Paul Westerberg’s failure to keep his vow to never reunite The Replacements is now complete. After caving in and gettin’ the band back together for an EP, and then sticking around for numerous concerts, it looks like the reunited ‘Mats are going one step further.
According to Rolling Stone, “the Replacements say they’ll likely make an album at some point in the future. Westerberg, who often writes on piano as well as guitar, has plenty of songs in the hopper.”
While the RS profile doesn’t provide any direct quotes from the band talking about the possibility of a new album, it does reveal the names of two songs that could make the record: the fittingly-titled “Are You in It for the Money?” and “Dead Guitar Player,” which the band is careful to point out was written before former guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a paralyzing stroke.
That stroke was the reason the ‘Mats reunited back in 2012. They reconvened to record Songs for Slim, a charity EP for Dunlap, and stuck together for a series of well-received shows since then.
All five tracks on Songs for Slim were covers, so this purported album would be the band’s first album of original material since 1990’s All Shook Down.