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The Replacements

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Minneapolis, United States (1979 – 1991, 2012 – present)

The Replacements are an group that formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979. The band originally started off as a band but began to incorporate and influences in their sound to become one of the leaders of the early alt-folk set and one of the flagship bands of the American scene, being as well a major influence on .

The band’s best known lineup consisted of Paul Westerberg (vocals, guitar), Bob Stinson (guitar), Tommy Stinson (bass) and Chris Mars (drums).

They were infamous for their hard drinking lifestyles and their ragged stage performances, notorious for coming to shows too drunk to play very well at all, or sometimes just performing entire sets of covers.

The sound of this band showed off the very best of independent rock n’ roll. More than possibly any other band since the Rolling Stones, the Replacements embodied the spirit of rock n’ roll, from their raucous performances, drug addictions, charismatic and romantic frontman, and wild, basic rock n’ roll songs. At any given time, almost any list of “The Best Rock Albums Of All Time” will include either the album Let It Be or Tim, and usually both. Their sound started off as a classic-rock influenced garage punk style, to a melodic hardcore sound reminiscent of local buddies Hüsker Dü and progressed into a (relatively) straightforward but heartfelt rock style with a number of highly soulful ballads from the heart of Westerberg to round out the mix.

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