"After the war we said we'd fight together
I guess we thought that's just what humans do
Letting darkness grow
As if we need its palette and we need its colour
But now I've seen it through
And now I know the truth..." #anythingcouldhappen
went to Pittsburgh Tuesday night with Blue Arrow Pete and Little Lighthouse Stanislav to catch the first night of Bash and Pop's current tour. Tommy crushed it and he is backed with incredible players. The club, Mr Smalls, was great. Catch him if you can. Most of the tour dates are opening for the Psychedelic Furs but they were on their own for this one. I had lost faith in this guy for a stretch. Guns and Roses? Seriously? and then he blew off the Cleveland Now That's Class gig about an hour before showtime. But seeing him at Blue Arrow a bit back and then this gig! The guy bleeds rock and roll. Put his soul into every cut. Too bad Westerberg doesn't have this guys love. #bashandpop#tommystinson#bluearrowrecords#mrsmallsfunhouse#thereplacements#fridaynightiskillingme#pittsburghmusicscene#anythingcouldhappen
TOMMY STINSON turns all this bad news into something good. You can't not get in a positive mood by spinning this album. Classic BASH & POP, circa 2017. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN. Fat Possum Records LLC.
From AllMusic.com: In the wake of the 'Mats' reunion hitting the ditch in 2015, Tommy Stinson has revived Bash & Pop, the short-lived but well-loved band he formed after the Replacements' original 1991 implosion. Outside of Stinson, no one who played on Bash & Pop's 1993 album, Friday Night Is Killing Me, appears on 2017's Anything Could Happen, but the two records share a very similar sound and feel. Stinson has said that he wanted the return of Bash & Pop to sound like a band with a good vibe playing live in the studio, and that's exactly what Anything Could Happen delivers. For these sessions, Stinson was joined by his core accompanists (Steve Selvidge on guitar and vocals, Justin Perkins on guitar and vocals, Tony Kieraldo on keyboards and vocals, and Joe Sirois on drums), with a few other players making guest appearances (including Luther Dickinson and Chip Roberts), and here the pieces fall together just right. The performances on Anything Could Happen have the sort of loose-limbed drive that the Faces made their trademark (and the Replacements strove to emulate), especially when Kieraldo attacks his electric piano with loving enthusiasm. Stinson performs with a perfect fusion of street-kid cockiness, regular-guy smirk, and occasional flashes on heart-on-sleeve philosophizing, and married to these rough-and-ready tunes, smart but never cocky about it, the effect is magic. Tommy still sounds engaged with rock & roll in a way his former bandmate Westerberg can't always muster these days, and he strikes a more satisfying balance between middle-aged responsibility and arrested-adolescent swagger. We'll probably never get that Replacements reunion album, but Anything Could Happen effectively channels the best of what Tommy Stinson brought to the Replacements, and this unexpected Bash & Pop "reunion" has made an album just about as good -- and every bit as much fun -- as their minor classic from the '90s.