Hootenanny (The Replacements album)

Hootenanny is the second studio album by the American rock band The Replacements, released on April 29, 1983 by Twin/Tone Records. The album received positive reviews from critics.

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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 29, 1983
RecordedOctober 1982 – January 1983
GenrePunk rock
ProducerPaul Stark, Peter Jesperson, The Replacements
The Replacements chronology
Let It Be

Recording and releaseEdit

Hootenanny was mostly recorded from October 1982 to January 1983 at the Stark/Mudge Mobile Unit warehouse in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota,[1] which was described in the liner notes as "a warehouse in some godawful suburb north of Mpls".[2] The tracks "Run It" and "Within Your Reach" were recorded at Blackberry Way,[2] while the song "Treatment Bound" was recorded "in the basement".[2] The album was released on April 29, 1983 by Twin/Tone Records.[1] According to the record label, Hootenanny sold more than 38,000 vinyl copies.[1] In 2008, The album was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment, containing seven additional tracks.

Music and lyricsEdit

Hootenanny is often regarded as the first release on which The Replacements began to branch out from the "breakneck punk" that characterized their earlier work, through the incorporation of various genres such as blues, country, rockabilly, and boogie.[3][4] The opening track "Hootenanny" features a rearranged lineup of Chris Mars on lead guitar, Tommy Stinson on rhythm guitar, Bob Stinson on bass guitar, and Paul Westerberg on drums and vocals, while "Within Your Reach" features Westerberg on all instruments and vocals.[2] The lyrics for the song "Lovelines" were largely taken verbatim from the classifieds section of an issue of City Pages, a Minneapolis newspaper.[5] The surf-instrumental "Buck Hill" takes its name from a small skiing area in Burnsville, Minnesota, just a few miles south of Minneapolis.[citation needed] "Mr. Whirly" is a parody of the Beatles track "Oh! Darling" (with the opening bars of "Strawberry Fields Forever") and bears the writing credit "mostly stolen" on the record label.[citation needed]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
Q     [9]
Rolling Stone     [10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [11]
Spin     [12]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[13]
The Village VoiceB+[14]

Hootenanny received positive reviews from critics. The album was ranked number 30 in The Village Voice's 1983 Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[15] In a retrospective review, Noel Murray of The A.V. Club felt that Hootenanny "brims with personality, and though The Replacements' real masterpieces were ahead of them, their second LP was a deck-clearer that gave Westerberg the confidence to mature. It's just too bad that he never again made an album this straight-up fun."[4]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Paul Westerberg, except where noted.

1."Hootenanny"B. Stinson, C. Mars, P. Westerberg, T. Stinson1:52
2."Run It"C. Mars, P. Westerberg1:11
3."Color Me Impressed" 2:25
4."Willpower" 4:22
5."Take Me Down to the Hospital" 3:47
6."Mr. Whirly""mostly stolen"1:53
7."Within Your Reach" 4:24
8."Buck Hill"C. Mars, P. Westerberg, T. Stinson2:09
9."Lovelines"B. Stinson, C. Mars, P. Westerberg, T. Stinson, "C.P. Readers"2:01
10."You Lose"B. Stinson, C. Mars, P. Westerberg, T. Stinson1:41
11."Hayday" 2:06
12."Treatment Bound" 3:16


The Replacements


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  2. ^ a b c d Hootenanny (Vinyl LP). The Replacements. Minneapolis: Twin/Tone Records. 1983. TTR #8332.CS1 maint: others (link)
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  4. ^ a b Murray, Noel (July 17, 2007). "The Replacements: Hootenanny". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Swensson, Andrea (May 6, 2008). "Unearthed: Lovelines by the Replacements". City Pages. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Replacements: Hootenanny". NME. London: 30. April 23, 1993.
  7. ^ Richardson, Mark (April 21, 2008). "The Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash / Stink / Hootenanny / Let It Be". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on January 10, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  8. ^ Lundy, Zeth (April 21, 2008). "Anyone Can Play Guitar: The Replacements on Twin/Tone, 1981–1984". PopMatters. Retrieved April 21, 2008.
  9. ^ "The Replacements: Hootenanny". Q. London (81): 120. June 1993.
  10. ^ "The Replacements: Hootenanny". Rolling Stone. New York: 108. September 19, 2002.
  11. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "The Replacements". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 688–89. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Archived from the original on March 11, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  12. ^ Mehr, Bob (September 2007). "'Loud and Snotty!'". Spin. New York. 23 (9): 90. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  13. ^ Weisband, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  14. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 28, 1983). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Archived from the original on March 17, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  15. ^ "The 1983 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. New York. February 28, 1984. Archived from the original on March 17, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.

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