It's Paul Westerberg's birthday.
He, of course, was the lead singer of arguably the best rock band of all time, The Replacements.
He's a fantastic songwriter, which elevated the boys from Minneapolis - brothers Tommy and Bob Stinson and Chris Mars - from a wannabe punk band into something more.
Much, much more.
I had the opportunity to see The Mats' play twice. Once, they were so drunk they could barely play and each song was a muddled mess. The other? They were very drunk, but played with an anger and swagger that said, "Like us or not, we're playing what we want."
Gotta respect that.
Your Video Friday, Paul Westerberg:
The Replacements, "Bastards of Young"
Westerberg, "Dyslexic Heart"
The Replacements, "Goddamn Job/Junior's Got A Gun"
Westerberg, "It's a Wonderful Lie"
The Replacements, "Johnny's Gonna Die"
Westerberg, "Alex Chilton"
The Replacements, "Talent Show"
Westerberg, "Here Comes a Regular"
The Replacements, "The Ledge"
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