All Shook Down
is the seventh and final studio album by the band The Replacements
, released in 1990
This album was originally intended to be front man Paul Westerberg's solo artist debut.
As a result of its initial intent, All Shook Down is marked by numerous session, side and journeyman-musicians, supplemented by the three other 'Mats themselves. Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson plays bass and sings backup vocals on a number of the tracks, while guitarist Slim Dunlap and drummer Chris Mars appear on a few tracks each. John Cale, formerly of the Velvet Underground, plays viola on "Sadly Beautiful". The only track featuring the entire band performing together is the acoustic rave-up "Attitude".
Drummer Chris Mars left the band in November 1990. The band played its last show on Independence Day, July 4, 1991 at Chicago's Grant Park. In late 2005, Mars rejoined Westerberg and Tommy Stinson to record two new songs for a Replacements best-of compilation. Mars also contributed to the 2013 EP "Songs for Slim", a recording made to help pay the hospital bills of former Replacement guitarist Slim Dunlap, who had suffered a stroke.
"Merry Go Round" was the band's most successful Modern Rock Tracks single, reaching #1
for four weeks. The band was nominated for the Best Alternative Video and Best Special Effects categories at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards for the claymation/live action music video for "When It Began".
All Shook Down
was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.