Surviving the Eighties with The Replacements. They were like The Descendents at first, the ultimate compliment: swift, funny, charged, singable. They added a wide repertoire of cover songs to punk rock, they made it okay to like Kiss, and initially at least they all played atop one another in a uniquely talented way for kids. They inevitably began to sort out their sounds in a recording studio and eventually everything got prettier and the band dissolved. STILL all the way through, their ace in the hole was the voice of their band, the singer Paul Westerberg, a rock vocalist on par with Joe Strummer or Bob Dylan, whose raggedy bellowing always comforted me!