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Replacements: "...A Bunch Of Drunken Wildmen." - The Audiophile Man
Title: Dead Man’s Pop Label: Rhino The difference between The Impediments and The Replacements seems to be a matter of semantics. The sort argued over a fifth pint of beer on a Saturday night. Yet, the former became the latter in 1979. That band, formed by Paul Westerberg, Bob (guitar) and Tommy Stinson (bass) and drummer Chris Mars, this garage punk outfit became known in Minneapolis as a bunch of drunken wildmen. The Replacements didn’t really mature (sober up?) until 1984 with the LP Let it Be’which showed a maturity in Westerberg’s songwriting, spanning hard hitting rock to delicate ballads. Maybe this is why Sire signed them up in 1985. Yet, the band never seemed happy with the commercial role expected of them. Proof of that was seen on the USA TV show, Saturday Night Live when the group performed, weighed down by hops, shall we say. Drugs followed and Bob Stinson was kicked out to be replaced by Slim Dunlap. After slapping themselves around the face a few times and promising to be good boys…they released this album. It’s about as near as the band ever came to being a true blue commercial outfit. It was effectively their last outing …