Dime Store Rock

Album: It's Five O' Clock Somewhere (1995)

Songfacts®:

  • Three former Guns N' Roses members appear on this track and helped write it. In addition to Slash, drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Gilby Clarke appear on this track and helped write it. All three were members of Guns N' Roses, although Clarke had been ejected from G 'N' R by the time the album was released. According to Clarke, the song was conceived at a time when the three were writing songs for what they thought would be the next Guns N' Roses album, but when that didn't materialize, they used some of this material for the Slash's Snakepit project.

    In our interview with Gilby Clarke, he explained: "I was getting riffs ready for another Guns N' Roses record; just compiling riffs. I played Slash the main riff of 'Dime Store Rock' and he liked it, so we collaborated - that was Matt and Eric Dover on that track. So it was just a matter of hearing a cool riff that we got together and saying, 'Hey, this is what I'm going to play, what do you want to add to it?' And that's how that kind of progressed into the song that it came to be."

    Eric Dover was the lead singer in Slash's Snakepit, and is also credited as a co-writer. The other co-writer was Mike Inez, who was the group's bass player.

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