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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tommy Stinson

Posted by Amoebite, November 7, 2017 01:41pm | Post a Comment

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Alt-rock/punk icon Tommy Stinson visited Amoeba San Francisco recently to show us some of his favorite records and share memories of his experiences listening to them. Holding up Bob Dylan's seminal 1966 double LP, Stinson says, "Blonde on Blonde is my go to record when I'm trying to get lyrical things happening in my head." When he's looking for inspiration Stinson puts the record on and "just kinda let(s) it seep in," saying it reminds him "of all the different things that (Dylan) was able to put into a lyric to describe a moment, a sound, a day, and place." Stinson had many anecdotes about his picks, which makes for a very interesting and fun What's In My Bag? episode!  

Tommy Stinson began his career playing bass for The Replacements while still a teenager. Trafficking in hardcore during the early '80s, the band released their debut LP, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash in 1981, followed by the Stink EP in 1982. By their second LP, 1983's Hootenanny, The Replacements were experimenting with other rock subgenres and moving towards their definitively raw alt-rock sound. That same year, Stinson dropped out of tenth grade for the band's first US tour. He stayed with the band until their dissolution in 1991, appearing on classic albums Let It Be, Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, and Don't Tell a Soul.

Bash & Pop Anything Could HappenStinson's post-Replacements career included time as the frontman of Bash & Pop and Perfect. From 1998-2016, he served as the bass player for Guns N' Roses. In 2004, he released Village Gorilla Head, his first solo outing. Stinson has also performed live and on recordings by Soul Asylum and appeared on Most Messed Up, the 2014 LP by The Old 97's. Stinson joined The Replacements for their 2012 reunion and also teamed up in the studio with frontman Paul Westerberg for a limited edition EP called Songs for Slim, a benefit release for former bandmate Slim Dunlap. In January 2017, Bash & Pop released their sophomore album, Anything Could Happen, on Fat Possum. This November, he embarks on a West Coast tour alongside Chip Roberts as Cowboys In the Campfire.

First out of Stinson's bag was The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. Stinon's appreciation for the classic and highly influential album was further deepened after hearing a version of the album composed of only the vocal tracks. "To hear just the vocal takes alone is a whole 'nother revelation about The Beach Boys," he said. On the more recent side of things, Stinson grabbed a copy of Lana Del Rey's breakthrough album, Born To Die. He wasn't too familiar with Del Rey's work until he saw her perform at Austin City Limits a few years ago. "She came out and played, and I remember being just mesmerized," he said. Stinson also found a copy of Gang of Four's Songs of the Free, and recounted seeing the band for the first time, when we was a teenager. Another nostalgic pick for Stinson was the Cocteau Twins' Blue Bell Knoll, which he said "became background music for when I had my first kid."

But what was Tommy Stinson's "favorite growin' up punk-rock record"? And which record does he call the "quintessential alt-rock beginnings"? You'll have to watch the video below to find out:

Tommy Stinson - What's In My Bag?
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