"[T]he Replacements say they'll likely make an album at some point in the future," Rolling Stone reports, claiming that frontman Paul Westerberg "has plenty of songs in the hopper." Two new songs are already being considered for inclusion on this album: "Are You In It For The Money?" and "Dead Guitar Player," the latter of which is a particularly touchy title for the Replacements, as their original lead guitarist Bob Stinson died in 1995, while his replacement Slim Dunlop suffered a stroke in 2002, though Westerberg claims the song was written before Dunlop fell ill.
It's likely that "Are You In It For The Money?" is a self-aware comment on the nature of the Replacements' reunion, which they claim is less about business than it is about the friendship between Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson. "We'll call each other up when things go south, because we know we can get a laugh out of each other," Westerberg told Rolling Stone, with Stinson adding, "I think we got to realize we might need each other a bit."
The Replacements formed in Minneapolis back in 1979 and released seven albums before splitting up in 1991. Though guitarist Bob Stinson died in 1995 and drummer Chris Mars retired from the music business, Westerberg and Stinson reunited in 2012 for the Songs for Slim EP, and performed their first show in 22 years at Toronto's Riot Fest in August 2013.