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Encyclopedia > Paul Westerberg
Westerberg during a performance.
Westerberg during a performance.

Paul Westerberg (born December 31, 1959) is an American musician, best known as the former lead singer and songwriter of The Replacements, one of the seminal alternative rock bands of the 1980s. Westerberg is married to former Zuzu's Petals guitarist Laurie Lindeen. They have a son, Johnny, whose voice can be heard on "Whatever Makes You Happy" from Westerberg's solo album Suicaine Gratifaction. Image File history File linksMetadata Paul_Westerberg. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Paul_Westerberg. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... The Replacements (also known as The Mats or The Mats, from the insult of a detractor who joked the bands name was The Placemats, which the band then adopted) were a seminal alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music[1] (also simply called alternative) were coined in the 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired bands on independent record labels that didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...

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The Replacements

Main article: The Replacements

According to Replacements lore, Westerberg was working as a janitor, and while walking home from work one day, he happened to hear a punk band practicing in the basement. He talked his way into the band by convincing the singer that the other band members--Bob Stinson, Chris Mars and Tommy Stinson--were going to fire him. The singer quit and Westerberg joined the group, which eventually became known as The Replacements. The Replacements (also known as The Mats or The Mats, from the insult of a detractor who joked the bands name was The Placemats, which the band then adopted) were a seminal alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Bob Stinson (born Robert Neil Stinson December 17, 1959–February 18, 1995) was the founding member and lead guitarist for the legendary post-punk band The Replacements. ... Chris Mars was the drummer for seminal Minneapolis punk/pop/rock band, The Replacements. ... Tommy Stinson Tommy Stinson (born Thomas Eugene Stinson, 6 October 1966 in Minneapolis, USA) was one of the founding members of the legendary 1980s alternative band The Replacements. ...


The Replacements quickly made a name for themselves in the Twin Cities punk scene, largely thanks to Westerberg's songwriting. The band made several critically acclaimed albums for local label Twin/Tone before signing to Sire Records in 1985. Despite the jump to Sire, the Replacements never translated their critical success into commercial sales. Westerberg's fans, however, kept faith in "PWIG" (Paul Westerberg Is God). A map of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Twin/Tone Records was a record label based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota that operated from 1977 until 1994 and helped several local groups receive national attention. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Brothers Records The label was founded in 1966 as Sire Productions by Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer. ...


By 1990, the band had run its course. The 1990 Replacements album All Shook Down was for all intents and purposes a Westerberg solo project. There are numerous guest performers and the other three members of the band (including Slim Dunlap, who had replaced Bob Stinson three years earlier to tour in support of Pleased to Meet Me) make minimal contributions. Mars left the band during this project. After touring for the album (which was critically well-received) with replacement Replacements, Tommy and Paul went their separate ways. All Shook Down is the final album by the band The Replacements, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Bob Slim Dunlap (born August 14, 1951is an American musician. ... Bob Stinson (born Robert Neil Stinson December 17, 1959–February 18, 1995) was the founding member and lead guitarist for the legendary post-punk band The Replacements. ...


Solo work

Westerberg's first official solo work appeared in the form of two songs, "Waiting For Somebody" and "Dyslexic Heart," for the soundtrack to the 1992 Cameron Crowe film Singles, for which he is also credited with composing and performing the score. The following year Reprise Records released his first solo album, 14 Songs. During the interim between solo albums, Westerberg songs appeared on Melrose Place ("A Star Is Bored") and Friends ("Sunshine" and "Stain Yer Blood") televison soundtracks, in 1994 and 1995 respectively. He also recorded a duet with Joan Jett ("Let's Do It") for the Tank Girl soundtrack (1994). 1996 heralded the appropriately titled Eventually, which was met with critical indifference and poor sales. Westerberg parted ways with Reprise records and the following year chose to release songs with a more comical slant under alter ego Grandpaboy. An EP and single were released by indie label Soundproof/Monolyth Records. His third album Suicaine Gratifaction is a piano driven, melancholy, and highly personal work recorded in Westerberg's basement studio using vintage recording equipment. The album was released on Capitol Records in 1999. The label was undergoing reorganization, and failed to push the album. Singles is the original soundtrack album by the film of the same title with a collection of grunge songs. ... Cameron Crowe Cameron Bruce Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an American writer and film director. ... Singles (1992) is a film set in Seattle, Washington (in the north western USA), written and directed by Cameron Crowe. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... Melrose Place is a TV series that ran between 1992 and 1999, created by Darren Star for the FOX network. ... Friends is a situation comedy about a group of six friends living in New York City. ... Joan Marie Larkin (born September 22, 1960) is an American rock and roll guitarist, singer, and actress best known for her hits I Love Rock N Roll, which was #1 on the Billboard charts from March 20 to May 8 of 1982,Crimson and Clover, Do You Wanna Touch Me... Tank Girl was a 1990s English comic strip and the name of the leading character. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the...


Westerberg then quit the major label circuit, and disappeared for three years before staging a major comeback in 2002. With new management and a new indie label, Vagrant Records, he released two records released simultaneously, Stereo and Mono (Mono being released under his alter ego Grandpaboy). Like Suicaine Gratifaction, Stereo and Mono were recorded in Westerberg's basement studio. They were acclaimed as his best works since the Replacements, and Westerberg became increasingly prolific, releasing Dead Man Shake (as Grandpaboy), Come Feel Me Tremble, and Folker all within the next two years to critical success. Vagrant Records is a popular American punk, emo, and indie rock label. ...


