Bits + Pieces: Dad Rock on The Replacements; You Am I; Win Stuff!

This week’s episode of USA Today’s Dad Rock (ugh, that term) podcast focused on The Replacements:

In 1989, Musician magazine (then a fairly important tastemaker) declared the Replacements “the last, best band of the 80s.” (Color them impressed.) That cover piece reportedly prompted Jon Bon Jovi to write the publication in protest: “How can the Replacements be the best band of the 80s when I’ve never even heard of them?”

The arena rocker wasn’t alone. Though the Replacements recorded seven full-length albums and an EP over the course of a decade, none of those records went gold. But the band’s combination of raw emotion, wry humor and ragged bar-band power generated a dedicated cult following and influenced numerous musicians who went on to greater commercial success. (And singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg’s clever wordplay made him an icon of the alternative rock scene.)

Among those who consider the Replacements their favorite thing are Jim Lenahan and Patrick Foster, hosts of USA TODAY’s Dad Rock podcast. In this episode, they talk about the reunited Replacements (Lenahan just went to their concert in Washington, D.C.) and look back at their incredible, and varied, output of sadly beautiful music. Take a listen; you won’t be unsatisfied.

• You Am I will be the opening act for both shows in London. They are long-time fans of The Replacements and contributed a track (“White & Lazy”) to the Australian Replacements tribute CD, “I’m in Love…With That Song: 23 Australian Bands Pay Tribute to the Genius of the Replacements”.

You Am I
Hard to believe there are still tickets for the June 3 show, last night = best night, you’ll be sorry when you miss it…

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Found on Instagram, creepy or cool? Or both?

Paul Westerberg mask. #thereplacements ✂️

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