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Thursday, March 30, 2006

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Replacements reunite for 2 new songs

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (AP) March 30, 2006-- It's a 'Mats fan's dream come true -- new songs from The Replacements.

The surviving original members of the Minneapolis '80s group have reunited to record two new songs for a best-of CD, according to news reports.

Singer-guitarist Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson and drummer Chris Mars were recently in the studio to record some tracks, the Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Westerberg wrote both songs: "Message to the Boys" and "Pool & Dive." Mars sang backup while a session drummer handled the drumming.

It's the first The Replacements -- known as the 'Mats to fans (short for "Place Mats," another nickname for the band) -- have recorded together since disbanding in 1991.

Original guitarist Bob Stinson, Tommy's older brother, died in 1995. His replacement, Slim Dunlap, wasn't asked to play on the sessions, but said he never expected a call.

"It's really neat they put aside their little squabbles and did it," Dunlap told the Star Tribune.

Rhino Records is releasing the 20-cut best-of CD, "Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? The Best of The Replacements," due in stores June 13.

Jumpin' Jack Flask?

Track Listing (from Takin' A Ride, Shiftless When Idle, Kids Don't Follow, Color Me Impressed, Within Your Reach, I Will Dare, Answering Machine, Unsatisfied, Here Comes A Regular, Kiss Me On the Bus, Bastards of Young, Left of the Dial, Alex Chilton, Skyway, Can't Hardly Wait, Achin' To Be, I'll Be You, Merry Go Round, Message to the Boys, Pool & Dive

Not having heard the two new songs yet, I'm not sure how good they're going to be in relation to Paul's recent middling solo output (both Chris and Tommy have better track records there, as far as I'm concerned). Still, it couldn't be any worse than that last lousy Big Star record.

Fodos swiped from the Twin/Toaster 'Mats page. Also, the best of the Replacements sites out of the ones I've seen is Color Me Impressed. You're welcome.


Blogger d-lee said...


I used to be wicked into the Replacements. Now, the only thing I still have of theirs is "Don't Tell a Soul". It's a great record, but I miss the others.

3/30/06, 9:31 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

My first stab at "real" writing (which I still haven't quite pulled off yet) was a punk rock fanzine that I started in early '85, which was named "Run It", after a Replacements song.

Not the most creative thought ever, maybe, but I'm pretty sure it was better choice than "The Noise" or "The Bob".

3/30/06, 10:05 PM

Blogger Brushback said...


By the way, there's not much to complain about, regarding the songs that were picked for the compilation. I would've liked to have seen one more song on there from "Stink" (like "Go", for instance), and maybe "Someone Take The Wheel" replacing "Merry Go Round" as the track from "All Shook Down", but the selection overall is mostly dead-on.

They did a much better job than disc one of "All For Nothing, Nothing For All", although that one was handicapped by having to be all Sire material by design.

3/31/06, 4:35 PM


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