Return Of The Mats

The Replacements have another Best Of out next week. This one collects 18 of the band’s greatest hits and two new Westerberg songs recorded in Minneapolis late last year.

Paul talks to Newsweek about “Message To The Boys”:

“I wrote that, oh shit, I don’t know, 13, 14 years ago. I always kept it in my back pocket in case we ever played again. This is something I dread having to divulge, because we have enough weird fans as it is, but it’s sort of in honor of one of our more dedicated fans who used to come see us all the time and, eventually, you know, ended up dead. I don’t want to encourage that at all, but it was something that affected all of us. We could spend the whole time talking about dead people involved with the band, but we don’t want to do that.”

Rhino is streaming the whole album. “Message” comes in at 1:00:02. “Pool & Dive” is at 1:03.29.