|Posted on August 30, 2008 at 3:14 AM|
During the weekend of 23 August 2008, Steve Foley, drummer for the Minneapolis band THE REPLACEMENTS during its final year (1990-91), died from an apparent accidental drug overdose of prescription medication. He was found at his Minneapolis home by some co-workers on Monday 25 August when he did not show up for his job as a car salesman. He was aged 49.
Although he had only been in THE 'MATS for one year, he valued the experience, telling biographer Jim Walsh, "It will always be a treasure in my mind." He toured with the band until its final show on 4 July 1991 at Chicago's Grant Park. Foley had been sober for 15 years following the whirlwind of being a REPLACEMENT, but struggled with anxiety and depression in recent years.
After THE 'MATS, Foley and his brother, Kevin, joined 'MATS bassist Tommy Stinson in his band BASH & POP, which released the 1993 album, 'Friday Night Is Killing Me', on Sire/Reprise Records.
Prior to joining Stinson and frontman Paul Westerberg in THE 'MATS after original drummer Chris Mars bowed out, Foley performed with local rock stalwart Curtiss A for a decade. Some of the other Twin Cities bands he drummed with include Wheelo, Snaps, Bang Zoom, Trailer Trash, Things That Fall Down and the Suprees.
Foley grew up in the Hopkins area of Minneapolis with a tight-knit crew of six siblings, all of whom were music nuts, his sister said. His late father "grouched" about Steve wanting to play the drums professionally until the day he played with THE 'MATS at the Orpheum Theatre.
"Dad couldn't have been happier, and neither could Steve," Colleen said.