Punk rock legends The Replacements have put out a riotous new animated music video for “Shutup,” which will be featured on the band’s upcoming 40th anniversary reissue of Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. The video was animated by Pat Moriarity and Seth Zeichner.
“Shutup” is animated in the style of an underground comic that would be featured in a punk zine, focusing on a disheveled representation of Paul Westerburg who goes on an energized freak-out across an urban punk scene. This chaos is juxtaposed with an equally wired animated live performance by the band.
Originally formed in 1979, The Replacements burst out of the Minneapolis punk scene with their nostalgic take on the genre, channeling influences from The Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the New York Dolls, the Buzzcocks and The Damned. Despite their mixture of genres, The Replacements have also been known for their raw edge and energy, rather than a pitch clean produced sound.
“I go with goosebumps and the ear,” Westerberg told Peter Wolf in an interview with Vanyaland. “When I feel it, then it’s done, it’s ready…. You do it with computers and shit — you can fix everything. And people do. Why compete with that? Everybody can make a perfect record in their basement, bedroom, on their phone. That’s not gonna serve anything. I don’t want to make a perfect record.”
The Replacements’ “Favorite Thing” was covered by J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., Robby Takac of Goo Goo Dolls, Chad Price of ALL, Darrin Pfeiffer of Goldfinger and Mikey Hawdon of Inner City Surfers last year.
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