But now it seems as though there’s a whole nation-wide Replacements renaissance.
Recently Rolling Stone reported that Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson recorded a limited edition four-cover-song EP, slated for release later this year. They’ll auction off all 250 copies online to benefit former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who had a stroke earlier this year. The Mats’ drummer Chris Mars “didn’t want any part of this,” according to Westerberg.
“Tommy and I strapped on guitars, not a word was said, and bang,” said Westerberg. “We still rock like murder.” On the disc, Westerberg and Stinson are joined by drummer Peter Anderson and Westerberg’s touring guitarist Kevin Bowe. The EP is said to feature covers of Dunlap’s “Busted Up,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the Broadway musical “Gypsy,” Gordon Lightfoot’s 1965 song “I’m Not Sayin’”, and “Lost Highway” by Hank Williams.
Then there’s also a documentary film about the legendarily unpredictable rockers. “Color Me Obsessed,” a two-hour film was directed by Gorman Bechard, made a splash on the film festival circuit last year, and now it’s slated to be released on DVD on Tuesday, November 20.
And just this week, Pitchfork collected a handful of Replacements video clips – including a 1984 vintage interview (and performance footage) with the band conducted by Michael Eck at their quite unforgettable and oh-so-very drunk show at the now very-defunct Puttin’ On the Ritz in Albany. The clip was originally aired on the Local 518 public access television show, “Real George’s Backroom”…