Color Me Impressed.
Not about to let The Stone Roses get all the reunion attention, my SECOND FAVORITE BAND EVER jumps into the fray! That’s right, The Replacements are at it again after a hiatus of 22 years. I ask you, what is it about bands I love? They put out a few good records and then decide to take up painting, start a Barbie collection or just whatever batshit idea pops into their head. IS IT ME?? Because if so, I need to renounce my fangirling of a couple of new bands. (Don’t do this to me, Cloud Nothings! I am as fragile as a teacup right now.)
Anyway, The Replacements didn’t go full Stone Rose and get the whole band back together. It would have been pretty much impossible without a Ouija board since Bob Stinson left us in 1995 (RIP, Bob). It was Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson with a couple of friends to round out the band. Drummer Chris Mars was MIA, but I wasn’t surprised. There was no love lost between him and Paul, and he’s got his successful painting career. See what I mean? What is it with the fucking painting musicians? Anyway, here are The Replacements just killing it with the fantastic song “Alex Chilton”. For those of you who don’t know, Alex Chilton was a real person. He was the guy in The Box Tops who wrote the classic song “The Letter”. When he was all of 16 years old. If that doesn’t make you feel like a loser, I don’t know what will.
Fantastic sound! And just to show how revered The Replacements were/are, Iggy and The Stooges played just before them. BEFORE THEM. Amazing.