Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Alex Chilton, 1950-2010

Alex Chilton, who pretty much influenced everything that influenced the music you listen to now, has died of a heart attack at the age of 59. I lack words.

So great

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rj77 (#210)
KarenUhOh (#19)

Yes. That's probably the greatest pop song ever made. There is no way around it; no way you'd want to be around it.

rj77 (#210)

Yes. Yes. And Yes.

hman (#53)

I was introduced to Big Star/Alex Chilton via Teenage Fanclub – I seriously don't care if this was the 'right' way or not, but damn.

laurel (#4,035)

I think the Teenage Fanclub route is just about perfect. I found out about Big Star through This Mortal Coil, which isn't nearly as cool.

C_Webb (#855)

Better than "That 70s Show," although any road that leads to Big Star can't be all bad.

Miles Klee (#3,657)

i retardedly liked both this mortal coil's "it'll end in tears" and big star's "third/sister lovers" for some time before realizing the connection

KarenUhOh (#19)

Oh, fuck no. Fuck fuck fuck fuck FUCK no.

Christ. This is a major major hero. This is Johnny Thunders and Miles Davis and Corin Tucker. This is fucking American Ray Davies. I organized a good deal of my life around this guy and his crazy and his music. I wrote chapters of prose and named them after his songs, and people were supposed to fucking GET THAT.

Oh, Jesus. I just have to reconsider everything now.

You, out there, who haven't had the privilege yet: go find Radio City. Right now. Right now.

December Boys got it bad.

Yes, and even better, get Keep an Eye on the Sky, with it's weird live recording of Big Star opening for Archie Bell and the Drells.

This is very upsetting. But perhaps strangest is that I learned about it from a Michael McKean tweet. I never would've guessed that when my college roommate introduced me to Alex Chilton almost 25 years ago.

sigerson (#179)


Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round
They sing "I'm in love. What's that song?
I'm in love with that song."

mathnet (#27)

Oh no, no. RIP.

David Kolin owes him, and everyone, a big fucking apology.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Like flies on sherbet. . .take me home, and make me like it.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Here. I'll back off now. But this so hurts. This was a transcendent genius lodged deep inside the darkest obscurity–owning the world, but never acknowledged for it.

hockeymom (#143)

I'm so sorry.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Art deaths, they are so odd, so awkward. One feels embarrassed, even as one feels bereft.

Evan Hurst (#3,398)

In Memphis, many of our hearts are a bit heavier tonight.

C_Webb (#855)

This is so sad. He did so much. I can't believe I decided not to see Big Star a few months ago due to some dumb scheduling conflict. Moral of the story? Go see them. Whoever they are, go see them.

LondonLee (#922)

I remember one night back in the 80s taking a tube train a long way from south to north London to buy tickets for a Roy Orbison show at a fairly small club (he hadn't become hip again at that point), but by the time we go there they had sold out (yes kids, in the olden days you had to go to the actual venue to buy concert tickets) and on the way back to the tube station I said to my friend "I bet he bloody dies now"

For my money, Thirteen describes something about teenage life in America better than just about any rock and roll song ever. Sex, love, the infinite possibility of life ahead of you. Every time I listen to that song, it's like I get put in time-warp right back to my teen years.

rjlarimer (#264)

Yes; well said.

City_Dater (#2,500)

Fortunately the A train is full of far more disturbing sights in the morning, so no one noticed me quietly weeping while listening to Watch The Sunrise.

So sad.

Yeah, that one is pretty awesome too.

I can't figure it out, but this one is really hitting me. So sad, indeed.

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

I blame the Irish.

goodboy3 (#178,044)

That they'd skip at this particular point in time is not a surprise. Undoubtedly, they are flying over it, to the far-away beaches, where my experience has been that every tourist has his or her own personal SEO consultants

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