Replacement for The Replacements September
by Michael Walls
lost a Replacements CD. Not just any Replacements CD –
my favorite Replacements CD – Don’t Tell
It happens. You move CDs around, from the house to the
car to the office. You loan them out or they simply fall
behind the entertainment center or the couch cushions.
After a good-effort search, I determined it was gone.
Not really a problem. I’ve had it for nearly 10
years and it was probably worn out from being in continuous
rotation all those years. So it was time for a replacement
for my Replacements CD anyway.
Ebay is usually my internet tool of choice for purchasing
older CDs. I figured I could probably pick it up for $5
or $6 plus shipping.
I had mixed emotions upon seeing a list of about a dozen
copies of Don’t Tell a Soul for sale with
nobody bidding of them – each priced at $1.
First off, what kind of deaf music listener would sell
a Replacements CD? And second – for anything less
than $5? It was all I could do to keep myself from buying
all copies for sale and handing them out as Christmas
gifts to all my tone deaf co-workers and family members.
It seemed like a crime against art, but I went ahead and
purchased a random copy of Don’t Tell a Soul
from some Ebayer for a buck. After shipping, the total
cost ran me about $2.60.
About 7 days later my new used Replacements CD came in
the mail. The same day, I was taking a shop-vac to the
family minivan and sucked up my original missing Don’t
Tell a Soul CD from underneath one of the seats.
So now I had two copies of my favorite CD. I promptly
stuck the new used CD on my shelf and left my old copy
in the car.
(click on picture for a larger image)
full year went by and one morning recently, I grabbed
some CDs off the shelf to restock my truck. I grabbed
Don’t Tell a Soul. It was the Ebay version,
which I could tell because the jewel case was in good
shape and the disc was nice and shiny. Sitting in my truck
in the driveway, I opened it up to play it and a photo
fell out onto my lap. The white backside had a stamp that
read POLAROID with a number on it. When I flipped it over
I saw this photo: a picture of Paul Westerberg and Tommy
Stinson holding guns to their heads. Apparently, just
goofing around in some sort of studio photo shoot, of
which this was probably a Polaroid test print.
I was pretty surprised and realized I had never even opened
the CD when I bought it. I did a search through my email
and Ebay account to see if I could track down the seller
and find out some info about it, but it was too long ago.
I doubt the seller even knew it was in there.
sure there’s an interesting story behind the picture,
but for now it’s my own Replacements souvenir –
that cost me $2.60.
Walls is a volunteer staff writer for 2 Walls Webzine.)