fans
Shelves: music
I don't know. The author is both a drooling fanboy and a thief of the exact same format of "Please Kill Me: An Oral History of Punk Rock." Still, the guy did his research and the Replacements inner circle seems to trust him. You can get past the flaws if you're a fan, but you'll like this book more because you liked the band than because you liked the book. I think you know what I mean.
Phil Overeem
Not horrible...but a lot like their seventh record Don't Tell a Soul: missing a firing piston. I much prefer the far shorter section in Michael Azerrad's fabulous This Band Could Be Your Life.
Melva
I read this to gain insight on a band I knew little about. It was well written and a quick read.
Kevin
It’s fitting that the ‘Mats story is told here in the form of a chaotic, oral history with seemingly everybody who stood beneath the Minneapolis sun chiming in with their take. The Replacements, by their very nature and by the music that they made, aren’t the sort of band you could sum up with a simple narrative. I’m not sure this book is the whole story or even if knowing the whole story of The Replacements even matters. But if you want to know why this band remains so important to so many of u...more
Tom Choi
Jan 28, 2008 Tom Choi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone born after 1987
That guy from the Hold Steady isn't such a douche after all
Ron
The oral history is a difficult task that can often be viewed as lacking in authorial ability, but Walsh pulls off with aplomb the tale of the greatest rock band in history (the quote about them being the last is only now falsified by the life of Jay Reatard). While there is an abundant amount of reminisces and it is overly sentimental at times, we are given glimpses of the egotism and hatred of Bob Mould and Steve Albini for a guy who was so far their superior that they don't even deserve their...more
Daniel
Rife with the heady prospect of severely meshing Facebook with Catholic domination, I ended up creating a Facebook group entitled Missals for Missiles, or M4M as they say in The City Pages.

The goal of the group was as follows: Convert the duped followers of some laughable untrue religion to that of Catholicism by offering to these aforementioned followers a fair trade: From them, a series of guided missiles that have a terrain-following radar system that fly at moderate speed and low altitude...more
Kenny
A very nice oral history as recalled from Minneapolis/St. Paul insiders, scene vets and other notable musicians/personalities from all over. The Replacements were a band that had to be seen live to be believed, and if you saw them live (as I did, twice) with Bob in the band it was a treat, a mess, a musical masterwork and a train moving at breakneck speed which you knew would eventually smash into something. Hard. I'm sure most interested punk rockers and other fans of this band will have alread...more
Hamish
Well, it's an oral history of one of my favorite bands who also happen to have a really interesting back-story and mystique, so it's already got that in its corner. It's kind of padded though, take out the preface and introduction and the epilogue and the pictures and all the sources at the back it's probably only about 150 pages. Plus it didn't seem like any of the band members (except Slim) were interviewed for the book, so all their quotes come from elsewhere which kind of detracts from the i...more
Rebecca Dobrinski
“They’d simultaneously crush you and charm the life out of you.”

The Replacements. The Last Best Band of the ‘80s (according to Musician magazine in 1989 – a copy of which I still own to this day). The band that changed everything.

In December, my friend Andy posted that he received this book for Christmas. Soon after, he mentioned reading it. Although I had a self-imposed ban on buying any new books before I finished the multiple dozen I had on hand to read, I could not resist. It was the Replace...more
Mary McCoy
It's incredibly tempting to allow this review to devolve into a shortlist of my favorite personal recollections about the Replacements. In fact, the only thing holding me back is the knowledge that everybody latches onto the same things about the Replacements, and has the same sorts of insights.

I know this for a fact because I wrote an essay about them in college, before all those Replacements essays and personal narratives were easily available on the internet. I wrote the thing in a freakin' v...more
Keith
For Christmas, my grampa used to get books about Minneapolis and St Paul, as it was back in the prohibition / gangster days. Back then, as the story goes, grampa paid his way through college by running booze, and as he reached his later days, he loved to read about the places he used to go, people he used to know. Holidays were always filled with stories about Kid Cann, the 1934 union riots and how gramps got sapped on the head by a cop with a nightstick.

