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there is little to be gleaned from the live in london set aside from a mere curio stance.
search: the big star boot entitle Beale Street Green which features some great "Lost-Era" Alex doing some very rad demos:"she might look my way""windows hotel""can't seem to make you mine" (seeds)"shaking the world""all the time"
but then the greatest song ever written:
"tennis bum"... as alex mentions it's like wooly bully, all strat reverb and the goofiest lyrics you've never heard. i am in love with the lost era chilton voice, it's perfect.
classic classic classic.
― gygax!, Tuesday, 19 November 2002 01:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
Just had to point that out.
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― Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 9 May 2003 12:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
Of course the third Big Star record is an Alex Chlton solo album and it's one of the greatest LPs ever made, in my opinion, greater even than "Radio City."
So I would say get "19 Years," "Sherbert" and "Destruction" and you'd have it. Alex has been treading the same water for years now, though--I've seen him be brilliant live and I've seen him just go thru the motions. Some experimental genie seems to ruin many of his efforts, which I guess is kind of a good thing, since how many performers even try anything new, ever? As a commentator on pop-music history, he's been intermittently great--there's something very second-hand about his passion, which doesn't mean I disregard what's real about his passion. Very strange guy, but I rate him very high as a guitarist, despite the fact that he's among the most mannered of all rock guitarists.
― Jess Hill (jesshill), Friday, 9 May 2003 13:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― Will (will), Friday, 9 May 2003 13:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
"1970" is decent, I always liked "Just to See You" and "All I Really Want is Money," both of which circulated for yrs on tapes...I never liked "Free Again" at all. What they do to "Sugar Sugar" is nice. It's good juvenalia, I guess.
The Big Star reunion CD is all right--they left off the best thing about that show in Missouri, though: AC leading his backup band thru the very demanding changes of Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl" as an encore.
Will, it is "Desafinado."
― Jess Hill (jesshill), Friday, 9 May 2003 14:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
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― edd s hurt (ddduncan), Friday, 5 August 2005 13:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink
skin as soft as buttermilk
― paper plans (tipsy mothra), Friday, 13 February 2009 06:41 (nine years ago) Permalink
guys which of his solo albums/compilations are worth checking out? i'm going through a big star phase and i'd like to explore chilton solo too. i know it's depressing stuff, i'm down for that
― k3vin k., Friday, 10 April 2009 21:23 (eight years ago) Permalink
solo chilton isn't that depressing really -- it's fun! definitely start with like flies on sherbert
― tylerw, Friday, 10 April 2009 21:25 (eight years ago) Permalink
omg that french tv clip
― This Board is a Prison on Planet Bullshit (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 10 April 2009 21:26 (eight years ago) Permalink
The album called 1970 rocks balls and isn't depressing at all; the cover of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" tops the Stones' original (acc. to me)
― Euler, Friday, 10 April 2009 21:38 (eight years ago) Permalink
Search: the 1987 CD version of High Priest on Big Time, which includes the Feudalist Tarts EP and the "No Sex"/"Underclass" single.
...but is apparently rare as hell, because I can't find any copies for sale anywhere.
― WmC, Friday, 10 April 2009 22:03 (eight years ago) Permalink
Wow, this edition is apparently really rare. I wonder what I could get for it.
― WmC, Friday, 10 April 2009 23:21 (eight years ago) Permalink
yeah, 1970 is good, he's trying out different things like country rock, funk, almost bubblegum-y ballads
― velko, Friday, 10 April 2009 23:25 (eight years ago) Permalink
fuck the "Jumpin' Jack Flash" on 1970 is tight. The drum sound in particular is amazing, as you'd expect from a Terry Manning production, as is the bass. And Chilton's lead guitar mines the song's implicit funk, brings it forth. The vocal is good and hoarse too but the rhythm section sells this one.
