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Paul Westerberg, the Pitchfork Interview

By 19.May.087 Comments

Veritable indie-tastemakers Pitchfork interviews our man Paul (which still cracks me up)

Pitchfork: Did you feel at all left behind by your friends who left town?

PW: No, because I didn’t have that many friends at the time, and the ones that I had were all quasi-musicians. Sort of cats, layabouts, whatever. There was the occasional guy we played drums with whose dad wanted him to be an accountant. The line was sort of drawn in the sand, the guys who were going to put their picks and sticks behind them and move on to something else. I knew in my gut that this was what I had to do and what I was going to do.


I am the queen of the underground, a bad ungrateful bunny.


  • Placemat says:

    Nice to know that Paul knows the were as good as anybody.

    Now I’m itching to hear some new tunes.

  • Jimdracula says:

    Perhaps Grandpaboy will see some mo’ light of day…

    “I heard him play in an empty room once…it was like a knife fight in a phone booth.”

  • mmr421 says:

    Toyota. Toyota!

  • Jake says:

    That was a good interview….i guess he isn’t dead

  • jay says:

    Ptichfork- as snooty and comic book store attitude as they can be- does a mean interview.

  • zook says:

    “I’ve never seen more loose screws in a band in my life.” That pretty much summed it up. There’s usually an anchor somewhere. We were afloat.

    Love that quote – they really did feel like they were afloat. I picture the Love Boat with a Replacements house band – imagine the party!.

  • Jimdracula says:

    The Mats could of livened up the Titanic – I picture the ship in a beer bottle.