The Back By Unpopular Demand Tour starts tomorrow in Seattle and Josh Freese posted this picture yesterday of the band already in town and rehearsing.
Willamette Week posted an in-depth article by Matthew Singer on The Replacements’ rocky relationship and the story behind “Portland”/We’re Sorry Portland, which revolves around a 1987 show with the YFF as opening act.
• “Swingin’ Party” – The Replacements played a lot of terrible shows. The only one it apologized for happened in Portland.
With the Fellows lobbing food at them, the ’Mats stumbled through a set consisting mostly of songs from its back catalog and several covers, of everything from the Stones to Prince to Dusty Springfield, stopping, restarting and occasionally abandoning a song altogether (while, naturally, completely disregarding their single at the time, “Alex Chilton”). Stinson and Westerberg—who came out draped in a velvet “Leonardo da Vinci” robe McCaughey often wore onstage, with the rest of McCaughey’s tour clothes wrapped around him—gradually stripped, tossing garments into the crowd and eventually playing with their pants around their ankles…
Aside from the couch-tossing incident, Westerberg charged at a chandelier for a “Tarzan swing” and yanked it out of the ceiling. The two bands bowled in the hallways using empty beer cans and balls stolen from a nearby alley. Fellows drummer Tad Hutchison fell on a broken jar of peanut butter during an attempt at a human pyramid and had to get stitches. There was even an appearance by Pappy the Clown, mild-mannered Chris Mars’ “demonic,” drunken alter ego.
The Guardian ran a feature called “The Replacements: 10 of the best”, their picks for 10 great mats songs. “Skyway” made the list and included a mention that they will be running a feature article on the band.
I interviewed Westerberg last week for a forthcoming Guardian feature and he told me, half joking, that Skyway was the first good song he’d written. It’s not true: he’d written plenty already by that time. But it might be the most perfect song he’s ever written.