Crowning Music of Awesome
"Oh, meet me anyplace or anywhere or anytime
Now I don't care, meet me tonight
If you will dare, I might dare"
—The Replacements, "I Will Dare"
Defining Alternative Rock
bands, before it was cool. The definitive lineup included Paul Westerberg (rhythm guitar, vocals), Tommy Stinson (bass), Bobby Stinson (lead guitar) and Chris Mars (drums). Bobby Stinson was replaced by Slim Dunlop in 1987 and Chris Mars by Steve Foley in 1990. Since the breakup of the band in 1991 Westerberg has released numerous solo records, and Tommy Stinson has played in a number of bands, most notably with Axl Rose and Friends
Starting out as a loud fast Hardcore Punk
band, they transitioned into a melodic alternative rock band, driven by the heart on the sleeve, earnest songwriting of Paul Westerberg. In terms of general popularity the Mats barely register compared to the likes of their contemporaries REM
or their arguable successors Nirvana
, Pearl Jam
. But don't feel too sorry for them though, much of their unpopularity can be attributed to their drunken stage antics and penchant for biting the hand that feeds.
The band reunited in 2012 and played several shows in 2013. Westerberg has not ruled out a new album.Discography
- 1981: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
- 1982: Stink: "Kids Don't Follow" Plus Seven
- 1983: Hootenanny
- 1984: Let It Be
- 1985: Tim
- 1987: Pleased to Meet Me
- 1989: Don't Tell a Soul
- 1990: All Shook Down
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Tropes":