The Shit Hits the Fans

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The Shit Hits the Fans
Live album by The Replacements
Released January 25, 1985
Recorded November 11, 1984
Label Twin/Tone
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The Shit Hits the Fans is a Twin/Tone Records (TTR 8443) cassette-only live album by The Replacements which was released January 25, 1985. It was recorded live at The Bowery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on November 11, 1984. The cassette J-Card cover art is by Chris Mars. According to the Twin/Tone website, 10,000 copies were produced, of which 9,276 sold immediately. The rest were given away as promotional copies.[1]

Roscoe Shoemaker, manager and DJ at The Bowery asked Paul Westerberg, if he minded if he recorded the show, to which Westerberg replied, "Why? We suck." [2] Shoemaker hung two microphones from the front of the deejay booth and recorded the show, which was performed in front of approximately 30 patrons (in a venue with a maximum capacity of 1,200 people). Without Shoemaker's knowledge, the tape was removed before the end of the show by soundman Bill Mack, who then gave the tape to the band.[3][4] Despite Shoemaker having previously asked Westerberg for permission to record the show, both the label and the band denoted it a bootleg, writing in the liner notes, "Anyhoo...what you've got here is most of a live show. Our roadie pulled it out of some enterprising young gent's tape recorder toward the end of the night. (Drop us a line, buddy, there's $3.95 in it for you!)".[1][5]

Of the twenty-four songs on the album only five songs are actually written by the band. The remaining nineteen are cover versions of songs by other artists, some of which were requested by the small audience.[4] The audio dropout heard during "Hear You Been to College" is caused by Paul Westerberg who accidentally pressed the record button on a Walkman while listening back to the master copy. If you listen closely he can be heard saying "Stop, 's' enough".

The Bowery was demolished on March 22, 2007.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" (LLoyd Price)
  2. "Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus" (Robyn Hitchcock)
  3. "Lovelines" (Paul Westerberg/Bob Stinson/Tommy Stinson/Chris Mars)
  4. "I'll Be There" (Berry Gordy, Jr./Bob West/Hal Davis/Willie Hutch)
  5. "Sixteen Blue" (Westerberg)
  6. "Can't Hardly Wait" (Westerberg)
  7. "I Will Dare" (Westerberg)
  8. "Hear You Been to College" (Westerberg/Stinson/Stinson/Mars)
  9. "Saturday Night Special" (Ed King/Ronnie Van Zant)
  10. "Iron Man" (Butler/Iommi/Osbourne/Ward)
  11. "Misty Mountain Hop" (Page/Plant/Jones)
  12. "Heartbreaker" (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant)
  13. "Can't Get Enough" (Mick Ralphs)
  14. "Jailbreak" (Phil Lynott)
  15. "Breakdown" (Tom Petty)
  16. "No More the Moon Shines on Lorena" (Alvin Pleasant Carter)
  17. "Merry-Go-Round" (Nikki Sixx)
  18. "Left in the Dark" (Ken Draznik)
  19. "Takin' Care of Business" (Randy Bachman)
  20. "I Will Follow" (Hewson/Evans/Clayton/Mullen)
  21. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Jagger/Richards)
  22. "Radio Free Europe" (Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe)
  23. "The New World" (Cervenka/Nommensen Duchac)
  24. "Let It Be" (Lennon–McCartney)
  • With corrected song titles and songwriter listings.


  1. ^ a b "The Replacements - Shit". Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  2. ^ "50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  3. ^ Bob,, Mehr,. Trouble boys : the true story of the Replacements (First Da Capo Press edition ed.). Boston, MA. p. 149. ISBN 9780306822032. OCLC 913829598. 
  4. ^ a b 1959-, Walsh, Jim, (2009). The Replacements : all over but the shouting : an oral history. Minneapolis: MBI Pub. pp. 142–143. ISBN 9780760334942. OCLC 192134566. 
  5. ^ "The Replacements - The Shit Hits The Fans". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-01-10.