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The Replacements family tree

We are just days away from a new chapter in the Replacements’ history as the band—which currently consists of founding members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, plus stand-ins Josh Freese and David Minehan—prepares to play their first show in 22 years this Sunday in Toronto.

The unexpected reunion has already gotten us reminiscing here at the Current, and led to us compiling a beginner’s guide to the Replacements earlier this week. Now, we’ll peel back another layer and get into the band’s position in the larger Minnesota music community.

Like so many sections of our music scene, the corner that the Replacements dominated is full of overlapping members, cross-pollinations, and regenerations. To get the full sense of their position in the Minneapolis rock scene, we mapped out a flowchart that traces the band’s family tree out onto each limb and back down to its roots.

As you’ll see in the infographic below (which can be enlarged by resizing your browser or by downloading a .PDF or .PNG version), the tree isn’t comprehensive by any means—once you get to the outer ring you could keep expanding, and expanding, and expanding. The goal of this project, rather, was to show just how many of the band’s connections manage to circle right back around to the beginning again; even the band’s newest collaborators, Freese and Minehan, had already shown up once or twice already in the band’s past.

Behold: the many twists, turns, and tangles of the Replacements.

And for more ‘Mats, stay tuned to the blog and my Twitter feed this Sunday night for live coverage of the band’s first of three Riot Fest shows.



Download a .PDF or .PNG version of the family tree.

  • Apple_jack

    Where’s Michael Bland?

    • Andrea Swensson

      Michael Bland could be the basis for a whole new chart, and since we wanted to keep this centered around the Replacements, we left him off. But he could provide the essential link between this chart and one about Prince…

  • Andy

    Is Riot Fest going to be broadcast live on the internet such as on Youtube like Lollapalooza was?

  • DonnieSticks

    I wouldn’t put any weight on that Bob Stinson/Trailer Trash branch.

  • PD Larson

    Should be “Spooks,” not “Spookes.” Michael Bland (+Jim Boquist + Kevin Bowe) played in Paul’s 2004 live band. Paul produced and played on The Leatherwoods album (with Tim O’Reagan before he joined The Jayhawks). Noah Levy drummed with Golden Smog…

  • Gérard Boissy

    Also missing is Spider Bite (aka Spyder Byte), which was an Alice Cooper cover band that I played in with Bill Sullivan on vocals, Tommy Stinson on Guitar/Bass, Caleb Palmiter on Bass, Jim Boquist on guitar/bass and Chris Mars on drums.
    We played a few shows in the Entry.

  • Sleep Study

    This is so unbelievably freaking gnarly awesome.

  • jason

    Awesome, but shouldn’t Bash and Pop be under Tommy as well?

    • jason

      nevermind, i’m an idiot

  • John Davidson

    Dave Minehan played in The Neighborhoods, a Boston band. And of course Peter Buck of REM played on “I Will Dare”!

  • John Davidson

    If you start adding in the session players, the list could get even longer.

  • Michael Toland

    You could connect David Minehan to his great band the Neighborhoods (who are, admittedly, a Boston band, not a Minneapolis one).

  • Wooden Gargoyle

    I should be on there as the person that T. Stinson wanted to beat the sh*t out of at a party. I was minding my own business BTW.

  • essar1

    Dave Minehan’s band The Neighborhoods were criminally underrated back in the 90’s. What a great addition for these shows.

    • Johnny Rock

      The Hoods were a band from ’78-’92 and reformed in ’03 and still play to this day. http://www.hoodsnoise.com

  • Johnny Rock

    Dave Minehan also played in Aerosmith, filling in for Brad Whitford in ’93 for 3 shows!!!

  • Johnny Rock

    Dave also had a band called the Stardarts with ‘Mats manager Darren Hill on bass!!!

  • Steve S

    You forgot Josh Freese played in GNR