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    Paul Westerberg

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    1Hot Un lyrics
    2Lookin' Out Forever lyrics
    3Black Eyed Susan lyrics
    4Good Day lyrics
    5Men Without Ties lyrics
    6Dirty Diesel lyrics
    7Wild & Lethal lyrics
    8Call That Gone? lyrics
    9Love Untold lyrics
    102 Days 'til Tomorrow lyrics

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    1Eventually [1996]
    2Folker [2004]
    3Stereo Mono [2003]
    414 Songs [1993]


    Paul Westerberg is an American musician, best known as the former lead singer and songwriter of The Replacements, one of the seminal alternative rock bands of the 1980s. He launched a solo career after the dissolution of that band. In recent years, he has cultivated a more independent-minded approach, primarily recording his music at home in his basement.

    Westerberg's first official solo work appeared in the form of two songs, "Waiting For Somebody" and "Dyslexic Heart," for the soundtrack to the 1992 Cameron Crowe film Singles, for which he is also credited with composing and performing the score. The following year Reprise Records released his first solo album, 14 Songs. During the interim between solo albums, Westerberg songs appeared on Melrose Place ("A Star Is Bored") and Friends ("Sunshine" and "Stain Yer Blood") television soundtracks, in 1994 and 1995 respectively. He also recorded a duet with Joan Jett ("Let's Do It") for the Tank Girl soundtrack (1994).

    1996 heralded his second solo album, the appropriately titled Eventually, which was well-received by critics, but had modest sales. It did yield the alternative radio hit, "Love Untold". Westerberg parted ways with Reprise records and the following year chose to release songs with a more comical slant under alter ego Grandpaboy. An EP and single were released by indie label Soundproof/Monolyth Records. His third album Suicaine Gratifaction is a piano driven, melancholy, and highly personal work. The album was released on Capitol Records in 1999. The label was undergoing reorganization, and failed to push the album.

    Westerberg then quit the major label circuit and disappeared for three years before staging a major comeback in 2002. With new management and a new independent label, Vagrant Records, he released two records simultaneously, Stereo and Mono (Mono being released under his alter ego Grandpaboy). Stereo and Mono were recorded in Westerberg's basement studio. They were acclaimed as his best works since the Replacements, and Westerberg became increasingly prolific, releasing Dead Man Shake (as Grandpaboy), Come Feel Me Tremble, and Folker all within the next two years to critical success.

    Westerberg contributed a cover of The Beatles' "Nowhere Man" for the 2002 soundtrack to the 2001 film I Am Sam. Additionally, "Lookin' Up in Heaven" appears on the Starbucks sampler Hear Music, Vol. 10: Reveal, "Outta My System" can be found on Hot Stove, Cool Music, Vol. 1, and the Vagrant Records sampler Another Year on the Streets, Vol. 3 features "As Far As I Know." All three compilations were released in 2004.

    In December 2005, Westerberg reconvened with Tommy Stinson and Chris Mars to record two new songs for a compilation titled Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? - The Best of the Replacements, which was released in 2006.

    In 2006, Westerberg took on the challenge of writing a collection of songs for the animated film Open Season. In all, the soundtrack includes eight new Westerberg originals. It is unique in that two of the songs were covered by other artists. The track Wild As I Wanna Be is performed by Deathray, whereas Pete Yorn performs I Belong (Reprise). In addition, Tommy Stinson is featured playing bass on the songs Love You In The Fall and Right To Arm Bears. The soundtrack also includes the song Good Day from Westerberg's solo album Eventually. The album is rounded out by two non-Westerberg originals, Deathray's own I Wanna Lose Control (Uh Oh) and the Talking Heads' 1986 hit "Wild Wild Life."

    Seen on stage playing a First Act production model guitar, Westerberg joined creative forces with the Boston based guitar manufacturer to create his signature edition PW580 in September 2006.[2] This successful and high-profile year was abruptly interrupted when, in December, Westerberg seriously injured his left hand by sticking a screwdriver through it.

    Westerberg is married to former Zuzu's Petals guitarist Laurie Lindeen. They have a son, Johnny, whose voice can be heard on "Whatever Makes You Happy" from Westerberg's solo album Suicaine Gratifaction. Paul resides in Edina, a suburb of Minneapolis.

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