18. The Replacements
Years active: 1979 - 1991, 2006, 2012
Influenced: The musician as party animal stereotype
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jam: "Here Comes a Regular." Of course the band that was known for drinking too much makes a song encompassing the feeling of being a regular at a bar.
What's more indie than a band that gets so drunk they can't perform and accidentally say "fuck" on national television? Nothing! Okay maybe that one time Beck put out an album on sheet music instead of in recorded form—but not much else. Seriously though, Paul Westerberg's Minnesota based outfit The Replacements relied on a combination of heart-on-their-sleeve vocals and classic rock influences that almost led them to major stardom on several occasions. But they couldn't get out of their own way—between disastrous opening tours for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and several live television fiascos, the group self-sabotaged themselves out of being stars. Sure seems like they had a hell of a good time doing it though.