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Replacements Reunion Rumors True

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The Replacements — a seminal, influential band that broke up in 1991 — has announced it is going to reunite, at least temporarily.

The two new songs are “Message to the Boys” and “Pool & Dive.” Both were written by singer-guitarist Paul Westerberg.

The songs are for a compilation album: Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?: The Best of the Replacements. The album will be on the Rhino Records label. The 20-track album is scheduled to be released on June 13.

Bassist Tommy Stinson and drummer Chris Mars joined Westerberg on the two songs. A complete reunion is impossible since the fourth founding member of the band, guitarist Bob Stinson, died of a drug overdose in 1995. Tommy is Bob’s brother.

Bob Stinson’s replacement, Slip Dunlap, was not involved with the new songs.

There have been rumors about the band reuniting for years. There are now also rumors circulating about a possible tour and a boxed set.

The band was formed in Minneapolis in 1979 with the original name The Impediments. The band took the new name after they got banned from some establishments because of their reputation for partying and getting wild.

The band received critical acclaim for its albums, especially for Let It Be and Tim.

The band had infighting leading up to Mars’ departure in 1990. Reportedly one of the issues of dispute was whether the band should make music videos.

The band made one of the most memorable music videos, for the song “Bastards of Young.” The video was a close-up of a speaker for almost the entire song.

Westerberg has released several solo albums which have had critical acclaim but not sold as many copies as those by the band.

The album’s planned track listing is as follows:

“Takin a Ride”
“Shiftless When Idle”
“Kids Don’t Follow”
“Color Me Impressed”
“Within Your Reach”
“I Will Dare”
“Answering Machine”
“Here Comes a Regular”
“Kiss Me on the Bus”
“Bastards of Young”
“Left of the Dial”
“Alex Chilton”
“Can’t Hardly Wait”
“Achin’ To Be”
“I’ll Be You”
“Merry Go Round”
“Message to the Boys”
“Pool & Dive”

If you are unfamiliar with the Replacements this fan site has some good downloads and a decent commentary on their works.

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Scott Butki was a newspaper reporter for more than 10 years before making a career change into education... then into special education. He has been doing special education work for about five years He lives in Austin. He reads at least 50 books a year and has about 15 author interviews each year and, yes, unlike tv hosts he actually reads each one. He is an in-house media critic, a recovering Tetris addict and a proud uncle. He has written articles on practically all topics from zoos to apples and almost everything in between.
  • jeff

    ‘Mats played answering machine live in ny, circa ’86. youtube vid has over 15,000 hits of it! jeez….

  • Scott Butki

    I have a piece planned in my mind – but no time to write it until I finish a few classes in a week – about what the Replacements meant to me growing up. I used to listen to songs like Answering Machine repeatedly.

    Cool about them doing that song live. Maybe it’s on one of those “illegal” music downloading site.

  • Answering Machine – yeah, I used to have a live version with the full band. I think it was the Don’t Tell A Soul or Pleased to Meet Me Tour. I had it in red vinyl on a 45. I think the recording was done at the University of Michigan and had live cuts of Answering Maching, Talent Show, Here Comes a Regular and a cover of the Only Ones – Another Girl Another Planet. In fact, it the same version of the cover found on the greatest hits compilation. I’m totally bummed that I misplaced the record during a move but someone has to have a live copy of this Answering Machine version somewhere.

  • Scott Butki

    That’s a great song that I put on more than one mix tape. Not sure if they ever played it live.

  • Vern Halen

    My fave song of all time by them is Answering Machine. Did they ever played a full band arrangement of it anywhere?

  • Scott Butki

    That’s a fun album and a good reflection of how they sounded during one of the two shows where I saw them play.

  • Vern Halen

    I’ve this great bootleg called “The $h!+ Hits the Fans” – the liner notes claim a Replacements’ roadie beat up a fan who was recording a show to get it. In any case, it’s the band at its drunkest, trying to play covers by Sabbath, Bad Company and other popular hitmakers of the 70’s to an unappreciative midwestern audience. Many songs are about a minute long before they degenerate into drivel & noodling. I don’t think the Pistols recorded anything so punk – this is up there with Iggy & the Stooges’ Metallic KO in a class by themselves when it comes to audence killer classics.