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Listen to ‘Gary’s Got a Boner’ From the Replacements’ ‘For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986′: Exclusive Premiere

On Oct. 6, the Replacements will release For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986, an archival concert recorded at the much-loved Hoboken, N.J., club. Diffuser is pleased to offer a preview of one of its songs, “Gary’s Got a Boner.”

The wonderfully juvenile song originally appeared on 1984’s seminal Let It Be. As the band’s former manager Peter Jesperson recounted in Bob Mehr’s Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements, it was based on an odd observation by frontman Paul Westerberg. “He’d say, ‘Have you ever known anyone named Gary who was smart?’ For a while all dumb people were ‘Garys.'” The song’s guitar riff was lifted from Ted Nugent‘s “Cat Scratch Fever,” and he was given a co-writing credit. Mehr also penned the liner notes for Live at Maxwell’s.

Long bootlegged, the 29-song concert was captured on Feb. 4, 1986, a few months after the Replacements released their major-label debut, Tim, and a couple of weeks after they played Saturday Night Live, where they earned the wrath of producer Lorne Michaels for swearing on live television. Although the group had earned the reputation for drunken, sloppy shows where they played half-completed cover versions — as heard on their only previous official live album, the cassette-only The S— Hits the Fans — the Maxwell’s date shows how good they could be as a live act.

The show, which was one of the last for founding guitarist Bob Stinson, had been recorded on a 24-track mobile studio, but the masters remained untouched until getting mixed in 2007. “Now, a decade later, and more than 30 years after the original concert,” Mehr wrote in the liner notes, Replacements For Sale finally offers high-fidelity proof of the peculiar alchemy and unadulterated majesty of one of rock and roll’s greatest bands.”

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