In 1986, The Replacements were banned from Saturday Night Live, and by extension NBC, for their drunken, clothing-swapped fiasco of a performance of “Bastards of Young.” But last night, after almost 30 years, The Replacements returned to not just late night TV, but 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The band performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and based on some of the Twitter reactions, this is something that people have been waiting for for a long time. That’s 28 years for those who are working out the math.
In any case, perform they did, though not Smashmouth’s “All Star,” as Fallon joked earlier. The band ripped through their classic 1987 single “Alex Chilton” (our No. 28 song of the ’80s). You can watch the video of the performance below.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.