Children by the Million - a BitchTapes Big Star tribute
Alex Chilton, vocalist and founder of Big Star, died last week.
Big Star hardly sold any records during it's brief 3 album stint, but is now recognized as one of the most influential and certainly under appreciated bands of the 1970s. Big Star was crucial in the emergence of alternative and indie rock in the 80's and 90's, and a key influence of pioneering bands like the Bangles and the Replacements.
South by Southwest had a tribute concert for Alex Chilton, which featured almost exclusively male rockers. That's a shame, since Big Star's music has been covered and wonderfully re-arranged by a huge array of musicians.
Here's a broader sampling of Big Star's legacy from BitchTapes, as well as two Big Star orginal songs at the start and finish.
Stroke It Noel - Big Star
Alex Chilton - The Replacements
Thirteen - Garbage
When My Baby's Beside Me - Kelly Willis
The Ballad Of El Goodo - Evan Dando
Back of a Car - Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet
Blue Moon - Damon & Naomi
Feel - The Posies
Give Me Another Chance - Whiskeytown
September gurls - The Bangles
Kanga Roo - Bat for Lashes
Jesus Christ - Kristin Hersh
Take Care - Yo La Tengo
Don't Lie To Me - Juliana Hatfield
Big Black Car - The Walkabouts
You And Your Sister - This Mortal Coil
Nighttime - Elliott Smith
Blue Moon - His Name is Alive
Thirteen - Mary Lou Lord
Thank You Friends - Big Star
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