The final tracklist for the The Replacements’ upcoming Songs for Slim benefit/reunion EP — featuring four songs recorded by Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, plus a fifth by Chris Mars — was unveiled tonight on the project’s Facebook page amid reports that an auction for the 250 limited-edition singles could start next week.
As previously reported, the EP, which will be released by New West Records, features Westerberg and Stinson performing covers of former bandmate Slim Dunlap’s “Busted Up,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the Broadway hit “Gypsy,” Gordon Lightfoot’s “I’m Not Sayin’” and Hank Williams’ “Lost Highway.” There’s a fifth track, however, from ex-drummer Mars: a cover of Dunlap’s “Radio Hook Word Hit.” Mars also contributed the EP’s cover art.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, an eBay auction for the 250 copies of the limited-edition pressing — featuring “elaborate custom packaging” — could begin next as early as Tuesday. Proceeds will go toward helping pay for the heaping medical expenses of the Minneapolis-based Dunlap, who suffered a debilitating stroke last year.
But those not able to pony up for the high-dollar charity auction will still get a crack at the new ‘Mats recordings: The newspaper reports that, following the auction, “New West will then release the EP to radio outlets and digital service providers, and then print up standard vinyl editions for mass distribution.” The commercial release could come “within a month’s time.”
The “Songs for Slim” series will continue with a string of monthly split 7-inches by the likes of Steve Earle, Craig Finn, Lucinda Williams, The Jayhawks, The Minus 5 with Peter Buck, and more.
Tracklist: The Replacements, Songs for Slim
1. “Busted Up”
2. “Radio Hook Word Hit”
1. “I’m Not Saying”
2. “Lost Highway”
3. “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
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- Free MP3: Paul Westerberg, ‘My Road Now’ — ex-Replacement’s first new song in 2 years
Get well slim! Good on ya Paul Tommy and Chris.
Hate to seem like I’m whinging here, but they could raise a lot more dough to help Slim if they did a proper release of this and not limited editions going to the highest bidder. Say, a baseline price then however much beyond that one wished to kick in. There’s more than 250 ‘Mats fans in existence.
I should’ve read that better. Looks like they’re doing wider release after the fact. Oh well, in the words of Westerberg, “Never mind.”