Merry Go Round – The Replacements

  • First Appearance: October 13, 1990
  • Weeks on the Chart: 4 (non-consecutive)
  • Album: All Shook Down
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

This was the last studio album from The Replacements, and this was their last single. I expected to have heard it before, but I also assume there’s a reason it was their last single off of their last album. It was clearly The Replacements: fun, relentless, pop, but it wasn’t the magic of some of their other singles that have persisted.

Unsurprisingly this album seems a little more mature and thoughtful than some of the Replacements’ work that you may be more familiar with. And if you’re wondering how I can write much more about The Replacements’ last album than one of The Cure’s most popular it’s because I’m enjoying this a lot more. Other reasons include: much more ink has been spilled about The Cure’s Ritual de lo Habitual than All Shook Down; and, I can’t imagine anyone has ever listened to The Cure and thought, “I want to start a band just like this one,” meanwhile The Replacements have likely influenced a lot more work.

The title track, All Shook Down, is a really sweet and quiet song, with what sounds like a recorder in the background. Meanwhile, Torture is a sweet little foot tapping love song, despite what the title would imply.

This is definitely a strong reminder to re-listen to their catalogue. Such a delight.