This book is like those books we’d give G...more
Christina
A hodge podge about the life and times of the Replacements. I am a huge fan and probably won't be as critical as I would otherwise. But it is a hodge podge, reading more like running into a bunch of replacements fans in a bar and everyone is talking at once, and you're getting snippets of stories. You sort of want to know more, but at the same time you know that there is no getting to the heart or the truth of story. Capturing the story of the Replacements is like trying to catch smoke. Walsh ma...more
Scott
I remember stumbling upon my first Replacements record "Let It Be" in Minneapolis in 1983, buying it because the guys on the cover looked like me, then loving the sound. I was an instant fan who learned almost instantly that the Replacements were a high-risk live band - drunk and amazing, or drunk and nowhere to be found. With little discretionary cash, I didn't take many risks and was never really rewarded with a live show fitting of the band's skill. Through brief quotes and anecdotes, like mi...more
Carol
I love The Replacements. Or, should I say, I loved them until they went corporate, slicked up their sound and booted Bob Stinson from the band. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Back in the day I loved their chaotic don't-give-a-flip attitude, their rawness, their unpredictability. I'll never forget the excitement I felt when they came to play my college town. Would Bob Stinson be wearing a dress? Would they even be able to complete a song, much less a full set?

This book captured everything I rem...more
Daryl
I read the book very quickly (for me) because I was so fascinated by the subject matter, and the “oral history” presentation was well done. Walsh pulled quotes from interviews, newspaper and magazine articles, and television broadcasts. He interviewed a lot of individuals who had some connection with the ‘Mats. And then he pulled it all together very well. I’ve been a big fan of the Replacements for at least 25 years, so I knew a bit of the story, but I learned a lot from reading the book. The f...more
Patrick
Interesting if you're a Replacements fan, but a very incomplete account of the band and its history -- aside from contemporaneous interview excerpts, it's mostly reactions to the band. About half of the quotes seem to come from scenesters or fans who may or may not have been around at the time the band was playing. Walsh had no interviews with any band members except for Slim Dunlap, and none of their later producers, so there's very little about songwriting and their musical choices (if they ma...more
Derek
Not a history of the band so much as a glimpse of the scene that surrounded them, this book tells the story of the minnesota rock scene as well as any other book I've read on the subject.

As a guy who came to the 'mats just as they were signing to the majors, there was a lot of my life in this book -- it kept referring to events I recalled or had heard about secondhand.

Walsh does a great job of letting the interviewees tell their own stories, and the story they tell really touched a note with me...more
Kevin Redmond
I am a huge Replacements fan. Being a non-mainstream band a lot of what I have learned about the Mats is via oral history or via the Internet, so it is hard to separate fact from urban legend. The author takes an interesting approach here, simply providing quotes from band members, producers, roadies, local DJs, etc. in chronological order, vs. trying to weave it into some sort of biography It was nice to hear the stories told from the perspective of the people who were there and it lends it som...more
Scott
All Over But the Shouting does its job in that you come away with a basic understanding of The Replacements - how they formed, general career arc, important moments, etc. My only real problem with this book is that it takes this whole "oral history" trend to it's logical conclusion through the fact that it's really nothing more than a collection of quotes. Literally. There is no author commentary whatsoever. The author (or I guess I should say "editor") just did a bunch of interviews and then cu...more
Tim
Jan 09, 2009 Tim added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Finished last night when the phone rang at 11:45 after I'd been asleep for an hour and a half, after which point I couldn't fall asleep again until around 4 a.m. If you get a phishing-scam call from Beacon Credit, tell them I said hi. What the hell. Walsh's book on the Replacements is an oral history, compiled from new interviews and tons of already published pieces, but he puts it together expertly, and the end of the last chapter is the saddest thing I've read in a while. If you're interested...more
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