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Thoughts on these fellas?

David, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

new answers

David, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

why, is there a new release or something ;-)

g, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

overrated Grandpappy Indie (VU notwithstanding); not worthless, but nor are Wishbone Ash, for goodness sake

mark s, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I know you wanna buck the conventional critical wisdom and say something like that, but sometimes you just can't...

They really did make 3 really great records

g, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Agreed.

Sean, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

All of the hype is deserved. There only crime is partial responsibility for Teenage Fanclub.

Dan, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

They were touring recently.

David, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Their truest crime is their holy grail status, which they did not wish for but had foisted upon them.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

they're horrible, their first album sounds like kiss.

ethan, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

2nd best VU cover.

Mr Noodles, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

sisters/lovers is absolutely terrific. haunting and beautiful.

matthew stevens, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

They're grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat! You gotta clean out those ears, ethan--that first record sounds more like a revved up Kinks crossed with the glam glory of T.Rex, and there's nothing wrong with that. If it sounds boring and cliched, now, it's only because they invented some of those cliches. (Besides, if it does sound anything like Kiss, and I'm not saying that it does, Kiss would have cribbed from Big Star, seeing as how Kiss' first album came out two years after Big Star's #1 Record.)

Ultimately, I'm most partial to Third/Sister Lovers, but the first two certainly have a prominent place in my collection.

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Thirteen

O My Soul

September Gurls

Down The Street

Mod Lang

I'm In Love With A Girl.

Yep. Legend secure...

JM, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

i heard the bands that sound like them first, therefore big star are secondary to awful indie-leaning alt rock. and the first album sounds so much like kiss. how could the nearly untouchable stax release that kind of shit?

ethan, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Their ballads were nice, the rockers crap. For that, see Cheap Trick or the Raspberries, or even the Beatles in a pinch

dave q, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

First two = classic. Sister Lovers = dull + overrated.

The Rasperries - NO! Sugary proto-poodle soft-metal.

Dr. C, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

ethan-i'vw made a kiss comparison myself ,but with the second album . the indie grandfathers aura works against this nice loser pop band , their first record sounds good anyway

francesco, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

For giving Teenage Fanclub a career, classic. For inspiring every other halfwit Glaswegian indie band, dud.

Agree with dave q, the soppy gurly ballads win over the rockers everytime (esp on #1 record), and yup Sister Lovers is overwrought and overrated but any Lp with Holocaust, jesus christ and Kanga roo is ok by me (though I prefer This Mortal Coil's versions).

I will pass on the Raspberries coz' all I know about them is that they taste nice in trifle.

Billy Dods, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Weeellll I've never been that partial to "#1 record" unless I'm completely in the right mood for it, the rockers sound forced but the ballads are wonderful, especially the last few on side two. "Radio city" is end to end genius without doubt. "Sister lovers" has too much of a reputation hanging around it of 'tortured genius' to ever live up to it - didn't NME vote it most depressing album of all time a few years back? Oh come on! But it still has moments. And I'm probably the only person here who'll admit that they like the Columbia live album (but hell I love the Posies so what do you expect?) The rockier songs from "#1" sound better on "Columbia" than the originals - discuss.

Rob M, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

The three BS albums are like a drunk's progress. First album - happy buzz, sociable and 'up'. Second album - nasty, sloppy, mean-minded, initially amusing but unpleasant to be with. Third album - all the grief, dysfunction and ultimate serenity of the hangover. I like a lot of their stuff, I love a bit of their stuff - ultimately Chilton has to take some of the indirect blame for lo-fi's cult of the fuck- up.

Tom, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Nice comparison Tom. Why didn't I have that idea? "Kangaroo" is the delirium tremens isn't it?

alex in mainhattan, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Never heard them in my life.

the pinefox, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

'Like Flies on Sherbert', the solo alb AC made after 'Sister Lovers', is the real good'un - we're talking one last reckless binge before the Betty Ford clinic beckoned. So ramshackle and woozy it makes the Dead C seem like King Crimson.

