They never achieved the commercial success of some of the rock band in the 1980s, such as Motley Crüe, U2, or even alternative bands like the Cure or R.E.M.
But like bands such as the Velvet Underground, the critical acclaim of the Replacements far outshines the commercial appeal, as the band would be considered pioneers of the alternative rock that would soon flourish in the 1980's, and then explode soon after.
Formed in 1978, the Replacements would begin the 1980's with two albums; Sorry Ma, Forgot to take Out the Trash (1981) and Hootenanny (1983). But it wasn’t until 1984’s Let it Be, that the band garnered significant acclaim, leading to a move from the independent Twin/Tone Records to the major Sire label. Then comes the second landmark album, Tim in 1985. This album would expand the band’s sound to include ballads, including the dark but glorious “Here Comes a Regular”. As the 1980's drew to a close, the Replacements would briefly visit the charts with albums Don’t Tell a Soul (1989) and All Shook Down (1990), before disbanding in 1991.
After the breakup, the members of the Replacements moved on to solo projects, including bassist Tommy Stinson joining Guns N’ Roses in 1998. Also during this period, key member Bob Stinson (on guitar) passed away in 1995, as this drummer Steve Foley (who joined in 1990). But by this time, the band’s influence on popular culture was firmly secured, inspiring bands like Green Day, Nirvana, the Goo Goo Dolls, and the Gaslight Anthem were inspired by the band’s music. Their songs were heard in films including Say Anything and Feeling Minnesota. In 2012, the Replacements reunited in 2012, and continues to perform to this day.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Replacements, eligible since 2006.