The Replacements Biography
The Replacements is an Alternative-Rock band which originated in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, in the late'70s; the group was originally dubbed Impediments and initially comprised lead singer+guitarist & chief songwriter Paul Westerberg, guitarist Bob Stinson, bassist Tommy Stinson, Bob's younger half-brother and drummer Chris Mars.
The quartet, affectionately known by fans as The Mats, released their
first record, "Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash", on the
Twin/Tone label in the summer of 1981 gaining a loyal following among
the local hardcore Punk scene.
With 1983's "Hootenanny" LP, the band's sound began evolving as they broke away from the standard hardcore noise and branched out into ballads and Pop.
Their true breakthrough came a year later with "Let It Be", which fulfilled and exceeded the promise of their previous release.
This was the last record the Mats did for Twin/Tone; they signed to Sire and released "Tim" in 1985; it became their first disc to briefly slip into The Billboard Top 200 chart, peaking at #183. The band seem to be conflicted about pursuing mainstream commercial success: signing to a major label and doing a gig on Saturday Night Live to promote "Tim", but showing up drunk and obnoxious at the show's taping, with Paul uttering the "Fuck" word on the air and incurring the wrath of SNL's producer Lorne Michaels.
After the "Tim" tour, Bob Stinson was fired because his alcohol and drug use had gotten completely out of control.
Westerberg took over the guitar chores for recording "Pleased To Meet Me"; the disc was released in the summer of 1987 and reached #131 on The Billboard 200 list; the remainder of the band then asked longtime Minneapolis guitarist Slim Dunlap to join them for the accompanying tour and to become a band member after that.
A year later The Replacements offered their loose, bluesy "Cruella De Ville", a single taken from the album "Stay Awake" which features interpretations of music from classic Disney films; the track became their first Modern Rock hit, falling one spot short of the top 10.
February 1989 saw the release of the band's next full-length disc, "Don't Tell A Soul", which gave them their highest chart placing when it reached #57 on The Billboard 200; the first single, "I'll Be You", shot to #1 on both Modern and Mainstream Rock charts and also crossed over to The Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #51; the album generated two more Modern Rock top 30 hit, "Achin' To Be " and "Back To Back".
Westerberg pretty much took over the band, writing and singing all the material and dominating their sound; he wanted to do a solo album; that may have been his plan, but the record company vetoed the idea and "All Shook Down" was released in September 1990 as a Mats album, though it was recorded with many studio musicians. It debuted at #69 on Billboard's Top 200 chart spawning three alt-Rock radio smash singles including the #1 "Merry Go Round", "Someone Take The Wheel" and the top 5 hit "When It Began". When it came time to tour in support of the record, drummer Chris Mars stepped in replacing Foley. To no one's great surprise the group finally dissolved in 1991 and a small number of solo albums has resulted.
On February 18, 1995, Bob Stinson was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment from a suspected drug overdose.
In 2006 The Replacements members Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson and Chris Mars reunited to record two new tracks for the long awaited compilation "Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? The Best Of The Replacements", which came out in June on Rhino; the set features the album-Rock radio single "Message To The Boys" and "Pool And Dive", the band's first new recordings in 16 years.