I'll Be You

Album: Don't Tell A Soul (1989)
Charted: 51
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Songfacts®:

  • This was The Replacements' highest-charting single, hitting #1 on the Modern Rock charts and being played in heavy rotation on MTV in early 1989.
  • The line, "Left a rebel without a clue" was later appropriated by Tom Petty into his hit, "Into the Great Wide Open," in 1991. The Replacements opened for Petty on tour in 1989, his last tour before beginning the album on which "Open" appears. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Derek - Bridgeport, WV, for above 2

Comments: 7

  • Adam from TaiwanHas anyone associated some of the melody in this song with Black Hole Sun? I was listening to "I'll Be You" in the shower today and had that thought. Of course, overall, they are two very different songs.
  • Elwyn from Sydney, AustraliaO: Did you mind Petty swiping your "rebel without a clue" line? [That line, from The Replacements' "I'll Be You," turned up in Petty's "Into The Great Wide Open." –ed.]

    PW: It miffed me a little bit, but it's all... I'd steal something back from him, if I could find something I liked.
    http://www.avclub.com/article/paul-westerberg-13838
  • Brian from Boston, MaThis Replacements reccomendation was posted on May 26th 2010
  • Brian from Boston, MaThis is a great song. The Replacements never got the acclamation they deserved. I am not the kind of person that likes a band just because they are "underground" or not popular.So you can trust me when I recommend this music. I'll Be You was the Replacements most popular song in terms of chart position and air play but they have many songs that are better. I highly reccomend the album All Shook Down wich was thier final album released in 1991 [or 1990 I'm not sure] This album has tremendously well written songs. When I think of some of the music that was popular back then I will never understand why this band never got much airplay. Other albums of the Replacements I reccomend are Let it Be and Tim. I think however the best thing to do to fimiliarize yourself with thier music would be to go to I tunes and download some of thier tunes.You won't be dissapointed. songs worth downloading....LEFT OF THE DIAL,ONE WINK AT A TIME,WHEN IT BEGAN,ALEX CHILTON,CAN'T HARDLY WAIT,ATTITUDE,MERRY GO ROUND,ACHIN TO BE
  • Marc from Prior Lake, Mn"Surfer Joe" was a 1963 hit song by the Surfaris.
  • Mister Whirly from Minneapolis, MnWho the hell is Surfer Joe? What that means I don't know...
  • Tim from Chicago, IlThe couplet "Lonely, I guess that's where I'm from, if I was from Canada then I'd best be called lonesome" came from Paul Westerberg's observation that Canadians frequently use the word lonesome instead of lonely.
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