Tim (album)

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The Replacements - Tim cover.jpg
Studio album by The Replacements
Released October 1985
Recorded June–July 1985, Nicollet Studios, Minneapolis
Genre Alternative rock[1]
Length 36:29 (original)
58:46 (reissue)
Label Sire
Producer Tommy Ramone
The Replacements chronology
Let It Be
Pleased to Meet Me

Tim is the fourth studio album by American rock band alternative rock band The Replacements. It was released in October 1985 on Sire Records. It was their first major label release and also the last album made by the original line-up of the band: guitarist Bob Stinson was kicked out of the band towards the end of 1986.

Like its predecessors, Tim achieved moderate mainstream commercial success despite critical acclaim. The album peaked at number 183 on the Billboard Music Chart's Top 200. It was placed 136th on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and ranked 4th in the Alternative Press list of the Top 99 albums of 1985-1995.[2] Along with the band's previous album, Let It Be, Tim received five stars from Allmusic.


Stylistically, the album shows Paul Westerberg's diverse influences, including Alex Chilton's Big Star on "Hold My Life," Roy Orbison and Duane Eddy on "Swingin Party" and Nick Lowe on "Kiss Me on the Bus". The song, "Can't Hardly Wait", was originally recorded for Tim, but was not included in the release. It appears later on Pleased to Meet Me with one of the original guitar parts changed to a horn part.

The album also contains the song "Bastards of Young", which was given a now famous black and white video, consisting of mostly a single unbroken shot of a speaker. At the end of the song, the speaker is kicked in by the person who was listening to the song. Similar videos were also made for "Hold My Life" (in color), "Left of the Dial" (minus the speaker-bashing), and "Little Mascara" (also in color).

"Left of the Dial" is a reference to college radio stations which were usually on the left side of a radio dial.[3] More than 20 years after the album's release, the song remains popular as a college radio anthem.

The band performed "Bastards of Young" and "Kiss Me on the Bus" on Saturday Night Live on January 18, 1986. It was the most television exposure the band had received up to that time, but the band's behavior on the show, including swearing during the broadcast, resulted in a lifetime ban from Saturday Night Live. However, Westerberg would later perform on the show as a solo artist.


The album was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment on September 23, 2008 with six additional tracks.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [4]
Pop Matters (9/10) [5]
Robert Christgau (A-) [6]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars [7]
Pitchfork Media (8.7/10) [8]

Like its predecessor, Let It Be, Tim was highly praised by critics upon its release.[9] The album is frequently included on professional lists of the all-time best rock albums. Tim was ranked #4 in the Alternative Press list of the Top 99 albums of 1985-1995.[2] Along with their previous album, Let It Be, Tim received five stars from Allmusic.

The album was placed 136th on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, with the following review:

Pitchfork named this album #37 on their list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s.[11] Slant Magazine listed the album at #66 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Westerberg, except as indicated.

Side one
  1. "Hold My Life" – 4:18
  2. "I'll Buy" – 3:20
  3. "Kiss Me on the Bus" – 2:48
  4. "Dose of Thunder" (Chris Mars, Tommy Stinson, Westerberg) – 2:16
  5. "Waitress in the Sky" – 2:02
  6. "Swingin Party" – 3:48
Side two
  1. "Bastards of Young" – 3:35
  2. "Lay It Down Clown" – 2:22
  3. "Left of the Dial" – 3:41
  4. "Little Mascara" – 3:33
  5. "Here Comes a Regular" – 4:46
2008 CD reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Can't Hardly Wait" (Acoustic Outtake) - 3:52
  2. "Nowhere Is My Home" (Session Outtake) - 4:01
  3. "Can't Hardly Wait" (Electric Outtake) - 3:09
  4. "Kiss Me on the Bus" (Demo Version) - 3:00
  5. "Waitress in the Sky" (Alternate Version) - 2:00
  6. "Here Comes a Regular" (Alternate Version) - 5:22
  • Tracks 12, 14-17 previously unreleased.
  • Tracks 12-14 are session outtakes with Alex Chilton as producer.



  1. ^ Makowsky, Jennifer (August 27, 2014). "12 Essential Alternative Rock Albums from the 1980s". PopMatters. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Rocklist.net..Alternative Press". Rocklistmusic.co.uk. 1978-09-02. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  3. ^ "Rhino reissues the Mats' Sire years, beginning with the essential Tim.". 9.epinions.com. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  4. ^ Allmusic Review
  5. ^ Keefe, Michael. "Pop Matters Review". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  6. ^ "Robert Christgau Review". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  7. ^ "''Rolling Stone'' Album Guide". Rollingstone.com. 1986-01-18. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  8. ^ Mark Richardson (2008-09-26). "The Replacements: Tim / Pleased to Meet Me / Don't Tell a Soul /All Shook Down". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2015-03-07. 
  9. ^ "Music - Review of The Replacements - Tim". BBC. 2007-04-19. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  10. ^ "500 Greatest Albums: Tim - The Replacements". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  11. ^ "Top 100 albums of the 1980s". Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  12. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/feature/best-albums-of-the-1980s/308/page_4

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