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Paul Westerberg

After disbanding the Replacements in 1991, singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg resurfaced the following year with two songs on the Singles soundtrack. A year later, Westerberg released his first solo album, 14 Songs, in the summer of 1993. Although the record received generally positive reviews and spawned the modern rock hit "World Class Fad," the album failed to break the songwriter into the mainstream. Three years later, Westerberg released his second solo album, Eventually. Like 14 Songs and the entire Replacements catalog before it, Eventually received good reviews but failed to become a commercial success upon its spring 1996 release.

In the spring of 1997, Westerberg left Reprise Records. He recorded a one-off EP under the name Grandpaboy for the Boston-based indie label Soundproof/Monolyth Records; the label was co-owned by Darren Hill, who had previously played bass with Westerberg. By the time the EP was released in August 1997, Westerberg had signed a new contract with Capitol Records, releasing Suicaine Gratifaction -- widely acclaimed as his finest solo work to date -- in early 1999. Unfortunately, Capitol's management was completely overhauled during the release of the album, causing the expected push behind the release to be prematurely buried.

Westerberg was dropped and essentially disappeared from the music scene until 2002, when he suddenly announced the complicated Stereo/Mono project. He had signed with Vagrant Records with the intention of releasing a double album recorded half in stereo, half in mono. Obviously enthusiastic about the new material, he decided to release the mono side under the Grandpaboy moniker two months early, and started an in-store tour that spring to promote both releases. Westerberg participated in the making of a documentary film about the tour and a subsequent series of solo shows at theaters, Come Feel Me Tremble, which featured concert footage contributed by fans who used video cameras to record the shows.

Westerberg assembled a soundtrack album of unreleased material to coincide with the film's release in the fall of 2003; a year later, another homemade album, Folker, was released, this one focusing on his more introspective side and featuring an affectionate remembrance of his late father simply titled "My Dad." Rounding up soundtrack appearances, outtakes, B-sides, and fan favorites, Besterberg: Best of Paul Westerberg appeared in May 2005. In 2006, Westerberg released Open Season, the soundtrack to the Sony animated feature of the same name. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Besterberg: The Best Of Paul Westerberg

1. Dyslexic Heart

3. World Class Fad

4. Runaway Wind

5. Things

8. A Star Is Bored

10. Love Untold

12. Angels Walk

13. It's A Wonderful Lie

14. Lookin' Out Forever

15. Nowhere Man

16. High Time

17. Let The Bad Times Roll

18. What A Day (For A Night)

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Track List: Folker

1. Jingle

2. Now I Wonder

3. My Dad

4. Lookin' Up In Heaven

5. Anyway's All Right

6. $100 Groom

7. 23 Years Ago

8. As Far As I Know

9. What About Mine?

10. How Can You Like Him?

11. Breathe Some New Life

12. Gun Shy

13. Folk Star

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Track List: Come Feel Me Tremble

1. Dirty Diesel

2. Making Me Go

3. Soldier Of Misfortune

4. My Daydream

5. What A Day (For A Night)

6. Wild & Lethal

7. Crackle & Drag (Original Take)

8. Crackle & Drag (Alt. Version)

9. Hillbilly Junk

10. Never Felt Like This Before

11. Knockin' Em Back

12. Pine Box

13. Meet Me Down The Alley

14. These Days

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Track List: Suicaine Gratifaction

1. It's A Wonderful Lie

2. Self-Defense

3. Best Thing That Never Happened

4. Lookin' Out Forever

5. Born For Me

6. Final Hurrah

7. Tears Rolling Up Our Sleeves

8. Fugitive Kind

9. Sunrise Always Listens

10. Whatever Makes You Happy

11. Actor In The Street

12. Bookmark

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Track List: 14 Songs

1. Knockin' On Mine

2. First Glimmer

3. World Class Fad

4. Runaway Wind

5. Dice Behind Your Shades

6. Even Here We Are

7. Silver Naked Ladies

8. A Few Minutes of Silence

9. Someone I Once Knew

10. Black Eyed Susan

11. Things

12. Something Is Me

13. Mannequin Shop

14. Down Love

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Track List: Stereo

1. Baby Learns To Crawl

2. Dirt To Mud

3. Only Lie Worth Telling

4. Got You Down

5. No Place For You

6. Boring Enormous

7. Nothing To No One

8. We May Be The Ones

9. Don't Want Never

10. Strike Down The Band

11. Mr. Rabbit

12. Let The Bad Times Roll

13. Call That Gone?

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bobonnit what a fuhck tool.
'Mats & Paul - bow down
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Bobonnit if you think paul westerberg and the replacements suck then it really shows how bad your taste in music is you troll
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He can't sing. Thumbs down
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Love his music as well
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Omg, forgot about the movie singles, love that movie!!!
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Paul Westerberg by far ,hands down my favorite song ,writer he's great , love his style ! If you know his work you already get it, if you like one of his songs , go deeper you'll love his work, solo and Replacments
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Best
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jialpa
rules
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One of the greatest songwriters of his time
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Great song , one of so many !
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Let that rickenbacker f**kin rip, Paul.
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I bet he's still a better musician than you seeing as he more hit songs than you...
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This guy sings as bad as I do! He sounds like a bad karaoke singer. If he can sing I know I can too...lol Rock legend!! Wow, he sounds terrible but I still find myself digging it a little, just different.
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Love all of Paul Westerberg music great stuff from the midwest
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Greatest singer/songw r i t e r of our time.
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The last time I saw Westy he announced he refused to go the path of John Doe. He obviously meant our X pal. No more records is his testament. His denial is poignant artistry. Tragic. And so freakin' cool in the same breath. He picked the moment of his own death. We should all be so fortunate creatively much less understandin g our own longevity.
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dkspuck
I was lucky enough to see the Replacements at one of their early, chaotic shows at Al's Bar in LA. I couldn't believe the music, energy and the insanity. Got to see them one more time at the old Palace in Hollywood (more chaos, all dressed in pajama tops). Great band, one of my all-time faves.
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love Paul Westerberg and the Replacements . Have seen PW quite a few times alone, and he is fantastic, but still wish I had seen them as a group, back in the day...
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I love Paul Westerberg's music and I am so proud that he comes from here! Minneapolis!
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He's great company when you're lonely. Not a big star but great recordings.
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CRACKLE & DRAG, PW IS THE MAN
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Paul Westerberg was, is, and will always be the best damn thing that ever happened in music - IMO anyway.
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dsa77s
I saw the Mats at 7th St Entry in MPLS in the 80's, when Tommy was too young to even be in the club, they sucked, drunk as usual, falling, forgetting the lyrics etc, but dang they made some great records.
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pennesandbec k
I'd never heard Paul's cover of "These Days" till a few days ago. Damn! He knocked Gregg Allman's out of the running for me.
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dawnlamm2424
So love the little gems- Skyway. Here Comes Another Regular and Black Eyed Susan. 'Wish for more.... All part of this little piece of earth tucked beside the Miss under Superior.
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Will someone who lives in MN go over and shake this guy to get it going again. Isn't anyone else sick of Ryan Adams like me? Paul....Paul . . . . . W h e r e the F are you.
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moundou
I miss Paul! I worry that he's not going to release anything else.
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I saw the Mats on their final tour ca. 1991, opening for Elvis Costello. Elvis was boring. My wife walked out. But the Mats were unbelievable . It was as if their guitars were sending shimmering waves of energy off the stage and into the crowd.
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greg1741
Westerberg was and is great. But Tommy's solo work was the real revelation - Bash & Pop, Perfect and solo, Tommy is a vastly talented singer and songwriter. I dig the Chris Mars stuff as well. And Slim's record is a great party disc. So much talent, so little of it came through in the Mats, Mats were Paul's show, more or less.
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humphrey.sb
Such an amazing singer and bandleader. I wish the matts would get back together, even if no new material came out from them. what they've don is already legendary
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Love Paul, and the Matts. Amazing to me how many of his songs (both the "hits" and "rest") age really well. Songs that I never really liked so much are new favs. The beauty of Pandora I suppose. Would be great to see Paul play with a bona fide band once again. The basement music is cool, but a little hard to put on at a party.
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jowhite9
The Replacements were incredible, Paul Westerberg, eh...not so much. Honestly, I thought Chris Mars' first solo effort was better than most of Paul's solo stuff.
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always awesome!
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I agree with Myculture9 - except I identify w/Westerberg too much ! I need blessingtoo!
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good call, roadkill5312 9 - ha, what a douche
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yeah, bromide. right next to yours. go listen to slayer.
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bromide01
Nice profile picture. Is that from the dork issue of GQ?
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Here is a truly lost voice. What a great song writer. We could be a better people listening to this man. God bless Westerburg. God bless Paul. When you see like he does, he needs a blessing.
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One of the true individual voices in the entire history of Rock and Roll.
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Love Paul Westerberg he is amazing...im from mpls too!!
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The best. Period.

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