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Tim is the fourth studio album by American alternative rock band The Replacements. It was released in October 1985 on Sire Records. It was their first major label release and also the last album made by the original line-up of the band: guitarist Bob Stinson was kicked out of the band towards the end of 1986.

The Replacements - Tim cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 14, 1985
RecordedJune–July 1985
ProducerTommy Ramone
The Replacements chronology
Let It Be
Pleased to Meet Me

Like its predecessors, Tim achieved moderate mainstream commercial success despite critical acclaim. The album peaked at number 183 on the Billboard Music Chart's Top 200. It was placed 136th on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and 137 in a 2012 revised list.[1] It ranked 4th in the Alternative Press list of the Top 99 albums of 1985–1995.[2] Along with the band's previous album, Let It Be, Tim received five stars from AllMusic.

Bob Stinson is the only member of the band whose face is clearly visible on the cover.


Stylistically, the album shows Paul Westerberg's diverse influences, including Alex Chilton's Big Star on "Hold My Life," Roy Orbison and Duane Eddy on "Swingin Party" and Nick Lowe on "Kiss Me on the Bus". The song, "Can't Hardly Wait", was originally recorded for Tim, but was not included in the release. It appears later on Pleased to Meet Me with one of the original guitar parts changed to a horn part.

The album also contains the song "Bastards of Young", which was given a now-infamous black and white video, consisting of mostly a single unbroken shot of a speaker. At the end of the song, the speaker is kicked in by the person who was listening to the song. Similar videos were also made for "Hold My Life" (in color), "Left of the Dial" (minus the speaker-bashing), and "Little Mascara" (also in color).

"Left of the Dial" is a reference to college radio stations which were usually on the left side of a radio dial.[3] More than 20 years after the album's release, the song remains popular as a college radio anthem.

The band performed "Bastards of Young" and "Kiss Me on the Bus" on Saturday Night Live on January 18, 1986. It was the most television exposure the band had received up to that time, but the band's behavior on the show, including swearing during the broadcast, resulted in a lifetime ban from Saturday Night Live. However, Westerberg would later perform on the show as a solo artist.


The album was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment on September 23, 2008 with six additional tracks.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]
The Austin Chronicle     [5]
Blender     [6]
Christgau's Record GuideA−[7]
Entertainment WeeklyA[8]
Q     [10]
Rolling Stone     [11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [12]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[13]

Like its predecessor, Let It Be, Tim was highly praised by critics upon its release.[14] The album is frequently included on professional lists of the all-time best rock albums. Tim was ranked at number four in Alternative Press' list of the Top 99 albums of 1985–1995.[2] Along with their previous album, Let It Be, Tim received five stars from AllMusic.

The album was placed 136th on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, with the following review:

Pitchfork ranked Tim at number 37 on their list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s.[16] Slant Magazine listed the album at number 66 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".[17]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Paul Westerberg, except where noted.

Side one
1."Hold My Life" 4:18
2."I'll Buy" 3:20
3."Kiss Me on the Bus" 2:48
4."Dose of Thunder"2:16
5."Waitress in the Sky" 2:02
6."Swingin Party" 3:48
Side two
1."Bastards of Young"3:35
2."Lay It Down Clown"2:22
3."Left of the Dial"3:41
4."Little Mascara"3:33
5."Here Comes a Regular"4:46
Total length:36:29
  • Tracks 12 and 14–17 were previously unreleased.
  • Tracks 12–14 are session outtakes with Alex Chilton as producer.



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  2. ^ a b " Press". 1978-09-02. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  3. ^ "Rhino reissues the Mats' Sire years, beginning with the essential Tim". Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Tim – The Replacements". AllMusic. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  5. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (October 10, 2008). "Reissues". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "The Replacements: Tim". Blender. Archived from the original on December 17, 2008. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "The Replacements: Tim". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  8. ^ Willman, Chris (October 3, 2008). "The Replacements' reissues". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  9. ^ Richardson, Mark (September 26, 2008). "The Replacements: Tim / Pleased to Meet Me / Don't Tell a Soul / All Shook Down". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  10. ^ "The Replacements: Tim". Q (85): 127. October 1993.
  11. ^ Pareles, Jon (May 26, 2000). "The Replacements: Tim". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 23, 2002. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Weisband, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  14. ^ Nelson, Tim (April 19, 2007). "The Replacements Tim Review". BBC Music. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  15. ^ "The Replacements, 'Tim' – 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. May 31, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  16. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s". Pitchfork. November 20, 2002. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  17. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s". Slant Magazine. March 5, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2012.

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