Hootenanny (The Replacements album)

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Studio album by The Replacements
Released April 29, 1983 (1983-04-29)
Recorded October 1982–January 1983
Genre Punk rock, college rock
Length 31:06
Label Twin/Tone (8332)
Producer Paul Stark, Peter Jesperson, The Replacements
The Replacements chronology
Let It Be
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club favorable[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Pitchfork Media 7.9/10[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]

Hootenanny is the second studio album by The Replacements, released in April 1983 by Twin/Tone Records. It was mostly recorded from October 1982 to January 1983 at Stark/Mudge Mobile Unit warehouse, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota[6] (described in the liner notes as "a warehouse in some godawful suburb north of Mpls."). "Run It" and "Within Your Reach" were recorded at Blackberry Way, and "Treatment Bound" was recorded "in the basement".[7]

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.[1][2]

The cover art is a homage to The Original Hootenanny, a compilation album released in 1963 by Crestview Records which chronicled several prominent folk artists of the time.

The opening track, "Hootenanny" features a rearranged lineup of Chris Mars and Tommy Stinson on guitars, Bob Stinson on bass guitar, and Paul Westerberg on drums. The lyrics for the song "Lovelines" were taken verbatim from the classifieds section of an issue of City Pages, a Minneapolis newspaper. The surf-instrumental "Buck Hill" takes its name from a small skiing area in Burnsville, Minnesota, just a few miles south of Minneapolis. "Within Your Reach" is notable for featuring Westerberg on all instruments and vocals; the song later appeared in the Cameron Crowe film Say Anything.... "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]

The album was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment in 2008, and contained seven additional tracks.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Paul Westerberg, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hootenanny"   B. Stinson, C. Mars, P. Westerberg, T. Stinson 1:52
2. "Run It"   C. Mars, P. Westerberg 1:11
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
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Within Your Reach"     4:24
2. "Buck Hill"   C. Mars, P. Westerberg, T. Stinson 2:09
3. "Lovelines"   B. Stinson, C. Mars, P. Westerberg, T. Stinson, "C.P. Readers" 2:01
4. "You Lose"   B. Stinson, C. Mars, P. Westerberg, T. Stinson 1:41
5. "Hayday"     2:06
6. "Treatment Bound"     3:16



  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Hootenanny - The Replacements : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Murray, Noel (July 17, 2007). "The Replacements: Hootenanny : Music : Permanent Records : The A.V. Club". Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Robert Christgau. "Robert Christgau: CG: The Replacements". Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ Richardson, Mark (April 21, 2008). "The Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash / Stink / Hootenanny / Let It Be : Album Reviews : Pitchfork". Pitchfork Media accessdate=September 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Replacements: Album Guide : Rolling Stone Music". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Replacements - Hootenanny". Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Replacements, The - Hootenanny (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved September 9, 2013.