Len Comaratta relives the life of Alex Chilton through musicians, mentors, friends, and fans.
Credit to Consequence of Sound again, because…. yeah they’ve had some pretty fantastic stuff. Cue this great article they posted a few days ago recounting the history of Alex Chilton and the band Big Star, which immediately piqued my interest. I was introduced to #1 Record mostly because of Wilco covering “Thirteen” on the Big Star Small World compilation, and from there it’s been an album I’ve enjoyed coming back to from time to time.
Start with “The Ballad of El Goodo” and go from there. Throw in later albums Radio City and Third, and soon you’ll find yourself enthralled by some of that lesser-known 70’s fare that was so damn good. Not to mention inspirational to the likes of Pete Yorn, Adam Duritz, and REM.