Induct The Replacements into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Petition sign now

The Replacements were a punk rock band founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979. The band would go on to expand beyond their punk roots to become pioneers of the American alternative rock scene. The band's original lineup consisted of Paul Westerberg on vocals and guitar, Bob Stinson on guitar, Tommy Stinson on bass, and Chris Mars on drums. Bob Stinson was fired in 1986 for excessive drinking and a belligerent attitude, and was eventually replaced by Slim Dunlap.

The Replacements' music was influenced by classic rock artists such as Faces, Big Star, Badfinger, and The Beatles as well as punk rock bands such as The Clash, the Sex Pistols and The Jam. Unlike many of their underground contemporaries, the Replacements played "heart-on-the-sleeve" rock songs that combined Westerberg's "raw-throated adolescent howl," with self-deprecating lyrics. The Replacements were a notoriously wayward live act, often performing under the influence of alcohol and trashing their instruments.

The band's albums "Let It Be" and "Tim," released in 1984 and 1985 respectively, have been hailed by critics for years as classics of the alternative rock genre, appearing on numerous "best albums of all time" lists. "Let It Be" in particular has been called the "first indie rock album."

The band broke up in July of 1991 after playing one final show in Chicago's Grant Park.

Two of the Replacements' most famous admirers are Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, who credited seeing the Replacements live with making him want to join a punk rock band, and John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, who collaborated on one song with Westerberg, and has listed Westerberg as his biggest musical idol on numerous occasions. The list of artists influenced by the Replacements, however, goes on and on. This list includes Nirvana, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., The Pixies, They Might Be Giants, Indigo Girls, Ryan Adams, The Gaslight Anthem, Art Brut, Against Me!, and The Hold Steady.

We feel that the Replacements are at this point deserving of an overdue acknowledgment of the incredibly important influence the band has had upon American alternative rock. Their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seems more than deserved.

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