Alex Chilton RIP 2010

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thanks alex

neurological bandwidth doctor (Hunt3r), Thursday, 18 March 2010 12:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

x-post. Don't remember. There's the Eggleston home movie footage and photos and there's the Robert Gordon home-made comp of Memphis musicians stuff that he acquired over the years. Don't recall everything Gordon included.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 March 2010 13:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

I had to poke around a bit, but here's Rob Sheffield's recollection of meeting Renee Christ from Love Is a Mix Tape:

"Renee and I met at a bar called the Eastern Standard in Charlottesville, Virginia. I had just moved there to study English in grad school. Renee was a fiction writer in the MFA program. I was sitting with my poet friend Chris at a table in the back when I fell under the spell of Renee's bourbon-baked voice. The bartender put on Big Star's Radio City. Renee was the only other person in the room who perked up. We started talking about how much we loved Big Star. It turned out we had the same favorite Big Star song--the acoustic ballad "Thirteen." She'd never heard their third album, Sister Lovers. So, naturally, I told her the same thing I'd told every other woman I'd ever fallen for: 'I'll make you a tape!'"

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

Crist, not Christ.

clemenza, Thursday, 18 March 2010 13:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

One thing listening to Chilton has meant for me, over the years, is becoming aware of how different my understanding of what an artist is doing, and where she's coming from, may differ from the artist's self-understanding. He's been tapping into something different than my own pop trajectory---not just more personal, though of course that, but also different musical and even pop traditions. This is pretty obvious for someone from Latin America or even Europe, but I was raised in the South, but still in such a different musical place than him. So when I listen to him I wonder if I'm hearing what he thought I'd hear, or what he wanted me to hear. To me he came to seem more more alien as I became more aware of my own pop understanding, and the promise of following him back to his homeworld remains an elusive hope.

Most important performer of our generation: (Euler), Thursday, 18 March 2010 13:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

including if I remember correctly--a local Memphis tv news feature on Chilton producing the Cramps

sounds cool. what I was talking about though (what was in the Eggleston exhibit) was the Stranded in Canton movie Hatch linked to upthread

dmr, Thursday, 18 March 2010 14:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

One of the disadvantages to listening to NPR so early is hearing the announcement of someone's death that casts a pall over the whole morning.


Il suffit de ne pas l'envier (Michael White), Thursday, 18 March 2010 14:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

That opening line!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 March 2010 14:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

totally shocked to see this last night. major bummer. RIP crazy dude, you made some beautiful stuff.

famous for hating everything (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 18 March 2010 15:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

all the westerberg quotes remind me what a perfect song about alex chilton it is. at least he got the eulogy he deserved. (and while he was alive to hear it, too.)

hellzapoppa (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 18 March 2010 15:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm not crazy about Westerberg's solo on that song – my only quibble.

The Magnificent Colin Firth (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 March 2010 15:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

many xposts... found the interview where he refers to it as "That $70 Show"

sofatruck, Thursday, 18 March 2010 15:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

Another fan of the story of the young Steve Shasta hearing the group named after a Memphis grocery store whilst in another Memphis-based grocery store.

Ole Rastaquouère (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 18 March 2010 15:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

OK, I am a slow responder. I heard about this last night but it is just starting to sink in.

Ole Rastaquouère (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 18 March 2010 15:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

all the stories on this thread are making me tear up a bit

famous for hating everything (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 18 March 2010 15:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Brett Eugene Ralph, author, louisville punk, member of Fading Out and Rising Shotgun on Chilton:

"To ease the ache, I'll tell a story about the first time I saw Alex Chilton play. It was in Louisville, at Uncle Pleasant's, in the summer of 1988. I remember it being a banner night for music in Louisville; besides Chilton, Dwight Yoakam was playing on the Belvedere and Die Kreuzen was over at Tewligan's.

Chilton was backed by an unspectacular rhythjm section. The show was about half fantastically inspired and half workmanlike boogie chestnuts (I remember Chilton's take on "Young Blood" being among the highlights). About forty minutes into the set, they went into "The Letter." During the second verse, someone bumped into Chilton's microphone, and it popped him in the mouth. "I'm not losing any teeth over you fuckers," Chilton hissed and stalked off the stage. Everybody, including Chilton's band mates, looked at one another in disbelief.

Twenty minutes went by. Maybe a half hour. I asked the bass player if he thought they'd play anymore. "I don't know, man," he said. "Alex sounded pretty pissed off." Chilton sat at the bar with not another person in the packed bar within fifteen feet of him.

After 45 minutes, Chilton made his way back to the stage. Seemingly, he'd gotten over it. "Sorry about that," he said, "but when you get to be my age, you get pretty attached to your teeth." He glanced at the drummer. "We'll try to pick up where we left off . . ."

And then, so help me God, he counted off and they went into "The Letter" in the middle of the second verse--right where they'd stopped nearly an hour ago.

Bravo, Mr. Chilton. Bravo."

snorgfaced germans (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

this still hasnt sunk in yet

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

no idea why this is making me feel as bad as it is, but then again I've never really been able to understand mourning

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

loved this story quoted on the awl today -

Paul: My favorite tale is from Our Band Could Be Your Life, when he shut down Gibby Haynes's rampage through the Netherlands:

Moments later a man entered the dressing room and asked if he could borrow a guitar. “BORROW A GUITAR??!!! WELL, WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU???!!! [Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers] screamed, eyes flashing in delirious anticpation of forthcoming violence. But the man was totally unfazed.

