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A true indie legend died yesterday at the age of 59 of a suspected heart attack.
A true legend in every sense. Great songwriter. Very Sad news!
Big Star are definitely one of the few bands I loved from my teenage years I still have undying affection for. I've always felt they pre-dated Elliot Smith's career by about 30 years, in a weird way. I haven't really followed Alex Chilton's solo career that well, but I have massive respect to the man for doing what he wanted, and I think Cubist Blues is absolutely amazing.
Just got into Big Star and recently my brother and I have had some nice late evenings listening to some Chilton songs. As my brother said, the production is always really nice.
I knew there had to be a 3rd person I liked dying soon.
I was listening to Big Star for the first time in ages last night and saying to someone on the phone how great they are.
Really Sad News.
Really sad news.
:( Very sad to hear this. I'll be playing some Box Tops & Big Star tonight.
And posted exact same video as you dan_thw. I'm gutted. What a shit month eh..
I listened to Big Star on the way to work this morning before I heard the news, which seems kind of fitting.
Great, great band. I like that anecdote in Our Band Could Be Your Life where Gibby Haynes is LCD'd off his nut and Alex Chilton walks in and asks to borrow a guitar.
"BORROW A GUITAR!? AND WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?!"
"I'm Alex Chilton."
*Gibby opens all the guitar cases in the room*
"Take anything you want, man."
First time I've heard that, brilliant!
Yeah, too much of those '45:33 remixes' can take their toll!
...that people have for Big Star, he was an interesting fellow and they released one or two very good records indeed. It's sad news all the same though, and he was pretty young still...
And also they were awesome.
To me they're a band who made one brilliant pure jangle-pop record, one pretty good progressive jangle-pop record and one messy "difficult" third album. I don't really wish to judge them on anything other than their music but each to their own :)
i was listening to holocaust on repeat the other night and have just started to get theough his solo stuff. while a lot of incredible musicians have died in the past few months, none hit me nearly as hard when I heard this on the radio at work. Fucking hell.
if people haven't heard Big Star, then they certainly should do, especially any Elliott Smith fans out there!
Then I played 'Radio City' on the way to work and things started to pick up a bit. It's a damn shame but at least we've still got the music.
I hope I do something worthy enough in this life to get a 20+ reply DiS thread upon my exit.
RIP Chilton. Can't think of many albums better than Third/Sister Lovers
so so good!!
Such a great band and inspired so many of the artists I listen to. Thirteen and Ballad of El Goodo are two of my favourite songs ever.
Only just found out, and totally gutted. I bloody love the Big Star records and have since a teenager. I remember getting into Teenage Fanclub and the reviews mentioning they sounded a little like Big Star. I checked them out and fell in love.
The thing is, play some Big Star now and people go 'oh they sound like so-and-so'. Yes, exactly, outside of The Beatles they've got to be in the top three most influential sounds of all time in pop music and all without getting mainstream notice. AC is a geniune unsung hero of music, it's such a travesty he wasn't recognised more. I hear his music and influence all the time, in indie bands who are ripping off the bands who ripped off his sounds!
My user name comes from a Big Star song:
'Years ago, my heart was set to live, oh
But i've been trying hard against unbelievable odds
It gets so hard at times like now to hold on
My guns they're waiting to be stuck by
At my side is god'
This year fucking sucks
and spent all of yesterday revisiting his work. I'd forgotten just how much I love that man...
it sheds no new light on him or anything, but I was urged to write only my second blog entry of the year after a bottle of wine last night.
With thanks to brokenchairs for the anecdote..
where he was a guest musician. Amazing song