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I always confuse them with someone else, not sure who. That song in that other thread is good. Tell me about Big Star.
...who seemed to find an audience after they split up. First three albums are all classics.
Teenage Fanclub borrowed a lot of their style.
Had one of their songs used as the theme tune to 'that '70s show'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw2o_Go4QWI - that's Big Country
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNKSs1J38EA - that's Big Star
Their third album "Third" is utterly utterly incredible. I'd start there and then ask questions later.
simple and just bloody lovely.
Some folk think they're shite, and I personally think they're top notch. Like with most bands, the only tune I don't like on all their albums is 'The India Song' on #1 Record, I usually skip it.
For me their best is Radio City>#1 Record>Third/Sister Lovers.
You'll get " i am the cosmos " by Chris Bell.
Obviously Third (or Sister Lovers if you prefer) is their best album, but try and get the Test Pressing version, that has the best tracklisting.
two records are great, jangly guitar pop but Third/Sister Lovers is YHF, 30-odd years ahead of its time.
The first two albums are less essential in my view - brilliant jangle pop alternating with some fairly standard American FM rock. The best songs on those albums are well worth hearing though.
Others like those first two albums more than me - especially Teenage Fanclub who based their whole career on them. If you do what I did, and get into Third/Sister Lovers first you'll probably find the first two records a bit middle of the road (I did, but have come to like them a bit more over the years).
Don't bother with anything they made after Third.
Maybe experiencing them chronologically is best.
That way, the progression to Third makes a lot more sense.
My favourite track off Radio City: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz9hHjtWsu8
I came at Big Star via the This Mortal Coil covers of Holocaust and Kangaroo, and Third fitted well with the kind of stuff I was listening to at the time.
When I first heard the first two records I thought they were very middle of the road. I still think that a bit, but they have got some great songs on them - Thirteen, Back of a Car, The Ballad of El Goodo. O My Soul, September Gurls and others.
except for the acoustic tracks- it's a bit ROCK without the melodies of the 70s powerpop stuff I really love. Radio City is much better though, and is where they really manage to nail the pop thing.
third is the best but you still need the first two
third/sister lovers is one of my favourite albums ever, but the others are good too. thirteen on #1 record is just lovely
also worth a listen: chris bell's solo album, especially http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR594Kkxmzg
and this http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1wwko_the-replacements-alex-chilton_music
<3 big star
I even like India - I saw another thread on here where someone called it "medival folk nonsense" (or something similar) but that's exactly why I like it.
I haven't heard Radio City or Third though. From reading this thread, I think this needs addressing.
see also: Nature Boy (recorded as part of the Third sessions)