He anchored one of America’s most influential and beloved indie rock bands: The Replacements.
His solo canon (Village Gorilla Head/2004, One Man Mutiny/2011) and band projects such as Bash & Pop and Perfect are an uncompromising meld of traditional rock ‘n’ roll, roots, and pop punk. He brought his formidable skills to Soul Asylum as a touring and recording bassist (Silver Lining/2006, Delayed Reaction/2011), and he toiled in Axl’s version of hired Guns ‘n’ Roses (Chinese Democracy/2008).
Thomas Eugene Simpson, an ESP/EMG man all the way, embodies that which is the essence of a rock bassist in a time-honored setting: he leaves space for the singer, he hangs on the root notes during the guitar solos, and he always locks in with the kick-drum whilst rendering lines that are austere, melodic, and most functional. When The Replacements make their long overdue entrance into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, I expect them to tear the place down!