Water All Around

"Water all around...never learn how to swim now." This site is devoted to great alternative music. Like "Swingin' Party" by the Replacements from which the aforementioned lyrics hail. These posts are intended to introduce visitors to bands that I believe deserve greater attention. If you wish to have an MP3 removed, email me at zotzedwriter@yahoo.com.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Tommy Stinson

I just learned that Tommy Stinson – the former Replacements bassist who was too young (13) when the band started to play shows where liquor was served – has been playing bass for Soul Asylum (he's on the left in the photo above from a recent Soul Asylum show). Apparently, he appears on their new album, the Silver Lining. This is in addition to his long-time stint as bassist for Guns N Roses.

What the hell – if Tommy’s gonna be the bassist for old, has-been bands, why not the Replacements? I’ve heard that he’s been shunning Westerberg’s overtures to get the Mats back together for a tour and to record a new disc.

Come on, Tommy. Be a Replacement – not a replacement!

In other Replacements news, a new tribute disc is due out soon, We'll Inherit the Earth. Here’s a track list:

1. The Ergs - I'm in Trouble
2. Hi Ho Six Shooter - If Only You Were Lonely
3. Basement Black - Raised in the City
4. Drunken Boat - Kids Don't Follow
5. Off With Their Heads - Goddamn Job
6. Blotto - Color Me Impressed
7. Modern Machines - Mr. Whirly
8. Bay of Pigs - Favorite Thing
9. The Tim Version - Nowhere Is My Home
10. The Queers - Unsatisfied
11. Tiltwheel - Skyway
12. Whiskey Sunday - Can't Hardly Wait
13. North Lincoln - On The Bus
14. The Obsoletes - Waitress In The Sky
15. Against Me! - Bastards of Young (I really want to hear this)
16. J. Page - Left of the Dial
17. The Draft - Little Mascara
18. Thomas Barnett & Rob Huddleston - Here Comes a Regular
19. Jason White - Torture
20. The Urchin - Rock'n'Roll Ghost
21. This is My Fist - Beer For Breakfast
22. Drag The River - Portland
23. Almighty Do Me a Favor - Treatment Bound

You can order the disc here.

Now, back to Tommy. In addition to his bass work for Guns N Roses and Soul Asylum, he’s formed two bands of his own since his Replacements days – Bash & Pop and Perfect – and has also recorded a solo disc. Of all the post-Mats work by the various members, Tommy’s is the rockingest and most Mats-like. Tommy’s vocal limitations aside, his discs are well worth some ear. Here’s a sampling:

By Bash & Pop:
[MP3] Friday Night (Is Killing Me)
[MP3] Loose Ends

By Perfect:
[MP3] Little Drum
[MP3] Making of an Asshole

By Tommy Stinson:
[MP3] Motivation
[MP3] Moment Too Soon

Buy Tommy Stinson discs
Visit Tommy’s website


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