“Misdirection is my path. How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him lost? I’m there, baby.” – Paul Westerberg (2012)
Paul Westerberg (born December 31, 1959) is best known as the former lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter in The Replacements, one of the seminal alternative rock bands of the 1980s. He launched a solo career after the dissolution of that band. In recent years, he has cultivated a more independent-minded approach, primarily recording his music at home in his basement.
Achin’ To Be by The Replacements:
I’ve always loved his music, both in the Replacements and as a solo artist, I like that rough “I really don’t care” attitude. But I, of course, also love his melodic sense and his songwriting talent. He doesn’t do bad music, he’s always interesting, always on the move.
My favourite Westerberg solo song, Time flies tomorrow:
Paul Westerberg recently told Rolling Stone magazine that he’d reformed the Replacements, and in late September, recorded four cover songs for an EP:
What brought you back together with Tommy Stinson?
The downfall of the slender one. Slim [Dunlap] had a wicked-ass stroke, he’s in rough shape. It’s difficult to go there: He can’t talk very much, he’s sort of paralyzed, he can move his leg a little bit. He speaks in a whisper. When I mentioned this [benefit record], it seemed like something he really wanted to happen. “You guys get together,” he said in a whisper. “Go play a song.” So I figured, “What the hell?”
Chris [Mars] really didn’t want any part of this. I was not surprised, but I was a little disappointed. I’d talked to him, I thought maybe he might come down and play with us. That’s fine, he’s totally into painting, and doesn’t want to return to the skins. All I’ll say is, it felt pretty natural. It felt very much like it used to.
After two or three hours, my voice was shot, but we were rocking like murder for a while. (Read more)
We hope for a tour, but take what we can get 🙂
Happy birthday Paul!
This day’s album is my favourite solo release from Paul Westerberg, Eventually:
Other December 31:
- Odetta Holmes, (December 31, 1930 – December 2, 2008) known as Odetta, was an American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a human rights activist, often referred to as “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement”. Her musical repertoire consisted largely ofAmerican folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she was influential to many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin.
- David Todd Rawlings (born on 31 December 1969) is a professional guitarist and singer. He is best known as the longtime musical partner of bluegrasssinger-songwriter Gillian Welch. David attended the Berklee College of Music and studied with guitar professor Lauren Passarelli.He is known in his own right as a producer, having produced Welch and bands such as Old Crow Medicine Show. He has recently performed under the billing of “Dave Rawlings Machine”. He has also contributed to the Bright Eyes album Cassadaga, the Ryan Adams album Heartbreaker (which opens with “Argument with David Rawlings Concerning Morrissey”), and the Robyn Hitchcockalbum Spooked.
- Andy Summers (born Andrew James Summers on 31 December 1942) is an English guitarist born in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire,England. Best known as the guitarist for rockbandThe Police, he has also recorded twelve solo albums, collaborated with many other artists, toured extensively under his own name, published several books, and composed several film scores.
- Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer/songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. After growing up in numerous locations with his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. His greatest commercial success was as a solo singer. Throughout his life Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed. He performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his enthusiasm for music, and relationship trials. Denver’s music appeared on a variety of charts including country & western, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning him 12 gold and 4 platinum albums with his signature songs “Sunshine on My Shoulders”, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, “Rocky Mountain High”, “Annie’s Song” and “Calypso”.
- LaDonna Adrian Gaines (born December 31, 1948), known by her stage name, Donna Summer, is an American singer-songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. She has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Summer is a five-time Grammy winner and was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart. She also charted four number-one singles in the US within a thirteen-month period.