Back in June, SPIN reported that the Replacements' Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were back in the studio working on a covers project for their old guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke last winter. Apparently they had a good recording run, so much so that Westerberg is considering keeping it going.
"Tommy and I strapped on guitars, not a word was said, and bang — we still rock like murder," Westerberg told Rolling Stone. He later added, "Playing with Tommy last week, I was thinking, 'All right, let's crank it up and knock out a record like this.' I'm closer to it now than I was two years ago, let's say that." That's saying a lot.
The seminal Minneapolis punk rock band hasn't released an album since 1990's All Shook Down, and even that was barely a Replacements record. Westerberg had intended it as a solo release, and made it with mostly session musicians. And Stinson has been writing and playing bass with Guns N' Roses and Soul Asylum.
But the two made it into a local studio last month and, with help from outside drummer Peter Anderson and guitarist Kevin Bowe, recorded four covers: Dunlap's "Busted Up," Hank Williams' "Lost Highway," Gordon Lightfoot's "I'm Not Sayin'," and "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from the Broadway musical Gypsy.
The new songs will arrive by the year's end in limited 10-inch form, with each of the 250 copies going up for auction. According to Westerberg, Dunlap was excited about the project: "When I mentioned this, it seemed like something he really wanted to happen. 'You guys get together,' he said in a whisper. 'Go play a song.'"
How about this one?