― Euler, Saturday, 3 October 2009 14:58 (eight years ago) Permalink
kinda coolRay Davies , whose new album See My Friends contains special contributions from artists like Billy Corgan and Bruce Springsteen, recently talked about working with Alex Chilton. The Big Star icon died earlier this year, but he recorded “Till the End of the Day” with Ray Davies before he became sick.
Speaking to ClashMusic, Ray Davies elaborates on the collaboration: “Way back in 2004 I was in New Orleans, recovering from an injury, and I was befriended by a neighbor called Alex Chilton. Alex had been in a band called Big Star, and had sung on a record called ‘The Letter’ by The Box Tops. We didn’t talk about music much, but he did say to me before I came back to England, ‘You know, I’ve recorded one of your songs, ‘Till the End of the Day’, with Big Star, and I’d love to do another song with you. And he asked me to write some songs for him – I felt really flattered, because by then I had found out about his history. A very unassuming guy.”
Then, in 2009, Chilton and Davies did indeed get together to record. Davies recalls: “In 2009, on July 4th, Independence Day, he came up to Konk Studios. He was a real character – he was wearing a New Orleans beret, he had a cigarette holder, he was a chain smoker, and I think a recovering drinker – and he said, ‘Let’s do it!’ I said, ‘What would you like to do?’ He said, ‘Till the End of the Day’ and ‘Set Me Free.’ So I just had an acoustic guitar and a rhythm box, because I hadn’t organized anything. I played guitar and Alex sang.”
― tylerw, Wednesday, 12 January 2011 17:37 (seven years ago) Permalink
http://www.gibson.com/Files/aaFeaturesImages2010/ray-davies_see-my-friends.jpgartists listed on the cover of this tribute makes it look fucking horrible
Wish I could make it to Los Angeles and hear this Holly George-Warren presentation on Alex Chilton at the February 2010 EMP Pop conference
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 January 2011 17:46 (seven years ago) Permalink
She's writing a bio of him that is scheduled for a 2012 release.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 January 2011 17:47 (seven years ago) Permalink
ooh that does look good. interesting that there's a bio in the works. would read.
― tylerw, Wednesday, 12 January 2011 17:47 (seven years ago) Permalink
thought i'd bumped one of the AC threads to say this a while back but either way, damn, cliches still sounds exquisite to me
― and my soul said you can't go there (schlump), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 14:55 (six years ago) Permalink
I picked up Cliches in a used cd shop last year and still haven't gotten around to it. This week!
― Trip Maker, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:09 (six years ago) Permalink
would be really interested to hear from anyone else who likes/hates it etc, i'd never heard anything about it before hearing it. it's a really good showcase for his guitar playing, &c, but it's also just such a satisfying fit for him, knowing how into the standards he was, & how much working in that sorta context was what he was drawn to, eg playing with pick-up groups etc.
― and my soul said you can't go there (schlump), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:21 (six years ago) Permalink
It makes me feel great listening to it, his guitar is so enveloping.
Also note the Box Tops reunion album is surprisingly alright, with a few of the tracks absolutely essential for AC fans.
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:53 (six years ago) Permalink
Noticed in the EMP participants bios that her book is due next month:
Holly George-Warren is the author of the forthcoming biography of Alex Chilton, A Man Called Destruction (Viking, April 2014)
― curmudgeon, Friday, 7 March 2014 20:09 (three years ago) Permalink
hope it's good!
― tylerw, Friday, 7 March 2014 20:43 (three years ago) Permalink
Yall all know about Tyler's AC/Big Star re-posts, rat? On http://www.doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com
Here's a bit of HGW's bio:http://www.spin.com/articles/read-an-excerpt-from-alex-chilton-biography-a-man-called-destruction/
― dow, Friday, 21 March 2014 14:46 (three years ago) Permalink
Steve Danzinger's pretty frustrated by the bio in this weekend's WSJ (overall, he conveys the appeal and struggles of Big Star pretty well):
Somewhere in "A Man Called Destruction" is a story about the mysteries of creativity, collaboration and luck, the agonizing loss of wasted potential, the multitude of factors that must align for artistic success. But potential insights are obstructed by minutiae and redundancies, investigations supplanted by undeveloped allusions about Chilton's resentments. The missed opportunity is substantial; even the trifles portray early 1970s Memphis as a singular world of musically precocious, emotionally fragile man-children struggling to attain some state of grace. Ms. George-Warren gives a glimpse of that lost world, but it remains largely unexplored.
