The Replacements play Jimmy Fallon: Watch the rock icons return to television after almost 30 years (VIDEO).

Watch the Replacements Rock the House on Jimmy Fallon

Watch the Replacements Rock the House on Jimmy Fallon

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Sept. 10 2014 9:26 PM

Watch the Replacements Rock the House on Jimmy Fallon

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The Replacements.

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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.

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Correction, Sep. 10, 2014: This post originally misstated that “Alex Chilton" was on the album Let it Be.

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