#8. Bash & Pop, Anything Can Happen That long stint in Guns N’ Roses drove Tommy Stinson to make a full-blown Replacements record, thank God. Meat-and-potatoes rock at its most tender and tasty.
“Anything Could Happen” finds Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson reviving not only the name but the rollicking, post-Faces rock-and-roll spirit of the early ‘90s group he formed when the Replacements went their separate ways in 1991.
Which is to say if you liked the Replacements, Stinson’s new material should speak directly to the part of you that once responded to the misspent part of his misspent youth with “I’m in love; what’s that song?”
This is the year’s best straight-up rock-and-roll release, from the reckless abandon of “Not This Time” to the understated unplugged charms of “Shortcut,” the bittersweet country of “Anytime Soon” and the singalong chorus of “Never Wanted to Know.”
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Following the Replacements’ manically received 2013-2015 reunion, bassist and devout Hudson resident Tommy Stinson reactivated his 1990s band Bash & Pop for the release of last January’s Anything Could Happen. This Friday, the latter unit’s second wind continues with the unveiling of a new single, “Too Late” b/w “Saturday,” a collaboration with Nicole Atkins that’s available digitally and as a limited-edition vinyl seven-inch.
Besides Stinson on lead vocals and guitar, the current lineup of Bash & Pop features lead guitarist Steve Selvidge (Hold Steady), drummer Joe Sirois (Mighty Mighty BossTones), and bassist Justin Perkins (Screeching Weasel). Singer-songwriter Atkins’s aching Americana has won unanimous raves via her fourth and most recent studio album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee.
Here, then, is the single’s bittersweet A side, “Too Late”:
“Too Late” b/w “Saturday” is out digitally and on vinyl via Fat Possum Records on November 24. Tommy Stinson’s “Cowboys in the Campfire” acoustic tour wraps up in Bakersfield, California on November 29.
Arlo talks with Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Cowboys in the Campfire, Bash and Pop, Guns and Roses)