AOL Chat: May 5, 1996

Paul’s one and only public foray into cyberspace was during the promotion for “Eventually” – an AOL Chat on May 5, 1996 sponsored by MuchMusic.
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The first question is left out of the transcript but we’ll guess it was “Where did the name ‘Replacements’ come from?”.

PWestrbg: The impediments was our name of our 1st performance – which we were asked to leave b4 we played one note – and the owner threatened tpo blacklist us for being unruly …& intoxicated …. so we changed the name the next day.

Question: How old were you when you began playing guitar?
PWestrbg: 13.

Question: Did you write all the songs for the Replacements?
PWestrbg: pretty much, yes.

Question: Do you agree that “Let it Be” was a critical turning point in the Replacement’s career?
PWestrbg: it was our finest record with the original line up.

Question: What advice would you offer young people hoping for success in the music industry?

Question: How is “Eventually” doing?
PWestrbg: fine.

Question: Why did your music change? Was it due to natural maturing?
PWestrbg: I’m not sure that it has. just as I’ve changed my clothes today doesn’t necessarily mean that I’ve changed inside.

Question: What inspired the songs you wrote?
PWestrbg: women & nature.

Question: What type of guitar do you prefer?
PWestrbg: wooden.

Question: Did you make a video for “Eventually”?
PWestrbg: no, obviously not.

Question: How old are you. Are you married and do you have a family?
PWestrbg: 36, sorta but not really.

Question: Why are drugs so common in the music business?
PWestrbg: they’re common everywhere. it depends where your attention is focused…Sports, for instance.

Question: What do you think of the Goo Goo Dolls??? (I know, I know… you’ve been asked HOW MANY TIMES??)
PWestrbg: to quote my friend Steve Lillywhite…”I think they’re quite good.”

Question: Will you be traveling to promote your new album?
PWestrbg: no, I’m at home in my room now & I shant ever leave it.

AOLiveMC11: Paul Westerberg is answering YOUR questions!

Question: I haven’t heard new album yet? What are some of the songs and did
you write them?
PWestrbg: next.

Question: What station &show is Paul on right now?
PWestrbg: MuchMusic in Canada

Question: Dear Paul, You’ve always seemed rather ambivalent about success.
What are your feelings these days about the possibility of being a “big hit?”
PWestrbg: I’m a big hit with my mom.

Question: Will you be touring? Coming to Boston? If yes to both, who’s in
the band?
PWestrbg: yes i will, yes we will be coming…middle of the summer…..drummer will be Michael Bland, Ken is on bass….and still looking for that guitar person.

Question: What are “indie” bands?
PWestrbg: You’re asking ME?

PWestrbg: I don’t have one & don’t plan on getting one – ever.
PWestrbg: The computer affects my life & art in the same manner the radio affected Picasso.

Question: What influenced you to become a band member?
PWestrbg: inability to function in normal society.

Question: What other instruments can you play beside the gituar?
PWestrbg: i can play anything….poorly.

Question: Is it true that there are more stupid people in this world than there should be?
PWestrbg: Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh.

Question: I know Philadelphia isn’t exactly your favorite place, will you be doing any shows in this area?
PWestrbg: i have no probelm with philly at all. don’t believe what you read. Yes I will be playing shows there.

Question: it was probably out of your control, but why such a crowded release day for “Eventually”?
PWestrbg: I had nothing to do with the release date.

Question: Paul, did you ever call those guys who gave you the pack of cigarettes in Orlando a couple of years ago?
PWestrbg: probably.

Question: I heard you had producer problems with the new album can you tell us about that?
PWestrbg: Once I decided to produce it myself – there was NO PROBLEM.

Question: On the new album, you sing “I’m the last of a dying breed.” Can you explain what you meantby that, if anything.
PWestrbg: One day, perhaps.

Question: Did you guys ever really take lessons?
PWestrbg: no.

Question: What is the background of the song ‘Answering Machine?’
PWestrbg: Pots & pans & spoons.

Question: Tell us about the Tom Petty Replacements tour. Were you asked to leave the tour?
PWestrbg: no. we were asked to leave their wives alone.

Question: paul, did you ever smash pumpkins when you were a kid?
PWestrbg: i think so.

Question: Does it upset you when you are constantly asked about The Replacement?
PWestrbg: F*** NO!

Question: What’s your own favorite on Eventually?
PWestrbg: These are the days.

Question: is it any different scoring a movie (like singles) as writing a regular song?
PWestrbg: it’s the opposite of writing a song. the visual is already “written” and you’re not supposed to get in the way of anything.

Question: would you consider the Mats a punk band?
PWestrbg: we were a garage band.

Question: Paul, do you remember signing my Chicago Cubs hat about 3 yrs ago in Champaign, Il?
PWestrbg: But of course.

Question: What do you think of Bob Mould’s new LP?
PWestrbg: i haven’t heard it.

Question: will you be working with Tommy S. more?
PWestrbg: Playing perhaps. We’ve never worked a day in our lives.

Question: when are you going to play N.Y.C.
PWestrbg: Summer.

Question: What’s your favorite Mats tune? Least?
PWestrbg: Hootenanney Hootienannie

Question: What is the REAL dirt behind you and Brendan O’Brien?
PWestrbg: His hair was too long.

Question: How many fingers am I holding up?
PWestrbg: your middle one?

Question: i was going to see you on the 13 songs tour but the show got canceled… was in milwaukee what happened?
PWestrbg: i was hospitalized briefly with a bad back.

Question: how many tracks were left off the new record
PWestrbg: 7

Question: Who’s your pick to win the Stanley Cup this year?
PWestrbg: Detroit.

Question: What do you think of Oasis?
PWestrbg: cute.

Question: will there be any singles released with B-sides that did not make the album
PWestrbg: i think so.

Question: do you plan on doing any shows in l.a.?
PWestrbg: yes I do.

Question: Do you think in todays alternative music popularity that the mats would have achieved more popularity?
PWestrbg: If the replacements were around today.. I’m sure we’d be playing something…other than what masquerades as alternative music.

Question: When will tour dates be announced?
PWestrbg: June-ish.

Question: I found it interesting that you still play mat songs live why?
PWestrbg: I find it interesting that everyone but me considers them mats songs. To me their my songs.

AOLiveMC11: Unfortunately, we’re running out of time. We just have time for one more question….

Question: will you ever play Unsatisfied again?
PWestrbg: no.

AOLiveMC11: Thanks for joining us today, Paul Westerberg!!!
PWestrbg: later.

AOLiveMC11: Goodbye, everyone!

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