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The Replacements are an American rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1979, and are considered pioneers of alternative rock. The band was composed of the guitarist and vocalist Paul Westerberg, guitarist Bob Stinson, bass guitarist Tommy Stinson and drummer Chris Mars for most of its career. Following several critically acclaimed albums, including Let It Be and Tim, Bob Stinson left the band in 1986 and the band experienced several line-up changes; Slim Dunlap joined as lead guitarist and Steve Foley replaced Mars in 1990. Towards the end of the band's career, Westerberg exerted more control over the creative output. The group disbanded in 1991, with the members ultimately pursuing various projects. However, a reunion was announced on October 3, 2012. The Replacements never experienced any significant commercial success, except for "I'll Be You" which hit number one on the Alt Rock Billboard listing, but they did influence a variety of alternative rock acts.

The Replacements' music was influenced by rock artists such as The Rolling Stones, Faces, Big Star, Slade, Badfinger, Lou Reed and The Beatles as well as punk rock bands such as The Ramones, Johnny Thunders, Dead Boys and The Clash. Unlike many of their underground contemporaries, the Replacements played "heart-on-the-sleeve" rock songs that combined Westerberg's "raw-throated adolescent howl," with self-deprecating lyrics. The Replacements were a notoriously wayward live act, often performing under the influence of alcohol and playing (fragments of) covers instead of their own material.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash 3.5 6
1983 Hootenanny 4 4
1984 Let It Be 5 5
1985 Tim 5 5
1987 Pleased to Meet Me 4 4
1989 Don't Tell a Soul 3 3
1990 All Shook Down 4 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 All for Nothing/Nothing for All 1
2006 Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? The Best of The Replacements 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1985 The Shit Hits the Fans 2

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 I'm in Trouble 1
1984 I Will Dare 3 1

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 Stink 4 2
2013 Songs For Slim 1

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