Thursday, March 18, 2010

Alex Chilton, 1950-2010

Alex Chilton, who got his big break in music as the lead singer with The Box Tops at the age of sixteen and later went on to form the very influential power pop band Big Star, has died at the age of 59. The latest incarnation of Big Star was slated to play at the SXSW festival in Austin this weekend. Here are three songs he wrote for Big Star, Thirteen, In The Street and September Gurls.

Won't you tell your dad get off my back?
Tell him what we said 'bout Paint It Black.

I wish we had
A joint so bad.

December boys got it bad.

Best wishes to his friends and family, from a fan.


Fran said...

A sad passing of someone whose name might not have been a household name for all, but who leaves a great mark upon the music world.

Matty Boy said...

When bands like Boston and Journey hit gigantic and bands like Big Star and Spanic Boys can barely get arrested, it teaches you the value of finding out what the cool kids are listening to. In my case, Padre Mickey was the cool kid.

47th Problem of Euclid said...

I am so saddened by this. "Sister Lovers" is one of my all-time favorite albums. I have so much respect for Alex Chilton that I'm stunned by his loss.