U2's "I Will Follow
" irritated Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg so badly that he wrote two songs about it. The first was "Kids Don't Follow
," the second was "I Will Dare."
Westerberg saw U2 perform at Uncle Sam's nightclub in Minneapolis in April 1981 on the backend of U2's first international tour. Named the Boy Tour in promotion of the band's first studio album, it started September 6, 1980, and ended June 9, 1981. (Peculiar though insignificant factoid: U2 played another club named Uncle Sam's on that tour - this one in Buffalo, New York, on December 8, 1980.)
U2 played "I Will Follow" twice the night Westerberg saw them. He appreciated the sound but took umbrage with lyrics he interpreted as a statement about youth in general. This was a misinterpretation on his part because Bono wrote "I Will Follow" for his deceased mother, but Songfacts didn't exist in 1981, so there was no way for him to know that.
Westerberg immediately wrote "Kids Don't Follow" in response to the show. The song leads off Stink
, the 1982 EP they made following their debut album, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
. He wrote "I Will Dare" a couple years later in 1983 as the Replacements' second studio album, Hootenanny
, was being mastered. He felt it was the best song he ever wrote and wanted to get it on the album, but it was too late in the process, so it ended up on their next one, Let It Be