Even as the first Replacements' career retrospective is being
prepared (see story in Monday, May 26 edition of "Music News of the World"),
two key members of that legendary Minneapolis band are preparing for the
Singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg, who released two poorly-selling
albums on Reprise Records (1992's 14 Songs and 1996's
Eventually), has agreed in principle to a deal with Capitol Records,
although the papers are not signed yet. Capitol is headed by Gary Gersh, the
man who signed Nirvana and Sonic Youth to Geffen Records in the early
The glib songwriter recently penned some songs with Carole King that
a source at his old record label describe as "huge power ballads" (but which
are not slated for release by either label).
Meanwhile, former 'Mat Tommy
Stinson has freshly inked a deal with Medium Cool Records, the label run by the
Replacements original manager. After months of limbo, during which Stinson was
courted by a bevy of major labels and then considered doing a solo album, the
youngest ex-Replacement chose to return to his roots and sign with the Peter
Jesperson-run Medium Cool.
"We just signed a five album deal last
Wednesday," an elated Jesperson said. In addition to managing the group,
Jesperson founded and ran Twin/Tone Records, the indie label the Replacements
recorded for prior to signing with Reprise. "It's so cool because I've been
with Tommy since the beginning and after he spent all this time getting his
head spun by the major labels and waiting around for something to happen, he
finally just said, 'Why don't I just do it with you?' "
acted as legal guardian for Tommy when he joined the group in his early teens,
said Stinson's new band Perfect is just "a song or three" short of being ready
to enter a studio to record the follow up to last year's debut EP, When
Squirrels Play Chicken.
"He's got 10 or 12 killer songs already," said
Jesperson. "I'm just really psyched to have signed him for a second time."
Jesperson expects the Perfect album to appear in early '98.