So does Chilton. By 25, he was barely more than impish grin, inclined more to nullity than destruction. He urinated off one stage, was fellated on another. He sat on curbs watching Catholic-school girls go by, prospecting for dates. He smoked pot and drifted through his days like a sixth-year undergrad who doesn't want to leave the dorms. He laughed his way through shambling performances, as if he couldn't believe his acolytes were taking him seriously. These post-Big Star years reek of disdain, not least toward the fans who laughed awkwardly along with him, as if to convince themselves there was actually a joke to witness, rather than the remnants of a great talent.
It's a petty, dismal litany, seemingly endless in Ms. George-Warren's lethargic telling. But in life, it was mercifully brief, and Chilton's life would end positively, if more in resignation than redemption. At 31, he quit drinking, moved to New Orleans and lived contentedly, working at jobs like tree trimmer and "human jukebox," playing requests in a tourist bar. Big Star reissues inspired an international cult ("influenced R.E.M." became the general Big Star legitimizer, and the Replacements' 1987 tribute "Alex Chilton" made him famous for being loved by the Replacements). There would be new records, like Feudalist Tarts from 1985, a gritty return to form with covers of songs by Isaac Hayes, Slim Harpo and Willie Tee, residuals and reunions and the comparative triumph of replacing self-mockery with nonchalance.
Chilton died in 2010 of a heart attack, aged 59. To the end, he claimed not to understand the fuss about Big Star. After "A Man Called Destruction," readers might not, either... Ooh! But the anecdotal material seems like it might be interesting, at least judging by his glosses.
― dow, Saturday, 22 March 2014 20:44 (three years ago) Permalink
This is short but sweet: http://m.nashvillescene.com/nashvillecream/archives/2010/03/19/alex-chilton-as-remembered-by-john-bucky-wilkin
― You Better Go Ahn (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 4 October 2014 16:14 (three years ago) Permalink
this thing kind of came out of nowhere but it is great!http://www.othermusic.com/collections/frontpage/products/alex-chilton-ocean-club-77http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0192/7084/products/CED400CD_CU_grande.jpg?v=1433871252
― tylerw, Tuesday, 9 June 2015 19:48 (two years ago) Permalink
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-eVsH49_2Uvideo footage by william eggleston
― drash, Tuesday, 9 June 2015 20:37 (two years ago) Permalink
Heard "O My Soul" from Ocean Club this morning on WFMU, sounded great.
― WilliamC, Tuesday, 9 June 2015 20:51 (two years ago) Permalink
Hoooooly shit nice find drash!
― Οὖτις, Tuesday, 9 June 2015 22:18 (two years ago) Permalink
oh wow check that out!
― he quipped with heat (amateurist), Wednesday, 10 June 2015 02:03 (two years ago) Permalink
Ocean Club and several other Chilton thingies are on Spotify, but just noticed that they only have Disc 1 of the Flies On Sherbet/Feudalist Tarts/No Sex twofer on the Last Call label. This list incl. the FT/NS tracks, which add up to one of his best EPs evah (still got the vinyl):
― dow, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:33 (two years ago) Permalink
SEARCH his beach boys love you covers
― chaki (kurt schwitterz), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:59 (two years ago) Permalink
new girl in school is aces too (jan & dean, but brian wilson co-wrote)
― tylerw, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:00 (two years ago) Permalink
he does honkin down the highway somewhere too...
