The Replacements

Somethin to Dü

Composed by Paul Westerberg

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"Somethin to Du" is either a sideswipe or an homage to one of the Replacements' main competitors on the Minneapolis hardcore scene, a deadpan mimicking of Hüsker Dü's trademark blend of pop hooks (the repetition of the title line in the chorus is pure Bob Mould) and punk momentum. While the line "Stand around and sweat/Girls? You bet!" shows a certain naïveté about the personal lives of two-thirds of Hüsker Dü, the rest of the song's gleeful run-through of the perks of stardom ("Half-price drugs! Stolen guitars!") is right on target. Only the muttered line "Break the Mould" at the end suggests that Paul Westerberg isn't just a starry-eyed fanboy out to follow in the footsteps of his local idols, but a kid out to muscle his own way onto those stages.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash 1981 Rhino / Ryko 1:41
The Complete Box 2013 Rhino 1:41
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