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The Replacements Unearth Previously Unreleased Demo of ‘I.O.U.’

Portrait of the Replacements, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 26, 1989. Pictured are, from left, Slim Dunlap, Tommy Stinson, Paul Westerberg (fore), and Chris Mars. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

“I.O.U.,” the track that kicks off the original version of the Replacements’ seminal Pleased to Meet Me album, dropped today in its original demo form. The previously unreleased track is on of a deluxe edition of the record, due out Oct. 9.  A few other unreleased cuts have been shared recently, including a demo of “I Don’t Know.”

Check out “I.O.U.” below.

The second disc of the upcoming box set that includes “I.O.U.” explores the creative process behind Pleased To Meet Me. Of the 15 demos on the disc, “I.O.U.” and six others represent the last recordings made by all four original members of The Replacements. Guitarist Bob Stinson departed the band in 1986.

After breaking up in 1991, a version of the Replacements reunited in 2012, playing several dates at the 2013 Riot Fest in 2013 the Coachella Music Festival in 2014.