The Replacements Redux?


With Tommy Stinson relocating to Hudson recently, it’s no surprise that there might be a Local 518 resurgence in interest in the Replacements.

But now it seems as though there’s a whole nation-wide Replacements renaissance.

Recently Rolling Stone reported that Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson recorded a limited edition four-cover-song EP, slated for release later this year. They’ll auction off all 250 copies online to benefit former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who had a stroke earlier this year. The Mats’ drummer Chris Mars “didn’t want any part of this,” according to Westerberg.

“Tommy and I strapped on guitars, not a word was said, and bang,” said Westerberg. “We still rock like murder.” On the disc, Westerberg and Stinson are joined by drummer Peter Anderson and Westerberg’s touring guitarist Kevin Bowe. The EP is said to feature covers of Dunlap’s “Busted Up,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the Broadway musical “Gypsy,” Gordon Lightfoot’s 1965 song “I’m Not Sayin'”, and “Lost Highway” by Hank Williams.

Then there’s also a documentary film about the legendarily unpredictable rockers. “Color Me Obsessed,” a two-hour film was directed by Gorman Bechard, made a splash on the film festival circuit last year, and now it’s slated to be released on DVD on Tuesday, November 20.

And just this week, Pitchfork collected a handful of Replacements video clips – including a 1984 vintage interview (and performance footage) with the band conducted by Michael Eck at their quite unforgettable and oh-so-very drunk show at the now very-defunct Puttin’ On the Ritz in Albany. The clip was originally aired on the Local 518 public access television show, “Real George’s Backroom”…


The Replacements at Puttin' on the Ritz, 1984
Sent in by Dominick Campana, who noted “…lots of stories from this show . . .”
  1. TL says

    Best band of the 80’s!

  2. Normando says

    That Puttin’ on the Ritz show was the best and worst club show I ever saw.

  3. Greg says

    About the only thing that is deeply embedded in my brain about that show was a gloriously horrific rendition of Edison Lighthouse’s “Love Grows When My Rosemary Goes.” It was what the kids these days would call an “epic fail,” and yet it was somehow still kinda epic…

  4. Martyn says

    Went to go to this show, but was turned away at the door because it was sold out. I was totally shocked that a “punk” show could sell-out in Albany, in 1984.

  5. Troy Red says

    I wonder what the upstairs at 8 Central Ave looks like these days? Vacant? Is the bar still there, and the black and white floor tiles? Anybody who knows…please add a comment.

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