BASH & POP (Buy CDs by this artist)
Friday Night Is Killing Me (Sire/Reprise) 1993
Following the Replacements, bassist (and junior member) Tommy Stinson switched to guitar, formed a quartet and cut a sharp but uncompelling tribute to one facet of the Mats' multiple personality the bluesy, boozy, shambling rock they learned from old Faces albums. Stinson's constricted voice is the best thing here; while the songs bear evidence (especially the frantic chorus of "Fast & Hard") of a decade spent in the company of Paul Westerberg, Stinson can only lift chord patterns and manage weak echoes of his former bandmate's lacerating wit. Lacking the rock-sucks-let's-do-something-better ambition that kept repeated choruses and time-wasting vamps to a minimum on Replacements vinyl, he wallows in abnormal ordinariness. That Stinson can do a credible imitation of Rod Stewart's lurch and rasp might be enough for a journeyman career, but Friday Night is hardly the adult achievement his alma mater primed him for.
Bash & Pop didn't last long enough to record again. In '96, Stinson returned to work at the helm of a new band called Perfect. That didn't last long, and the next time he surfaced, it was of all things as a member of Guns n' Roses.[Ira Robbins]
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