Alex Chilton RIP 2010

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pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

hopeful thought: wtf is "commercialappeal.com"

sad thought: quoted source is jody stephens :(

snorgfaced germans (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

ohhhh man. massive bummer.

xpost - the Commercial Appeal is a serious Memphis newspaper

dmr, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

this really sucks
rip

velko, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

ah really? damn.

snorgfaced germans (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

Pretty sure the Commercial Appeal is a real deal newspaper

RIP

xpost

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

you've gotta be kidding ....

tylerw, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is one of those musician deaths where, though I didn't know him personally, it very much feels like a friend dying.

:-(

Cunga, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

aw fuck no

Stormy Davis, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

no no no

TNTiger: we know sexy (k3vin k.), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

that linked article suddenly became way more fleshed-out btw :(

Stormy Davis, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

damn I just put on #1 Record

"Feel like I'm dyin' ... I'm never gonna live again ... "

dmr, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

So terribly sad if it's true.

A. Begrand, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

rip
one of the greats

iatee, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

listening to "Stroke It, Noel" right now...kinda want to cry.

snorgfaced germans (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

am crying

Stormy Davis, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's not on wiki yet i noticed

lukevalentine, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Holy shit I hope this isn't true.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

It sounds true.

The Magnificent Colin Firth (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

no no no. this can't be real.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh man too sad

scott seward, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah somebody put the death date on wiki like 20 mins ago. but it's not in the body of the article

Stormy Davis, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, it's on the edit page but not the main body

lukevalentine, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Commercial Appeal is a legit daily in Memphis tho btw

lukevalentine, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

no, wtf? Isn't Big Star playing at sxsw?

antexit, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh no

First and Last and Safeways ™ (jjjusten), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

Bob Mehr is a legit journalist... sure he wouldn't just make up a quote from Jody Stephens

Stormy Davis, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

His Big Star bandmate Jody Stephens confirmed the news this evening. Chilton had been scheduled to perform with Big Star on Saturday as part at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

dmr, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

fuck...i guess the mods can take the question marks out. :(

snorgfaced germans (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

so sad
this is awful, but inevitable i guess

figgy pudding (La Lechera), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

"If he died in Memphis, then that'd be cool, babe."

He didn't, it ain't.

Crank it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTSJYZyouek

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

fuck.

Mr. Que, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is one of those musician deaths where, though I didn't know him personally, it very much feels like a friend dying.

^ this. ;_;

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

RIP invisible man who could sing in a visible voice. This really is heartbreaking.

kenan, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Still my vote for the #1 song of all under 2 minutes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD9mCp8SifM

kenan, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC0Wa3P_dO0

iatee, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

:(

Turangalila, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

My small obit.

The Magnificent Colin Firth (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

holy fucking shit! i actually thought he would live forever

Melvin van Osterlow, Jr. (res), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

this sounds a bit like goodbye
in a way it is i guess
as i leave your side
i've taken the air
take care, please, take care

Bastards of Young Dro, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

:(

This is horribly sad news.

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

:(

I request "Fireflies" (dyao), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

:( :( :( RIP time to play some Big Star

sleeve, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh, fuck

no

Religious Embolism (WmC), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is "punched in the gut" sad.

ô_o (Nicole), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

goddamn, Mark Linkous and now Chilton, this is a rough month

Whiney for No Apparent Reason (some dude), Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF8fnoA1VNM

Mr. Que, Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

In this town, television shuts off at two
What can a lonely rock 'n' roller do?
The bed's so big, the sheets are clean
Your girlfriend said you were nineteen

The Styrofoam ice bucket's full of ice
Come up to my motel room and treat me nice

I don't wanna make no late night New York calls
I don't wanna stare at those ugly grass mat walls
Chronologically I know you're young
But when you kissed me in the club you bit my tongue

I'll write a song for you and put it on my next LP
Come up to my motel room and sleep with me

There's a Bible in the drawer, don't be afraid
I'll put up a sign to warn the maid
We can steal all the soap and towels
And never mind the way the desk clerk scowls

I'll buy your breakfast, they'll think you're my wife
Come up to my motel room and save my life

sleeve, Thursday, 25 March 2010 22:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

that's a cover iirc

Whats with all the littering? (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 25 March 2010 22:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's loudon wainwright ... chilton's version is fab though.

tylerw, Thursday, 25 March 2010 22:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

wow I never knew that, damn bootlegs

sleeve, Thursday, 25 March 2010 23:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

Robyn Hitchcock weighs in. I like the idea of these guys hanging out.

