The Replacements

Color Me Impressed

Composed by Paul Westerberg

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"I Will Dare" might be the song that lifted the Replacements several notches on the nascent college radio/indie underground scene, but for those paying attention (not many outside of the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area yet), the previous year's "Color Me Impressed" was enough to prove Paul Westerberg's tremendous worth as a songwriter. Moving out of the band's early hardcore phase into the sort of punk-inspired but pop-friendly rock & roll that was about to get dubbed "college rock" in the U.S. and "Amerindie" in the U.K., "Color Me Impressed" has a simple but catchy chord sequence (it's one of those songs where the rhythm guitar riff is the song's main hook) and a world-weary lyric that Westerberg delivers in an appealingly bored whine. The lyrics describe a jaded party in terms that Elvis Costello himself might envy ("Givin' out their word 'cause that's all that they won't keep"), further developing Westerberg's sensitive outsider persona, the key that set the Replacements apart from the more belligerent likes of Hüsker Dü and Soul Asylum.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Hootenanny 1983 Twin / Tone 2:25
Don't You Know Who I Think I Was?: The Best of the Replacements 2006 Rhino 2:27
The Complete Studio Albums: 1981-1990 2015 Rhino 2:26