― tylerw, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:01 (two years ago) Permalink
― chaki (kurt schwitterz), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:03 (two years ago) Permalink
these are good, he should've covered the whole album...
― tylerw, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:05 (two years ago) Permalink
― Οὖτις, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:05 (two years ago) Permalink
feel like there's some alternate universe where alex stayed out in california and actually ended up joining the beach boys in the early 70s... i think he was supposed to make a post-boxtops solo LP for Brother Records at some point.
― tylerw, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:07 (two years ago) Permalink
and an alternate alternate where BBs incl. AC and Glenn Campbell, who wisely declined to get involved in all their drama, over on our side of the timelines.
― dow, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:13 (two years ago) Permalink
― chaki (kurt schwitterz), Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:23 (two years ago) Permalink
unsurprisingly much worse than the version on Lei'd in Hawai'i
― Οὖτις, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:27 (two years ago) Permalink
maybe for fans only i can never tell but really really enjoying ocean club 77
― balls, Monday, 21 December 2015 17:16 (two years ago) Permalink
yeah i think it's great -- maybe the best set from this period? speaking of which, a lot of good info on chilton's nyc years in the numero group Ork Records set that came out a few weeks ago.
― tylerw, Monday, 21 December 2015 17:31 (two years ago) Permalink
Indeedio---currently listening to Ork box on the free version of a certain streaming service: Mr. C. (and Prix trax which may or may not incl. him) sounding mighty fine so far.
― dow, Monday, 21 December 2015 18:53 (two years ago) Permalink
Just noticed it a couple days ago but it looks like Raven records have put out the three Box Top albums on a 2 CD set earlier this year.
― earlnash, Monday, 21 December 2015 19:52 (two years ago) Permalink
There's actually four Box Tops LPs, which are indeed in that Raven set alongside some but not all of their stray Chilton-era* singles.
*I have a Chilton-less Box Tops single from '71-2 on Stax in my 45 collects!
― "Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 21 December 2015 21:35 (two years ago) Permalink
I thought that might be the first time those Lps were brought out on CD. I know for a long time the Box Tops only had a greatest hits package available.
― earlnash, Monday, 21 December 2015 21:46 (two years ago) Permalink
Sundazed had them out on CD with bonus tracks (stray singles, mono 45 mixes, unreleased stuff) back in 2000, but they've been OOP for awhile.
― "Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 21 December 2015 22:11 (two years ago) Permalink
interesting little chilton/dickinson deal -- https://summerstepsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/brown-sugar-call-me-7 -- "possibly under the influence of hog tranquilizers"!
Summersteps is proud to announce this special limited edition single featuring two vintage sides from Amy Gassner. Amy is best known as the bassist for Memphis’ first all-girl punk band The KLiTZ.
The A-Side features a very relaxed reading of The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” recorded in the haze of 1979 and possibly under the influence of hog tranquilizers. Personnel includes legendary producer Jim Dickinson (Big Star, Replacements, etc) on bass along with her fellow KLiTZ providing backup. While the flip side, features a groovy rendition of Tony Hatch’s “Call Me.” Committed to tape a few years later in ‘82 at Easley Studios with the accompaniment of both Doug and Ron Easley along with legendary sometime Panther Burn and Alex Chilton drummer, Ross Johnson.
Highly recommended for those who dig the artfully damaged sounds of Alex Chilton's Like Flies on Sherbert, Tav Falco's Panther Burns and of course, The KLiTZ.
― tylerw, Thursday, 7 April 2016 21:14 (one year ago) Permalink
The Grifters should be mentioned as well, I think?
― dlp9001, Thursday, 7 April 2016 21:16 (one year ago) Permalink
did anyone get that live in '77 album that came out a year or two ago??
― wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 7 April 2016 21:59 (one year ago) Permalink
the ocean club one? i have it -- it's a very good time. similar to the bootlegs that have floated around from that period but (slightly) better sound, some rare covers.
