Friday, March 19, 2010

I never travel far without a little Big Star

Figure you all have heard by now that Alex Chilton died, but thought I'd throw up a post b/c one can never have too much Big Star.

If anyone isn't familiar with Alex Chilton, he had a no.1 hit with The Box Top's "The Letter" when he was 16, and then never really matched that success but maintained a cult following with Big Star that got bigger over the years. Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney wrote on NPR -

Alex Chilton's band Big Star changed lives. They changed lives because when you heard them, it unlocked an entire -- and utterly lovely -- world. Big Star's music filled a void you didn't even know had been there. With Big Star, music felt limitless, freer, but also more whole. How did they do that? By turning ears and hearts into stadiums and packing them until you felt like you were going to explode.

You might recognize some of Big Star's songs as "Thirteen" seems to be one of the most frequently covered songs and That 70's Show used a cover of their song "In The Street" for their theme song. The Replacements wrote an entire song about their love of Alex Chilton aptly titled "Alex Chilton".

I don't want to slow down the page by posting a bunch of videos so here's links to Thirteen and Alex Chilton.

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