Music Night, March 28, 2014

Alex Chilton (December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010) first swam into my consciousness in 1967 as the lead singer of the Box Tops, part of the blue-eyed soul singer wave. In the early 70s he was a founding member and lead singer of Big Star, a hugely influential powerpop band that withered without any decent support from their record company but reached cult status over time.

From Wikipedia: Before it broke up, Big Star created a “seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations” in the words of Rolling Stone, as the “quintessential American power pop band” and “one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll”.

Alex Chilton died at age 59 of a heart attack. He’d experienced symptoms for weeks beforehand but, hey, no health insurance so not doctor visits. Four years later, with the ACA, he might well have survived.

43 thoughts on “Music Night, March 28, 2014

  1. Two reasons I’m posting this. First it’s great. Secondly you can see me in the front row at the 2:22 mark and the 3:27 mark. White shirt, white hair coming out from under my cap, with black strap across my chest. 🙂

  2. For those who might have missed it; Dave Brockie, founder and front man for GWAR, is no more. Only 50 years old. This is about the tamest video one can find of them and it’s still not quite safe for work but it’s a terrific expression of the sense of humor that drove Dave and the band.

  3. This is KZOO Portland affiliate signing off. Remember to be cool, but if you can’t be cool, be as cool as you can be. Let Sassy Sarah answer the musical question…

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