Alex Chilton 1950-2010

Ok, WHTB can’t claim to be the biggest of Big Star fans. Like so many bands, they existed somewhere on the periphery of my musical consciousness; always a hazy figure somewhere in the distance, forever referenced by favourite acts and alluded to by wiser heads in hushed, reverential tones.

I figured that one day I’d get round to a more thorough investigation. The handful of tracks I have heard are sweet (but not saccharine) doses of beautiful pop music that conjure up images of young American men with bowl cuts searching for the perfect harmony, the perfect good time, the perfect 3 minutes. They’re the soundtrack to the best ever road movie we’ll never see.

Suddenly Alex Chilton is no longer with us. He’ll forever remain a friend I should have made but never managed to – because isn’t that the sort of relationship we as listeners strive to create with our favourite songs? They’re always there to cheer us up when we’re down, share a beer with us, or get us up and dancing… yeh, that’s the sort of friendship I want. I’m just sorry that it’s taken til now for me to want to try to get to know this guy. As afogoofideas said elsewhere on the internet, “I hate that his death should give me some kind of impetus to do that.”

But c’est la vie. And, bien sur, la mort. At least there’s a wealth of stuff for me, you and everyone else to explore.

Here’s a song i already know i love:



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One Response to “Alex Chilton 1950-2010”

  1. oldrope Says:

    I’ve dug his older (60s blue eyed soul) group, the Box Tops, for a while, but not really known any of the Big Star stuff either.

    This one is quite nice and also bene listening to some of his solo stuff, a LP from 79 that’s quote good. Bernie Connor played a track on his podcast radio show (here for anyone interested ) which, combined with the video above, made me think I should bother to listen to some stuff.

    Think you might quite like the LP ‘Like Flies On Sherbert’ an all

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