Can't Even Tell

Album: Clerks Soundtrack (1994)

Songfacts®:

  • This was used in the movie Clerks. The director Kevin Smith also directed the video, which featured the movie's characters Jay and Silent Bob. Smith and Soul Asylum got to be friends; the band's song "We 3" was used at the end of Smith's 1997 movie Chasing Amy and "Misery" was used in the 2006 sequel Clerks II. Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum told us: "When I was first watching Clerks, the dialogue was so sharp and so smart, that at the time all I could really associate it with was noir, like old Hollywood where there were so many words. Nowadays it seems like you can't get away with that many words because Bruce Willis needs to do so many things in an action sequence.

    It seemed like Kevin was flying in the face of all that. That sort of rich dialogue is what informed the Seth Rogans and the Jonah Hills and the more intelligent, more sarcastic, more foul-mouthed characters in movies that are smart. And that's a big deal.

    So to that effect I'll always be a huge fan of Kevin. I just think he's a great intellectual with a great sense of humor. And that doesn't happen all the time."

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