Paul Westerberg’s actual role within Resistor was indeed short lived, but dates back to years prior.

All through his teen years, Jef played together with Paul in a variety of attempted bands, at first with Jef’s brother Jack Jodell as the singer, and later with Perry Schwarz singing. Andy Olson, the future Resistor bassist, was around for a while. Though Jef and Paul worked together on guitar arrangements and recorded endlessly, the bands were never stable, outside of Jef and Paul. As a result, both were off on their own looking for the people to complete a proper band. Jef began Resistor with the intent of bringing Paul in as soon as the group was working regularly and ready to seriously record. By this time the two guitarists were about 20, and Paul had begun writing lyrics, as well as music.

Fast forward to the end of Resistor’s “Classic Line Up.” After securing a new rehearsal space, no longer in Tom’s house, Jef and drummer Steve felt Tom was growing apart from the band. Paul had just started to play with what would become The Replacements, and Jef had hoped to bring Paul on board, as was his original plan for Resistor. Jef had already recorded “the Mats” in a basement, using his brother Jack’s tape machine, and the recording had been rejected by Twin Tone.     Jef offered Paul the job, and while he was still leaning toward seeing The Replacements through, he agreed to play some dates. During rehearsals Paul contributed significantly to one of Flash’s songs, and indeed did perform with Resistor. Most notably at The Longhorn, the prized gig in Minneapolis at the time. The Minneapolis venue comparable to CBGB’s in NYC.

Ultimately, as Paul wanted to continue with The Replacements as his priority, Jef had Paul’s new band open for Resistor, at the Paradise Ballroom in Waconia, MN. Jef ran sound for them, and recorded it from the mixing board while they performed. It was that tape that secured Paul his first record deal.

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