They never told us if the trophies were Bob's or Tommy's...
I thought it was great when The Replacements' Twin/Tone albums got re-issued a couple of years ago, although it was only for nostalgia's sake, as I wasn't all that motivated to run out and buy them right away. Not that I didn't think they'd be worth it, just that I had most of the bonus tracks already, between "All For Nothing" and a bootleg that I'd bought about 8 years ago (bootlegs being the old way to steal music, before mp3 blogs were invented). Besides, my CD tower is still stocked with all of the Twin/Tone albums from the first time they started coming out on CD, on suspect labels like Chameleon and Restless.
After I started buying Replacements records in 1984, I ended up owning vinyl copies of everything up through "Tim" (which I sold almost immediately after I bought it). If there's one thing that all of the CD re-issues are missing, it's the printed inner sleeves that Twin/Tone started using for their LPs at one point, featuring goofy thumbnail descriptions-- possibly written by Peter Jesperson or Blake Gumprecht-- for all 41 of Twin/Tone's releases up 'til then, with each blurb falling at varying degrees between unintentionally comical and beneath stupid.
Sometimes while listening to "Let It Be" back then you'd have nothing better to do, so you'd start studying the back cover, vaguely wondering what in-jokes the scrawled "parrot dink on tap" and "Twin/Tone eats slotty crap" might've been referring to. Then you'd look at the tiny 2" x 2" album covers that were printed on one side of the inner sleeve and think to yourself, "Jeez, how come The Replacements have to be on a label with so many uncool bands?", knowing just by looking at albums like Safety Last "Struck By Love" or Curtiss A "Damage Is Done" that there was no way in hell you'd ever want to come close to hearing any of those records in your lifetime.
Eventually there'd be nothing left but to read all 41 inner-sleeve blurbs in order. After enough readings, the blurbs would become stuck in your subconscious and phrases like "clenched teeth acid boogie" or "more than a stack of amps can indicate" would start popping into your head at odd times during the day, the way some people are with Monty Python sketches or something. I know I'm not the only one this would happen to, because I'd trade letters with other Replacements fans or read Bill Callahan's Willpower zine, and it was nearly the same way with everyone else. Having a winking knowledge of all the Twin/Tone (or Twin/Toaster, as we'd lovingly call it) inner sleeve blurbs was one of the marks of being a true diehard/idiotic Replacements fan.
Not wanting all you kids who bought the re-issues to miss out on this monumental experience, I've taken my original copy of "Let It Be" (bought in 1984) and scanned most of the inner sleeve blurbs to post here. Now you can listen to your re-issued "Let It Be" the old-fashioned way, or at least snicker at bands like The Phones and The Hypstrz the way I used to (although Bruce says The Hypstrz are okay).
As a bonus, here's a couple of tracks, ripped from beat-up 26-year-old vinyl...
The Replacements -
"We're Coming Out"