Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash

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Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
The Replacements - Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash cover.jpg
Studio album by The Replacements
Released August 25, 1981
Recorded July 1980, March–June 1981
Genre Punk rock
Length 36:47
Label Twin/Tone
Producer Paul Westerberg, Peter Jesperson, Steven Fjelstad
The Replacements chronology
Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash

Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash is the first studio album by the American punk rock band The Replacements. It was released on August 25, 1981 by Twin/Tone Records.

Music and lyrics[edit]

The track "Somethin' to Dü" is a reference to the band Hüsker Dü, contemporaries of The Replacements and their Saint Paul counterparts. [1] The track "Johnny's Gonna Die" is a reference to influential guitarist Johnny Thunders of the Heartbreakers and New York Dolls. The song refers to his increased heroin addiction and resultant sloppy live performances. Thunders died, possibly of drug-related causes, in 1991. [2]


Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash was released on August 25, 1981 by the independent record label Twin/Tone Records.[3] The song "I'm In Trouble" was released as a single on August 7, 1981, containing an outtake, "If Only You Were Lonely", as its B-side.[4] The album was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment on April 22, 2008, with 13 additional tracks.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media9.4/10[5]
Punknews.org5/5 stars[6]
The Village VoiceB+[7]

Retrospectively, AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine considered Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash to be "one of the best LPs the entire scene produced in the early '80s."[3] In a very positive review, praised the album for being different from its counterparts of the hardcore punk scene, stating that the album "never sacrificed its pop appeal for throat-searing screams and whiplash speed."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Paul Westerberg, except where noted.

Side A
1."Takin' a Ride"2:23
4."Hangin' Downtown"2:06
5."Kick Your Door Down"3:11
7."I Bought a Headache"2:24
8."Rattlesnake" (Westerberg, Bob Stinson, Tommy Stinson, Chris Mars)1:48
9."I Hate Music" (Westerberg, B. Stinson, T. Stinson, Mars)1:50
Side B
1."Johnny's Gonna Die"3:32
2."Shiftless When Idle"2:18
3."More Cigarettes"1:20
4."Don't Ask Why"1:57
5."Somethin' to Dü"1:41
6."I'm in Trouble"2:10
7."Love You Till Friday"1:53
9."Raised in the City"1:59


  • Paul Westerberg – vocals, rhythm guitar, producer
  • Bob Stinson – lead guitar
  • Tommy Stinson – bass guitar
  • Chris Mars – drums
  • Peter Jesperson – producer
  • Steven Fjelstad – producer, engineer
  • Paul Stark – mixer
  • Laurie Allen – photography
  • Erik Hanson – photography
  • Greg Helgeson – artwork
  • Pat Moriarity – artwork
  • Bruce Allen – artwork


  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Song Review by Stewart Mason". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  2. ^ Drozdowski, Ted (07.09.2008). "Punk Rock's 10 Mightiest Guitar Gods". Retrieved 2017-10-27.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ a b c Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  4. ^ "I'm in Trouble/If Only You Were Lonely". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  5. ^ Mark Richardson (2008-04-21). "The Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash / Stink / Hootenanny / Let It Be". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  6. ^ GlassPipeMurder (2009-06-05). "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash". Archived from the original on 2015-09-07. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  7. ^ Robert Christgau (1982-04-13). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2015-03-07. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 

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