Lead singer and guitarist for the seminal 1980's indie rock band The Replacements. His band, known for classic albums like Let it Be and Pleased to Meet Me, is considered one of the most influential American indie rock bands of their time.
He worked as a janitor for U.S. Senator David Durenberger during the 70's.
As a solo artist, he provided songs for the soundtrack to and composed the score for Cameron Crowe's 1992 film Singles.
He married Zuzu Petals guitarist Laurie Lindeen.
He hired Vandals drummer Josh Freese as the touring drummer for The Replacements during their 2013-2014 reunion shows.