I wrote this song shortly after I had read the news of the stroke. I imagined a night in the hospital room, Chrissie in a rocking chair, and an unspoken dialogue between the two of them.
I named the song “Clemens in Plainview” because while Slim was an awesome guitarist and singer-songwriter, some might argue he was an even better storyteller. A funny one. I always saw him channeling Mark Twain…plus he was from a small town in Minnesota, Plainview.
His song “Cooler Then” is a favorite, so when we got the call to cover it for Slim Town Singles, we jumped at it. My brother Dave whirled in with a vision of what our version of the song should be.
“Before She’s Gone” was an outtake from Slim’s sessions for his Times Like This album. For some reason, he just didn’t like the way it turned out in the studio, and he tucked it away for another day.
The Happy Roosters formed for the specific purpose of covering this overlooked Dunlap gem for the Slim Town Singles project, and “Cooler Then” represents the first time brothers Paul Pirner (The 757s) and David Pirner (Soul Asylum) have recorded together.
I wrote the song “Rock Band” back then, and it never occurred to me how Slimfluenced it is until I was putting the finishing touches on the recording up at Sparta Sound last month.
Slimbob – I don’t wanna presume to put words in your mouth and I know no one song can capture the whole story, but “Love to Give” is about the overwhelming feeling I get when I’m around you, or listening to your music, or just thinking of you. Thank you for all the love you bring into this world!