US indie legends reunite

The Replacements back after 16 years

US indie legends The Replacements have reformed to record new songs for a forthcoming Best Of compilation.

Frontman Paul Westerberg, guitarist Tommy Stinson and drummer Chris Mars reunited to put together ‘Message To The Boys’ and ‘Pool & Dive’, their first new tracks in 16 years. They will appear on ‘Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?: The Best of the Replacements’, out June 13.

Session drummer Josh Freese was behind the kit for the new recordings, the first since the 1990 album ‘All Shook Down’.


Mars, who in recent years has foregone music for an art career, contributed backing vocals. The songs were written by Westerberg and were recorded at the producer Ed Ackerson‘s Flowers studio in Minneapolis, reports Billboard. It’s as yet unclear as to whether a full reunion will take place.

Meanwhile, the band’s long-awaited box set is still in the planning stages and will not be out until 2007 at the earliest. The label putting out this compilation, Rhino, is also working on expanded editions of The Replacements‘ studio albums.

The tracklisting for the compilation is:

‘Takin’ A Ride’

‘Shiftless When Idle’

‘Kids Don’t Follow’


‘Color Me Impressed’

‘Within Your Reach’

‘I Will Dare’

‘Answering Machine’


‘Here Comes A Regular’

‘Kiss Me On The Bus’

‘Bastards of Young’

‘Left of the Dial’

‘Alex Chilton’


‘Can’t Hardly Wait’

‘Achin’ To Be’

‘I’ll Be You’

‘Merry Go Round’

‘Message to the Boys’

‘Pool & Dive’