The Shit Hits the Fans by The Fuckin' Mats
01. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
It's sort of hard to understand the Replacements: a band populated by immense talents that borderlines on resentment towards success and fame. Notorious for their unpredictability on tour, you never quite knew what sort of show you were in for until the band stepped or, as was often the case, stumbled out onto stage and took to playing. It was the ultimate form of self-sabotage and it was a hell of a good time. With The Shit Hits the Fans, you're getting the latter: on November 11th, 1984, at the Bowery in Oklahoma City, an incredibly shitfaced Paul Westerberg, Chris Mars, and brothers Bob and Tommy Stinson took to the stage. What ensued was not their best performance, nor was it their worst, it simply was, and it is for that exact reason that this unadulterated, hilarious, completely candid take on a band in their prime doing exactly what it was they did night after night is so amazing. Rarely are we able to glimpse such honesty in a recorded performance.
You can read more about this show from sound engineer Bil MacLeslie here and remember, this is a cassette and LP only release, the fidelity is what it is and this is likely the highest quality version you will find anywhere. Go download a torrent if you wanna be a jerk-off and then get back to me about fucking retards that can't balance levels or monitor peaks. You should also revel in the awesome that is the cover art and the only awesome picture of Iowa ever taken.