Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 26

I bought the first solo album by ex-Replacements drummer Chris Mars. I bought it used at a resale shop, which was the only way I bought CDs back in '93. I remember how great that album was, before I even knew how great the Replacements were. "Horseshoes and Handgrenades" was one of the albums that made me a alt-rock lover, and a fan of musical underdogs.

Time has crept on, and it only convinces me further that Chris Mars was, at the least, the George Harrison of the 'Mats. After the Replacements broke up, he recorded three more solo albums, before finding more fulfillment from visual arts. He painted his first album cover, and started painting for other bands, along with exhibitions in traditional venues. Besides his lithos and oils, he's interpreted his grotesquely cute creations in sculpture and film. Here's a YouTube clip of one of his animated shorts; you can find a better copy on

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