Paul Westerberg Lines Up "Suicaine Gratifaction" For 1999

Former - Replacements - frontman - turned - solo - singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg plans to deliver his next effort, "Suicaine Gratifaction," next year marking his first release with Capitol Records.

"It's f***ed-up folk music," Westerberg promised in an announcement trumpeting the album's release.

"This is a dark record," Westerberg added. "You'd be hard pressed to find a joke on it, which might be the greatest departure, because there's always at least one joke on my records, but I don't think this one has one."

Speaking about the album's nonsensical title, Westerberg explained, "Over the years, I've come up with words that I guess are incorrect but mean something to me. I don't want to think about it too deeply other than the fact that it seems wrong, and therefore it's attractive to me."

This time out, Westerberg worked in New York, Los Angeles and, of course, his home studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As we first reported in March of this year,

Westerberg hooked up with producer Don Was for the album, and also worked with guitarist Mike Campbell, drummer Steve Ferrone, keyboardist Benmont Tench, and bassist Ron Blair of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers for at least a portion of the record (see "Paul Westerberg Records With Heartbreakers").

The album will mark Westerberg's first release since he hooked up with Capitol in the summer of 1997.