I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I discovered Big Star very late in the game. In a very brief period at the beginning of the 70s, Big Star and its founder, Alex Chilton, laid the groundwork for what was eventually labeled Alternative Music. A lot of musicians have acknowledged being inspired and influenced by the band–musicians obviously being tapped into a different network than Gummitch. And a lot of musicians have done covers of Big Star tunes, including a particular favorite of mine, Thirteen. Since our corporate masters have prevented me from properly offering the band itself, here is one damn good version (musicians who were to play with Chilton 20 years after the band broke up) and one, um, interesting version.