I also like 'I Am The Cosmos',the posthumous Chris Bell alb.

Andrew L, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Foxy: you might actually like 'em quite a bit, especially the slower moments (Ballad of El Goodo, for ex., and of course the immortal Thirteen.)

Everyone else: The first two records rock Third's world. Radio City is, I think, my favorite of the moment, b/c tho it has fewer instant hits it feels mature and thoughtful as opposed to angsty. Also, because of Septermber Gurls. Third has probably the most breathtakingly stunning songs, but I can't listen to something so morose that often. I need lifestyle music, eh?

Sterling Clover, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

dave q: I like the Raspberries reference. Very, very nice.

JM, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Big Star weren't on Stax proper but rather Ardent, a Stax subsidiary with which Stax misguidedly took on the white rock market. I don't think it was much of a priority for Stax, which was a mixed blessing in that it allowed such a singularly weird band to pretty much do what they wanted but hurt them in that the Stax guys didn't have much interest in or aptitude for promoting anything other than soul.

fritz, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Actually, Rob, I liked Columbia too, also being a fan of the Posies. I think it's maybe telling that I like a lot of the bands that Big Star influenced a bit more than I like Big Star proper (esp. Replacements), but mostly because they are more powerpop and eliminated most of the rawk cliches of those first two albums, whether they invented them or no.

Sean Carruthers, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

anyway, what's wrong with kiss?

g, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

or Teenage Fanclub for that matter? They have gotten a bit boring...

g, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

The first time I heard "Thirteen" I nearly cried. I *heart* this band so much.

Helen Fordsdale, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Big Star totally live up to the hype. Their history is nearly as compelling as their music. "Radio City" defines it's era, much like X's "Wild Gift" defines it's own era.

Mole Man, Saturday, 20 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Sean - doncha love it when everyone gets sidetracked?

I heard Big Star before I heard either the Posies or Replacements or even the Fannies (a brother who had exceedingly bad taste most of the time finally got something right when he got "#1 Record" / "Radio city" in '91), and I've converted my fellow bandmate (a Fannies / Replacements / Smithereens fan) into a BS fan, his trying to convert me on the 'Mats and Smithereens has never worked in my direction for some reason. But we're totally agreed on the Posies and the Fannies though. Odd. I just can't get my head around the 'Mats at all, I've tried loads of times with different LPs of theirs, but still nothing. Mind, Paul Westerburg's last solo LP was rather good!

Rob M, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Call me old fashioned but I think one property of an era-defining record ought to be people actually buying it during that era, not 20 years later.

Tom, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Smithereens - AAARGGGGHHHH (makes retching sounds)

dave q, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

It is an era defining record, era being 1990 unfortunately.

TFC way, way better than BS.

Billy Dods, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Could somebody PLEASE explain TFC's appeal? Start a new thread if you have to. This one really perplexes me.

dave q, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

From my experience, Teenage Fanclub is exemplary of most Britpop bands - Hey! We like such-and-such bands! Let's pay homage to them through shameless, lifeless emulation! Everyone'll LOVE us!

Bandwagonesque was all fine & good, but a bit slow (even when going fast) and surprisingly bland as a whole. Pleasant in certain situations, though. This is the only album I can confidently speak on, so feel free to ignore my pronouncements.

David Raposa, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Basically TFC = Big Star with 'originality' replaced by 'lyrics and sentiments early 90s students could relate to better'. As an early 90s student I hugely preferred them.

Tom, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

From my experience, Teenage Fanclub is exemplary of most Britpop bands

'Britpop' = term with huge ever growing scope creep

Nick, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

two years pass...
"Thirteen" is such a fucking good song.

NA (Nick A.), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 20:35 (twenty years ago) link

Isn't it just.

Sick Nouthall (Nick Southall), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 20:52 (twenty years ago) link

I like the third one the best myself. "Radio City" is the most fully realized of the three "official" BS albums, but "Third" really did something that hadn't been done before, I think.

