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  1. Friday, March 6, 2015
  2. Monday, February 9, 2015
  3. Thursday, October 2, 2014

    thirty years ago today the replacements released Let It Be 

    Replacements Let It Bethe problem for those of us who loved the replacements was

    so, you make a ridiculously wonderful kickass punk rock record

    that also has some of the sweetest saddest songs ever (Unsatisfied, Sixteen Blue, Answering Machine)

    and all of these other records by lessors make so much more money and get so much more fame.

    what are we supposed to learn from this? that great art will not always be met with financial reward and/or popular appeal

    unless you’re Led Zeppelin?

    sorry but most of us aren’t Jimmy Page.

    not that we’re Paul Westerberg neither, but we’re a lot closer to those drunken sloppy bums than the devil worshiping skinny brits.

    well three decades later the lesson now is dont count your rotten eggs until theyre hatched

    because nowadays The Replacements might not be getting any more airplay or video play but they can go to any festival that they want and pretty much headline on the strength of the material they made in the 80s.

    and go home with a mountain of money and take the rest of the week off.

    so maybe page and plant were right when they said Your Time Is Gonna Come.

    sadly that message was delivered on an answering machine that had run outta tape, so we were sweating it.

  4. Monday, June 23, 2014

    the three best things i saw at coachella 

    2014 is half over which makes me wanna look back and give thanks

    to the killer things ive gotten to see so far.

    one thing i didnt expect to be as fun as it was was coachella.

    i thought it would be too hot, and that id get too tired and the music would blow

    but no it was great and miss lana del rey was a desert oasis

    she opened her set with the provocative Cola which spilled out into the front row


    the replacements were the main reason i was there and Paul hurt his back

    so they pulled out a couch for him to lay on

    and life pulled out Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day to play with them

    on pretty much every song. he even sang I’m In Trouble while Paul lounged.

    typical unpredictable Replacements action for 75 minutes.

    arcade fire played so long coachella shut their mics off

    but that didnt stop them from being awesome

    they did one little acoustic victory lap around so everyone knew what to sing

    as they all went on their long journeys to their cars in the parking lot

  5. Thursday, April 17, 2014

    douglas arellanes got to welcome them to prague 


    steve coulter got to run errands for them in isla vista

    and i got to interview them – twice

    the replacements are the greatest band to only attract 100 people to the coachella stage at coachella

    and they’ll probably never get invited back, but who cares

    hopefully the tractor trailer of money that goldenvoice paid them to make their rickety slo-mo reunion tour of sorts swing thru palm springs

    a place people retire

    could fill the now forgotten metrodome.

    i love this band so much im paying crazy amounts of money and passing up better offers to do dumber things.

    if i was barack obama id give paul and tommy medals of freedom

    and put a picture of bob stinson on the three dollar bill.

    i cant believe i get to see them again tomorrow after too too long.

    god bless rock.

  6. Monday, April 14, 2014
  7. Saturday, January 11, 2014

    paul asks, “in order who are the bands, by day you wanna see at Coachella”? 

    the replacements

    Friday: The Replacements, Bryan Ferry, The Afghan Whigs, The Cult, Girl Talk, Outkast, John Spencer Blues Explosion, Dum Dum Girls, Preatures

    Saturday: Lorde, Pet Shop Boys,  Foxygen, Pharrell Williams, Nas,  Muse, Warpaint, The Internet, Skrillex

    Sunday: Arcade Fire, Lana Del Rey, Motorhead, Beck, Fishbone, Surfer Blood, Trombone Shorty, Little Dragon, Beady Eye, Toy Dolls

  8. Sunday, September 22, 2013

    last night the replacements played the busblog theme song 

    but first Paul gave Tommy a hard time for being in… Van Halen

    Kiss Me On The Bus
    Sire Records, 1985

    On the bus, that’s where we’re ridin’
    On the bus, okay, don’t say hi, then
    Your tongue, your transfer,
    Your hand, your answer

    On the bus, everyone’s lookin’ forward
    On the bus, I aint lookin’ forward
    And everything ain’t okay
    I might die ‘fore Monday
    They’re all watchin’ us

    Kiss me on the bus
    Kiss me on the bus
    If you knew how I felt now
    You wouldn’t act so adult now
    Hurry, hurry, here comes my stop

    On the bus, watch our reflection
    On the bus, I can’t stand no rejection
    C’mon, let’s make a scene
    Oh, baby, don’t be so mean
    They’re all watchin’ us

  9. Saturday, May 4, 2013

    with Lindsay Lohan spending her first night in rehab tonight 

    everyone has been referencing Mean Girls

    but before there were those little ladies there was Heathers

    who were also cruel and stuck up and trendy

    and very.

    Replacements fans will get a kick out of the fact that the Heathers high school is

    Westerberg High named after Paul Westerberg

    according to this Angel Fire site(!),

    the Mats were Winona’s favorite band at the time.

    Later, of course, she dated Soul Asylum guitarist Dave Pirner, who was on the same label as the Replacements.

    would we have forgiven Westerberg if he had dated Winona?


    sadly, fans would have also probably have blamed her for All Shook Down.

  10. Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    hey tony how on earth are you calling Stink an EP? 

    the replacements stink

    a gentle reader named wiser writes into the world famous busblog on the Hootenany birthday post and says:

    a Happy Birthday indeed, but there’s only one problem with this note. Hootenany is the ‘Mats THIRD album not second. There was “Sorry, Ma …” followed by “Stink,” which can never be discounted as a throw-away or an “EP” because it’s a release that certainly does stand on its own. And, to make it even more clear, upon the ‘Mats re-release of their discography with additional songs, “Stink” was included in that series.

    i completely agree that Stink is freaking amazing. in fact it contains two of my favorite songs – not just favorite Replacements songs – but all-time favorite songs in the history of punkerdom

    “Fuck School” and “God Damn Job” are perfect in each and every way. when Nobama lets us start really gay marrying things those two songs will be my first sister wives.

    The latter should have been written by Hank Jr. Dude has the blood in his veins from the greatest songwriter ever and yet somehow Westerberg, a young Westerberg at that, penned the minimalistic but exquisite

    I need a God damn  job/I need a God damn job/I really need a God damn job/I need a God damn job/Goooooood Damnit/Gooooood Damnit/God damn, I need a God damn job.

    How ya gonna beat that? Sure it’s in the same basic punk rock structure as “I Hate Music” from Sorry Ma, but even more so somehow.

    “Go” is haunting and beautiful.

    “Kids Won’t Follow” puts everything out today to shame.

    “White and Lazy” is funny, bluesy and then scary.  (“Sounds good in here.”)

    “Dope Smokin Moron” is what Westerberg talks about when he says the early days of the Replacements were them trying and failing to be a hardcore punk rock band. Bros didn’t fail on that one.

    “Stuck In The Middle” should have gotten the Replacements in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame off this line alone: “I got a head full of teeth and a pocket full of nothing.”

    But Stink is an EP. Not because of girth, but because of length.


    That’s not an LP. LP = Long playing record.

    Even that reissue you mention, the one with the sweet bonus tracks is only 26 minutes. Weezer don’t even make albums that short.

    So no, if you are saying that EP means a throwaway, then I agree with you, Stink is nothing I’ll ever throw away. What I am saying is that it’s an EP because way back in the day thats what you put out because you couldn’t afford the studio time, production time, or didnt have enough songs for a full album.

    Next thing you’re gonna tell me is Come On Pilgrim was box set :)