For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: The Replacements Will Dare at the Bronco Bowl

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A couple of months back, Friend of Unfair Park Bob wrote: "Waiting patiently for you to find and post a Replacements performance in Dallas. I think there was only one, yes?" But as we ascertained, no, there were several, from a Theatre Gallery gig to that unfortunate and wildly disinterested Starplex show (opening for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, no less) to the oddball '91 adios at the Metroplex Arena, or whatever that roller-rink off Upper Greenville was called. By the time of the latter show, there were but two remaining originals -- Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson -- and you could just tell: They were done.

The Starplex show in '89 was a whole different shade of sad: The band came out early, in the blistering July sunshine; they hated every sticky second -- Westerberg in particular. It was the summer of my senior year at UT, and I went with then-Observer music editor Gilbert Garcia, a good friend with whom I'd worked at The Daily Texan. We went solely to see the 'Mats. We sat in the second row; Westerberg, in the first. He'd climbed off the stage to get the sun out of his eyes. Bored, bummed, he chatted up the audience. He'd had a few pops; he looked like he could've used a few more.

I'd seen the band in April of that year at the Austin Opera House. The memory of that show's a bit ... hazy; so too that Liberty Lunch gig in '87. I remember only that both were the opposite of that Starplex debacle and the sad adios two years after. But this helps jogs the memory and clear the cache: The Replacements at the Bronco Bowl on April 30, 1989. I found this earlier in the week and haven't stopped listening to it since. It's a crystal-clear-oh-sweet-fancy-Jesus two-parter, here and here, that only recently showed up on Grooveshark, which means you can't download it. Still. It's not like there aren't plenty of 'Mats boots out there. But this guy's right: "the best live version of 'Left Of The Dial' ever." Maybe so. Hard to argue. Could say the same for "Answering Machine" and "I Will Dare" and "Color Me Impressed" and "Bastards of Young." Good God, especially "Bastards of Young."

I had an ex who never did get my to-this-day love affair with the Replacements, whose original Twin/Tone poster still hangs framed in my office. Wish I could play her this version of "Unsatisfied." Then, maybe, she'd understand.
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Bob
Bob

I love you, Robert.

Darin
Darin

Unsatisfied still, STILL hits me the same way it hit me then. One of those songs I try to avoid once the bottle of wine moves into "almost empty" category...

Texasdave60
Texasdave60

I distinctly remeber Westerberger going (coming) over to the monitor console stage left and slugging the engineer in the mouth, then striding back down center stage and informing the audience "Looks like someone's going home early". 

Don Edwards
Don Edwards

Thanks for that article Bob...I have been wearing out that section of my hard drive for nearly two years and it was that version of "Unsatisfied" that inspired me to pick up a guitar and learn it...I am still looking for my first opportunity to whip that one out but I have to get a gig first.  Thanks again for the reminder of what an excitng mixture of peaks and valleys this band provided us.

Mike
Mike

As a child of the '90s, I only discovered The Replacements from the Adventureland soundtrack.  They're fantastic.  Thanks for posting this.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Exes who hate your music loves have a clear and distinct name..."Exes". Is the lady of the house as much of a music fan as you--or just the opposite, as most couples who work seem to be?

Sam Swank
Sam Swank

This was an awesome show. I seem to remember that Fishbone opened for them but had to do a sort of unplugged set because their drummer got thrown in jail.

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The lady of the house appreciates the good stuff, yes.

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