By Sarah Weiss
Slim Dunlap, former guitarist for The Replacements, needs your help. The Replacements are noted for their contributions to alternative rock, releasing several influential and critically acclaimed albums in the 1980s. They broke up in 1991, but now the band is coming together after more than two decades to help their friend Slim.
On February 19, 2012 Slim was hospitalized for nine months due to a stroke that left him paralyzed, and he will require long-term medical care that his insurance will not be able to cover.
In response, Slim’s friends and family created “Songs for Slim”, an ongoing fundraiser in which various artists cover his songs on limited-edition vinyl records that are being publicly auctioned off.
The two previous auctions raised more than $115,000 for Slim’s medical care, and the third round of auctions ended on March 22. The latest release featured legendary songstress Lucinda Williams performing Slim’s infamous song, “Partners in Crime,” along with Tommy Keene, and R. Walt Vincent’s rendition of “Nowhere’s Near.” Only 100 vinyls were released for the auction in March.
The “Songs for Slim” LP can be purchased via iTunes or Amazon, and is selling tremendously well. The LP received great reviews from Rolling Stone and Uncut. On April 16, the commercial vinyl will be available through various retailers.
Next month, a Record Store Day release highlighting Curtiss A and the Minus 5 will honor Slim with their release of his notable single, “Rockin Here Tonight.” This special album release will be sold exclusively at the commercial level, with auctions resuming in May.
To support Slim, visit the Songs for Slim online store to purchase apparel and other specialty items.
Check out The Replacements’ video for “Achin’ To Be”: