Now that the Replacements have broken up (again), it makes sense that Tommy Stinson is moving on with Bash & Pop (again).
The former 'Mats/Guns N' Roses bassist announced Wednesday that his mid-'90s alt-rock outfit would resurface with a new album, Anything Could Happen, in 2017, plus a vinyl reissue of their only other LP -- 1993's Friday Night Is Killing Me.
"I found myself longing to make a record in the same way that we made the early Replacements records: live, in the studio, as a band. The last record I really did that on was called Friday Night Is Killing Me," Stinson says in a press release, adding that he's been recording songs in that style -- "the spontaneity, the solidarity, the piss, the vinegar, the good times, and the angst" -- with old friends since early 2015.
And so, logically, we have today's news.
"A majority of the people I played these tracks for said it reminded them of the Bash & Pop record," the Minnesota-launched rocker continues. "Alas, there you have it. A new Bash & Pop record coming soon!"
But you won't have any original members other than Stinson. Drummer Steve Foley, who also briefly manned the kit for the Replacements, died in 2008, and his brother/bassist, Kevin Foley, died in 2011. Guitarist Steve Brantseg is apparently not re-upping.
This version of the band -- which may only exist on the new release -- consists of Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Frank Ferrer (Guns N' Roses), Cat Popper (Puss n Boots), Steve Selvidge (Hold Steady), Joe Sirois (Mighty Mighty Bosstones), and others, according to the press release.
Fans can pre-order Anything Could Happen, which will arrive via Fat Possum Records, and the Friday Night reissue here. The PledgeMusic campaign behind the new B&P full-length includes exclusive merch goodies. Oh, and the opportunity to have Tommy officiate your wedding (that'll set ya back $5,000).
Bash & Pop originally only lasted from '92, the year after the 'Mats split, until 1994, the year they scored some indie-film notoriety for appearing on the Clerks soundtrack. The band featured Stinson on lead vocals, and he was unabashed (and pop?) about striving to recreate a vintage Replacements sound.
"It just never turned into the band I envisioned it to be," he told Goldmine magazine in 1996. "When the Replacements broke up, my original idea was to form a group that was basically the same thing the 'Mats were early on, which was a spirited band with a good chemistry, and which shared the same vision."
Stinson and 'Mats frontman Paul Westerberg enjoyed a successful Replacements reunion from 2012-'15. Stinson rocked stadiums and cashed Axl Rose's checks as the bassist of Gn'R for more than a dozen years; original bassist Duff McKagan rejoined Axl earlier this year.