Frank Black and Suicide Commandos Record Slim Dunlap Benefit Single

Pixies frontman Frank Black has teamed up with The Suicide Commandos to record a benefit cover of former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap's "The King & Queen." We were sent these details:

The single will be released as the next installment in the limited edition Songs for Slim 7-inch series, a non-profit project created to benefit Slim, who is still recovering from a massive stroke that he suffered last year.

The auction-only release, which features Australian alt-rockers You Am I tackling Slim's "Ain't Exactly Good" on the flip side, is limited to 100 beautifully packaged, numbered, signed copies and features original Chris Mars artwork on the picture sleeve. The auction launches yesterday, July 15 here.

All Songs For Slim releases are now available digitally via iTunes and Amazon with the exception of the special Record Store Day release, which won't be available digitally until July 23 due to the standard 90-day RSD exclusivity agreement.

The Commandos (who first crossed paths with Slim back in the mid-70s Minneapolis pre-punk scene) and Black turn Slim's Stones-ey original into a frighteningly heavy monster of a song, topped off with an insanely maniacal vocal performance by Black that won't soon be forgotten.

"The King and Queen" was recorded in various New York and St. Paul studios, produced by Replacements/ Guns 'n' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson and Steve Almaas (Commandos, Beat Rodeo) and mixed by Mitch Easter.

Planning continues on a CD compilation of all the various Songs For Slim 45 releases (+ bonus tracks), including the two songs The Replacements did on their EP that kicked off this whole project.

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