Concert preview: The Replacements are legends and you should see them for sure

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Replacements are legends. Formed in Minneapolis, right as the ’70s turned into the ’80s — a sweet, sweet time for music if there ever was one — the Replacements blended punk, hardcore, post-punk, new wave and rock ’n’ roll into a ragged and catchy sound that pretty much birthed alternative rock.

The band was made up of Paul Westerberg, who wrote the lyrics and sang in this youthful and scratchy, comfortable whine, brothers Bob and Tommy Stinson, who played guitar and bass respectively, and Chris Mars on drums. (Today, Westerberg and Tommy are the sole original members, touring with Josh Freese and Dave Minehan.)

With each release, the Replacements sounded a little different (“We were confused about what we were,” Mars has said).

The band’s debut album, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, a 1981 release that’s very much a punk document, played fast and loud, was clearly inspired by local contemporaries, St. Paul’s Hüsker Dü. Hootenanny, the second full-length,takes a more varied and sometimes jokey approach. It also includes the totally gorgeous “Within Your Reach,” that was used in “Say Anything.”

The band’s mid-’80s output is where the real juicy stuff lies, though. Let It Be, from 1984, Tim, from 1985 and Pleased to Meet Me, from 1987, are essentially flawless records, able to stay noisy while also sharpening the airy, jangly guitar sound that would become the band’s lasting legacy.

LC Pavilion

7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6

405 Neil Ave., Arena District

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