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Chris Mars

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Chris Mars (b. April 26, 1961) is an American musician. He was the drummer for seminal Minneapolis, Minnesota alternative rock band The Replacements and later joined informal supergroup Golden Smog before launching a solo career. He is a talented painter, and has more or less left music behind to concentrate on showing his artwork.

Mars detailed the kind of hellraising that he and the other Replacements indulged in when they were together in Rolling Stone’s Alt Rock-A-Rama. Among other incidents, he wound up being thrown in jail for playing chicken with an unmarked police car. He also, in conjunction with bandmate Bob Stinson, sabotaged a gig where he knew there would be a lot of record industry personnel in attendance by going to a novelty store and purchasing some bottles of stink juice.

Mars barely appeared on The Replacements’ final album, All Shook Down. He quit before the subsequent tour, unhappy with Paul Westerberg’s control of the band.

His first solo album was a revelation for fans and critics used to his fairly limited role in The Replacements. He wrote and sang the entire album and added guitar and keyboards to his drumming duties. Except for the presence of bassist J.D. Foster and brief contributions from Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner and Dan Murphy, it was essentially a D.I.Y. affair.

Mars was not interested in touring behind his third album, Tenterhooks. Another band, The Wallmen, toured behind it with a cardboard cutout of Mars onstage.

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  • Brushback

    "75% Less Fat" and "Horseshoes and Hand Grenades" are great rock albums, lots of good songs there.

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • BrainSaw

    he's the reason the mats won't get back together. say what you want about reunions, but i'd shell out $ to see it. paul won't do it without mars.

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • wizzxx

    he is the fucking man

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • magnilex

    Long time since I listened, but I remember that "Horseshoes and Hand Grenades" kicked ass...

    12 Aug 2009 Reply
  • tgodd

    what how are there so little plays

    4 Jun 2008 Reply