― tylerw, Thursday, 7 April 2016 22:17 (one year ago) Permalink
Feeling kind of sad about how many of the people in the Chilton story, some of whom I got to meet, like Jim Dickinson, and write about (I did a Dickinson piece in 2007 for which I got to talk to him), are gone: Alex, Andy Hummel, John Hampton, Lee Baker, Tommy Hoehn, Dickinson, Sid Selvidge (got to see him play once in Nashville, where he shared a bill with folk-jazz singer Caroline Peyton), Richard Rosebrough, John Fry. And Chris Bell. And Chips Moman, who passed this year, and with whom I got one of the last 2 interviews he gave, far as I can determine. I guess I feel lucky to have known or interviewed or met some of these folks--I also got to interview Alex back in 1981 and got an interview that I think is one of the better ones he gave, and he treated me and my friends really nice and wasn't remotely difficult that day. A few months later in Nashville, I caught a Panther Burns set and went back to the dressing room between sets and sat at Alex' feet like a little puppy dog; he was also nice to me then. I wrote this back when he died, and I wish I could have written more about him; it's kind of hard to read it now because it was so long ago, and though I think I did a good job of interviewing him, what I know now. what I knew in 2010, versus what I thought I knew then...damn. I don't know if I ever posted this anywhere here, see what you think. And here's my Jim Dickinson piece, which covers some Alex stuff pretty well (I would've made it a bit more down-to-the-bone, I think, but it was done for No Depression and they had their way of doing stuff.
― Edd Hurt, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 23:31 (one year ago) Permalink
And, here's my 2012 Chips Moman interview. Chips was like Alex--he didn't give a lot away, unless he wanted to: http://www.nashvillescene.com/music/article/13044490/chips-moman-the-cream-interview.
― Edd Hurt, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 23:44 (one year ago) Permalink
Good stuff, thanks. Wonder if there's any more Chilton-Dickinson out there. Moman worked with the Box Tops *after* Dan Penn? Thought Penn kept his hand in for the duration. How were their records different with Moman?
― dow, Thursday, 21 July 2016 03:00 (one year ago) Permalink
Moman just did the last album...the main difference was he let the actual band appear on stuff alongside the session guys. Aside from a jammy cover of "Rock Me Baby" at the end, it doesn't really come off that different from the earlier stuff.
― Kenneth Without Anger (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 21 July 2016 04:02 (one year ago) Permalink
Right, Chips just did the "Soul Deep"-era Box Tops, and maybe there was just a bit less schlock on that single than the previous, not that the schlock wasn't beautiful on Penn's "Neon Rainbow" and "I Met Her in Church" and the great "Fields of Clover," perhaps the toughest track the Box Tops ever did. I always heard that Chips admired Chilton and wanted to work with him again. Definitely would've been interesting, but Chilton always looked down his nose at Chips and Penn for being out of touch with contemporary music. Dan Penn told me that Alex showed up after a show in New Orleans and carried Dan's guitar for him, a sign of respect I guess, and Penn never thought much of Alex' songwriting.I think there are some tracks that Dickinson cut with folks like wrestler Jerry Lawler that are out there somewhere. They apparently aren't on the same tracks, but Dickinson and Chilton had something to do with this interesting single by a former member of Memphis punk band the Kltiz.
― Edd Hurt, Thursday, 21 July 2016 14:47 (one year ago) Permalink
new thing coming out -- not sure if these have ever showed up on bootlegs?
Just announced for release by Munster Records on June 16: an LP of previously unreleased rehearsals and alternate takes from Alex Chilton's 1975 recording sessions for the Singer Not The Song EP and Bach's Bottom album, with notes by Alex Chilton, written in 1992, and 2017 notes by original producer Jon Tiven.
