The band that broke up before our eyes during our FREE 4th of July Concert at Taste of Chicago, The Replacements will be making a comeback, at least to some extent. Though the band broke up in 1991, Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson recently announced that he and vocalist/guitarist Paul Westerberg are collaborating on a single to benefit guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke this past February. The track will be featured in a compilation of Dunlap’s music, the sales of which will go toward his recovery.
Former Replacements drummer Chris Mars has also released a benefit single for Dunlap, entitled “When I Fall Down”. [Listen Here]
Though Westerberg and Stinson are collaborating, Stinson does not see a Replacements reunion in the works. In addition to various other complicating factors (the death of Stinson’s brother, Bob; Dunlap’s stroke; Mars’ career as a painter; and Westerberg’s reclusive lifestyle), Stinson has observed that, “Paul and I always end up doing things together, but I don’t think there’s any point to a reunion… there’s such baggage, more so for Paul. I still think he’s a little bummed out his career didn’t skyrocket after the Mats broke up. He’s had to deal with competing with his past, and for him it was kind of tough.” Previous collaborations between Stinson and Westerberg—2006’s Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was? and the “Open Season” soundtrack—also did not result in a reunion.
The Replacements grabbed the attention of critics in the early and mid-80’s with albums such as Let it Be (1984) and Tim (1985), as well as with their notoriously erratic concert behavior (the band were banned from Saturday Night Live in 1986 after performing drunk on live TV). They went on to record eight albums before breaking up, the last of these being 1990’s All Shook Down; they also famously chose Taste of Chicago as the location of their farewell concert in 1991, a show WXRT broadcast live.