If Les Pauls
could talk, Neil Young's battered LP would probably only have one contender for the the title of 'most-abused-guitar.' The challenger? Anything played by The Replacements. And for those who remember them, the 'Mats stand as one of the great un-sung rock and roll bands of all time. They were the quintessential band-in-a-van, who dressed in flannel, smoked cigarettes for breakfast, drank cheap beer for dinner, and destroyed every stage they set foot to around the country.
And now they're back--sort of. Founding members Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg announced they've reunited to record an EP of cover songs to be released later this year on limited-edition vinyl. Copies will be limited to 250 and will be auctioned off to benefit former Replacements member Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke in February. Tommy Stinson--who is known to most as the bassist to the modern incarnation of Guns N' Roses
--and writer and singer Paul Westerberg picked up right where they left off in 1991.
"Tommy and I strapped on guitars, not a word was said, and bang," Westerberg told Rolling Stone
. "We still rock like murder." Members of Paul's solo band filled out the sound. Tommy's brother Bob, who played lead guitar and formed the band, died in 1995. Original drummer Chris Mars chose not to participate. The covers include Slim Dunlap's "Busted Up," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from the Broadway musical Gypsy
, Gordon Lightfoot's "I'm Not Sayin,'" and "Lost Highway" by Hank Williams. How about a new album?
It's possible," said Westerberg. "After playing with Tommy last week, I was thinking, 'All right, let's crank it up and knock out a record like this.
' I'm closer to it now than I was two years ago, let's say that."