I Will Dare
by The Replacements (Let It Be, 1984)
The band emerged out of Minneapolis in the early 1980s in the local hardcore scene locked in competition with another local band, Hüsker Dü, even tipping their hat to them (in a good way or bad way is yet to be established) by writing the song 'Something To Dü' for The Replacements debut effort Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash (1981). By the time the band got to writing Let It Be they had become a little tired of playing hardcore punk and wanted to try to incorporate more influences and styles into their songwriting. It proved to be an inspired move with Let It Be now regarded as a classic album.
'I Will Dare' is the album's opener and immediately sheds any dead hardcore punk skin from the band's image. With its bouncy rhythm section and pandemically infectious lyrics the song seems to be a paean to first dates and young love, “Call me on Thursday if you will, Or Call me on Wednesday better still”. R.E.M's Peter Buck appears on this song after nearly producing the album but nobody can decide if he played the guitar solo or the mandolin on it. What is without any doubt is the speed at which you will fall in love with this song.