Westerberg contributed a cover of The Beatles' "Nowhere Man" for the 2002 soundtrack to the 2001 film I Am Sam. Additionally, "Lookin' Up in Heaven" appears on the Starbucks sampler Hear Music, Vol. 10: Reveal, "Outta My System" can be found on Hot Stove, Cool Music, Vol. 1, and the Vagrant Records sampler Another Year on the Streets, Vol. 3 features "As Far As I Know." All three compilations were released in 2004. The Beatles (1960-1970), were an English musical group from Liverpool, and are usually regarded as the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful popular music artists in history. ... Nowhere Man is a song by British 1960s rock group The Beatles, on their hit album Rubber Soul (in the US on the Yesterday . ... I Am Sam is the soundtrack to the 2001 film I Am Sam. ... I Am Sam DVD cover I am Sam is a 2001 film about a man with a developmental disability, Sam Dawson who is singularly raising his seven year old daughter Lucy . ... Starbucks Headquarters. ... Hear Music is the brand name of Starbucks retail music concept. ...


In December 2005, Westerberg reconvened with Tommy Stinson and Chris Mars to record two new songs for a compilation titled Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? - The Best of the Replacements, which was released in 2006.


In 2006, Westerberg took on the challenge of writing a collection of songs for the animated film Open Season. In all, the soundtrack includes eight new Westerberg originals. Open Season is unique in that two of the songs were covered by other artists. The track Wild As I Wanna Be is performed by Deathray, whereas Pete Yorn performs I Belong (Reprise). In addition, Westerberg's long-time friend Tommy Stinson is featured playing bass on the songs Love You In The Fall and Right To Arm Bears. The soundtrack also includes the song Good Day from Westerberg's solo album Eventually. The album is rounded out by two non-Westerberg originals, Deathray's own I Wanna Lose Control (Uh Oh) and the Talking Heads' 1984 hit Wild Wild Life . Open Season can refer to: Open Season, the comic book series by Jim Bricker Open Season (movie) Open Season, an album by the indie rock band British Sea Power This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Deathray is a band hailing from Sacramento, Calif. ... Album Cover for Pete Yorns Musicforthemorningafter Peter Yorn (b. ... Tommy Stinson Tommy Stinson (born Thomas Eugene Stinson, 6 October 1966 in Minneapolis, USA) was one of the founding members of the legendary 1980s alternative band The Replacements. ... Deathray is a band hailing from Sacramento, Calif. ... Wild Wild Life was a single from the Talking Heads album True Stories. ...


Discography

DVD

  • Come Feel Me Tremble - Redline Entertainment/Ventura Distribution (2003)

Albums

  • 14 Songs (Sire/Reprise Records 45255, 1993) produced by Matt Wallace and Paul Westerberg
    • limited edition CD book (Sire/Reprise Records 45335)
  • Eventually (Reprise Records 9 46176-2, 1996) produced by Paul Westerberg, co-produced by Lou Giordano, 3 tracks produced by Brendan O'Brien and Paul Westerberg
  • Grandpaboy: Grandpaboy EP (Soundproof/Monolyth MCD 1315, 1997)
  • Suicaine Gratifaction (EMD/Capitol, 1999) produced by Don Was and Paul Westerberg
  • Grandpaboy: Mono (Vagrant, 2002) limited edition Mono stand-alone CD, 10,000 copies produced
  • Stereo (Vagrant VR 369, 2002) includes bonus Mono CD
  • Grandpaboy: Dead Man Shake (Fat Possum, 2003)
  • Come Feel Me Tremble (Vagrant Records, 2003)
  • Folker (Vagrant, 2004)
  • Besterberg: The Best of Paul Westerberg (Rhino, 2005)

Lou Giordano is a record producer and recording engineer who worked at Radiobeat Studios and Fort Apache Studios. ... Brendan OBrien is a record producer who worked with many bands including Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Kings X, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Aerosmith, The Wallflowers, Matthew Sweet, Limp Bizkit, Lifehouse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Rage Against The Machine, The Black Crowes, Aimee Mann, Bruce Springsteen, The... EP redirects here. ... Don Was (born Don Fagenson on September 13, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American musician and a music and record producer. ...

Soundtracks and compilations

  • Singles soundtrack (1992) - "Dyslexic Heart" and "Waiting For Somebody" (Westerberg scored the soundtrack as well.)
  • Tank Girl soundtrack (1995) - "Lets Do It," with Joan Jett
  • I Am Sam soundtrack (2002) - "Nowhere Man," a Beatles cover
  • Hear Music, Vol. 10: Reveal (Starbucks sampler, 2004) - "Lookin' Up in Heaven"
  • Hot Stove, Cool Music, Vol. 1 (2004) - "Outta My System"
  • Another Year on the Streets, Vol. 3 (Vagrant Records sampler, 2004) - "As Far As I Know"
  • Open Season: Featuring the songs of Paul Westerberg (Lost Highway Records, 2006)

Singles is the original soundtrack album by the film of the same title with a collection of grunge songs. ... Tank Girl was a 1990s English comic strip and the name of the leading character. ... Joan Marie Larkin (born September 22, 1960) is an American rock and roll guitarist, singer, and actress best known for her hits I Love Rock N Roll, which was #1 on the Billboard charts from March 20 to May 8 of 1982,Crimson and Clover, Do You Wanna Touch Me... I Am Sam is the soundtrack to the 2001 film I Am Sam. ... The Beatles (1960-1970), were an English musical group from Liverpool, and are usually regarded as the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful popular music artists in history. ...

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