Chris Mars records new song to benefit Slim Dunlap

Chris Mars, one of the founding members of the Replacements, has been rather quiet musically over the last decade and a half, preferring instead to dedicate his artistic talents to his paintings rather than his music.

But the persistent health struggles of former bandmate Bob 'Slim' Dunlap has caused Mars to act on his friends behalf. Mars has penned a brand new track, "When I Fall Down," a song inspired by Dunlap which Mars has made available for purchase via his website. It's a small but touching gesture from Mars, which serves as not only a fundraiser for Slim to help alleviate his escalating medical costs, but also as a way for Chris to help lift the spirits of his ailing friend.

"When I Fall Down" is the first new music available commercially from Mars since his 1996 solo album, Anonymous Botch. The former 'Mats drummer hopes to help raise some money to help ease the rising medical costs for Dunlap, who suffered a severe stroke back in February and still remains hospitalized.

The tender, guitar driven ode is available for download for only 99¢ here. And, according to Mars himself, "Proceeds from this sale will benefit Bob Dunlap and his family as he continues his in-patient rehabilitation and treatment." The song premiered earlier today on the Current, and will also be featured during their Local Show on Sunday night from 6-8 p.m.

There is also talk of a forthcoming tribute record coming together featuring a cast of musicians and friends covering Dunlap's songs. But for now you can not only enjoy the first new music from Chris Mars in 16 years, but you can also celebrate the many musical achievements of Dunlap as well, while also helping contribute to his recovery in the process.

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