It's difficult to accept that Alex Chilton is gone and won't be back.
He was always around, in his wry, low-key way, decorating the music
world with his casual brilliance. From Norway to San Francisco to Milan
he would be standing out there by the flight cases to greet you with
his quizzical smile. He had something of the ex-patriot in him: even at
home in the US, he seemed like a gentleman visiting from the past, most
comfortable on the fringe of things. His refusal to stand centre-stage
in Big Star was typical of this: he was too big a star to need to prove
it, perhaps.

The fount of indie-rock stems from him as much as from Arthur Lee, The
Velvet Underground, and Syd Barrett. His lack of interest in stardom
and all the steps up to it was, and will be, a constant inspiration to
many of us, as much as his sweet, dark, soulful music. Myriad musical
roads met in Alex, and he diverted their course to his own artistic
purposes with much grace and few illusions. All of us who knew of him
will want to join me in sending our thoughts and condolences to Laura,
his wife, and Jody Stephens, his collaborator of 40-odd years.

He and I enjoyed many smoky moments over the years. it's sad and
perplexing to think that there'll be no more. Last time I saw him we
were exhaling out of a window in Shepherd's Bush after the triumphant
Big Star gig there in 2008. I can't believe he's not here any more.
Alex? Alex?

tylerw, Monday, 29 March 2010 15:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

that tracklist on that Ardent/Stax pressing is totally bizarre:

Side 1:
1. Stroke it, Noel
2. Take Downs
3. Femme Fatale (Lou Reed)
4. Thank You Friends
5. Holocaust
6. Jesus Christ
7. Blue Moon
SIDE 2 :
1. Kizza Me
2. For You (Jody Stephens)
3. O, Dana
4. Nighttime
5. Whole lot of shakin' goin' on (David / Williams)
6. Kanga Roo
7. Take Care

✌.✰|ʘ‿ʘ|✰.✌ (Steve Shasta), Monday, 29 March 2010 16:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

second side seems solid -- except that they've got "whole lotta shakin" smack dab in the middle. Inappropriate!

tylerw, Monday, 29 March 2010 16:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

i guess i'm just mystified by the variety of odd sequences available and Alex never committed to one either...

✌.✰|ʘ‿ʘ|✰.✌ (Steve Shasta), Monday, 29 March 2010 16:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

that tracklist is pretty much the same as my copy

just sayin, Monday, 29 March 2010 20:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hey, this 1978 KUT session almost definitely isn't 1978, right? He talks about Chris Bell in the past tense ("Chris was a homosexual. That's why we had to break up.") but Chris died at the very end of 1978. Also the people heard laughing at his comments couldn't possibly have been comfortable with this so soon after his death. When is this from?

Melvin van Osterlow, Jr. (res), Monday, 29 March 2010 23:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's referred to in the Big Star Jovanovic book, which, unfortunately I do not have at hand at the moment

Whats with all the littering? (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 29 March 2010 23:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's from 1978. i think he's just talking in the past tense about Big Star -- Bell was still alive at that point ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 30 March 2010 00:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/2010/04/post_7.html

iiiijjjj, Thursday, 8 April 2010 03:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Great story. And this part!

He tuned in to deejay Joe Hastings on classical station WWNO 89.9 FM and stayed up all night watching television. “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Touched by an Angel” fascinated him; he taught himself the “Walker” theme music on guitar.

The power of Chuck Norris (who IIRC wrote said theme).

