January 27, 2013 – 4:28 am

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Houston 1983 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX; August 1, 1983. Very good to excellent audience recording (from Master).

Any time is a good time for the Mats.

And… guess you either like them or you don’t. What’s striking about the Mats is their sense of abandon, which is both invigorating and intoxicating, especially compared to much of the studio-bound stuff that passes for rock in the ’80s. To further belabour a point, at their most deadly, it’s probably what’s it’s like to be Jim Morrison at the edge of the abyss.

Sample this comment by Dan Weiss (

No punk band was freer than The Replacements, which is why you never hear them talked about as spearheading some local scene. Sure, them and Husker Dü put Minneapolis on the map concurrently with Prince. But they weren’t part of a movement. They were misfits who covered KISS and Ted Nugent, turning the latter into a song about boners. Punk should only ever be associated with doing whatever the fuck you want, but it’s not; there are rules and codes and all sorts of wack stuff designed to make you strive for credibility. In an alternate universe where nobody thinks about that, The Replacements are king.

Thanks to THULL ( for sharing this show in 2007 (good sound; but those expecting a wild and drunken set will be disappointed - the band appeared pretty sober and in control). And all these before Tim (the album) came along.

THULL’s notes:

Really strong audience recording, especially for the era. Strange performance too - the place doesn’t seem too crowded and there is a lot of audience/band interaction. ‘Color Me Impressed’ is slowed down and played more mid-tempo. A lot of heckling during the show. One guy keeps requesting ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ until the guys actually pull of a pretty credible abbreviated version. The audience even starts arguing after the song. Originally release by MatsTapes as MT009 (‘Sixteen Blue’ is not complete on that version). A master tape surfaced in 2006 with superior sound. This is from the master.

Picked this up awhile ago. It’s supposed to be from the master and is much improved over other versions floating around.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Wipeout (The Surfaris) (3.5MB)
Track 102. Hayday (2.8MB)
Track 103. Love You Til Friday (3.5MB)
Track 104. Lovelines (3.5MB)
Track 105. Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley And His Comets) (3.9MB)
Track 106. Johnny’s Gonna Die (5.6MB)
Track 107. I’m In Trouble (4.6MB)
Track 108. Take Me Down To The Hospital (5.1MB)
Track 109. Favorite Thing (4.3MB)
Track 110. Never Been To College (7.9MB)
Track 111. Trouble Boys (Nick Lowe) (5.2MB)
Track 112. I Will Dare (5.9MB)
Track 113. God Damn Job (4.0MB)
Track 114. Sixteen Blue (7.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. White And Lazy (4.4MB)
Track 202. Color Me Impressed (5.1MB)
Track 203. Kick Your Door Down (6.1MB)
Track 204. Move It On One Over (Hank Williams) (2.2MB)
Track 205. Move It On One Over (Hardcore Version) (1.2MB)
Track 206. I Hate You/Hey Good Lookin (Hank Williams) (5.0MB)
Track 207. Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (5.0MB)
Track 208. Mr Whirly (2.9MB)
Track 209. Johnny B Flat (Good) (Chuck Berry) (1.5MB)
Track 210. Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley) (2.8MB)
Track 211. I’ll Be There (Jackson 5) (4.0MB)
Track 212. Did You No Wrong Submission (Sex Pistols)/Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Pussy (Daughter) (Hermans Hermits) (5.0MB)
Track 213. Gimme Noise (3.6MB)
Track 214. I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash) (1.3MB)
Track 215. I Hate Music (4.0MB)
Track 216. Talking (1.5MB)
Track 217. Willpower (5.4MB)
Track 218. Go (5.0MB)
Track 219. Unknown (cuts out) (1.4MB)

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  1. 18 Responses to “THE REPLACEMENTS - HOUSTON 1983”

  2. Bless you.

    By David on Jan 27, 2013

  3. very cool and VERY nice sounding audience recording. Thanks!

    By Eric on Jan 27, 2013

  4. obviously not too many musicians posting here, if you think these guys are good.

    By darth troll on Jan 27, 2013

  5. Where is my photographer friend ?
    I need to find out where I can steal some music that has been legitimately released.

    By darth troll on Jan 27, 2013

  6. Great stuff bigo! The Repacements were a legendary band a lot of musicians were influenced by.

    By mike blickenstaff on Jan 27, 2013

  7. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but, I miss the looseness of shows like this from the Mats. I first saw them just before Christmas, 1984 at CBGB&OMFUG after being knocked out by Let It Be. It was cold and snowy that night and the crowd was pretty thin. A very similar show with lots of crowd interaction. Somebody kept asking for Gary’s Got A Boner and in response, Paul Westerberg kicked into some Hank Williams. Very much a fun time!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jan 28, 2013

  8. On a given night the Mats were the greatest r n r band on the planet, when they wanted to be. You just had to catch them on those nights. On other nights wow, Hello Dolly didn’t translate very well.

    By David on Jan 28, 2013

  9. Great, Big O! Love these guys when they were good.
    BTW, Tracks 204 and 205 should be “Move it _on_ Over”?
    Thanks for the share!

    By golgo hakase on Jan 28, 2013

  10. LOVE the Replacements!! Thanks for sharing this!!

    By DanC on Jan 29, 2013

  11. Hello golgo hakase

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 30, 2013

  12. More Replacements, please.

    By David on Feb 1, 2013

  13. so nice and quiet these days.

    By tastes great less darth on Feb 2, 2013

  14. je deteste le nicey quiet

    By FRENCHY DARTH on Feb 2, 2013

  15. Disc 2, track 12 is certainly not a cover of Submission by the Sex Pistols. Possibly a Replacements song. But the end bit is indeed Mrs Brown You’ve got a Lovely Pussy.

    By rsbklyn on Feb 10, 2013

  16. It’s not Submission, it’s a different (and better) Sex Pistols song, Did You No Wrong.

    By Johnny Rotten on Feb 16, 2013

  17. Hello Johnny, rsbklyn

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 16, 2013

  18. this is a great recording! I am from Minneapolis, 49 years old. Grew up on the Mats. Sober now. wasn’t then..

    By John on Mar 29, 2013

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