Paul Westerberg High
A new generation of misanthropes can learn what it’s like to be depressed, drunk, and freezing one’s ass off in Minneapolis–Paul Westerberg of the Replacements is coming out with a greatest hits compilation May 17th. For those consummate Replacements obsessives who think Westerberg was never very good on his own, don’t fear: Rykodisc is reissuing the first four Replacements releases from the Twin/Tone label this fall, including the amazingly titled Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take out the Trash. Get your cigarettes and disaffection ready for another rocking onslaught from Westerberg in all his incarnations.
House is Empty
Crowded House drummer Paul Hester was found dead of an apparent suicide in Melbourne this weekend. Though the band only cracked the US top ten once with the song “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” Crowded House was a mainstay of UK radio for most of the late ’80s. Hester had left the band amicably in 1994 and had been working as a radio and television presenter in the intervening years. According to those close to Hester, he did not appear particularly distraught in the days leading up to his death. Hester is survived by two daughters and his partner, Mardi Sommerfeld.