Replacements Co-Founder Tommy Stinson Talks Bash & Pop, Will Play High Dive

Published September 24, 2017 by Gargs Allard on


On the eve of Replacements co-counder Tommy Stinson bringing his band Bash and Pop to the High Dive in Gainesville, Fla., we had a chance to talk to him about the state of his music and the state of America.

In Minnesota in 1979, 13-year-old Tommy Stinson and his 20-year-old brother Bob co-founded the Replacements along with drummer Chris Mars and finally frontman Paul Westerberg. With classic LPs such as Let it Be and Tim, the band pioneered what later came to be known as alternative rock, while largely retaining their original punk sound.

After the band broke up in 1991, Tommy Stinson started the band Bash and Pop, which comprising friends from Minneapolis, recorded the album “Friday Night is Killing Me,” and the single “Making Me Sick” for the classic film Clerks, before breaking up two years later.

Tommy’s brother Bob Stinson had left the Replacements in 1986 and sadly passed away at the age of 35 in 1995 after playing in various bands.

After Bash and Pop, Tommy went on to form the band Perfect (1995-1998) before joining Guns n’ Roses lineup as its permanent bass player for eight years (1998-2016). Tommy has also worked with Soul Asylum, made two solo albums and produced music for other musicians.

In 2016, Tommy re-formed Bash and Pop and released the LP Anything Can Happen in 2017. In 2017 he also released a duet with Nicole Atkins, “Too Late.” In November, another single with her, “Saturday Night,” is set for release.

Bash & Pop, Shehehe

By Gabe Vodicka | Published September 21, 2017 on


Bash & Pop with Shehehe – Thursday, Sept. 21 @ Caledonia Lounge

Following the demise of alt-rock pioneers The Replacements in 1991, that group’s bassist, Tommy Stinson, formed the hard-rocking power-pop group Bash & Pop with the Mats’ Steve Foley and a couple other Twin Cities scene mainstays. The band released one album, 1993’s Friday Night Is Killing Me, before calling it quits. Stinson would notably go on to join Guns N’ Roses, touring with that band from 1998–2016 (and assisting in the construction of the ill-fated Chinese Democracy). After a Replacements reunion proved short-lived, Stinson announced the reformation of Bash & Pop, which released the hooky Anything Could Happen earlier this year. Local punks Shehehe open Thursday’s show.

With Bash & Pop “Anything Could Happen”

By Michael Allshouse | Published September 19, 2017 on


Anything could happen.

Not only is it the very aptly titled sophomore record by Bash & Pop, but it is also fitting for the glorious absurdity of 24 years passing between releases.

“Anything Could Happen” released in January of this year nearly matched its predecessor to the date as “Friday Night is Killing Me” was released in January 1993. Anything Could happen.

“Funny shit, right?” Tommy Stinson laughed. “That is completely coincidental. I hadn’t even realized that one. I forgot that came out in January of ’93. I didn’t realize any of that. It is a co-winky-dink.”

Stinson, himself, is proof that anything could happen. In the 1980s he was the bassist for the highly influential, vastly under appreciated The Replacements. When the Minnesota four-piece eventually burned out rather than fading away, Stinson formed Bash & Pop.

Hear Tommy Stinson, Nicole Atkins Duet on New Soul Song, ‘Too Late’

By By Elias Leight | Published September 19, 2017 on

Tommy Stinson’s Bash & Pop outfit and Nicole Atkins channel the lessons of 1960s soul balladry on “Too Late.” The track is part of a forthcoming 7-inch single due out November 24th.


Rhythm guitar and drums drive “Too Late” along the steady, lilting path of a Stax ballad. Strings flit through the background to enhance the drama of Stinson and Atkins’ weary back-and-forth. “It’s too late, cupid’s done kicking this can,” Atkins sings. “It’s too late to walk hand in hand,” agrees Stinson.