For the first time in six years, The Replacements (singer Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson, anyway) will be releasing a new work — an EP of covers, according to A.V. Club. In a Rolling Stone interview, the pair revealed more details about the limited 10″ they recorded to benefit former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke earlier this year. “He’s in rough shape. He’s sort of paralyzed, he can move his leg a little bit. When I mentioned this, it seemed like something he really wanted to happen. ‘You guys get together,’ he said in a whisper. ‘Go play a song,’” Westerberg said.
Dunlap’s “Busted Up,” Hank Williams’ “Lost Highway,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the musical Gypsy, and Gordon Lightfoot’s “I’m Not Sayin’” will be available later this year, with 250 copies auctioned online. Replacements drummer Chris Mars refused to take part in the project, which Westerberg felt “disappointed” about. Peter Anderson covered for him. Westerberg hinted at the possibility of a new full-length album, inspired by the brief reunion. “After playing with Tommy last week, I was thinking, ‘All right, let’s crank it up and knock out a record like this.’ I’m closer to it now than I was two years ago, let’s say that.”