Alex Chilton RIP 2010

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I was about to post the same thing.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

damnit, i feel like someone just punched me in the gut. RIP

autotuna fish (Tape Store), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Strange kind of pride in being a Chilton fan tonight

RIP guy, you friggin rocked.

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

this sucks.

sofatruck, Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

iiiijjjj, Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

My small obit.

Good words, Alfred. My own attempt.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

I hope he is jamming in the sky tonight with Willie Tee. RIP.

Ole Rastaquouère (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

(Although he would probably take offense at my use of the word 'jamming' and freeze me with that withering smile)

Ole Rastaquouère (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

Well I personally hope he's jamming in the sky with Chris Bell.

Hatch, Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that's almost enough to make me hope for a heaven

Religious Embolism (WmC), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

i remember getting the ryko reissue of sisters lovers my senior year in high school and it felt like someone told me a secret.

snorgfaced germans (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

(maybe a sad secret though)

snorgfaced germans (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

fuck

Sex Sexual (kingfish), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

Goddamn this makes me sad.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

nyt obit

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

funny you never know whose death will relly hit hard -- d boon, zappa, now chilton
who will do it next? no idea
meanwhile the whisky

Religious Embolism (WmC), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

my friend was so anxious to see 'em at SXSW

Me too. Was going to finally see Big Star in three days. Crushing, and unbelievably sad.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

His death, that is... not me missing the show.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

I saw him solo at the West End in Chicago in the summer of 1985. I was way too young for a fake ID to have worked, but a high school friend was the babysitter for the bar's owner, so we were in. It was a great night to see him perform. The Big Star revival era was just kicking in (between Game Theory, REM, and the dB's, if you liked certain flavors of pop you soon learned you liked musicians who loved Chilton). The club was packed, and Chilton was clearly touched by the rapturous response he got for everything. He dug back and gave us lots of treats, including The Letter (which I'd heard he'd long since disowned), Fields of Clover (maybe on a request?) and plenty of Big Star -- Holocaust was especially good. He wanted to play a song he'd just written but apologized that he couldn't make out the words at his feet; instantly a guy in the front row picked up Chilton's notebook and held it steady at Chilton's chest level for the duration; Chilton thanked him and made sure the crowd gave the guy a round of applause. Thank you, Alex Chilton, for providing that moment, that made me feel like we were all in it together. RIP.

dad a, Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

got to see big star at the new daisy in memphs, saw alex (trio) at the overton park "save the shell" benefit -- very thankful now

Religious Embolism (WmC), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

god this is bumming me out

TNTiger: we know sexy (k3vin k.), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

truly sad .
condolences to family,friends and anyone who is a fan.

drone/a/sore, Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

listening to the first two big star records, don't know if i can take third

may have to jump to high priest

Religious Embolism (WmC), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah i went straight to third

TNTiger: we know sexy (k3vin k.), Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

started more seriously exploring the box set. will download all of it asap.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

i hope you mean buy it

Mr. Que, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

download it on emusic, i meant.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

48 "credits."

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

Mr. Que, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

feeling sad that I never got to see him live -- one of the few big heroes I could say that about. But I always liked seeing him pop up in unexpected places -- there was a youtube video of his set w/ Yo La Tengo from a few years back and he looked/sounded as cool as ever.

tylerw, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

dude was kind of an incredible guitar player, too -- not quite something he gets full credit for, but he had a great style. that live disc from the box set really shows it off nicely.

tylerw, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

I admit to wondering how the news was being circulated in Austin, and how many cover versions were going to be heard by the end of the weekend.

Heading downtown now (later than expected, and saddened) -- I'll let you know.

Nice tributes, btw, Ned, Alfred...

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

saw Alex for the first (and now, sadly, only) time, 15 months ago, Dec'09. At the Old Town School for Folk Music in Chicago. What I have to believe is the most intimate venue for music in these United States. Alex was a gracious host, funny, engaging, and most importantly, it was totally enjoyable *as music*. Not some drunken shit show as some have reported his later career to be. It was, I gather, the typical emphasis on R&B/Soul tracks and a couple things he'd been involved with. Basically, the music that *HE* likes. I thought it was outstanding.

set list:

Everytime She Cha-Cha-Cha's
In The Street
Claim to Fame
Lipstick Traces
umm, something by "the King of Italian Rock and Roll!" haha, i dunno, that's what I wrote in my notes! so, uh, god bless you Alex for introducing me to the King of Italian Rock and Roll
Hook Me Up
The Letter
When My Baby's Beside Me
*some jazzy instrumental
*other track I couldn't identify
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Rock With You (MJ cover)
Too Late To Turn Back Now (Cornelius Brothers cover)

Stormy Davis, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

velko, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

15 months ago, Dec'09

Hmm.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I loved his guitar playing, using the best parts of Townshend and McGuinn: slash and jangle.

The Magnificent Colin Firth (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

*fusing

The Magnificent Colin Firth (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

esp. like this from ned
The scale of our ambitions for our creativity varies, and whatever his struggles and losses, Chilton was blessed with the gift of not simply wanting to do one thing over and over again.
i just think that's why reading things like "he squandered his talent" kind of rankles -- I think that his talent was always in evidence, post Big Star, pre Big Star, whatever. Whether or not his music struck quite the chord it did as those classic albums is kind of beside the point ... I don't know, not really making sense.

tylerw, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

scott seward, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

also, re: that gig -- he seemed in super good spirits, and the show went pretty smooth. I think Alex stopped the band and restarted them for one song. haha, that seemed like a good night from what I'd gathered! but yeah man, the guy just looked healthy and happy. he smiled a lot

Stormy Davis, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

On the basis of the photo above, Harry Dean Stanton could play him in a movie.

clemenza, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

made plans this afternoon to go and see the william eggleston exhibit at the art institute of chicago gallery tomorrow - hopefully gonna get to see the original c-print used for the cover of radio city

iiiijjjj, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

i loved his gtr playing too, and i especially loved how he quickly moved beyond that who/beatles/kinks/etc stuff and started absorbing a wide variety of american roots music. he loved music so fucking much. that's the saddest thing of all to me, the thing i will miss the most. such a beautiful soul onstage, especially when he wasn't getting paid to rehash big star songs. and i love all those big star songs.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

i'm feeling incoherent right now.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

I remember kinda making fun of "Set" when it first came out, because it seemed so tossed off, but it quickly became a straight-up favorite. Such a good vibe, definitely a perfect record to play during a party.

tylerw, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

xpost me too ;_;

tylerw, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

wish i had a joint so bad, haha

tylerw, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

whenever I get pretty drunk (fairly often, no surprise there), my first instinct these days is honestly not to reach for a Big Star record, but for this thing:

I just love it so much.

"Happy Song", "Something Deep Inside", "Just To See You" .. DAMN

hits the spot EVERY time

Stormy Davis, Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

this sounds a bit like goodbye
in a way it is i guess

Religious Embolism (WmC), Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:25 (4 years ago) Permalink


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