Replacements Reunion

It’s only Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, but the legendary Minneapolis punks the Replacements are back together and about to release some new music. The pair recently got together in a Minneapolis studio and spent a day knocking out an EP of covers. The extremely limited 10″ will benefit Slim Dunlap, the former Replacements guitarist who suffered a stroke earlier this year.

Westerberg tells Rolling Stone that he and Stinson, with drummer Peter Anderson and bassist Kevin Bowe, recorded four covers: Dunlap’s own “Busted Up,” Hank Williams’s “Lost Highway,” Gordon Lightfoot’s “I’m Not Sayin’,” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” from the Broadway musical Gypsy. They’re only printing up 250 copies of the EP, and they’ll auction off all of them online.

Replacements drummer Chris Mars is refusing to take part in the project, of which Westerberg says, “I was not surprised, but I was a little disappointed.”

The Replacements broke up in 1991, though they got back together in 2006, with Mars included, to record a couple of new songs for a best-of collection. Guitarist Bob Stinson died in 1995.

Talking to Rolling Stone, Westerberg says that Dunlap convinced them to get back together: “He’s in rough shape. He’s sort of paralyzed, he can move his leg a little bit. When I mentioned this, it seemed like something he really wanted to happen. ’You guys get together,’ he said in a whisper. ’Go play a song.’”

Westerberg is also hinting that the reunion could go beyond the EP: “It’s possible. After playing with Tommy last week, I was thinking, ’All right, let’s crank it up and knock out a record like this.’ I’m closer to it now than I was two years ago, let’s say that.”

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Comments (29)
  1. There should be an asterisk the size of a truck next to the headline of this post.

    • They’re using the name, and it’s 67% of the surviving classic lineup.

      • I was always under the foggy impression that Tommy was part of Grandpaboy, but they weren’t allowed to say as much because of his contract with Guns ‘N Roses.

      • Paul and Tommy = The Replacements today. That’s good enough for me.

      • Tommy plays in “Guns N’ Roses”, which is like, 20% of the original lineup, and more like 12% of the second original lineup. It’s clearly not something he has a problem with. The Replacements gotta eat and all that.

        Like many others have said, this is for the right reasons, so I’m 100% cool with it. I’d also be cool with them having another round with Tommy and Paul in the future so long as they DO record another album. Cash grab reunion tours with no new material bugs. But recording an album with old friends because it feels good is cool with me, even if a cash grab tour follows.

    • There should be an asterisk on your forehead.

  2. Just choked on my mouth.


  4. Wow. While I’m happy to see this, I dunno if they should use The Replacements name. I kinda hope they don’t do a reunion tour as well, it won’t be the same.

    • Yeah….seeing Paul and Tommy playing Replacement songs on stage live together would totally be a bummer….

      • “Yeah….seeing Paul and Tommy playing Replacement songs on stage live together would totally be a bummer” – I have no problem with that, which is why I would market it as Westerberg & Stinson or something.

    • Yes, I too believe that they should deprive everyone else of a new and unique live experience in order to protect your right to remember the Replacements as they used to be.

  5. Paul & Tommy ARE The Replacements…Chris didn’t even play on the last tour and barely played on the last record (and from what I’ve read is unwilling to play the drums ever again.).Furthermore, it’s for a good cause.
    I’m excited to hear Paul’s take on I’m Not Saying. The Nico version of that song is incredible, and it’ll be interesting to see if The ‘Mats can top it.

  6. Michael_  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2012 -2

    Speaking of the Replacements and covers, Touche Amore’s cover of “Unsatisfied” was made available yesterday on No Sleep’s Bandcamp page and it’s so good:

  7. I know this comes with a barrel of caveats, but still, FUCK YES!

  8. If it says The Replacements, I’ll buy it. I have no shame.

  9. not for me sorry,fairplay to chris mars for distancing himself from this…i hope slim makes a decent recovery

  10. First off this is GREAT news – a great cause & awesome Tommy & Paul are back together! Secondly it seems insane NOT to bill this a “the Replacements” b/c it IS the Replacements + there’s the great amusing irony in their band name! Perfect. And of course a tour would be great… but those guy touring behind an EP (& obvsly playing “greatest hits”) seems unlikely. Anyway, lets just hope for a (dare I say – no pun;) a NEW ALBUM. Who knows if it’ll happen but it does – at this point (& sadly) – sound more likely than a new Pixies album. And whatever they do they should use the Paul’s comment “still rock like murder” for something (it’d be a great album or tour name). Whew!

  11. there’s a good chance that this could be incredible. I’m excited

  12. Why even be critical? Let’s just see what happens.

  13. I will dare to check out this EP

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