Anniversary: The Replacements ‘Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash’ Celebrates 40 Years

The first studio album from punk rock icons The Replacements Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash turns 40 years old today.

The album, initially released Aug. 25, 1981 by the independent label Twin/Tone Records, has a legacy in lack of conformity, often standing apart from others in the hardcore punk scene at the time.

“That’s what made the Replacements seem so different with their debut,” says Stephen Thomas Erlewine in an AllMusic review, “they didn’t fit anywhere within American punk, but there’s no defiance here; there’s a celebration of who and what they are that’s genuinely, infectiously guileless. It may not quite sound like any other American punk record, but Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash is one of the best LPs the entire scene produced in the early ’80s.”

In celebration of the LP’s 40th birthday, you can revisit the iconic Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash below:

For more from The Replacements, check out their official website and find them on Spotify. Photo courtesy of The Replacements.

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