After the Replacements disbanded in 1991, Tommy Stinson formed his first post-Replacements band, Bash & Pop in 1992. Tommy switched to guitar, took lead vocals and wrote the songs, but the band was short lived and disbanded in 1994. The band recorded and released just one album (and a track to the Clerks soundtrack), Friday Night Is Killing Me and I thought it held it's own up against the other ex-Replacement's first projects as it showed flashes of brilliance that makes Stinson a legitimate frontman. The songs were catchy, poppy and sometimes rocked hard, but I thought the slower tracks (Friday Night (Is Killing Me) and Nothing) had a sensitivity I didn't think Stinson had.
There aren't a lot of live recordings of Bash & Pop (they only lasted 2 years) and the setlists are similar since they only had an album's worth of material. This concert from the University of South Dakota has excellent sound (soundboard quality) and though the performance was loose with a mid-song stop and a false start, this is well worth the listen for any Mats fan. For the story behind the recording, read about it here.
01. Never Aim To Please 02. Satellite 03. Situation 04. Hang ups 05. Tickled To Tears 06. Any Other Way 07. He Means It 08. Loose Ends 09. Tiny Pieces 10. Keep On Knockin' 11. All Tied Up 12. Friday Night Is Killing Me 13. Don't Shake It 14. Easy Action 15. One More Time 16. Cat Scratch Fever 17. Raise Your Window 18. Fast And Hard 19. Nothing 20. First Steps