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 8 April 2010 03:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wow, Keith Spera did a great job with that piece. Lots of fascinating anecdotes and also some sad ones.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, nice article! thanks for posting.

tylerw, Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Nice piece - the detail about not having insurance hurts.

sonofstan, Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

That's what stuck with me too. But I wonder if it was that he couldn't afford it, which would be appalling, or that he didn't prioritize it or chose to accept whatever came.

dad a, Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

I guess - but you have to understand that, from a European perspective, not going to hospital with chest pains because you couldn't afford it simply wouldn't arise.

sonofstan, Thursday, 8 April 2010 23:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

and that's the grim truth

robert bly is mrs. doubtfire? (Matt P), Thursday, 8 April 2010 23:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

via @KenStringfellow Another sad loss for Big Star fans as Andy Hummel passes away after long illness.

RIP if true!

Johnny Fever, Monday, 19 July 2010 21:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

ugh, really? that sucks. amazing bass player imo.

tylerw, Monday, 19 July 2010 21:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

WTFFFFFFUCK

Major Lolzer (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 19 July 2010 21:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's almost like long married couples passing one shortly after the other. If I were Jody Stephens I would take it easy on the beach and enjoy life.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 19 July 2010 21:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

This reminds me of when the Ramones started dropping off in rapid succession. :(

I really hope Jody lives to be about 110 years old.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 19 July 2010 22:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

anyone going to this? http://www.citywinery.com/events/93429
seems kind of cool. Lesa Aldridge ... !

tylerw, Friday, 23 July 2010 17:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Did anyone mention that Tommy Hoehn died in Memphis a few weeks ago? Another power-popper from down there. "Blow Yourself Up" is one one of those Rhino power-pop comps, and he also wrote "She Might Look My Way" with Alex.

The KUT interview is great. I've also been checking out a lot of live stuff that's popped up after Alex's death. The Teenage Fanclub show from 1996 is pretty good, good version of the Everlys' "Walk Right Back" and also a Joe Meek medley. Some '88 stuff from Germany has some good moments on it too. There's a Memphis WYLX show from '75 that includes Alex doing "I Will Always Love You." There are some CBGB tapes out there too that aren't the same as the stuff on One Day in New York.

I hear that Jon Tiven has been shopping the complete 1975 sessions he did with Alex and released a couple times as Bach's Bottom. Maybe there's some good stuff. I hope someone is facilitating a good overview which up until now has been difficult--release those Elektra demos with some of the stuff he did at Ardent in '75, cull through a few things, perhaps include some of that CBGB show. Viola, the lost decade explicated.

ebbjunior, Saturday, 24 July 2010 20:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

There will never be another Alex Chilton!!

.. help? (admrl), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 20:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sad to think about

.. help? (admrl), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 20:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

his there will never be another you is something else :(

baby i know that you think i'm just a lion (schlump), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 21:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

i just listened to that song yesterday in the car and it made me super sad. :(

i am giving you the caesar salad of compliments (Nijoli), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 23:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

This popped up on the Big Star facebook page: It's alex appeaering on Conan in '95. Good guitar solos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg5Qc8xumUM&feature=player_embedded

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 January 2011 04:53 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-eVsH49_2U

alex doing my rival, filmed by william eggleston, via the always excellent dust congress blog

your LiveJournal experience (schlump), Thursday, 24 February 2011 10:34 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

one year later

the nightime->blue moon->take care sequencing on the ryko cd issue of third/sister lovers is crushing right now

Bastards of Young Dro, Thursday, 17 March 2011 05:22 (six years ago) Permalink

gosh feels like this happened last week

iatee, Thursday, 17 March 2011 05:31 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Saw some of the tribute to Alex Chilton at Jazzfest over the weekend:

Bassist Rene Coman, best known for his work in the Iguanas, is the mastermind behind the project. Coman played with Chilton intermittently, including gigs opening for the Clash and a very short run on Bourbon Street. The lineup for the tribute includes drummer Doug Garrison (Iguanas), guitarists Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) and Alex McMurray (Tin Men/Valparaiso Men's Chorus) and singer Susan Cowsill.