The Stax org was in such disarray in the early '70s that it's a wonder the records even got out there as much as they did. I've read that each of the first two albums only got into the marketplace in ridiculously small quantities...4000/5000 is a number I've seen.

I don't know if they "define" any era. A post above maintains that to define era, their records would've have to been bought by somebody. So I guess they were one of the first true indie/critic's bands...the reviews were mostly glowing. In retrospect they do seem to define the period much better than any number of more popular acts, though. I see nothing wrong with revisionist nostalgia myself.

For a long time I loved them without reservation, then went thru a period during which I'd just heard them too much. For a lot of us they were like the Beatles, the absolute gold standard of pop records. Now I just accept them as a great pop band, period, and wish people would quit gushing about them so much, or maintaining that they weren't really all that good. As a live band they seem to have sucked; but I can't think of any better-conceived record than "Radio City." Such style. And they seem to define not an era but a state of mind, one epitomized by the Eggleston "red ceiling" photo that graced the original "RC" LP...bad dreams and vibes in an oversexed room, distilled into melancholy, perhaps? With a few good times vaguely recalled? Maybe that's the '70s, I don't know.

Interesting to see what the new Big Star album will be like...

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 21:12 (twenty years ago) link

a friend of mine is assisting with the engineering at Ardent. He says it sounds amazing.

of course, Chilton & company could scrape a chalkboard with rusty chisels and this guy would say it's the best thing ever.

(I think I listen to Third the most, too)

Will (will), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 22:25 (twenty years ago) link

there is a new studio album?

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 22:38 (twenty years ago) link

Yeah, they've been recording at Ardent since March, I believe.

I wonder how committed Chilton is to the whole idea of Big Star these days. Probably not very. I didn't think much of "Hot Thing."

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 00:22 (twenty years ago) link

When did 'Hot Thing' come out?

de, Wednesday, 5 May 2004 00:24 (twenty years ago) link

Umm, it was sometime after the Columbia reunion...maybe '95? It's on the somewhat misbegotten Rkyo "Big Star Story."

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 00:26 (twenty years ago) link

Yeah, £15 for a 'best of', £10 for #1 Record/Radio City. Hmmm.

de, Wednesday, 5 May 2004 00:38 (twenty years ago) link

Really? That's so wrong.

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 00:50 (twenty years ago) link

top ten top five

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Friday, 28 July 2023 22:14 (eleven months ago) link

I imagine Alex as an obnoxious rebellious teen listening to the Stones back in the day, and dad just doesn't get it and doesn't want this creepy kid and his rock n roll around his daughter.

― Muad'Doob (Moodles), Friday, July 28, 2023 5:07 PM (seventeen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

This too. I was kind of overselling it with the love pact thing, but the fact that they bond over "Paint It, Black" and not "Love Me Do" definitely adds a menacing quality to the song / narrator

budo jeru, Friday, 28 July 2023 22:25 (eleven months ago) link

Tell ‘em what we said ‘bout 4’33”

calstars, Friday, 28 July 2023 22:34 (eleven months ago) link

Some guy was on cookandandbombd recently bending over backwards to use 13 and others as hard evidence that AC was a wrongun

PaulTMA, Friday, 28 July 2023 22:38 (eleven months ago) link

Won’t you tell your dad to leave me alone
Tell him what we said about Coltrane’s Om

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 28 July 2023 22:38 (eleven months ago) link

I think it is a near certainty that he was exactly the type of kid that southern dads wouldn't want any where near their daughters.

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Friday, 28 July 2023 22:48 (eleven months ago) link

Sheets of sound are here to stay
Come inside where it's OK
And I'll annihilate you

budo jeru, Friday, 28 July 2023 23:20 (eleven months ago) link

The Big Star Bandsplain was great and talked a lot about this song. Alex didn’t like it (wtf). They talked a bit about how Alex missed out on being a regular teen. 16 and on was touring with the Box Tops, but before that his family life had gotten weird. His brother died and afterwards his parents spun out into being party people and didn’t really parent him much. He was drinking, doing drugs and grieving when he was 13. The song can be read as him fantasizing about the teen life he missed out on.

