It’s only 44 minutes long, though, so something doesn’t add up with that title. Paul’s manager tells Billboard only Amazon.com would agree to to the price point, so that’s where you can find it, as one single MP3 track. The project, which was completed just one week ago, mixes new cuts with a few old songs (“Out Of My System,” “Everyone’s Stupid”) and a mash-up of classic rock covers. Billboard notes:
Westerberg played all the instruments on the decidedly lo-fi recordings, which often feature two songs playing at once for a few seconds and short snippets that abruptly cut off. “It’s almost like you’re scanning a radio dial,” Hill says. “You’re getting a glimpse inside of Paul’s head here.”
Without revealing specifics, Hill says “49” is “just the tip of a really large creative iceberg. Paul has been writing and recording at a furious pace.” However, he adds that “there are no plans or talk of doing any performances at the moment.”
Westerberg has only performed once since severely injuring his fretting hand in 2006 while trying to remove candle wax with a screwdriver.
Ouch. Here, from that performance last September, is the debut of “Everyone’s Stupid,” a song about a kid whose parents are getting divorced. It takes about 49 seconds to get going.
Rhino is re-releasing all the Replacements’ Sire albums (with bonus tracks) 9/23.