“Can’t Hardly Wait” (demo) by The Replacements (recorded circa 1984-1985)

Here’s an early, rawer version of “Can’t Hardly Wait” that was originally intended as a song for the Replacements’ 1985 album “Tim” but was later reworked into a much slicker version for 1987’s “Pleased to Meet Me” … with the requisite horn and string section that was de rigeur for 1980s major label rock recordings.  All I can say after hearing this earlier naked version is “Holy f–king s–t!”  This was a great song even with the “slick” arrangement, but hearing it without all the polish is revelatory.

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