Replacements – “Alex Chilton”
Pleased To Meet Me
The reaction to Alex Chilton‘s passing has been surprising in its intensity. I think it’s fair to say that it hit fans much harder than anticipated. One perverse upside — and it really has been positive — has been the impressive number of high-quality remembrances. He clearly affected so many people so profoundly that it’s been oddly comforting to read so much well-articulated fondness and respect. If nothing else, it’s been welcome to revisit some of rock’s most life-affirming moments, like Alex singing with The Replacements. Seriously, how can you not be in love with that song?
To supplement the eulogies I already posted, here are 3 podcasts that serve as wonderfully thorough overviews of Chilton’s music career including and subsequent to Big Star. We get Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, Bach’s Bottom, Box Tops, Cramps, Feudalist Tarts, etc. Do yourself a favor and download the MonkeyBeat and Ledge podcasts. Years from now, when you’ve turned your kids onto Big Star and they’re starting to get punk rock, they’ll love you for these.
ALEX CHILTON PODCASTS
With your Chilton jones addressed by multiple sources, I’m going in a different, but related direction. I have recently become an unabashed Bill Fox fan, in part because he reminds me of the perfect combination of Alex Chilton’s acoustic Big Star songs with GBV‘s Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout circa Bee Thousand.
I’m warning you now, Fox will kick your ass upside-down with folksoulfulness. He only has 2 albums — Shelter From The Smoke and Transit Byzantium — but both are deceptively brilliant and freighted with emotion. Lo-fi, occasionally shambolic, some songs with a band, some without, totally unassuming in its brilliance. Heartbreaking stuff.