Take Me Home And Make Me Like It is a raw document of one of the pivotal moments in Alex Chilton's career, telling the story of a troubled recording process that nevertheless produced intensely unique music. From Jon Tiven's liner notes: "He wanted to repudiate his Big Star work and make a sinister record that threatened people. . . . so I'm happy to present these tracks with no apologies."
― tylerw, Friday, 28 April 2017 18:22 (nine months ago) Permalink
More info here:http://munster-records.com/en/label/munster/product/take-me-home-and-make-me-like-it
Alex Chilton Take Me Home And Make Me Like It
MunsterAlex ChiltonTake Me Home And Make Me Like It
1 Take Me Home 2 Every Time I Close My Eyes (Alt version) 3 All Of The Time (Alt version) 4 I'm So Tired (Full version) 5 Free Again (Alt version) 6 Jesus Christ (Take 1) 7 Jesus Christ (Take 2) 8 Singer Not The Song (Alt version) 9 Summertime Blues (Full version) 10 Take Me Home (Rehearsal) 11 Free Again (Rehearsal) 12 Every Time I Close My Eyes (A capella)
― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 28 April 2017 18:46 (nine months ago) Permalink
feels a little barrel-scraping-y, but what the hell, i'll check it out. i finally got that chilton-vega-vaughn live record and it is amazing.
― tylerw, Friday, 28 April 2017 19:03 (nine months ago) Permalink
I hope they include a tacky badge.
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 29 April 2017 03:59 (nine months ago) Permalink
The weirdo version of Take Me Home is m6 favorite song of his, so I'm mildly intrigued.
― dlp9001, Saturday, 29 April 2017 21:10 (nine months ago) Permalink
Before scraping the barrel, check out Prix
― calstars, Saturday, 29 April 2017 21:29 (nine months ago) Permalink
i listened to a promo of this, it's great
― tylerw, Saturday, 29 April 2017 21:30 (nine months ago) Permalink
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 1, 2017 ALEX CHILTON’S 1995 RETURN TO ROCK,A MAN CALLED DESTRUCTION, REISSUED AND EXPANDED WITH SEVEN BONUS TRACKS ON OMNIVORE, AUGUST 25th
Critically acclaimed album to be released on two-LP vinyl for the first time, and features new liner notes from Bob Mehr.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — As lead singer of The Box Tops and co-founder of Big Star, Alex Chilton already had a place in rock history. But he was never one to rest on his laurels. An enormous music fan himself, he consistently reinvented his own sound throughout his career, until his death in 2010. Chilton returned to Memphis’ legendary Ardent Studios and a reconstituted Ardent label to record Destruction, a classic mix of originals and covers, this time with a full-horn section. Featuring an eclectic mixture of garage rock, jazz and R&B, A Man Called Destruction, released in 1995, was well received by fans and critics, and even landed him a spot on Late Night With Conan O’Brien performing the album’s “Lies.”
The Orlando Sentinel observed: “Plenty of bands attempt, however feebly, to reproduce Big Star's melancholic power-pop. But nobody else would dare try to approximate the brilliant, offhand weirdness and subtle irony of Chilton's later solo work. Teenage Fan Club might be able to imitate Big Star's guitar sound on ‘September Gurls,’ but they couldn't transmogrify 'Volare’ the way Chilton did on 1987's High Priest. Destruction is very much in the tradition of High Priest — a peculiar mélange of deliriously cheesy pop.”
Destruction will re-appear via Omnivore Recordings on August 25, 2017, complete with seven previously unissued tracks from the original sessions and new liner notes from journalist and author Bob Mehr (Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements).
To make this reintroduction even more special, the title is making its vinyl debut. The first pressing will be a translucent blue double album, which includes all of the bonus tracks, a download card, and Mehr’s essay in the gatefold sleeve. With the renewed interest and appreciation for his work in Big Star, it is the perfect time for Chilton’s solo work to get the same due. It is time for a reintroduction of A Man Called Destruction.
