Alex Chilton

Episode 287: Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live...and more

Episode 287: Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live...and more

In 2010 Memphis's legendary Big Star, one of the most influential bands in rock n roll history, was set to finally get their due, but it was not to be. Just days before a planned showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX, frontman/chief songwriter Alex Chilton passed away, and what was meant to be a celebration and validation of their remarkable career instead became joyous wake featuring some of the biggest names in music. Fast forward to 2017, and the magic of the touring version of that celebration, a band that features original Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, dB's mastermind Chris Stamey, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Kronos Quartet, Robyn Hitchcock, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Dan Wilson (Semisonic), and newcomers Skylar Gudasz and Brett Harris, has been captured on film in the new documentary Thank You Friends: Big Star's Third LIve...and more

Kevin and neighbor Michael are digging deep into the film's soundtrack to to to find out why Big Star was such an important band, ponder the power of tribute, and speculate where this collection of master musicians should go from here. 

PLUS! Skylar Gudasz's Oleandar was one of the best albums of 2016. We've got a track to help remind of of that very important fact. 

Daily Listen: Big Star - Feel

If you don't have any Big Star in your life then you ain't got nothing. That's a fact. Look it up. Big Star was one of the best, biggest, unknown bands that have ever been. Powered by songwriter extraordinaire, Alex Chilton, they less fit into any specific genre than actually are one in and of themselves. Fuzzed out 70's rock, psychedelic explorations, gorgeous folk melodies; It's all there for you to find. NPR recently did a piece on Big Star's #1 Record that does a pretty good job of explaining what the band was all about, but really it's best that you discover this stuff for yourself and there's no better place to start than the first track off of that record. We can't post the whole record here, but there's nothing stopping you from heading to your favorite record shop, finding a copy of this on vinyl and then relaxing with a doobie with a lava lamp with some tapestries with some friends tonight while you take in a fantastic record from one of the greatest bands that ever was or will be.

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