• The Replacements play <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, 1986

    The World's Most Unsatisfied Band

    This story was originally published in the May 2008 issue of SPIN magazine.This should be a remembrance.After all, the Replacements, that most beloved and confounding of alternative bands, broke up in 1991. The group's larger-than-life guitarist, Bob Stinson, has been dead for 13 years. Drummer Chris Mars is no longer an active musician but a respected painter. Bassist Tommy Stinson, now of Guns N' Roses, has been Axl Rose's lieutenant for a decade. And singer Paul Westerberg, in between fitful stabs at a solo career, has largely repaired to the quiet of life as a family man. Still, in 2008, something is stirring.The band's influence — not so much a specific sound or a style, but an undeniable spirit — has never really abated. Successive generations of wildly disparate bands, from Nirvana to Wilco, Drive-By Truckers to the Hold Steady, have paid homage in their own ways.

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    Tough Questions for Tommy Stinson

    As a founding member of the Replacements at age 12 and the bassist and musical director in Guns N' Roses since 1998, Tommy Stinson can lay claim to what may be rock's most bipolar CV. But he's not just a sideman -- Stinson's new album, One Man Mutiny (Done to Death), which arrives seven years after his solo debut, is a homespun collection of crystalline guitar pop and confessional balladry. "I've got a lot going on in my head musically," says Stinson, 44. "Between all the bands and my own stuff, there's a ton of shit happening in there." He called from a tour stop in Michigan to discuss Axl Rose, Paul Westerberg, and his youthful kleptomania. We did the math: You spent about the same amount of time making Chinese Democracy as you did playing in the Replacements.It was probably longer, sadly. If we got the 'Mats back together, it wouldn't be that much ?different than Guns.

  • Rock City: Memphis

    Historicallyhailed as the home of the blues, birthplace of rock (thanks to SunStudio), and the capitol of soul, Memphis has also proven a haven forgarage punk, hip-hop, and a thriving studio scene. It has nurturedenvelope-pushers from B.B. King to Project Pat. Urban mayhem, lowrents, and a deeply ingrained allegiance to all things eccentriccontinue to make this Mid-South metropolis a mecca for American music. Widely considered the "Father of Color Photography," William Egglestonis also a longtime stalwart of the Memphis music scene, whose druggy'70s underbelly he chronicled in the vivid experimental film Stranded in Canton.

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