The chicken or the egg? Part one.

For many years, Aerosmith was dismissed as a Rolling Stones knockoff. Oasis openly embraces its Beatles roots. Stone Temple Pilots were dubbed Pearl Jam Lite. But no symbiosis between bands has been as commented on – and heatedly disagreed upon – than that of Van Halen and the Replacements.

Ever since Bob Dylan cracked about ‘David Lee Westerberg’ and Mick Jagger claimed he couldn’t tell the difference between ‘Jump’ and ‘Here Comes a Regular’, rock and roll historians have debated which band first influenced which. While there’s no doubt that Diamond Dave’s patented hip shake would not exist without Paul Westerberg’s flamboyant stage presence, it can also be said that ‘Unsatisfied’ is little more than the poor man’s ‘Everybody Wants Some’. So close are Dave and Paul in performance and philosophy that researchers from Harvard have traced back their lineage to try and find some common ancestor ; an eighteenth-century Aborigine named Umlakalaka is rumored to be great grandfather to both singers.


Most everyone expects an eventual Replacements-Van Halen joint tour: some with jubilation, others with trepidation. Stephen Hawking has expressed great concern over what might happen to the space-time continuum if Paul and Dave were to appear on the same stage together. 

Next week: Were Tommy and Mike actually born identical twins? We go to the Smithsonian to find the answer.

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  1. Jodi 31.Jul.07 at 11:48 am

    God, I love you.

  2. Wolfdog 31.Jul.07 at 2:27 pm

    Don’t forget the eerie similarity between the drummers’ artwork. Chris’ haunting oil paintings and Alex’s handpainted terrycloth wrist and head bands.

  3. pzp 31.Jul.07 at 3:16 pm

    you can see here that they co-ordinated a bassist-guitarist-drummer-singer lineup.

    And, in a coincidence of Jung-ian synchronicity, the skin thumper got the best vertical leap in both.

  4. AReg 31.Jul.07 at 4:18 pm

    I will be laughing to myself for days! Great stuff.

  5. JimDracula 31.Jul.07 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks for the laugh. I dig how Paul won’t “Jump” in the photo.

  6. scooterboy 01.Aug.07 at 8:24 am

    owpaul… might as well jump (jump).

  7. zook 01.Aug.07 at 9:19 am

    Simply brilliant PZ. I can’t believe I didn’t see the similarities before. I feel like such a fool.

  8. RJ 01.Aug.07 at 10:21 am

    Classic ‘Zach. Everybody wants some.

  9. Gwenn Mortin 08.Apr.11 at 4:14 pm

    Did you gamble it? Its exelent i like this jolly much.