Picks and Pans Review: Friday Night Is Killing Me

updated 04/19/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/19/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bash & Pop

Call it Keithitis. Ace sideman overshadowed by lead vocalist in killer rock band makes solo disc to showcase own talents. The most famous case, of course, is Keith Richards of the Stones. Last year Izzy Stradlin caught the bug and left Guns 'N Roses. Now Tommy Stinson of the late, lamented Replacements has the fever.

Paul Westerberg deservedly received most of the attention as front man for that group of Minneapolis malcontents, but Stinson finally proves his own worth as a songwriter with his new band, Bash & Pop. The group's name pretty much describes its music, a mix of bluesy rock and wistful ballads that do Richards's rough-hewn legacy proud. (Sire)"

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