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Jam of the Wednesday: Big Star

March 17, 2010


Guess what, Frumpsters. After life, there is death. Death after life, or something. Shocking, we know.

When we honored Mark Linkous in our last “And on the 7th Day…God Created Jam,” we noted that it was an exception (those Jams are typically reserved for “contemporary” music (90’s onward)). We make an exception today as well in this “Jam of the Wednesday” (the posts that usually focus on the 90’s onward). Alex Chilton, of The Box Tops and Big Star “fame,” has passed away, and we figured it was pretty much a necessity that we bend the rules a bit with this Wednesday’s Jam(s).  Though Chilton’s work with The Box Tops is nothing to scoff at, especially The Letter, we’re gonna be focusing on Big Star.

Believe it or else, if you weren’t aware already,  the influence Big Star’s work has had on alternative and indie rock/power pop music has extremely few rivals.  Don’t take our word for it, though.  Let’s see:   “[Big Star is] the quintessential American power pop band…and one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll.” – Allmusic; “[Big star produced] a seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations.” – Rolling Stone. “September Gurls was and is the sine qua non of power pop; a glorious, glittering jewel with every facet cut and shined to absolute perfection…a peerless, aching distillation of love and longing. [It] may not actually be the greatest song ever recorded, but for the duration of its 2:47 running time, you can be forgiven for believing it is.” –The Ultimate Power Pop Guide.

We’ll let you judge for yourself.  Make the jump for a few more cuts from Big Star and Alex Chilton.  RIP.


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