Raised in the City by The Replacements - This was the song that started it all. The story is that Paul Westerberg handed a demo tape to Peter Jesperson in the hopes of scoring a gig. Westerberg eavesdropped while Jesperson played the tape, but ran before hearing Jesperson play the first song over and over again. In Jesperson’s words, it was so good that “I thought my head was going to explode”. The next day, The ‘Mats were offered a record deal with Twin/Tone Records.
While it is the last track on the back side of the album, Raised in the City is really the standout track off their first album Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. It’s a scorching tune that pretty much lays out the formula that the band would pursue going forward of the degenerate, fun-loving screw-ups.