The First Original Replacements Song Since 1990 Is a 24-Minute Jazz Jam

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Dave Minehan, Tommy Stinson, Paul Westerberg and Josh Freese of The Replacements pose backstage on day 3 of the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 5, 2014 in Austin, Texas. 

In a move that might have horrified their younger selves, the Replacements recently released a 24-minute jazz jam called "Poke Me In My Cage." Following the 2013 covers EP Songs for Slim, this is the first original Replacements song since 1990.

Historically, The Replacements weren't much for long statements: they made a career out of their knack for tuneful brevity. They are known as one of the seminal indie rock bands of the '80s (though after the 1984's Let It Be, probably their finest work, they were on a major label). Lead singer and guitarist Paul Westerberg has had the most successful post-Replacements career, musically-speaking -- solo albums like Mono are spare and vital. Bassist Tommy Stinson went on to enjoy a lucrative career with Guns N' Roses.

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The group recently played some reunion shows, including their first hometown show in 23 years this past summer. Prior to that, they put out a new EP containing cover songs, sparking hope that they would start recording originals again. It's hard to imagine that a loose, vaguely-funky studio jam was what fans were praying for. But then again, Westerberg has never been that interested in giving fans what they want.


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