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

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,294 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
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
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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
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Angela Pezel
Feb 08, 2014 Angela Pezel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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matt
Aug 27, 2012 matt rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Tony Mize
Jan 08, 2008 Tony Mize rated it liked it  ·  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
Warren Truitt
May 23, 2008 Warren Truitt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
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.
Adam
Aug 13, 2016 Adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-and-music
While reading this book I spent a lot of time trying to decide whether or not The Replacements were complete assholes. Their story as young kids coming together (their bassist was 13!) to form a band is incredible. Their lyrics to later ballads are touching and inspired (though I admire their earlier punk delinquency more, of the “I hate music, sometimes I don’t / I hate music, it has too many notes” variety).

But so much of the recollection in this oral history is about this band--so important
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Eric
May 05, 2008 Eric rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, music
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
RandomAnthony
Dec 28, 2007 RandomAnthony rated it liked it  ·  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
Dec 09, 2012 Melva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this to gain insight on a band I knew little about. It was well written and a quick read.
Tom Choi
Jan 28, 2008 Tom Choi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone born after 1987
That guy from the Hold Steady isn't such a douche after all
Todd Williams
Jan 17, 2017 Todd Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i like the replacements just fine, esp. please to meet me. i had a pretty good idea of what to expect so this was plenty fun for me despite the story itself not being overly funny. these guys were complex and so full self loathing it's at times, sad as hell.
i am a big fan of rock and roll oral histories so if you like the format and only sorta like the band-how can you not like the replacements-you'll be a-ok with this one
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
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Lauren Leadingham
It's gratifying to know that this oral history of the 'Mats was left in the hands of someone not just on the scene as a musician, fan, friend.. But a literary magnate. Though it is drawn out in places it shouldn't be and stops abruptly when you're the most enthralled, Jim Walsh has some music journalism chops not to be ignored.

He spends nearly five pages beginning every sentence with because, in the preface no less. Because as in all the reasons they're basically the best band in the world. Thi
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Keith
Apr 05, 2008 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary McCoy
Jan 29, 2008 Mary McCoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Anne
Sep 18, 2016 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
The Replacements are awesome. This book is not.
Ron
Mar 09, 2012 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2010 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 altitu
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Kenny
Feb 08, 2011 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christina
May 27, 2008 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alex Orr
Apr 27, 2015 Alex Orr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
To a very large degree, how much you enjoy this book directly correlates with how much you love the Replacements. That may seem obvious, but there are many music books that work on multiple levels outside of simply appealing solely to the initiated fan...and this book isn't one of those. Yes, there are some bits about the larger Minneapolis scene as well as the indie underground of the '80s, but as a whole, this is a series of loving recollections tracing the specific history of the 'Mats. If yo ...more
Robert
May 08, 2016 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christopher
Feb 05, 2014 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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John Alexander
I finally caught the Replacements two weeks ago here in Philly. Let it Be and Tim may be my two favorite albums the 80s, but I was confused by how lame they were live. I could not agree more with Joe Henry's assessment from thirty years ago:

"They irritated me that night the same way they would every time I saw them over the next five years or so...always hoping to see them pull the cork out of one of the really good bottles they were clearly hoarding and let those great songs unfurl...I knew the
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Hamish
May 23, 2008 Hamish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Daryl
Mar 19, 2011 Daryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Carol
Apr 09, 2008 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies, music
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
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Scott
Jan 24, 2010 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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