Cow_Art, Saturday, 29 July 2023 01:42 (eleven months ago) link

> He was drinking, doing drugs and grieving when he was 13.

Damn. Never thought of Chilton as a proto-Mark Kozelek.

Melomane, Saturday, 29 July 2023 01:46 (eleven months ago) link

Alex didn’t like it (wtf).

FWIW, he was dismissive of pretty much all of the classic Big Star stuff.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 29 July 2023 02:18 (eleven months ago) link

Hey 13, that's Alex Chilton

pplains, Saturday, 29 July 2023 04:14 (eleven months ago) link

otm

Florin Cuchares, Saturday, 29 July 2023 04:55 (eleven months ago) link

always interpreted that paint it black lyric to mean the same thing as

Your sister says that I'm no good
I'd reassure her if I could

from Bell's "You and Your Sister" which seems like a continuation or almost a sequel to 13, just learned Chilton sang backup on that

Florin Cuchares, Saturday, 29 July 2023 05:13 (eleven months ago) link

FWIW, he was dismissive of pretty much all of the classic Big Star stuff.

It literally drove Chris Bell crazy that the press gave Chilton ALL the credit (per the Big Star doc) and to have Chilton dismiss that work altogether is like the biggest f*** you to his memory.

birdistheword, Saturday, 29 July 2023 05:33 (eleven months ago) link

ouch, did not know that

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Saturday, 29 July 2023 05:33 (eleven months ago) link

To be fair, he did the songs, and he reformed the band. I know he could've used the income, but deep down I doubt he was really dismissive and just being his usual cantankerous, difficult self.

birdistheword, Saturday, 29 July 2023 05:34 (eleven months ago) link

that scans, yeah

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Saturday, 29 July 2023 05:35 (eleven months ago) link

Alex? Cantankerous?

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 07:34 (eleven months ago) link

we went to see a reformed box tops at the hoboken arts fest. afterward my wife wanted to get alex to sign the set list she'd taken from the stage floor. i cautioned her that he might not take kindly to that, but he seemed to have been in a good mood for the whole show so she approached him and he smiled and signed it and was very gracious. a nice final memory of alex chilton.

Thus Sang Freud, Saturday, 29 July 2023 09:47 (eleven months ago) link

Must have had a very good soundman at that show.

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 10:04 (eleven months ago) link

but deep down I doubt he was really dismissive and just being his usual cantankerous, difficult self.

I’m sure there was more than a little “fuck you, where were you when we couldn’t get arrested?” frustration on Alex’s part whenever Big Star was gushed over in the ‘80s and ‘90s. And “Where were you when Chris Bell was alive?” was probably part of that frustration.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 29 July 2023 10:20 (eleven months ago) link

This is probably somewhat true, but didn’t the rock press like Big Star, wasn’t there some press party in Memphis that encouraged them to keep going?

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 10:23 (eleven months ago) link

No doubt held at TGIF.

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 10:24 (eleven months ago) link

The Rock Writers Convention. May 25 and 26, 1973.

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 10:37 (eleven months ago) link

Guess there was some myth that they had broken up after Chris and only got back together for this convention. But it did give them a shot in the arm and motivate them.

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 10:41 (eleven months ago) link

Feel like I say this every few years or so, but I just think of Alex and Lou Reed as two peas in a pod filled with shpilkes, compelled to bait the press and audience incessantly in order to scratch some itch or relive and temporarily relieve some trauma.

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 10:44 (eleven months ago) link

Highly recommend Bruce Eaton’s 33&1/3 book on Big Star’s Radio City.

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 10:54 (eleven months ago) link

Okay maybe they hadn’t formally broken up before that but were kind of drifting a bit.