Track Listing:1. Sick And Tired 2. Devil Girl 3. Lies 4. It’s Your Funeral 5. What’s Your Sign Girl 6. Il Ribelle 7. You Don’t Have To Go 8. Boplexity 9. New Girl In School
10. You’re Lookin’ Good11. Don’t Know Anymore 12. Don’t Stop
Previously Unissued Bonus Tracks: 13. Devil Girl (Double-Track Vocal) 14. Don’t Know Anymore (Rough Mix) 15. Give It To Me Baby (Take 3) 16. You’re My Favorite 17. (I Don’t Know Why) But I Do 18. Please Pass Me My Walkin’ Shoes 19. Why Should I Care/It’s Your Funeral # # #
― dow, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 23:23 (six months ago) Permalink
Will also be available on CD and download.
― dow, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 23:24 (six months ago) Permalink
Still haven't checked that, but now I'm listening to another Chilton-related Omnivore expansion, Carmaig De Forest's I Shall Be Re-Released, which starts with I Shall Be Released, produced and played on by Mr. A.C., some of whose peers still find it startling: Will Rigby, who played with De Forest at CBGB, is quoted in the booklet to the effect that it's a whole other side--"the punkiest"---to Chilton's picking and undocumented anywhere else; lstening again, early adopter Scott McCaughey now raves, "Chilton's production and playing is almost shockingly prescient and wholly brilliant---spiky and wild, yet way more disciplined than he allowed himself to be on his own records."Well, I hope that's not entirely true of the Chilton recs I haven't heard yet (and we've mentioned several on here that are tight enough), but this certainly works as punky 80s folk-rock: comparisons were and are made to to early Modern Lovers and especially Violent Femmes---Gordan Gano also played that CBGB show w De Forest, who opened for the VFs several times, him and his solitary ukelele. Which is another thing that reminds of Loudon Wainwright III, with his spare, limber, plugged-in LPs and exuberant one-man shows, starting a decade earlier (back when Chilton was covering Wainwright's "Motel Blues" at Big Star gigd).Also like early Wainwright (and young Jawnwathon Richman, though he's a heavier vocal presence than these other guys), De F.'s got a lot of compressed lyrics, confrontational dream-scenes from complicated relationships (comebacks he wishes he'd thought of at the time and/or will have the nerve for next round: exciting fantasies!), flying by like boomerangs. Plus some still-entertaining topical work-outs, like "Hey Judas" and "Crack's No Worse Than The Fascist Threat." It's a lot to take in, but right away I hear why and how Chilton responded so well.
― dow, Saturday, 4 November 2017 22:06 (three months ago) Permalink
It's no masterpiece, but pretty refreshing so far, putting s sparky spin on (not too-)familiar elements.
― dow, Saturday, 4 November 2017 22:12 (three months ago) Permalink
From Alex Chilton RIP 2010----still gotta check this too!
Listened to Like Flies on Sherbert while stoned and it completely came alive to me. It made me realise he's a great story teller. He shapes the narrative with weird effects and volume inequalities, all the while acting out a scenario with his voice. The way everything is structured, and especially his guitar work, heightens the story.It also rocks in a brutally southern, soulful way. Live in London is spectacular too. The version of Kanga Roo on that is massive.I've Had it - who's singing this? It totally sounds like John Cale, but he's not credited right?
Bach's Bottom - I can't beleive I haven't heard this before. As a massive Big Star fan, this is the missing link between Big Star (particularly Third) and Like Flies on Sherbert. It's beautiful, and the throaway outtakes are fascinating.
― glumdalclitch, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 14:37 (yesterday) Permalink
Live in London is awesome. He has got an incredible presence. I saw him in Munich in the late 80s and he rocked hard.
― Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 22:01 (yesterday) Permalink
I've Had it - who's singing this?
Jim Dickinson, I think?
― Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 22:54
― dow, Thursday, 9 November 2017 02:12 (three months ago) Permalink