“I’m Alex Chilton,” the man answered calmly.

Haynes was flabbergasted. After a long pause, he methodically opened the remaining guitar cases one by one and gestured at them as if to say, “Take anything you want.”

just sayin, Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

"i'm alex chilton"

^^wow <3

snorgfaced germans (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

that is just awesome.

Still can't really believe it. Just seems like someone will say, "nah, just kidding"
Emailed my dad the news cause he was a big fan of the Box Tops. "That's life" he replied.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

OK, another story. I was at CBGB, where Chilton was playing in his trio w/ Chris Stamey. Before his set he was crouched down on the stage, making adjustments to his amp. Assuming he was a roadie, someone asked him "Is this guy Alex Chilton any good?" Chilton gave him a smile and said (paraphrasing, forgive me, this was a long time ago), "Yeah, y'know, he's alright. Sometimes he drinks too much, but he's usually pretty good." And went back to his adjustments.

Thus Sang Freud, Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

^^^ Great story! I did that once (mistook a band's bass player for a roadie and then started criticizing the band!)

Pierced nose! Performs improv! (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Here's a toast to the greatest high school memory maker I've ever known.

Captain Ahab, Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

holy shit! alex made congress:

zingzing, Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

RIP a lot

69, Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

holy s--t want to vote for rep. steve cohen ASAP.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

used to have this one as 12" ep, great track called 'wild kingdom' on the second side:

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

he sorry that was meant for the chilton vinyl thread

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

And the Chilton tribute is already featured on the page.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:51 (seven years ago) Permalink


The Oort Locker (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

"That's life" he replied.

I like this. It's not as dismissive at it sounds at first.

kenan, Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

rough year for memphis rockers of a certain ilk. dickinson, reatard, chilton. so sad.

Brio, Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

steven cohen is one of my favorite reps in all of the house, even before the chilton thing, what a bro

max, Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

zingzing, Thursday, 18 March 2010 18:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

wkiw steven cohen

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

Wow, that was a really moving speech from Rep. Cohen. Pretty choked up right now.

Moodles, Thursday, 18 March 2010 18:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

I have this Jon Spencer Blues Explosion poster up in my house, and every day I look up at it, see Alex Chilton's name as the opener and think, jeez, I can't remember a minute of his set. Then I think back to another time I saw him, and all I can remember was someone requesting a Big Star song only to get Chilton covering Michael Jackson (twice, if memory serves!). Then I think back to seeing Big Star several years ago, and he and the band killed it. He had such an uneasy relationship with that group and those songs - and maybe the world as a whole - but my world has certainly been better with them in it. He may be gone now, but at least I still have the songs. If there's one bright spot to the band staying relatively under the radar for so long, it's that Big Star remains not some ubiquitous presence or fashionable affectation but a cherished talisman to be passed on and discovered.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 March 2010 18:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, who describes him as "a genius of rock 'n' roll", joins Teenage Fanclub singer Norman Blake to outline the impact Chilton had.

count how many times Bobby mentions himself and his wretched band in that piece.

(xpost to zingzing)

sonofstan, Thursday, 18 March 2010 18:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

everytime that bobby gillespie dude says something i just wanna be like "no one gives a fuck about primal scream"

snorgfaced germans (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 18 March 2010 19:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

listening to "she's a mover" now...his rhythm playing on this is so weird and awesome

snorgfaced germans (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 18 March 2010 19:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

She's a mover is one of my favorites

Mr. Que, Thursday, 18 March 2010 19:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

forgot how beautiful and epic and psych "daisy glaze" is, haven't listened to radio city in a while

snorgfaced germans (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 18 March 2010 19:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

count how many times Bobby mentions himself and his wretched band in that piece.


Mark G, Thursday, 18 March 2010 19:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

I like some Primal Scream albums. I don't listen to Bobby Gillespie tho, only Marcello's impression of Bobby Gillespie

famous for hating everything (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 18 March 2010 19:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

Got a call at 10:15 pm central last night with the news, just after I'd started my radio shift. We were doing St Patrick's Day right on the radio, tons of Thin Lizzy, Them and Van Morrison, Taste and Rory Gallagher, songs with Green in the title, some Irish punk stuff, some traditional folk stuff from the incredible stacks at the station I volunteer for...Then THAT. Couldn't believe, hadn't even brought Keep an Eye on the Sky (which I bought last week, ferchrissake). Luckily, we have Radio City in the stacks. We ended up playing two songs from it last night and just made brief mention (I'd been planning this holiday show all week!). Feels wrong, tho.
Wish I could have just dropped everything and paid a proper tribute. There's always next week...and every other week after.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 18 March 2010 19:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

btw Hatch, really liked your "Ballad of El Goodo" last Sunday -- I was listening in the lounge at the time and didn't know it was you til later!

Fusty Moralizer (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 March 2010 19:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

sure bobby g is a berk but the fact is he and mcgee did as much as anybody in the uk to promote and enshrine chilton's reputation in the 1980s and beyond, dude has earned the right to blah abt him now

gratuitous namedrop warning - epic soundtracks, who was prob the biggest big star fan i ever knew, once told me that he thought there were at least five or six great songs on GIVE OUT BUT DON'T GIVE UP, and he actually owned the songbook for that alb (admittedly cos i sold it to him v. cheaply but, yknow) - have been thinking abt epic quite a lot since chilton joined him out there

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 18 March 2010 19:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

fuck, been thinking about his own stuff today so much it just hit me how much I love the cramps and gories stuff he produced.

Brio, Thursday, 18 March 2010 19:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

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