  "We're going to draw from the core of the live set that Alex would do: Big Star songs he liked, solo act stuff that he would do," Coman says. "Like Alex, we're not being pedantic about it. I don't want to do anything he would make a face at."

http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/alex-chilton-tribute/Content?oid=1993089

They also had another vocalist. Not sure who the guy was. A nice version of "Banghok" plus "Like Flies..." songs

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 17:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Looks pretty good.

Stars on 45 Fell on Alabama (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 17:14 (five years ago) Permalink

sounds cool. as nice as those recent orchestrated Third/Sister Lovers shows may be, i kind of get the feeling Chilton would *not* be into such a museum-y performance of his stuff. dude liked to fuck things up.

tylerw, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 17:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Chilton/Coman/Garrison was the core of one of my favorite solo Alex periods, No Sex/Feudalist Tarts/High Priest.

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 17:47 (five years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

i always really wanted to see alex play a show on his own, playing a bunch of standards & whatever else he felt like (the time i saw big star they did an elgar cover). i love cliches so much. did anyone here ever see him like that?

*buffs lens* (schlump), Friday, 12 October 2012 04:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Didn't see him, but a friend sent me a live tape from a Tuscaloosa bar, maybe 1987? Tiny place, and he mentioned the TV that was always on, but he played some outrageous guitar, some of it Sharrockin' (Sonny was also in his heyday then). Plus, "Semptember Gurls" "No Sex", a nice range.. also got a Mountain Stage radio tape--from around that time, I think--where he also covers some of his fave Italian pop ballads.

dow, Saturday, 13 October 2012 00:03 (five years ago) Permalink

If by "on his own", you mean totally solo, no no, never heard that. A couple of guys with him on these.

dow, Saturday, 13 October 2012 00:06 (five years ago) Permalink

I saw him with three other middle-aged guys. Bass player even had a stand in front of him with sheet music.

About half solo stuff, half oldies (non-Box Tops). Did "What's Your Sign, Girl?".

At one point, he held up his guitar which looked like the one pictured below:

http://www.merchantcityglasgow.com/media/images/big/825-alex-chilton.jpg

And with the neck sticking up, said to the 50 people there, "What do y'all think about my guitar? It kinda looks a lot like Mickey Mouse, don't you think?"

pplains, Saturday, 13 October 2012 02:36 (five years ago) Permalink

that Bangles video upthread just made me cry, 2 1/2 years after the fact. What a great songwriter.

sleeve, Saturday, 13 October 2012 02:45 (five years ago) Permalink

also got a Mountain Stage radio tape--from around that time, I think--where he also covers some of his fave Italian pop ballads.

swoon!

I saw him with three other middle-aged guys. Bass player even had a stand in front of him with sheet music.

yeah i mean this was it for him i think, turning into (or always being, kinda) a pick-up band guy, like chuck berry, playing the standards & fucking around with them. it seems like that was where he was at. it was really cool & special seeing big star but the fact that at the same time i figured he was rooted in playing around with classics made me wish i could see him just doing his thing. it's like that whole thing about how awesome it would be to sit around while keith richards played a guitar, & how different that is from watching the stones thrust through one of their old jams. i saw him w/the box tops, too, like a year before he died, strapping on a bass to play green onions, & he looked like he was having a ball. he looked like 20 years old.

*buffs lens* (schlump), Saturday, 13 October 2012 03:29 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

this is really nice, i mainly don't like music writing but:

http://strawberryfieldswhatever.blogspot.com/2013/06/i-got-alex-chiltons-name-written-on-my.html

mustread guy (schlump), Thursday, 26 December 2013 23:14 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

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 (one week ago) 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 (one week ago) Permalink

I've Had it - who's singing this?

Jim Dickinson, I think?

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 22:54 (one week ago) Permalink


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