Bastards of Young

  • Fitting with the rebellious nature of The Replacements, this song is about a lost generation. The references to "Elvis" and the "Baby Boom" imply their parents, who see them as nothing more than tax deductions. "Bastard" is a derogatory term for a child born out of wedlock.
  • Some have speculated that the chorus is actually, "We are the sons of Norway" (somewhat fitting, given the Minnesota birthplace of all members) but, (famously) as no lyric sheet was ever provided by the band, it remains speculation. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    John - Levittown, NY
  • The video is a black-and-white, single shot of a stereo system playing the song. He see a guy enter the frame, lie on the couch and smoke a cigarette, but we never see his face. At the end of the clip, he kicks over a speaker and leaves.

Comments: 8

  • Aaron from Illinois Unwillingness to claim us, we've got no whores to name us.... And Pete's pickin cotton and waiting to be forgotten
  • Rabbit Bunny from Westminster MdSometimes I feel misunderstood! I love the MATS! A perfect Rebel Rock song!
  • Yermom from Fuckyermuther, United Kingdomjason-

    a tribute to their fans? are you f--kin retarded?? what kinda band outlives their band and "visit(s) their graves on holidays at best"??
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaI love this song, such angst. The video had to be the cheapest I have ever seen. It is just a camera on a big stereo speaker...
  • Jason from Tampa, FlThe third verse is clearly a tribute to their fans. ("The ones who love us best are the ones we'll lay to rest
    And visit their graves on holidays at best").

  • Nick from Port Douglas, AustraliaB of Y is a great tune but hard to cover,i had a tribute replacements band,'Little Mascara' together in Sydney in the 90s as a drunken joke and we did quite well.I remember we struggled with that tune
  • Dan from Davis, CaThe Sons of Norway is a fraternal order in Minneapolis with a large building in the Uptown district. Westerberg wrote B of Y after the Mats played a gig there.
  • M Paul from Green Bay, Wiwe are the sons of no one-----income tax deduction-one hell of a function--it beats pickin' cotton and waitin' to be forgotton. westerberg is a genius
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