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 10:58 (eleven months ago) link

Chilton and Reed shared that bitterness of, “Oh, you like us now, and it’s hip to know our music? Because we went through hell for years trying to find an audience and thinking everyone hated us.” For Reed that bitterness extended to the point where the planned 1993 Velvets US tour wouldn’t hit NYC. It was one of the few things he and Cale agreed on during the reunion: “NYC didn’t support us then, so why should they be able to see us now?” (though it was a moot point since they split up.)

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 29 July 2023 10:58 (eleven months ago) link

Now I’m hearing “Style It Takes” in my head.

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 11:02 (eleven months ago) link

What you say is of course true but I think there are some elements. I recall something Doug Yule saying something about Lou’s “imperfect instrument.” Both of these guys were huge talents but they lacked some facility which seems to have frustrated them. In the book I keep referring to, Alex totally dismisses his own songwriting, in particular his lyrics, on Radio City. Neither was a particularly natural musician in the traditional way, which I assume bugged them, although Alex managed to turn himself into his own kind of troubadour, slowly but surely building up his guitar chops from what he learned in those first lessons from Dennis Wilson on a Box Tops/Beach Boys tour.

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 11:10 (eleven months ago) link

Something something something

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 11:10 (eleven months ago) link

I wish I had right now a member the press in my presence upon which head to heap vitriol for my annoyance at my own neverending string of typos.

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 11:12 (eleven months ago) link

Member of

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 11:15 (eleven months ago) link

To be fair, he did the songs

?

budo jeru, Saturday, 29 July 2023 15:16 (eleven months ago) link

I love thinking of 13 and You and Your Sister as a pair

calstars, Saturday, 29 July 2023 18:03 (eleven months ago) link

You And Your Sister (Songs)

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 29 July 2023 18:21 (eleven months ago) link

To be fair, he did the songs
?

He performed (many of them) live, he didn't shun the entire repertoire.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 29 July 2023 18:24 (eleven months ago) link

ah

budo jeru, Saturday, 29 July 2023 18:29 (eleven months ago) link

At this point it’s kind of pointless to try to get inside his head and figure out what he was thinking. At any point really

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 18:31 (eleven months ago) link

I was just reading in my new/old favorite book about how he hated all his songs on Radio City, at least the lyrics, then that he hated the ones Chris wrote too, saying they were “written by committee” and then that he didn’t feel like he figured out how to write a good song at least lyric-wise, until 1977!

Poor Little Fool Killer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 July 2023 18:35 (eleven months ago) link

I’m trying to think of an Alex equivalent to I am the Cosmos

Diarrhea of a Madman (calstars), Saturday, 29 July 2023 19:29 (eleven months ago) link

Maybe Holocaust

Diarrhea of a Madman (calstars), Saturday, 29 July 2023 19:35 (eleven months ago) link

"Big Black Car"?

I think he disliked a lot of the Big Star songs for the turmoil they reflect and describe; his later songs are "snappier" and reflect more classical virtues of wit and emotional control.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 31 July 2023 03:05 (eleven months ago) link

eleven months pass...

Speaking once againe of xxxxpost Mr. Eggleston

J Spaceman & John Coxon Announce
Music For William Eggleston’s Stranded In Canton,
Out October 18th Via Fat Possum

Special Performances in London, NYC, LA, & Memphis

Today, Spiritualized’s J Spaceman and John Coxon announce Music for William Eggleston’s Stranded in Canton, an instrumental score of Eggleston’s 1970s art film, out October 18th via Fat Possum.

In 2015, Spaceman, Coxon, and friends performed a new original score live at a special film screening at the Barbican Gallery in London. The recording sat on a shelf for 10 years, and will finally be unveiled through this release. In addition, Spaceman and Coxon will perform the work in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Eggleston’s hometown of Memphis, on the invitation of the photographer’s son Winston Eggleston.

