Thursday, March 18, 2010

Alex Chilton

Found several good Alex Chilton articles, obits, and appreciation pieces online today. 99% of folks are referencing the same few songs, which is fine really -- "In the Street", "Thirteen", "September Gurls" are all pretty amazing -- but there are so many more gems out there, and the man should be known for more than just the songs that helped make other bands famous 20 and 30 years after he first wrote and recorded them.

From the first three Big Star albums:

Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens reformed Big Star back in the 90s and put out a new studio album in 2005 called In Space, and these next two tracks (30-second samples only, sorry to say) are from that album. I *highly* recommend getting this album. It's a shame that their 4th album rec'd about as much attention as their first three originally did. The first song, "Dony" is mighty good (can't find any samples of it to link to, unfortunately) while "Mine Exclusively" should shock and amaze you: I'd put it up against "In the Street" any day, it's so good (in other words, buy it, buy it, buy it, BUY IT!!!):

And here are some samples of his solo stuff:

And some more solo stuff, but from the very much dark, bizarre side of his solo career (not for the faint of heart!):

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