Bash & Pop are an American alternative rock band formed in 1992[1] by Tommy Stinson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, following the breakup of the Replacements. It released one album before disbanding in 1994. Tommy Stinson reformed the band in 2016 with a new lineup and album.[1]

Bash & Pop
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States
GenresAlternative rock
Years active1992–1994, 2016–present
LabelsSire/Reprise/Warner Bros.
MembersTommy Stinson
Steve Selvidge
Joe Sirois
Justin Perkins
Past membersSteve Foley
Steve Brantseg
Kevin Foley
Caleb Palmiter

History edit

With a name selected from a contest hosted by New York radio station WDRE,[2] Bash & Pop was formed in 1992 by bassist Tommy Stinson, following the breakup of his previous group The Replacements. Stinson switched to guitar, with Steve Foley[3] (from The Replacements) on drums, his brother Kevin Foley on bass,[1][4] and Steve Brantseg on guitar.[1][2]

The album Friday Night Is Killing Me was recorded by the band with the assistance of Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell, Wire Train's Jeff Trott[1] as well as other musicians Greg Leisz, Brian McCloud, Phil Jones and Tommy Steel.[5] The album was released in January 1993[1] through Sire/Reprise Records[4] to mainly mixed reviews with Stewart Mason, of Allmusic, stating that "there are a couple of great songs here, the catchy single "Loose Ends" and the rocking "Fast and Hard", but even those two songs feel sloppily half-written, with choruses that vamp on repeatedly for far too long. Most of the rest of the album sounds fine while it's playing, but the songs aren't at all memorable."[6] Steven Mirkin, of Rolling Stone, described the album as "not as pointed as ex-Mats drummer Chris Mars's vitriolic Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and lacking Westerberg's songwriting polish, Friday Night Is Killing Me is still a notable debut that at its best flashes the easygoing, knockabout charm missing from the Replacements' last few albums."[7] Bruce Haring, of Variety, described the album as "a frisky little rocker propelled by Stinson's endless energy and peppy, raspish vocals."[2] A tour in support followed[3] along with the recording of the track "Making Me Sick" which was included on the soundtrack, released in 1994, to the movie Clerks.[8] The group disbanded later in 1994.

Describing the band's dissolution, Stinson said:

"It just never turned into the band I envisioned it to be. When The Replacements broke up, my original idea was to form a group that was basically the same thing the Mats were early on, which was a spirited band with a good chemistry, and which shared the same vision. We tried that with Bash & Pop with two different lineups, but I never really found four people who shared that camaraderie. I got along okay with both lineups, but the chemistry was never there."[9]

— Tommy Stinson, Goldmine, Issue 424, October 25, 1996

Post-breakup edit

Stinson went on to form another group, Perfect,[1] before going on to join Guns N' Roses[1] and releasing his debut solo album Village Gorilla Head[10][11] while drummer Steve Foley joined Wheelo, previously known as 69, releasing the album Something Wonderful in 1997.[12]

2016 reunion edit

Tommy Stinson worked on new material in 2015 and 2016, releasing two songs on the L.M.A.O. EP, and later decided to release a record as a band under the name of Bash & Pop,[13] as he felt that it was more of a band record. He launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the album. On November 2, 2016, the new album was announced to be called Anything Could Happen, with the release date being set on January 20, 2017. A music video for the song "On The Rocks" was also released.

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

Singles edit

  • Too Late/Saturday (Featuring Nicole Atkins) (2017)

Compilations edit

Band members edit


2016–present [14]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Bash & Pop > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Haring, Bruce (February 16, 1993). "L.A. revs up for the Grammys". Variety.
  3. ^ a b Jacobson, Don (August 29, 2008). "RIP: Replacements drummer Steve Foley, in RockNotes: AC/DC vs. Oasis". The Beachwood Reporter.
  4. ^ a b Riemenschneider, Chris (August 26, 2008). "Steve Foley played with the Replacements". Star Tribune. Avista Capital Partners.
  5. ^ "Bash & Pop - Friday Night Is Killing Me". Discogs. Retrieved Mar 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "Friday Night Is Killing Me > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  7. ^ "Bash and Pop: Friday Night Is Killing Me". Rolling Stone. Retrieved Mar 29, 2010.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Various - Clerks - Music From The Motion Picture". Discogs. Archived from the original on 23 February 2010. Retrieved Mar 29, 2010.
  9. ^ Hall, Russell (25 October 1996), "Tommy Stinson", Goldmine, Iola, Wisconsin
  10. ^ "Village Gorilla Head > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  11. ^ "Tommy Stinson: A Rock N Roll Legend". Mar 12, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-04-17.
  12. ^ Groebner, Simon Peter (April 2, 1997). "CD Release/Bass Culture". City Pages via Village Voice Media. Archived from the original on 2010-04-02. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  13. ^ "New Bash & Pop Album". PledgeMusic. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  14. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (2017-01-13). "Tommy Stinson debuts new Bash & Pop in rowdy return to 7th Street Entry | Star Tribune". Retrieved 2017-02-28.

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