Stranded in Canton is a black-and-white film portrait of Memphis in 1974, shot in bars and on street corners, showing Eggleston’s friends carousing, playing music and firing pistols into the night sky. It is raw, greasy, Quaalude-y and hot. Jagged and intimate, the film is a handheld window into a different world; “Hogarth on Beale Street” as writer Richard Williams describes it in the album’s liner notes.

"With Memphis, I grew up with and I fell in love with that whole part of the world and the music that came from there,” explains Spaceman. “Memphis is infused with this magic, then this dreadful poverty as well. There’s a strangeness to it. It’s a place where I never felt comfortable. When I was making Ladies and Gentlemen, I went out and did some work with Jim Dickinson because, much as I wanted to have him help me with my record, I just wanted to go and meet the man. He was always a bit like Dr. John, a walking encyclopedia with knowledge of all the music of that area, all the blues musicians and all the stuff that doesn't get written about. So, the Eggleston film is a spying hole into that world. Jim Dickinson even plays in the movie, Furry Lewis plays in the movie too, but there’s also an unhinged craziness. It feels dangerous.”

Restored and re-edited by Eggleston in collaboration with the author Robert Gordon, the 77-minute film was screened in 2015 as part of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station, a 30-day arts festival in London and Aitken recruited J Spaceman to provide a live score.

For the screening, Spaceman brought along guitarists Coxon and Tony “Doggen” Foster, and drummer Rupert Clervaux, who has played both with Spiritualized and with Coxon’s project Spring Heel Jack. Using a pedal, Spaceman could control the volume of the film while cueing the band to play against certain sequences, usually those in which an indistinct ranting seemed to be going on. He and Coxon also prepared a set of instrumental pieces that could have been off-cuts from Exile on Main Street: a variety of after-hours drone-boogies using distorted arpeggios, scrubbed chords, and moaning slide figures.

This project wasn’t your typical live score to film. Spaceman elaborates, “There was a fashion at the time where people were putting on gigs with movies without the sound, for bands to jam over and I hate the idea of jamming. We wanted to do something that was more structured, songs that sat alongside the film but loose enough to allow for improvisation. It kind of worked straight away. And the spoken word parts of the film almost became like vocals to the music.”

The tones Spaceman and Coxon came up with mirror the ragged nature of the film perfectly. Riffs written under flickering light bulbs, hypnotic tremolo, boozy romances, some barroom boogie, the blues, and hoping the bottle won’t let you down tonight. The characters of Stranded in Canton dance around the music, living their best Memphis lives by any means necessary.

Pre-order Stranded in Canton

Stranded in Canton Tracklist
1. I was stranded in Canton
2. Last week I took a trip
3. It’s not gospel
4. What train blues
5. I don’t know what I can possibly do
6. Mother’s milk
7. Back Up William
8. Everybody in their life at one time or another
9. Love for the asking
10. Credits roll

J Spaceman & John Coxon Tour Dates
Wed. Nov. 20 - London, UK @ EartH
Wed. Dec. 4 - New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Sat. Dec. 7 - Memphis, TN @ Crosstown Theater (WYXR)
Mon. Dec. 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever


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trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig9iLtTX7fE

dow, Thursday, 11 July 2024 01:57 (yesterday) link

Whats the best Eggleston photo besides the one of thr drink on an airplane tray and the back cover of radio city

calstars, Thursday, 11 July 2024 02:09 (yesterday) link

The tricycle.

papal hotwife (milo z), Thursday, 11 July 2024 02:53 (yesterday) link

all of them, really

assert (matttkkkk), Thursday, 11 July 2024 06:35 (yesterday) link

The beehived woman at a diner

mizzell, Thursday, 11 July 2024 11:08 (yesterday) link

I've been put off by most of Jason's solo stuff, but this sounds pretty good.

He had a few solo releases with embossed birds or something on the cover, with improv drone things that were pretty tedious.

Cow_Art, Thursday, 11 July 2024 12:35 (yesterday) link


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