Bash & Pop

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Bash & Pop
Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Genres Pop rock, alternative rock
Years active 1992–1994
Labels Sire/Reprise/Warner Bros.
Associated acts The Replacements, Perfect
Past members Tommy Stinson
Steve Brantseg
Kevin Foley
Steve Foley

Bash & Pop was an American alternative rock group formed in 1992[1] by Tommy Stinson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, following the breakup of the Replacements. It released one album before breaking up in 1994.[1]


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 previous group The Replacements, who switched to guitar, with drummer Steve Foley,[3] also formerly of The Replacements, along with his brother Kevin on bass[1][4] and guitarist Steve Brantseg being added to the group[1][2]

Rumors were that Bash & Pop were a band in name only with Stinson recording the album,[1] Friday Night Is Killing Me, mostly by himself along with a number of guest musicians.[1] However Steve, Kevin and Brantseg all contributed to the album along with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers members 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]

Friday Night Is Killing Me 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.


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[9][10] while drummer Steve Foley joined Wheelo, previously known as 69, releasing the album Something Wonderful in 1997.[11]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Friday Night Is Killing Me (1993)


Band members[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Bash & Pop > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved Mar. 29, 2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Haring, Bruce (Feb 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 Mar. 29, 2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Bash and Pop: Friday Night Is Killing Me". Rolling Stone. Retrieved Mar 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Various - Clerks - Music From The Motion Picture". Discogs. Archived from the original on 23 February 2010. Retrieved Mar 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Village Gorilla Head > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved Mar. 29, 2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ "Tommy Stinson: A Rock N Roll Legend". Mar 12, 2009. 
  11. ^ Groebner, Simon Peter (April 2, 1997). "CD Release/Bass Culture". City Pages via Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 

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