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 June 25, 1981 (1981-18-25)
Recorded July 1980, March–June 1981
Genre Hardcore punk, garage punk, post-punk
Length 36:47
Label Twin/Tone
Producer Paul Westerberg, Peter Jesperson, Steven Fjelstad
The Replacements chronology
Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (9.4/10) [2]
Robert Christgau B+ [3] 5/5 stars [4]

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.

The album contained the single "I'm In Trouble" (backed with "If Only You Were Lonely", an album outtake) which was released the same month as the album.

Outtakes from this album include (but are not limited to): "Like You", "Skip It", "If Only You Were Lonely", "Junior's Got A Gun", "D.E.A.D.", "Staples In Her Stomach" and "Off Your Pants".

The track "Somethin' to Dü" is a reference to the band Hüsker Dü, contemporaries of The Replacements and their Saint Paul counterparts.

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.

The album was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment on April 22, 2008, with 13 additional tracks.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Takin' a Ride"   2:23
2. "Careless"   1:08
3. "Customer"   1:29
4. "Hangin' Downtown"   2:06
5. "Kick Your Door Down"   3:11
6. "Otto"   2:09
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
No. Title Length
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
8. "Shutup"   1:23
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