Release Date: Jan 20, 2017
Record label: Fat Possum
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, American Trad Rock, Bar Band
When Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg reunited the Replacements for a concert tour in 2013, plenty of fans were hoping against hope that the new edition of the band would grace the world with a new album. That didn't happen, but maybe it's just as well. In the wake of the 'Mats' reunion hitting the ditch in 2015, Westerberg released one of his spunkiest rock & roll records in years, 2016's Wild Stab, in collaboration with Juliana Hatfield under the name the I Don't Cares.
Assuming you have an active Facebook account and care enough about music to be visiting this site, then you’ve probably spent much of the past week wading through an endless stream of posts from friends listing off the Top 10 records that made the biggest impression on them as a teenager. But beyond the “Spin Doctors LOL!” novelty of the exercise, the lists provided a glimpse into a pre-internet age when dramatic philosophical divisions were erected even among bands that were essentially operating in the same realm. For instance, on those Facebook lists, it was rare to see Guns N’ Roses listed alongside the Replacements—even though both were raw, raunchy ’80s-era rock’n’roll bands raised on a steady diet of the Stones, KISS, and New York Dolls.
One of the unsung gems of the early 90s alt.rock explosion is Friday Night is Killing Me, the debut album by Bash & Pop, the collective formed by ex-Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson following the ‘Mats’ demise. While Paul Westerberg pursued his passion to become the James Taylor of college rock (at for his major label tenure), Stinson and company kept the ‘Mats legacy of rollicking pop & roll alive. Now, a mere quarter of a century later, Stinson follows up Friday Night with B&P’s second album Anything Could Happen.