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 disbanding 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. Stinson switched to guitar, with drummer Steve Foley,[3] (ex The Replacements)together with his brother Kevin on bass[1][4] and guitarist Steve Brantseg also joining.[1][2]

The album Friday Night Is Killing Me was recorded by the band with the assistance of 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] The album 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.

Describing the band's dissolution, Stinson said:

"It just never turned into the band I envisioned it to be. When The Replacements broke up, my original idea was to form a group that was basically the same thing the Mats were early on, which was a spirited band with a good chemistry, and which shared the same vision. We tried that with Bash & Pop with two different lineups, but I never really found four people who shared that camaraderie. I got along okay with both lineups, but the chemistry was never there."[9]

— Tommy Stinson, Goldmine, Issue 424, October 25, 1996


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[10][11] while drummer Steve Foley joined Wheelo, previously known as 69, releasing the album Something Wonderful in 1997.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Friday Night Is Killing Me (1993)


Band members[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Bash & Pop > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Haring, Bruce (February 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 March 29, 2010. 
  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. ^ Hall, Russell (25 October 1996), "Tommy Stinson", Goldmine (Iola, Wisconsin) 
  10. ^ "Village Gorilla Head > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Tommy Stinson: A Rock N Roll Legend". Mar 12, 2009. 
  12. ^ Groebner, Simon Peter (April 2, 1997). "CD Release/Bass Culture". City Pages via Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 

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