Last year, the Replacements played their first live show in 22 years. Last night, the band—pioneers of alternative rock who in the ’80s strung together a series of classic albums—played on Jimmy Fallon, looking no worse for wear after decades of inactivity.
There’s some amusing backstory here: part of the band’s legendary reputation was rooted in their tendency to get black-out drunk during live concerts, a habit that in 1986 got them banned from ever again performing on Saturday Night Live. They showed up sober last night, delivering an inspired rendition of “Alex Chilton,” a well-known cut off their classic 1987 album Pleased to Meet Me.
Correction, Sep. 10, 2014: This post originally misstated that “Alex Chilton” was on the album Let it Be.