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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 outfit but began to incorporate and influences in their sound. They 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 abrasive, hard drinking lifestyles and their ragged stage performances, notorious for coming to some shows too drunk to play very well at all. Sometimes, they just performed entire sets of covers, their picks showing their debt to outfits.

The sound of this band showed off what their many fans saw as the very best of independent rock n’ roll. More than possibly any other band since The Rolling Stones and the the Ramones, the Replacements embodied the spirit of rock, from their raucous performances, drug addictions, charismatic and romantic frontman, and wild, sometimes basic and sometimes powerfully confessional 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’, sometimes both.

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