The Replacements Made a Very Good Gordon Lightfoot Cover

Back in the fall of 2012, your favorite band that inspired the name of the high school in the movie Heathers began playing together again, (or, at least, founding members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have). After former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a stroke and was hospitalized and paralyzed, they launched the Songs for Slim project and auctioned off a limited-edition EP, which brought in more than $100,000 for Dunlap’s medical bills.

Now, to continue helping their bandmate, the band will release the EP digitally, including a surprisingly invigorating cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “I’m Not Sayin’.” Maybe it’s playing with his former bandmate, or the passion that comes with doing something you love to help someone you care about, but the duo sound a couple decades younger, and it’s a fun listen. 

Songs For Slim will be released digitally on March 5th, with proceeds from downloads going to cover Dunlap’s medical bills. And, the lede that seems to keep getting buried here is that the EP closer is a cover of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the musical Gypsy, which is just going to be swell/great. Wonder how Westerberg’s Ethel Merman impression is.

The Songs for Slim project will extend outside his former bandmates to include monthly auctions of 7” singles by an all-star roster of artists covering Dunlap’s songs, including Frank Black, members of R.E.M., Craig Finn of the Hold Steady, Deer Tick and Lucinda Williams. In the meantime, check the Replacements’ version of “I’m Not Sayin’” over at Pitchfork, and, for comparison, listen to Nico’s also excellent 1965 version, as well as the Gordon Lightfoot original, below.

Against Me! And Joan Jett Cover The Replacements

During a recent Against Me! show at Manhattan’s Terminal 5, the band, which is touring just weeks after its leader bravely announced a transition from being Tom Gabel to being Laura Jane Grace, the band did something that plenty of other bands do: they played a cover song.

Joined by rock royalty Joan Jett, the band broke out a cover of The Replacements’ “Androgynous, “ which features the gender-role-busting lyrics “Kewpie dolls and urine stalls / Will be laughed at / The way you’re laughed at now.” It’s an apt song for the band, which will continue to play with Grace as frontwoman, but is undoubtedly searching to find its footing after the glare of the spotlight her transition received.

One thing’s for sure, though. No matter what else has changed about Against Me!, the band can still play the hell out of a rock song.