The cover of Let It Be is a photograph of the band sitting on the roof of Bob and Tommy Stinson’s mother’s house taken by Daniel Corrigan. Michael Azerrad stated that the cover was a «great little piece of mythmaking,» showcasing each bandmember’s personality via how they appear in the photograph.The album’s title is a reference to the 1970 album Let It Be by The Beatles; the reference was intended as a joke on the Replacements’ manager, Peter Jesperson, who was a huge Beatles fan. Westerberg has stated the name was «our way of saying that nothing is sacred, that the Beatles were just a fine rock & roll band. We were seriously gonna call the next record Let It Bleed.»
The Replacements were an American rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1979. Initially a punk rock band, they are one of the main pioneers of alternative rock. The band was composed of the guitarist and vocalist Paul Westerberg, guitarist Bob Stinson, bass guitarist Tommy Stinson and drummer Chris Mars for most of its career. Following several acclaimed albums, including Let It Be and Tim, Bob Stinson was kicked out of the band in 1986, and Slim Dunlap joined as lead guitarist. Steve Foley replaced Mars in 1990. Towards the end of the band’s career, Westerberg exerted more control over the creative output. The group disbanded in 1991, with the members eventually pursuing various projects. A reunion was announced on October 3, 2012. The band is referred to by their nickname “The ‘Mats” by fans, which originated as a truncation of “The Placemats,” a mispronunciation of their name.
The Replacements’ music was influenced by rock artists such as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Faces, Big Star, Slade, Badfinger, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Bob Dylan as well as punk rock bands such as the Ramones, the New York Dolls, the Buzzcocks, the Damned, and the Sex Pistols. Unlike many of their underground contemporaries, the Replacements played “heart-on-the-sleeve” rock songs that combined Westerberg’s “raw-throated adolescent howl” with self-deprecating lyrics. The Replacements were a notoriously wayward live act, often performing under the influence of alcohol and playing fragments of covers instead of their own material.
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