Tommy Stinson surprised many earlier this year by resurrecting his old band (or the moniker at least), Bash & Pop to put out a new full LP of tracks. The result was ‘Anything Could Happen,’ a dozen down and dirty straight up rock songs which are reminiscent to the Replacements, the band which started it all for Stinson.
The surprises keep coming as Stinson, partnering with the label Omnivore, just re-released Bash & Pop’s 1993 debut, ‘Friday Night Is Killing Me,’ with a phenomenal 18 bonus tracks. Hardly throw-aways, even his home demos here, of which there are four, sound like fully formed rockers which could have easily been released as a new full length, namely the stellar “Hang Ups,”).
There is also a slew of alternate takes, and a number of songs that never made the record, like “Making Me Sick” (that eventually found a home on on the “Clerks” soundtrack) and “Harboring a Fugitive,” two songs as good as anything from the original debut.
For Replacement disciples ‘Friday Night Is Killing Me’ expanded version was co-produced by Peter Jesperson, the band’s former manager and the label co-founder (Twin/Tone) who gave the band their original break. The reissue also includes an essay in the linear notes from Bob Mehr, the author behind the authoritative Replacements biography “Trouble Boys.”