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Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash

Wednesday, October 9

Recorded in a warehouse north of Minneapolis, Hootenanny was the third release from The Replacements and is notable for its wide musical range, touching on country (“Treatment Bound”), punk rock (“Run It,” “You Lose”) and featuring the unexpected ballad, “Within Your Reach.” We’ll hear selections from it on this episode as well as music from The Cure’s 1982 effort, Pornography.

Thursday, October 10

Higher Ground is the latest release from New York City-based singer-songwriter Jon Regen. Featuring contributions from Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, The Police’s Andy Summers and Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), the record finds the veteran musician in fine form. Listen for music from that release as well as from the debut album by Crowded House.

Friday, October 11

Released in the United States on October 1, 1969, Abbey Road stands among the most beloved latter-day Beatles’ albums. The original album features staples such as “Come Together,” “Here Comes The Sun” and “Something,” the set has just been reissued in deluxe form with a variety of outtakes and demo versions. We’ll hear from the newly-released set as well as music from Ringo Starr’s 1970 album, Sentimental Journey.

Saturday, October 12

When former Replacements’ guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a severe stroke in 2012, a number of fellow musicians came to his aid, including his former bandmates Paul Westerberg, Chris Mars and Tommy Stinson, who tracked an EP titled Songs For Slim, featuring two Dunlap tunes (“Busted Up” and “Radio Hook Word Hit”) as well as songs penned by Leon Payne, Gordon Lightfoot and Stephen Sondheim. Listen for music from that recording as well as from Dunlap’s own The Old New Me.

Monday, October 14

Recorded in February, 1986, Live At Maxwell’s captures The Replacements in concert at the storied Hoboken, New Jersey venue Maxwell’s not long after a disastrous performance on Saturday Night Live. Finally issued in 2017, the record captures the original band just months before the dismissal of original guitarist Bob Stinson. We’ll hear from that recording as well as music from the band’s former frontman Paul Westerberg’s 1999 release, Suicaine Gratifaction.

Tuesday, October 15

In its earliest years, The Replacements rehearsed in the south Minneapolis basement of brothers Bob and Tommy Stinson. When the brothers found a note from their mother admonishing their loud music and insisting that their sister was busy trying to study, it inspired the title of the quartet’s first album, Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash. Released in August, 1981, the album featured songs about class struggles (“Customer”), drugs (“I Bought A Headache”) and youthful abandon (“I Hate Music”). Listen for selections from that release as well as songs from Bob Mould’s Black Sheets Of Rain.

Wednesday, October 16

With founding member and guitarist Bob Stinson newly married and distancing himself from the band, The Replacements settled into making a major label debut in the summer of 1985. Titled Tim (an inside joke that the bandmembers would later admit not even they understood), the dark, brooding album featured carefree numbers such as “Kiss Me On The Bus” as well as portraits of alcoholic desperation (“Here Comes A Regular”) and domestic strife (“Little Mascara”). We’ll hear music from that recording as well as song from Big Star’s Third.

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.